A building permit is not required for a driveway or patio as long as the patio is not covered. The City of Waterloo does not issue building permits for fences; however, JULIE should be called at 811 or 800-892-0123 to have the utilities located before any digging. In addition, the owner should be aware that Illinois Case Law protects the right to access public easements, so a fence placed in an easement is at the owner’s risk.
Yes, if the pool is over 24 inches deep. (Pools also require a 48 inch high barrier.)
The Zoning Map may be viewed or downloaded from this site, or maps may be viewed in the Zoning Office at City Hall.
The corners are marked with iron pins in most cases. A metal detector may be helpful in locating the corners. If this is unsuccessful, a surveyor can locate the property corners for a fee. The City does not have surveying capabilities and cannot assist in locating the corners.
These are normally referred to as “neighborhood squabbles”. If the disagreement cannot be settled amicably between the two neighbors, legal action may be the only resort. The City does not get involved in these disagreements.
The City’s ordinances require weeds over 8 inches tall to be cut. Report it to the City of Waterloo Police Dept. if the lot has a house or building on it. If the lot is vacant and not developed, report it to the Zoning Office.
Sign Permits are required for all business signs in the City of Waterloo. In general, the size permitted is 1 square foot of sign area for each lineal foot of building frontage. The sign language in the Zoning Code is complicated, and it is advisable to call the Zoning Office for each application.
A Special Use Permit for a Home Occupation is required. These may be granted by the Zoning Board of Appeals. Applications are available for downloading on this website or in the Zoning Office.
Setback requirements for each zoning district are shown in Section 40-2-3 (A), Area and Bulk Regulations, of the Zoning Code. It may be viewed at this website.