City Departments

City Staff is divided into City Departments which are directed by the City Manager in implementation of City ordinances, City Council goals, and in provisioning City services.

Building Safety

The Building Safety Division of the Champaign Fire Department is responsible for ensuring the enforcement of City codes relating to building construction. Responsibilities include receipt of all permit applications, review for compliance with codes, and inspection of all construction including building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, sprinkler and fire alarm systems.

City Manager’s Office

The City of Champaign has a City Manager / Council form of government. The City Manager is the Chief Executive Officer of the City, serving the nine member City Council to carry out City policy and manage the operations of the City.

Finance Department

The purpose of the Finance Department is to help its customers—Citizens, City Council and staff—use their resources to improve the quality of the City.

Fire Department

The mission of the Champaign Fire Department is to protect life and property through professional services delivered with compassion and integrity.

Human Resources Department

The Human Resources Department provides a leadership role in the management of all human resource areas, including: workers’ compensation, benefits, compensation, labor relations, unemployment compensation, safety and OSHA compliance, Equal Employment Opportunity compliance and employee training.

Information Technologies Department

The mission of the Information Technologies Department is to develop and use information technology resources to provide quality services to our citizens and staff.

Legal Department

The mission of the Legal Department is to provide the highest quality legal counsel to the City Council, City Manager, boards and commissions, departments, and all City officials in matters relating to their official duties.


While associated with the City in a number of ways, the Champaign Public Library is not technically a City department. Visit the library’s website to learn more about Library services.

Liquor Commissioner’s Office

The Mayor serves as the City’s Liquor Commissioner and oversees the enforcement of the Liquor Code and the Liquor Commissioner’s Rules and processes liquor license applications.

METCAD 9-1-1

METCAD answers emergency 9-1-1 calls for all of Champaign County. While not a City department, they’re listed here for your convenience.

Neighborhood Services Department

The Neighborhood Services Department is responsible for many issues that affect individuals and their homes, neighborhoods, and the larger community of Champaign.

Parking Programs

The Parking Division of the Public Works Department assists with parking needs, such as the Hill Street parking deck, parking meter locations, permits, tickets, and more.

Planning & Development Department

The Planning & Development Department’s mission is to engage in responsible and responsive planning to enhance the quality of life in the community by promoting the wellness of existing neighborhoods, protecting property values by encouraging compatible development, and providing for the future growth and stability of the City of Champaign.

Police Department

The mission of the Champaign Police Department is to preserve peace and order within the City through a cooperative effort with its citizens.

Public Works Department

The mission of the Public Works Department is to develop and maintain the City’s infrastructure and buildings, grounds and vehicular equipment, and provide specialized community services, such as tree care, recycling service, and parking enforcement.