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All new or modified signs, even painted signs, require a sign permit from the Community Development Department. Illuminated signs also require an electrical permit.
Temporary signs such as banners and pennants also require approval. Streamers and pennants are allowed for new business openings only and for no more than 14 days from the date of opening. Temporary signs also require a sign permit from the Building Division. Inflated devices (Air-Dancer) are not allowed as signs.
Window signs do not need permits, but may not cover more than 20% of the area of each window for window areas of 8 square feet or more than 50% of window areas with 8 square feet or less. Signs shall not be placed on any fence, telephone pole, or traffic control device. No sign shall be placed in the right-of-way without a permit. Signs shall not be placed on any public or private sidewalk. No sign shall physically or visually obstruct or impede pedestrian or vehicular movement.
The City's Zoning Code limits the number of and sizes of signs allowed. Copies of the sign regulations and permit submittal requirements are available in the Community Development Department.
The Unified Development Code regulates placement, material, and height of fencing. Additional regulations relative to the type of fences and locations permitted in your neighborhood may be made by your local civic or neighborhood association or in restrictive covenants listed in your deed.
A zoning certificate ($0 charge) is needed to confirm the fence's compliance with code prior to installing a fence. You can find the application to obtain a zoning certificate for a fence from the list of applications posted on the Planning and Zoning Division page.
No, not if it is your primary residency. A homeowner who owns and occupies the house may do any or all work - building, plumbing, mechanical (heating and cooling), and electrical. If you are not sure of your abilities to do any or all of the work, it is recommended that you hire a licensed professional. Licensed trade contractors provide some assurance that they have adequate knowledge and training in the field(s) of their specialty.
Please Note: Properties in which the owner does not occupy/live in the home require licensed contractors. Any work done by renters, landlords, their employees, or other persons who do not own and occupy the home must have an appropriate license or hire a licensed contractor for any plumbing, mechanical (heating and cooling), and electrical.
No, not for residential projects. The owner or anyone they choose may draw the plans as long as they are clear and detailed enough to indicate what and how the project will be built. In some cases, the complexity of the project, which may include engineered calculations and techniques not specifically addressed by code, will require the skills of a professional.
Commercial projects will require sealed, professional drawings.
No, codes cannot be waived. However, if an alternate way of building something is proposed and will provide the same degree of safety as what the code requires, it may be approved as an alternate method by the Building Inspection Department.
If you have an existing account, log in using your email address and password: How to log in to an existing account (PDF).
To create a new account, follow the instructions on how to register: How to create a new account (PDF).
Select the "Forgot password?" link on the login screen. Follow the directions to reset your password. How to reset your password (PDF).
Yes, select "Link to Account" on the Account Summary screen. Complete the required account information and select "Submit": this will now add the additional account to your login.
How to link additional accounts (PDF).
The City of Peoria is divided into 5 Districts, each with it's own Council Member. See a list of Council Members.
If you need to find out what District your residence is in, go to the Peoria County Geographic Information Service (GIS) page, where you can search using your address.
There are also five At-Large Council Members who represent the entire City of Peoria. Each Council Member is also the Town Trustee by virtue of the office.
Peoria District Map - effective May 1, 2022 (PDF)
Peoria City Council Meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.
Special Meetings can be scheduled at any time. A Notice is posted at City Hall, on the website, and sent by email at least 48 hours before the meeting to communicate the details.
See Peoria City Council Meeting Calendar, Agendas, Minutes, Videos, and Meeting Details.
To join the email distribution list of all Meeting Notices, Agendas and Minutes of the City Council, please email the City Clerk or call the City Clerk's Office at 309-494-8565.
The Council Meetings are broadcasted in the following ways:
City Council Meetings are held on the fourth floor of City Hall in Council Chambers (Room 400).City Hall419 Fulton StreetPeoria, IL 61602
Sometimes the City Council will meet offsite; the Agenda will list the location of the meeting.
If a Majority of a Quorum attends a meeting or event, a Public Notice will be posted at City Hall, the event location, and distributed to the media and public to communicate the details of the event.
City Council/Town Board Meetings are wheelchair accessible. Individuals with hearing difficulties can request to use available FM auxiliary aids before or during the meeting by visiting the City Clerk's Office, Room 401, City Hall Building, 419 Fulton Street, Peoria, Illinois. Requests to receive an Agenda in an alternate format or other types of auxiliary aids and services must, when possible, be submitted to the City Clerk's Office a minimum of 48 hours prior to the meeting.
You can call the City Clerk's Office at 309-494-8565, or you can email the City Clerk.
TTY users, call the Illinois Relay Center at 800-526-0857 (V).
Peoria City Hall has a wheelchair ramp entrance off the front sidewalk and is equipped with an elevator that meets Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.
When a majority of a quorum, which constitutes of four or more members of the Peoria City Council, attends a meeting or event, a notice will be posted and minutes will be taken by the City Clerk's Office.
Notices will be posted at City Hall at the front doors and in the City Clerk's Office, it will be posted at the event location, on the City's website and calendar, and it will be sent to the email distribution list.
City of Peoria Staff bring forward items for the City Council to discuss and vote on. You can reach out to your District Council Member or an At-Large Council Member to discuss items on upcoming agendas.
See "How do I address the Council at a Meeting" for details on how to speak to the City Council during the Citizens Opportunity to Address the City Council/Town Board at any scheduled meeting.
Agendas are published at least 48 hours before any City Council Meeting that will list the items of discussion and potential action.
Agendas are posted at City Hall at the front doors and in the City Clerk's Office, on the City's website, and sent to the email distribution list.
To join the email distribution list of all Meeting Notices, Agendas and Minutes of the City Council, please email the City Clerk or you can call the City Clerk's Office at 309-494-8565.
Any citizen wanting to address the City Council/Town Board at a regular Council Meeting will have an opportunity at the end of the meeting to speak for 5 minutes regarding City Business. The option to email or mail comments to be read during the Citizen's Opportunity to Address portion of the meeting is also available. To address a specific item, please see the following options.
You are not required to, but if you would like your name in the record, please include your full name and address in case Council or Staff would like to reach out to you.
Things to include:
Citizens wishing to address an item on a Council Agenda at an upcoming meeting should reach out to their District Council Member or an At-Large Council Member prior to the meeting and have them request privilege of the floor to allow you to speak during the discussion of that specific item.
