You can find a list of the construction rules and regulations enforced by the City of Effingham including building codes, fire codes, life safety codes, setbacks, and more.
FAQ Topic: Property & housing
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.
Please report animal related issues to Effingham County Animal Control by calling (217) 347-5695.
Most construction projects, remodels, and renovations require building permits so we can make sure the work is done safely. Learn about building and construction permits. Some projects don’t require a permit, but you still need to follow all building codes and regulations.
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.
Your tenant rights as an Illinois resident can be found at Illinois Tenant Rights. Local housing laws can be found in Article VI of the City of Effingham Municipal Code.
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.
The County of Effingham bills and invoices property taxes in Effingham. You can search for your property and pay your bill online. You’ll need the original bill that you get in the mail. Call 217-342-6844 for more information.