Building Safety Division

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.  Services are provided in accordance with goals established by the Development Services Task Force.

Champaign Code Review and Appeals Board meeting provides opportunity for feedback on recently adopted building and fire codes.

On Wednesday April 25th, Building Safety Division staff and the Code Review and Appeals Board will assemble at the Board’s regularly scheduled April meeting at 4:30pm in the Station #1 basement level at 307 S. Randolph St. The meeting’s purpose is to provide an additional opportunity to engage design professionals, developers, contractors and homeowners in discussion regarding the recently adopted 2015 building codes package. After the initial code review and public input process, the 2015 codes became law in the City of Champaign on June 1, 2017. There has been ample time to implement the codes and experience the effect of the codes in both commercial and residential applications.

Building Safety Division and the Board would like to invite all interested citizens who may wish to question a code requirement to submit a code modification proposal for the Board’s consideration. The code modification proposal should identify the code section in question and contain a thorough explanation and rationale supporting a proposed change. Proposals will be evaluated based on a life safety and a cost/benefit analysis.

Proposals should be submitted to the Building Safety Division e-mail at or in writing to the Building Safety Division office no later than March 25th. The Board will act on proposals of merit based upon the procedures listed in the Rules and Bylaws of the City of Champaign Code Review and Appeals Board. The Board will also be available to listen to any other verbal comments, concerns or suggestions.
Questions can be directed to Building Safety Supervisor Larry Happ at 217-403-6100 or


Permits Required

Permits are required whenever an owner or authorized agent intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to install, enlarge, alter, repair, or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, plumbing, sprinkler or fire alarm system.   Work exempt from permits includes roofing if no roof sheathing replacement (Illinois roofing license is required for all roofing contractors), yard barns not exceeding 120 square feet, fences (Zoning regulations do apply), playground equipment, and minor repair work to electrical, mechanical or plumbing systems.  Please contact Building Safety if there are questions about when a permit is required.

Permit Applications, Fees and Other Permit Information

Permit applications, permit fees and other information about applying for permits, as well as what to expect from the permit review process.

Codes and Amendments

The City of Champaign has adopted these documents as its Construction Codes. These code regulations are enforced by Champaign Fire Department, Building Safety Division.

 General Building Code Information:

Code Officials: Building Safe Video

FEMA Disaster Smart Video

Local Building Permits Issued – News-Gazette



Please send questions, comments or suggestions to:

Fire Station #1, 307 S Randolph St.
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