Please see "Who is my District Council Member" or call the City Clerk's Office for assistance at 309-494-8565. You can also email the City Clerk.
To find City Council/Town Board information, including:
Please see the Calendar for these items. If you know the meeting date you can search for the information that way, or you can use the search bar at the top of the page to use keywords to find the item you are researching.
The City Clerk's Office Staff is always willing to help you in your research. You can call at 309-494-8565 or email the City Clerk.
The Town of the City of Peoria Township Office serves the citizens who reside in Peoria Township. Peoria Township consists of a large portion of the City of Peoria, but not the entire city. You must live within the Peoria Township boundaries to qualify for services through the office.
The Mission of The Town of the City of Peoria Township's Office is to thoughtfully and professionally serve the people of Peoria Township. They administer General Assistance, Emergency Assistance, Property Assessment and other programs for Township residents.
Visit the Peoria Township Website.
The Agendas, Minutes, Documents, and Staff information can all be found on the Peoria Township Website.
Townships in Illinois currently serve more than 8 million people. Many people are confused about where Townships fall into the big picture in relation to City, County and State governments. Townships are not subsets of Cities or Counties.
See more information and the history of the Town of the City of Peoria Township.
See the Public Works webpage for more information on how to report tree concerns.
Yes. To ensure compliance with City Code, as a City Official, Code Enforcement Inspectors are allowed to inspect for violations on private property.
The City has a Rat Abatement Program to reduce the threat of rats in Peoria. If you observe rat activity, call and report it to Code Enforcement at 309-494-8654.
A Code Enforcement Inspector will inspect the property for environmental violations, confirm the location of the burrows, and arrange for an extermination visit. The extermination visit will only be scheduled if all environmental violations such as litter, debris, rubbish, or rat food sources have been removed from the property.
The City of Peoria offers a curbside recycling program through Peoria Disposal Company. There is a $50 deposit for the recycling container. There is no monthly fee. For more information or to sign up, call 309-674-5176 Option 1.
For more information on drop-off locations or other recycling-related topics, see the Peoria Picks Up page.
Tenants are ultimately responsible for the pest control of their residence.
Cases are heard in Council Chambers – Room 400 of the Peoria City Hall at 419 Fulton Street, Peoria, IL 61602. Please refer to your notice for the specific date and time of your hearing.
You are allowed to trim the branches that hang over and onto your property.
Control of animal services was officially placed with Peoria County as of May 1, 2010. Visit Peoria County Animal Protection Services (PCAPS) website or call them at 309-672-2440.
After hours, please call our Emergency Communications Center at 309-674-3131.
The City of Peoria does not have a program for collecting or disposing of old tires. You are responsible for ensuring proper disposal of your tires.
Listed below are some local businesses that accept tires for a nominal fee:
The Tireless Project offers free tire drop-off from 9 to 11 am one Saturday a month from April through November. For dates and more information, please visit the Peoria Tireless Project Facebook Page.
Yard waste pickup starts Monday, March 16, 2020. Pickup will be weekly on the same day as trash pickup.
Yard Waste Collection Press Release (PDF)
Yard waste must be in a 30-gallon paper (not plastic) yard waste bag or in a 32-gallon plastic or metal can labeled "Yard Waste Only" to be picked up. Yard waste pick-up is on the same day as your household garbage.
For more information on trash collection, go to the Peoria Picks Up page.
You may find a copy of the 2003 International Property Maintenance Code book at the Peoria Public Library, in the online libraries of Municode, or purchase them from a local bookstore (which may require a special order.)
Mold complaints can be taken by City of Peoria Code Enforcement; however, Code Enforcement Inspectors can only check whether or not the mold or water source is compromising the structural integrity of the building.
Tenants and/or homeowners are responsible for the actual mold clean-up and hiring of a contractor to do any toxicity testing. Please contact the Illinois Department of Public Health at 217-782-5830 or visit the Illinois Department of Public Health for further information on what to do about mold.
Code Enforcement is a division of the Community Development Department that is responsible for helping to stabilize property values through the enforcement of Peoria housing codes and ordinances.
According to City Code, no vehicle can be parked on grass or an unpaved surface. However, the vehicle can be stored in an enclosed structure on the property. If a vehicle is parked in the open, it must be parked on a paved surface, be properly licensed and be operable (Sections 13-102 and 28-349).
Your property was in violation of City Code. According to City Code, grass and weeds must not exceed ten inches in height (Section 13-8) and owners and occupants have the responsibility to maintain a property free from litter and to store motor vehicle parts in an enclosed space (Section 13-37) on the property.
By City Ordinance Sec.13-3, the owner or person(s) in control of the property have five days from notification to correct these environmental violations that have been cited by a Code Enforcement Inspector. Should the violation(s) not be corrected within the five days, the City can have a contractor cut the weeds, remove the litter, or remove the motor vehicle parts and charge the owner or persons in control of the property for the cost.
Telecommunicators are trained to ask specific questions to obtain pertinent information for responders. For medical calls, they must follow a protocol established by the medical director for the Peoria Area EMS System. They must ask a list of specific questions for various types of medical emergencies. For police calls, they are required to ask a series of questions, such as, are weapons involved, suspect descriptions, vehicle descriptions, direction of travel, etc. Remember, because you are being asked questions, it does not mean your call is being delayed. The information is necessary to provide safety to not only you, but for the people who are responding to help you!
Every call that comes into the Emergency Communications Center is assigned a priority by the nature of the call. For example, if a call for loud music comes in, and then a fight in progress, the officers must respond to the fight before handling the loud music complaint.
Yes, groups are allowed to tour the center. Call 309-494-8000 to schedule a tour.
View general information and apply for the job on the employment page.
Once your application has been accepted, you will be contacted for additional testing. The first phase is a computerized testing process called CritiCall. This test consists of keyboarding skills (typing speed is essential), memory recall, call summarization, data entry (audio), and spelling. If you pass the CritiCall portion, you will be given what is called a Select Test, which is a basic personality test. If you pass both testing portions, you will be required to observe for four hours and interview. If you pass the interview process, you will be subject to a thorough background investigation that is conducted by the Peoria Police Department.
