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Register as a contractor

Anyone doing work on a building needs to register with us as a contractor. This applies to licensed contractors as well as if you are a homeowner doing the work yourself.

Building permits cannot be issued if the person doing the work is not registered.

Before you start

If you are a general contractor, you will need to provide copies of:

  • $20,000 contractor license and permit bond
  • Proof of liability insurance
  • Proof of worker’s compensation insurance (if applicable)

If you are an electrical contractor, you do not need to provide these items. Electrical contractors need to provide a copy of their registration or license from another municipality in Illinois. If you are not licensed within Illinois, you will need to take the electrical license exam.

What to do

  1. Download and complete the form:
  2. Submit the form and required documents by mail, email, or in-person.
    • Mail: City of Effingham, attention Chief Building Official, P.O. Box 648, Effingham, IL 62401
    • Email: JBudde@EffinghamIL.com
    • In-person: Office of the Building Official, 201 East Jefferson Avenue
  3. Pay by cash, check, or credit card:
    • $75 for contractor registration
    • $25 for electrical contractor registration

What's next

We will issue you a certificate that shows you are registered.

You need to renew your registration every year.

  • For general contractors, your expiration date is when the bond expires.
  • For electrical contractors, your expiration date is December 31.

Get help

Jordan Budde
(217) 342-5300
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