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Tracy Sumpter, Director

Main Office:
141 South Main Street, Suite 501
Decatur, IL 62523

Phone: (217) 424-1466
Fax: (217) 424-1459

M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
excluding legal holidays

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Planning and Zoning Department

The Planning & Zoning Department provides the following services to property owners and others in Macon County:

  • Administers the Zoning, Subdivision, Floodplain, and Unified Storm Water ordinances that regulate land use in the unincorporated areas of Macon County.
  • Reviews permit and zoning applications, issues building permits and enforces the International Building Code for all new construction and remodel projects outside of the incorporated cities, villages and towns in the County.
  • Investigates alleged violations and complaints involving nuisances.
  • Maintains the Zoning District maps for the unincorporated areas.
  • Provides staff support for the Macon County Regional Planning Commission.

Rezoning, Special Use Permit, or Variances

County Ordinances

To view Planning & Zoning ordinances, go to

Building Permit Information

Wind Farms

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What building Codes does the County follow?2021-01-17T14:42:25-06:00
  • 2015 International Code Council (ICC)
  • 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC)
How do I file a nuisance complaint?2021-01-17T14:45:00-06:00

Fill out a nuisance Complaint Form and submit it to the Property Standards Officer for further investigation.

What are the fees for a building permit?2021-01-17T14:44:40-06:00
Why do we have building codes?2021-01-17T14:44:19-06:00

Building codes are designed to safeguard health and safety in every building.

Why do I need a permit to do this work?2021-01-17T14:43:59-06:00

By obtaining a permit, the local inspector oversees the work being done on the job site. Also work without a permit is illegal and can pose problems when you try to sell your house.

When do I apply for a permit?2021-01-17T14:43:39-06:00

A permit must be obtained before work begins.

What if I forgot to apply for a permit?2021-01-17T14:43:19-06:00

The permit fee will be doubled.

Planning & Zoning Department Downloads

To view current Planning & Zoning ordinances, visit

Decatur Urbanized Area Transportation Study FY2022 – 2025
1 file(s)
May 9, 2022
Land Disturbance Site Plan
1 file(s)
April 11, 2022
Land Disturbance Permit
1 file(s)
April 11, 2022
Petition for Special Use Permit
1 file(s)
January 27, 2021
Petition For Variance
1 file(s)
January 27, 2021
Petition for Rezoning
1 file(s)
January 27, 2021
Applicant Checklist and Fee Schedule
1 file(s)
August 31, 2020
Nuisance Complaint Form
1 file(s)
May 11, 2020
Garage/Shed – Building Permit Application
1 file(s)
March 13, 2020
New Residence/Room Addition – Building Permit Application
1 file(s)
March 13, 2020
2018 Regional Planning Commission Agendas
1 file(s)
August 23, 2018
Required Inspections
1 file(s)
March 14, 2018
Planning & Zoning Fee Schedule
1 file(s)
September 14, 2017
Planning & Zoning FOIA Request Form
1 file(s)
July 26, 2016
Wind Farm Exhibits
1 file(s)
August 13, 2015
Twin Forks Special Use Permit Application
1 file(s)
August 12, 2015