You can contact the shift supervisor at 309-494-8000.
Yes, a fifty-dollar ($50) processing fee must accompany each submission of the Employer Report Form CC-1. The only exception to payment of the processing fee is neighborhood associations. The fee was instituted in January 2006.
Method of Processing Fee Payment:
The City of Peoria Treasurer's office will only accept checks, money orders, cash payments, or MasterCard. Make checks payable to the "City of Peoria". Electronic payments can be made on Illinois Treasurer's website.
Hand-deliver, mail, or email the forms and payment to the Office of Equal Opportunity. The Equal Opportunity Office will review the forms. If they are complete and correct, the EO Office will process your forms and email a copy of your EEO certificate. Send forms and payment to:
City of PeoriaOffice of Equal Opportunity419 Fulton Street, Room 403Peoria, IL 61602-1276Email the Equal Opportunity Office
Yes, any business providing a good or service to the City for remuneration or any business receiving financial assistance from the City needs to complete the Employer Report Form CC-1 Application. The completed form along with a Fifty-dollar ($50) processing fee must be returned to the Equal Opportunity Office.
The filing requirement is authorized under chapter 17, Peoria Municipal Code, section 17-120(b).
As of January 2010, there is only one Employer Report Form CC-1 (currently online) for both renewal and first-time applicants:
If your company has not received an EEO Certification Number from the City of Peoria, you need to complete the Employer Report Form CC-1 and check the appropriate box in Section I. You will also need to submit a copy of your company's Sexual Harassment Policy (for specific instructions on the sexual harassment policy, see the Sexual Harassment Policy Information Sheet).
If your company currently has an EEO Certification Number from the City of Peoria that has expired or is about to expire, you need to complete the Employer Report form CC-1 and check the appropriate box in Section I. If you are submitting a renewal registration you do not need to submit the Sexual Harassment Policy as it is already on file.
Vehicles with valid disability license plates and individuals possessing a valid current disability placard.
A motorist who illegally parks in disabled parking spaces can be fined up to $350. A motorist who illegally uses a disability placard or license plate can be fined as much as $500 and have their driver's license suspended for 30 days.
Yes. A charge can be filed against any private employer, employing less than fifteen (15) employees during 20 or more calendar weeks within the calendar year of or preceding the alleged violation; including employment agencies and labor organizations; or any lending institution. The employer must be located within the corporate limits of the City of Peoria, and the charge must be filed within 180 days from the date of the alleged violation.
If you believe that you have been discriminated against contact the EOO to request an intake questionnaire. Return the completed form to the EOO via mail, fax, or email.
The EOO will investigate all charges filed by any person who believes he/she has been discriminated against because of race, color, religion ancestry, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, and unfavorable discharge from military service.
Complaints against employers with more than fifteen (15) employees can be filed with the Illinois Department of Human Rights, Springfield Office at 217-785-5100 (VOICE); 217-785-5125 (TTY). For the federal government, contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at 800-669-4000 (VOICE); 800-669-6820 (TTY).
Yes, a charge can be filed against any real estate broker, real estate salesperson, agent and other persons engaged in the selling or renting of real property.
The EOO will investigate all charges filed by any person who believes he/she has been discriminated against because of race, color, religion ancestry, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, and unfavorable discharge from military service or familial status.
You can bypass the local process and file with the state or federal government. To file a charge with the state, contact the Illinois Department of Human Rights, Springfield Office at 217-785-5100 (VOICE); 217-785-5125 (TTY). For the federal government, contact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at 312-353-5680 (VOICE); 312-353-7143 (TTY).
Disputes in pay should first be discussed with your employer. If this matter can not be resolved internally, you should contact the Peoria Area Office of the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division at 309-691-3375 (VOICE).
All questions regarding accessibility should be directed to the designated ADA Coordinator for the City of Peoria. That person is Melodi Green, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. He can be contacted by email or at 309-494-8530 (VOICE)
No, the City of Peoria can only provide you assistance in the preparation of a complaint. Your claim of discrimination will have to be filed with the state for investigation. To file a complaint with the state contact the Illinois Department of Human Rights, Springfield Office at 217-785-5100 (VOICE); 217-785-5125 (TTY).
The Peoria Fire Department utilizes the 2012 International Fire Code and 2015 National Fire Prevention Association's (NFPA 101) 2015 Life Safety Code (LSC). Note: the NFPA 101 2015 LSC (State Code) is mandated by the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM). In the utilization of these identified codes; the most stringent shall be used when applicable.
The OSFM-adopted LSC is applicable statewide in all occupancy classifications with the exception of public elementary and secondary schools under the jurisdiction of the Illinois State Board of Education and single- two-family dwellings, where the code is adopted as a recommendation only.
The LSC requires compliance in both new and existing occupancies. While certain LSC requirements pertaining to existing occupancies are less stringent than those applicable to new occupancies, the State Code does not exempt or grandfather any existing occupancies from code compliance.
No. Firefighters are responsible for providing all of their own food.
The Peoria Fire Department does not fill swimming pools or rent meters.
Just stop by your neighborhood fire station and ask one of the officers to take your blood pressure. See the Staff Directory for a list of stations.
You can schedule a speaker by calling our administrative office at 309-494-8700, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
A list of job requirements and applications can be obtained from the Human Resources Department in City Hall, located at:419 Fulton StreetPeoria, IL, 61602Phone: 309-494‑8575
Once an application is received, the applicant will be notified in advance of the next testing date. The Peoria Fire Department tests every two years.
Tours for all fire stations can be scheduled by calling our administrative office at 309-494-8700, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
We do not get cats down from trees, as this would delay our response to emergency calls such as medical, rescue, and fire. If you have such a problem, please contact Peoria County Animal Protection Services (PCAPS) (phone: 309-672-2440), and they will assist you.
In 2002, the City of Peoria received a “2” from the Insurance Services Office (ISO), a provider of data, underwriting, risk management, and legal/regulatory services to property-casualty insurers and other clients.
The City of Peoria has a strict policy against open burning in the City limits of Peoria. Open burning is only allowed for recreational purposes (camp fire, wiener roast, etc.), providing a fire permit ($10 fee) is obtained. For more information on open burning and/or recreational fire permits, contact Division Chief of Fire Prevention Nate Rice at 309-494-8700 or 309-494-8794.
