Building, Zoning & Inspection

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Mission Statement
The Building, Zoning and Inspection Department is responsible for implementing building and zoning codes within the city.  Our mission is to reflect a positive public image by providing the efficient and professional service possible, to ensure quality construction, safe housing, and compliance with the city's building and zoning codes.  Accomplishment of these goals are intended to promote and encourage pride in home and business ownership, project a positive image of the city, encourage growth, development, and a better quality of life for our citizens. 

 
Steve Willaredt
Building & Zoning Administrator
2000 Edison Ave.

Phone (618) 452-6218
Fax (618) 452-6246
E-Mail: stevew@granitecity.illinois.gov

Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday - Friday

Department Goals
The Building & Zoning Department aims to regulate structures and land uses in order to preserve, protect, and promote the public health, safety, and welfare of our citizens through implementation of the City’s comprehensive plan. More specifically, our goal is to assist in achieving the following objectives:

       (a) to create and promote a developer-friendly atmosphere in conjunction with the Economic Development
             Dept., thereby encouraging community progress and growth;

       (b) to encourage the development of buildings and uses on appropriate sites in order to maximize
             community-wide social and economic benefits while accommodating the particular needs of all
             residents, and to also discourage development on inappropriate sites;

       (c) to protect and enhance the character and stability of sound existing residential, commercial, and  
             industrial areas, and to gradually eliminate non-conforming uses and structures;

       (d) to conserve and increase the value of taxable property throughout this municipality;

       (e) to ensure the provision of adequate light, air, and privacy for the occupants of all buildings;

       (f) to protect property from damage caused by fire, flooding, poorly controlled storm water runoff, and 
             adverse soil and topographical conditions;

       (g) to provide adequate and well-designed parking and loading space for all buildings and uses, and 
             to reduce vehicular congestion on the public streets and highways;

       (h) to guide the provision of water mains, sanitary sewers, storm water sewers, and other utilities and 
             services, and to reduce the initial costs and future maintenance expenses thereof;

       (i) to provide for the efficient administration and fair enforcement of all the regulations set forth by the 
            Municipal Zoning Code; and

       (j) to clearly and concisely explain the procedure for obtaining variances, special use permits, 
            amendments, special exemption permits and the like to the public.