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.

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 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.


The City of Champaign has adopted the 2021 International Codes.

On January 9th, 2024 the City Council voted to adopt the 2021 International Codes.  All projects submitted for permit on or after February 1st, 2024 will follow the newly adopted codes and amendments.  Please see the Council Bill that provides more information regarding the code and amendments.


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


Please send questions, comments or suggestions to: [email protected]

Or call the Division office at 217-403-6100