Slow down and try to move safely to the far right-hand lane, if possible.
To find the nearest fire station, download the Fire Station map (PDF).
The City of Peoria EMS (Emergency Medical System) is a two-tier system. The Peoria Fire Department is the first responder, with 19 paramedics and 7 intermediates. The transport agency is the second component.
The Peoria Fire Department responds with basic life support (BLS-B Med) and advanced life support (ALS) non-transport capabilities first and provides life-savings techniques. When the advanced life support (ALS) transport agency arrives on scene, care is transferred to them.
This two-tier system works well because the Peoria Fire Department can respond, on average, in four minutes or less and have the patient stabilized and ready to go once the transport agency arrives.
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You can apply online. If you want to receive an application by mail or need further information, call 309-494-8575.
The City accepts applications and resumes only for those positions which are vacant and posted. Click here to view current job openings. Resumes and applications should reference the particular job of interest and should be submitted prior to the deadline or screening date for consideration. Applicants should submit references and college transcripts, if applicable, to the position for which they are applying. The City requires the selected applicant pass a medical examination, including a drug screen, and possibly a background investigation. Residency requirements are position specific. For more details, reference the individual job posting.
The City of Peoria is a drug free work place, this includes marijuana. Please see labor contracts for details.
Most full time employment classifications receive the following benefit package upon employment:
The following benefits are available for election upon-full time employment:
Approximately 650 full-time employees.
No, unless there is an extreme extenuating circumstance, in which case, call the Legal Department at 309-494-8590.
The City Treasurer's Office, 419 Fulton Street, Room 100 at City Hall. You may pay by cash, check or money order through the mail or in person. As of this time, no electronic form of payment is accepted unless it is an Environmental Code Violation ticket. For this, you may pay by the above-stated directions, or pay online.
Only a licensed attorney or license property management company may appear on your behalf.
Contact Code Enforcement at 309-494-8654.
Contact your Inspector at Code Enforcement at 309-494-8600.
A ticket for tall weeds or other environmental violations are issued and if the fine is unpaid it becomes a case in Administrative Court. The ticket and subsequent court case is for the violation of the City Code. If the litter/weeds remain and the City has to pay a contractor to removes the debris or mow the weeds, a “work order” invoice will be sent to the property owner from Accounts Receivable. If unpaid, the invoice may be sent to collections and/or filed as a lien against the property.
Contact the Circuit Clerk's Criminal Division at 309-672-6000.
You may consult an attorney to represent your interest, file an answer to the complaint, or appear in court for your scheduled hearing date.
No, unless an Order granting ownership is issued by a Judge.
The Code for the City of Peoria requires that all non-owner occupied properties within the City must be registered (see Municode – Registration of Lots).
Contact Accounts Receivable at 309-494-8588.
The violation penalties are on a scale set by the Liquor Commissioner or Deputy Liquor Commissioner. The first and second violations, such as serving an underage person, are usually monetary fines. The third violation can result in a suspension or revocation of the liquor license.
The City Legal Department cannot provide legal services to private citizens. For assistance with legal representation contact one of these organizations.
Impound Information (PDF)
You must pay the amount of the lien and any costs associated with said lien at the City Treasurer's Office in City Hall. Upon receipt of such payment, the lien will be released. For an exact payoff of the amount contact the Legal Department at 309-494-8590.
The State of Illinois has established defined benefit pension plans for police officers and firefighters in Illinois. A defined-benefit retirement plan is a type of pension plan in which an employer/ sponsor promises a specified monthly benefit on retirement that is predetermined by a formula based on the employee's earnings history, tenure of service and age, rather than depending directly on individual investment returns. Illinois has more than 1,298 municipalities and more than 650 public safety pension funds. Public safety employees are entitled to retirement benefits, and those benefits are established by the State of Illinois, not the City of Peoria.
Pensions are funded by employee contributions, investment returns, and municipal contributions. Employee contributions are set by the State (9.91% of pay for police and 9.455% if of pay for fire). The State has created local boards to oversee the investments on behalf of active and retired police officers and firefighters. The City has two of the five seats on the pension board. Investment returns are set to achieve 6.5% annually, and if the investment target is not met, the City has to make up the difference. If the investment returns exceed expectations, it can reduce the amount the City has to contribute. The amount the City has to fund is determined by an actuary, or by the Illinois Department of Insurance every year. Under state law, police and fire pension systems must achieve 90% funding by 2040.
According to reports from the Illinois Department of Insurance, the city’s police and fire pension funds have $165 million and $149 million in unfunded pension liabilities, respectively, and just under 50 cents on hand for every $1 needed to pay for future pension benefits. Because of the City’s fiscal condition, both funds have more retirees collecting pensions than actively paying into the system.
For many years, Peoria used income taxes and property taxes to make its contributions to public safety pensions. Today, 73% of the City's property taxes go to police and fire pensions. Public safety pension funding is the fastest-growing portion of the City's budget. The growth in these contributions have diverted municipal revenues away from funding other important programs and services. In 2008 the City contributed $8.5 million to police and fire pensions. In 2018, the City contributed $18.4 million to police and fire pensions. The City took two rescue squads out of service in 2019, and have left numerous police officer positions vacant in order to balance the budget. Total headcount in the City is at the lowest levels in 25 years.
Since the City Council is concerned about increasing property taxes too high, there was no desire to increase property taxes to cover pension obligations. The City established the Public Safety Pension Fee to meet the pension obligations. The fee is based upon the size of the structure on a property.
The Public Safety Pension Fee is a new fee started in 2019 to be used entirely to fund state-obligated police and fire pension payments and reduce the burden on the city of Peoria's property taxes. The new Public Safety Pension Fee has been enacted for three years (2019 to 2021).
Each residential and commercial property within the city of Peoria limits regardless if it is a vacant lot, or if are one or more structures, will be charged the new Public Safety Pension Fee. Each property owner will be charged a fee rate based on the square footage of the structure(s). This means that the fee rate for both residential and commercial structures are the same.
Police and fire are deemed to be essential public services and are offered to all residents and structures within the City. The City Council believed a fee on the structure size on each property would be an equitable way to divide costs between potential users. Those with larger structure sizes will pay larger annual fees.
