Yes. A license from the Effingham Police Department is required to do business as an itinerant merchant, solicitor or peddler in the City of Effingham. The only exception to this is a merchant who offers produce which they have grown themselves. Learn more and apply for a permit.
FAQ Topic: Business
Yes. You are required to get a mobile food establishment permit from the fire department.
The setbacks for a property depend on the zoning and improvement you are wanting to make. You can view a table of the City’s setbacks, height, and area requirements. If you have questions about your setbacks or zoning, you can contact the Planning and Zoning division.
Effingham offers several types of liquor licenses, including for outdoor patios, events, and delivery. Before you apply for a license, you’ll need to interview with the Local Liquor Control Commission. Learn about liquor licenses and how to apply.
Businesses located within a Tax Increment Finance district could be eligible for assistance. Find out more about Tax Increment Finance districts.
Businesses located within the Enterprise Zone may apply for incentives. Find out if you’re eligible and how to apply these incentives.
Please report animal related issues to Effingham County Animal Control by calling (217) 347-5695.
If you believe there is a property maintenance issue (such as junk accumulation or tall grass) or building code violation, you can report the issue and we’ll look into it.
The City’s interactive zoning map is online. You can also view the full zoning ordinance in our online municipal code. If you have questions about your zoning, you can contact the Planning and Zoning division. If you are a business looking for available properties contact our Economic Development department.
Effingham’s local municipal code is available online. Recently passed codes may not be in the online system yet. You can find them either in recent City Council meeting archives or by contacting the City Clerk.