How to Apply

How to apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness:


  1. Contact the Planning & Redevelopment Division to discuss your project before applying for a building permit at (309)732-2900 or email.
  2. Download a Certificate of Appropriateness application and submit to the Planning & Redevelopment Division. Applications are due 15 days before scheduled meetings. In compelling circumstances, applicants may request a special meeting of the Preservation Commission if the next meeting is more than 15 days away.
  3. City staff will review the application, provide a report to the Commission and make a recommendation regarding approval or denial.
  4. The Preservation Commission will review the application at a public meeting during which the applicant or his/her representative must be present.
  5. Preservation Commission will approve or deny the COA application.
  6. If the COA is approved, applicants will receive the COA resolution usually within seven to 10 days.

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