The following chart shows the amount of the Public Safety Pension Fee for 2021 based on structure size:
Government-owned parcels are exempt from the fee.
Any person or entity liable for public safety pension fee who fails to pay such fee when due, or any portion thereof, shall pay to the city a penalty of $5 per month up to the first six months or part of a month within which a delinquency remains. If the fee, or any portion thereof, remains delinquent beyond six months, any person liable for the fee shall pay to the city a penalty of $20 per month for every month thereafter within which a delinquency remains.
Yes, government buildings are exempt from the Public Safety Pension Fee. There are no other exemptions.
At this time, there are not waivers for property owners with low or fixed incomes.
Police and fire services remain even if a structure is vacant. The Public Safety Pension Fee is based on the structure size regardless of occupancy.
City council voted to allow the fee to sunset after the 2021 December Pension Fee Bill. This is in accordance with the original 2018 Public Safety Pension Fee ordinance that called for three bills: 2019, 2020, and 2021 and for City Council to make a determination to continue the fee or to allow the ordinance to expire. On November 6, 2021, Council voted to allow the ordinance to expire after the 2021 bill. The bill dated: December 1, 2021, is your final Public Safety Pension Fee bill.
There are four convenient ways to pay.
The property owner at the time of billing is responsible for the entire year’s fee.
Every property owner is obligated to pay for police and fire services. However, if you believe you were billed for the incorrect square footage, please complete the form on the Public Safety Pension Fee Dispute page.
Sample Public Safety Pension Fee Bill (PDF)
The Public Safety Pension Fee bill will have the name indicated at the top of the invoice. The mailing address for the bill will also reflect City of Peoria, Public Safety Pension Fee, P.O. Box 5128, Peoria, IL 61601.
You will receive a bill for each property you own within the city of Peoria. You will be asked to submit payment separately for each property, as well, to ensure the payment is applied to the correct property.
No. The Public Safety Pension Fee and Stormwater Utility payments need to be remitted separately to make sure the payment is applied to the correct property and account.
The City Council, Mayor, and City Manager want to ensure a fair and equitable way to meet the city's Public Safety Pension funding needs. A fee also ensures all users are contributing to the Public Safety Pension funding needs. Property taxes are more challenging to adjust and evaluate in the short term.
Per City of Peoria Ordinance 17,641, An Ordinance Creating Article XVIII (Public Safety Pension Fee) of Article 18 (Licenses and Miscellaneous Business Regulations) of the Code of the City of Peoria
Understanding the delinquency notice -
Notice Date: This is the date the delinquency notice was generated.
Late Fee: Total amount of the late fee charged to the account. Please note that late a late fee of $5 will be applied for the first 6 delinquent months. Any remaining balances after 6 months, will incur an increased late fee of $20 per month. Charges remaining after one year of delinquency are subject to collections or further action by the city.
Past Due Balance: Original Bill Amount plus Late Fee Charge
Due Upon Receipt: The total balance must be remitted within 30 days of the date on the delinquency notice to avoid further penalty fees.
A rezoning or a special use is required when a property owner proposes to use their land for purposes other than those permitted by the current zoning classification. The filing procedure for applications is the same. The following is the process:
Variance permits are requested by citizens in specific cases where strict enforcement of a zoning regulation would cause unnecessary or unusual hardship. The Board of Zoning Appeals hears requests for variances and can vary or modify a regulation. An application for a variance must contain a surveyed plat and a statement of the unusual circumstances or unique physical characteristics which would cause an unreasonable hardship on the applicant with the strict enforcement of the requirements of the Zoning ordinance. These may include exceptional narrowness, shallowness, size, or topographic conditions of the property.
The process for a variance is as follows:
At the public hearing, the applicant or a representative must appear to present the proposal and answer questions. Other interested parties will also be allowed to speak. After hearing the testimony, the Board will take action on the request by either approving the request (with or without conditions), deny the request, or defer for additional consideration. The process takes approximately one month.
Requests for Peoria Police Department Records are handled through the Freedom of Information Act. You must submit your request in writing in order to help us determine the exact information you are requesting and your right to access. You can submit your request by:
A sample of our form: FOIA Request Form for Police Records Only (PDF).
If you feel you may be a victim of a financial crime, these documents may be helpful:
If you feel you are a victim of a property crime, you will need to complete the following form and follow the instructions for submittal to Peoria Police Department:
Citizen Property Loss Report Form (PDF)
Qualified individuals may come to the Police Station at 600 SW Adams Street, Peoria, IL 61602 and fill out a registration form.
Usually twice a year the City of Peoria and County of Peoria has an auction of vehicles and equipment. These days are set by the City of Peoria Purchasing Office. You may call them for more information at 309-494-8508.
Sec. 20-96. Obstructing the public way.
(a) No person shall stand, sit, lie, walk or act in any other manner, alone or in concert with others:
(1) To obstruct any public street, public highway, public sidewalk or any other public place or building by hindering or impeding or tending to hinder or impede the free and uninterrupted passage of vehicular or pedestrian traffic; or
(2) To commit in or upon any public street, public highway, public sidewalk or any other public place or building any act or thing which is an obstruction or interference to the free and uninterrupted use of property or with any business lawfully conducted by anyone in or upon or facing or fronting on any such public street, public highway, public sidewalk or any other public place or building, all of which prevents the free and uninterrupted ingress or egress therein, thereon or thereto.
(b) When any person violates any of the conditions enumerated herein before, any police officer shall order that person to cease and desist from further violation of this section.
(c) Any person who fails or refuses to obey the order of a police officer given pursuant to this section shall be in violation of this section and shall be subject to a fine of not less than $75 for the first offense and not less than $125 for the second offense occurring within one year of the first offense. In any event, the maximum fine shall be as provided in section 1-5 of this Code for each offense.
(Code 1957, § 22-28.1; Ord. Number 15235, § 3, 12-11-01)
For additional information:
Division 2. Curfew, Sec. 20-71. - Municipal Code that addresses curfew within the City of Peoria. See additional information regarding the City of Peoria Curfew.
Peoria Police Department curfew Public Service Announcement - May 24, 2016 (PDF)
The following are links to sites that talk about Child Passengers:
A complaint of wrong doing or inappropriate action on the part of any employee of the Peoria Police Department.
When a person has a complaint against a police department employee (sworn or civilian), the complaint may be filed in person, by telephone or by completing the Citizen Commendation/Complaint Form (PDF) and sending it to the Department.
Illinois law (50 ILCS 725/3.8(b)) requires that anyone filing a complaint against a sworn police officer must have the complaint supported by a sworn affidavit. This can be done by using a notary public.
Complaints alleging disagreements on traffic or parking tickets or probable cause for an arrest are examples of complaints that may not be taken since they are best suited for a judicial review and decisions.
Yes. As in the case with a potentially punitive process, the accused is afforded the right of knowing what they are accused of and who the accusers are. This is done in fairness to the employee just as it is for any other person.
Whenever possible, investigations will be concluded within 30 days unless unusual circumstances warrant an extension. The Department will make every effort to keep the complainant advised of any delays and the disposition of the investigation.
If a complaint is made on a good faith belief of truth and the Department member is cleared, the complaint will be closed without further action. If it is determined the allegation was intentionally false or intended to discredit or embarrass the Department member, you may be subject to criminal charges or a civil lawsuit.
You may contact the Police-Community Relations Committee at 309-494-8450 or email the Community Relations Committee or phone the Chief of Police at 309-494-8335.
Residential Properties must be registered/licensed if they fall under any of the categories listed below:
Some Non-Owner Occupied Properties can qualify as "Exempt." Exempt properties must still be registered, however the required registration fee is waived if the properties meet one or more of the following criteria:
*A Duplex is the only qualifying multi-family property eligible for exemption
*Short-Term Rental Properties are not eligible for any other exemption
For renewals, you are required to bring your list of properties to be renewed. For new properties, bring a completed Property Registration Form for the new property.
Include your payment and your list of properties that are to be renewed. If you are registering new properties, include a completed Property Registration Form for the new property or properties.
Email the Property Registration Division of the Office of Accounts Receivable. We will process your registration and send you an invoice back via email payment which can then be mailed or brought to City Hall, where you can pay in the Treasurer's office or place payment in the drop box, including your invoice number.
Include your payment and your list of properties that are to be renewed. If you are registering new properties include a completed Property Registration Form for the new property or properties. Place payment, list, and registration forms (if applicable) in a single envelope and place in the drop box located in front of City Hall.
The City of Peoria offers single-stream recycling, which means there’s no need to sort materials. All acceptable materials can be put directly into your recycling cart, simply make sure they are empty and rinsed out.
Call GFL Environment at 309-688-0760 or click Sign Up for Recycling to request your 95-gallon single stream recycling cart with wheels and a lid, with no deposit required. To take advantage of the recycling collection, you must use the provided cart and please remember it is the property of GFL Environment.
If you have too much recycling for your cart on a regular basis, you may request an additional 95-gallon cart at no cost.
Visit the Collection Schedule Map and enter your address. Route Day will let you know what day of the week to set out the recycling cart.
With every other week recycling, there are two schedules. Recycle Week lets you know if you are Schedule A or Schedule B. You can download a printable schedule here
On your collection day, set the recycling cart at the curb or alley, wherever your trash cart is picked up.
Carts need to be set out before 6 am on your collection day. It may be put out as early as 3 pm the previous day. Be sure the cart is not blocked by cars, snow or mailboxes and is at least three feet away from other carts.
After pickup, move the recycling cart from the curb or alley within 24 hours. It needs to be placed in your garage or alongside your house or garage, it cannot be in front or back of your house.
Fill out a missed pickup report.
Ensure your cart lid is closed and that your recycling cart is positioned three feet away from your trash cart.
Place your cart so the front is facing outward along the edge of the curb or alley.
Do not put needles, hazardous waste, yard waste or electronic waste inside your recycling cart.
The City of Peoria's current form of government consists of one Mayor; 5 District Council Members, each representing one of five Council Districts; and 5 At-Large Council Members, each representing the City as a whole. The terms are staggered so that the At-Large Council Members are elected at one time and the District Council Members and the Mayor are elected at the next election.
The method of election is different for the type of Council Member. Each is elected for a four-year term. The last election was in 2019 for the five At-Large Council Member positions, for terms that run from 2019 to 2023. The At-Large Council Members are elected by a cumulative voting process which allows the voter to distribute a total of five votes to one or up to five candidates.
The Mayor and District Council Members were elected in 2021 for terms that run from 2021 to 2025. The Mayor and District Council members are elected by a traditional one-vote method; i.e., in each Council District, a voter is allowed to vote for one candidate for District Council Member, in addition to being allowed one vote for a candidate for Mayor.
The City is considering new Council Districts due to population changes that resulted from the 2020 Census. The U.S. Voting Rights Act and the 1987 lawsuit settlement, which affected the electoral structure, require the five Council Districts to remain in place and the redistricting to take place following receipt of the census reports every ten years.
The boundary changes are required to have nearly equal districts based on the 2020 Census population data. For five districts, the goal of each district is 22,630 people with a maximum deviation of 5% [21,498 to 23,761]. To reach the goal of 22,630 people, the 1st District would need to expand by 3,938 people, the 2nd District would need to grow by 1,555 people, the 3rd District would need to grow by 1,113 people, the 4th District would need to contract by 1,329 people and the 5th District would need to contract by 5,568 people.
The City Council, on December 14, 2021, appointed the City Council Committee as a Whole for the purpose of making a recommendation on boundaries for City Council Districts.
The case is captioned Joyce Banks, et al. versus City of Peoria and it was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois in 1987. The case number is 87-2371. The settlement was approved in November 1987.
The City Council will make a decision on District boundaries.
Any change in the method of election or the number of Council Districts must be done by referendum. The referendum question may be initiated by the City Council or by citizen petition. If the referendum question is initiated by the City Council, the City would seek approval of the Federal District Court to hold the referendum.
Proceed with five Districts and change the boundaries based on 2020 Census data.
The City of Peoria Redistricting Committee would make a recommendation to the Council on possible boundary changes, with the final decision made by the City Council. Potential boundaries would take into consideration the listed criteria. The City Council would pass an ordinance changing the boundaries.
District Council Members will be elected in 2025.
Proceed with public meetings regarding 5 Council District boundary amendments.
A vacant lot that is contiguous to a homeowner’s lot. This lot can be adjacent to your property on either side or directly behind your lot. It cannot be across the street or the alley.
A member of our team will review your application and make sure that it meets the qualifying criteria. Not all requests will be granted, the City reserves the right to deny the application, see “Why my application was denied?” for additional details.
The process from application to closing takes approximately 1 to 2 months.
Email is the primary form of communication used by the City of Peoria Side Lot Program. Applicants must provide an email address in order to apply. Information regarding application status will be sent to applicants via the email address they provided. You will receive a confirmation email once your application is submitted.
The City denies applications for the following reasons:
Applications are on a first come, first serve basis.
No, the City will not subdivide a parcel. The Side Lot Program offers whole lots only.
You can direct questions to the Community Development Department:
Yes, there are fees associated with purchasing the property from the City of Peoria. The Peoria County Recorder of Deeds charges approximately $57 for the recording of the deed and the City of Peoria charges $50 for the processing fee. The total cost for a side lot is $107.
No. When the lot is sold, no unpaid taxes by the previous owner will be transferred to you.
The amount of yearly property tax you will pay is determined by the Peoria County Assessor and based on the assessed value of the property and the tax rates for all local governments providing services in your community.
This is not an estimate of your future taxes. It is only meant to provide a sense of what the property taxes are on vacant lots. Here are the taxes paid for a few vacant lots sold by the City of Peoria:
You must maintain the lot in accordance with the City of Peoria Municipal Code. The following information is presented as links to Municode to better provide a complete picture of what is required and possible with your side lot:
Additionally, lots purchased from the Side Lot Program are all zoned Residential, meaning you may build on the lot as long as it's in accordance with the City of Peoria Zoning Ordinance on residential lots. You may also build one accessory storage structure (shed, garage, etc.) or place a fence, if both parcels are under the same ownership to be considered one zoning lot, any required permits are obtained, and work is done in accordance with the Unified Development Code. Any additional questions can be emailed to the Side Lot Program or please call the Community Development office at 309-494-8600.
Yes, it is a requirement of the Side Lot Program. If you want to add anything to the lot, i.e. garage or fence, you must combine the side lot to your existing parcel. This is a simple process and allows for one tax bill. There is no fee for combining parcels.
The Peoria County Recorder of Deeds holds records of property ownership. The entire process takes approximately 1 to 2 months. After that time period, the City of Peoria will contact you and mail a copy of the deed to you.
A stormwater utility is an enterprise fund created to finance wet weather management. Similar utilities exist for water, sewer, electricity, and other services. Funds raised by a stormwater utility can only apply to wet weather needs and may not be used for any unrelated purposes.
Impervious surface areas like rooftops, sidewalks, walkways, patio areas, driveways, parking lots, sheds, and more that don't allow stormwater to do what it normally does - soak into the ground.
The stormwater utility fee is based on the amount of impervious surface area on a property. Each billing unit will be set per 1,000 square feet of impervious area.
Homeowners will be able to apply for credits if they are able to successfully manage runoff on their property. More details about credits will come soon.
Peoria's Stormwater Utility Code established the initial rate of $3 per billing unit for the years 2018 and 2019. Section 31-164 of the SWU Code also established the rate for years beyond 2019. The rate increases to $4 on January 1, 2020, and $5 on January 1, 2021. Beginning on January 1, 2022, the SWU billing rate will increase annually equal to the cost of inflation established by the U.S. Department of Labor Midwest Urban Area Consumer Price Index.
Stormwater runoff directly correlates to the amount of impervious surfaces on a property. Runoff can be very damaging. Impervious surfaces allow the water to fill up our pipes and streams faster, increasing the potential for street and/or storm system flooding during heavy rains. This results in increased maintenance and repair requirements of the storm sewer system. By basing the fee on the impervious surface area, residents would pay for the water they contribute to the system.
City staff believes a stormwater utility fee is a right option for Peoria for a number of reasons:
Not only will we have the funding needed to repair crucial infrastructure, we will be able to beautify and strengthen our community. A stormwater utility will help us maintain green infrastructures like rain gardens, permeable pavers, bioswales, and more. These elements have co-benefits, including:
Rainfall and snowmelt pick up whatever chemical compounds and/or trash lie on pavement and flow directly into our creeks, streams and river. A stormwater utility could help us restore the natural hydrologic function we disrupted with pavement and other impervious surfaces, and would slow, cleanse and recharge groundwater once again. This reversal would not only benefit people, but also the animals and fish that rely on those water sources.
A stormwater utility could help Peoria afford more street sweeping, preventing flooding from pollution-clogged inlets. Also, green infrastructure could help absorb and retain water, lessening the occurrence of flooding.
We could increase surrounding property values by improving public rights-of-way and repurposing vacant/blighted lots. We could also spur reinvestment and increase economic activity, including tourism, for nearby businesses by creating green spaces and roads that encourage multiple types of transportation.
A portion of the stormwater utility could be used for green infrastructure maintenance, which would provide a scale and scope of design and construction work that could be met by local companies. Green infrastructure could create a demand for workforce training and education to build capacity for these public and private jobs.
Using green infrastructure (bump-outs, bioswales, green streets, rain gardens) to address CSOs and stormwater runoff will beautify areas of town, especially parts of older neighborhoods. Studies have shown that green spaces are linked to improvements in mental health, stress reduction and can foster community.
We could create landscape designs that maintain sight lines, define public and private spaces, control access and encourage residents to spend time outside interacting and building stronger community ties.
Many elements make up our stormwater infrastructure, including ditches, creeks, pipes and culverts, ponds and lakes, curbs and gutters, inlets and manholes, wetlands, rain gardens, and bioswales. Almost all properties use the stormwater system.
Our first sewers were designed over 100 years ago to carry both stormwater and sewage from homes and businesses. During dry weather, sewage flows safely through our sewers to the Greater Peoria Sanitary District wastewater treatment plant. However, between 20 to 30 times a year, the sewers are overwhelmed by incoming rainwater or melting snow. This causes untreated sewage to overflow into the Illinois River.
During wet weather… Between 20 and 30 times a year, stormwater from rain or melting snow overloads these sewers. They don’t have enough capacity to carry wastewater to the Greater Peoria Sanitary District's (GPSD) treatment plant. So untreated sewage flows over the internal dam into the Illinois River.
During Dry Weather… Peoria’s combined stormwater/sanitary sewers work much like a modern sanitary sewer. All sewage from homes and businesses is sent to the treatment plant by a “regulator,” or small dam, in the sewer.
Peoria built its first sewers in the late 1800s to carry rainwater and melting snow away from homes, businesses, and streets. When indoor plumbing came later, homeowners and business owners hooked their sewage lines to those same sewers, combining stormwater and sewage in one pipe. This was standard practice in many U.S. cities at the time, especially in the Northeast and Midwest. By 1931, the combined sewers were connected to the new Greater Peoria Sanitary District treatment plant through a new riverfront interceptor sewer. However, the old sewers still retained their ability to overflow when sewage levels got too high. If they didn't have this escape valve, raw sewage would back up into people's basements and streets. (In new neighborhoods today, we avoid this problem by building separate sewers for stormwater and sewage.)
Timeline of Watershed Moments (PDF)
Raw sewage in the river is a health hazard, hurts our environment, and harms efforts to revitalize the Peoria Riverfront. Raw sewage carries bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other pathogens. Other pollutants typically found in sewer overflows include oxygen-depleting substances, suspended solids, toxic substances, nutrients, trash, and debris. According to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, full-body contact recreation (swimming, jet skiing, water skiing, etc.) is impaired due to bacteria contamination.
Starting in 1987 (through 1994), Peoria proactively undertook about $10 million (in 1980s dollars) in projects to reduce overflows. Projects included: Separating sewers in seven drainage basins by constructing either new sanitary or storm sewers to separate the combined flows; Constructing swirl concentrators at two locations to remove trash from overflows; Using a mile-long, 60-inch and 48-inch diameter sewer to store excess flows until downstream capacity is available in the riverfront interceptor; Installing gates to control the amount of flow discharged to the interceptor sewer and backflow valves to prevent the river from flowing into the interceptor sewers during flood conditions; Constructing treatment plant improvements and installing telemetry to monitor and report on sewer flows.
The benefits included reducing …
The City has long maintained a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program permit that regulates discharges of untreated overflows resulting from combined sewers into the river. Due to evolving regulations, our municipality is required to develop a long-term control plan to reduce the incidence of CSOs. We must work to bring the number down as close to zero as possible. Since about 2007, Peoria has been diligently working to prepare a responsible plan that meets Clean Water Act requirements.
We have the power to demonstrate our dedication to meeting Clean Water Act requirements while improving public rights of way and beautifying our City. Peoria is proposing a cost-effective approach using 100% green infrastructure. Rather than constructing more capital-intensive "gray" infrastructure (like pipes, tanks, or tunnels), the City seeks to employ proven techniques to prevent stormwater from entering combined sewers in the first place. From a single rainstorm, Peoria needs to be able to capture about 60 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water or about 37 million gallons.
This approach promotes the natural movement of water in a way that complements our City's unique natural topography and soil composition - instead of forcing it to wash down paved streets, into manmade drains, then into massive pipes and tanks. Reducing sewer overflows will reduce the loading of pathogens and other pollutants into the Illinois River. Although it won't solve all the river's problems, like siltation, it will be a start toward a cleaner river and healthier riverfront.
At present, negotiations are continuing in earnest with regulators.
Our proposed green infrastructure approach will be more cost-effective than gray for meeting Peoria's CSO obligation. Nonetheless, making these improvements likely will be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. City leaders and our citizens will be tasked with identifying funding streams for this mandate. There will be costs associated with:
Peoria is conducting a global financial analysis to determine what our City and our citizens could reasonably afford to fund. An exact dollar amount is not available at this time because:
This federal mandate is not going away. As a community, we must have serious discussions about how to address it. Continued non-compliance with the Clean Water Act requirements will lead to major fines and penalties. It’s better to keep our dollars here to improve our community than to send fines to Springfield and Washington, D.C.
We all share responsibility for the health of the river and the health of the community. Peoria is here because of the Illinois River. As a community, we need to protect it and stop dumping raw sewage into it. Also, it's important to remember that when the City first built newer neighborhoods, people in older neighborhoods helped pay for some of the new infrastructures. Now it is time to bring the old sewers up to 21st-century standards, and the entire community shares in that responsibility. Also, many of our newer neighborhoods that have separated sewers discharge sewage into the combined sewers as part of the sewage's path to the treatment plant. Therefore, these separate sewers are also contributing to the combined sewer overflow problem.
Your existing best management practice may qualify for a credit if it was built to the required credit design standards, has been properly maintained, and functions as it was designed to function. Your existing best management practice must have its original capacity to qualify.
Both brick and gravel are considered impervious surfaces as they are typically not designed for stormwater infiltration. However, in the rare instance that these materials are used in a way designed for stormwater infiltration, the project may qualify for a green infrastructure or rate reduction credit.
You would still need to pay the utility fee because most surfaces, including grass, generate stormwater runoff. Native prairies and woodlands still generate runoff. Grass just generates less runoff than impervious surfaces. The City is using the impervious area to determine each property’s use of the system. This methodology is used by many other cities for their stormwater utilities. If the City were to do an actual drainage analysis of every property (that would be over 46,800 properties!), the administrative cost would be high and the general outcome of that effort would result in a cost distribution similar to using impervious area information.
The City is exploring solutions to lessen the impact of the stormwater utility on residents who have low income. We have discovered that most stormwater utilities do not offer a low- or fixed-income program.
Property owners who drain to a creek, ravine, pond, or lake still must pay the stormwater utility fee. These water bodies are important parts of the stormwater infrastructure system. Lakes often feature overflow structures that drain water into the stormwater system when the level rises too high. The stormwater system is made up of City-owned and privately-owned infrastructure and the utility will provide funds to help maintain that infrastructure. The Private Property Drainage Assistance Program and Stormwater Infrastructure Investment Grant are two programs to help private infrastructure maintenance.
If you are required to construct something by ordinance, you cannot receive a grant but you may be eligible for a credit. Grants reward green infrastructure construction when it isn’t mandated, but rather the property owner is taking extra steps to improve their property.