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Permits and Licenses


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Projects that Require a Permit

To obtain a permit for any of the following projects, please complete the form/application provided.  Return the completed form/application and any required project information, documentation, and/or fees to the Village of Morton Zoning and Code Enforcement Department either in-person, by mail, or via email.  Permit fees can be paid in-person, by mail, or by phone by calling (309)266-5361.  Acceptable forms of payment include cash (in-person only), check, and credit/debit cards (excludes American Express).

The Village of Morton also offers a One Stop Shop program to assist in the organization and execution of new projects.  To make a One Stop Shop appointment, call Brad Marks at (309)266-5361 ext. 252.  Click here to learn more about this free service.

For reference, a complete copy of the Morton Municipal Code Book can be found here.

  • Any addition to an existing building
  • Any new building
  • Any permanent type signs
  • Any structural change to an existing building
  • Deck
  • Detached Garage
  • Driveway addition
  • Driveway, approach or curb replacement
  • Electrical – Any electrical job in excess of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or any increase in the electrical service will require a permit and appropriate inspections.
  • Fence  – Please note, the Village of Morton does not come out and mark property lines as we do not employ a surveyor.  A GIS map displaying the dimensions of your lot can be obtained through the Zoning and Code Enforcement Department or online through the Tazewell County GIS Viewer.  Property lines can often be determined by locating a lot pin and measuring the appropriate distances from that point.  Please call (309)266-5361 for more information.
  • Gazebo
  • Mural
  • Natural Gas Generator
  • Patio
  • Pergola
  • Play Structure
  • Plumbing – Alterations or modifications to existing plumbing will require a permit and inspections if anything is being moved any distance.  No permit or inspection will be required if the contractor is only resetting fixtures back to their exact location.
  • Repair or replacement of the sanitary or storm sewer line on the exterior of the structure
  • Roof Mounted/Ground Mounted Solar System
  • Storage Building
  • Structure Demolition – Please call the Zoning and Code Enforcement Department at (309)266-5361 for more information
  • Swimming pool (permanent above ground and in-ground)
    • Neither an electrical permit nor a building permit are required as long as the following conditions exist:
      • The swimming pool is temporary
      • The swimming pool is constructed on or above the ground
      • The swimming pool is nonmetallic, molded polymeric walls or inflatable fabric walls regardless of dimensions
      • The swimming pool has a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter built into the power cord from the manufacturer
      • The clearance in any direction to the water level and edge of water surface is a minimum of 22.5 feet from any overhead conductor
      • The swimming pool is located in the rear yard
      • The swimming pool meets the fence requirements as stated in 10-4-3 (N) of the Morton Municipal Code
    • Only an electrical permit with a fee of $100.00 is required as long as the following conditions exist:
      • The swimming pool is temporary
      • The swimming pool is constructed above ground or partially in the ground
      • The swimming pool does not have a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter built into the cord from the manufacturer and/or the swimming pool has any metallic components
      • The clearance in any direction to the water level and edge of water surface is a minimum of 22.5 feet from any overhead conductor
      • The swimming pool is located in the rear yard
      • The swimming pool meets the fence requirements as stated in 10-4-3 (N) of the Morton Municipal Code
    • A Swimming Pool Permit and an electrical permit fee of $200.00 are required for all in-ground and permanent above ground swimming pools
    • An electrical permit fee of $200.00 is required for all hot tubs and spas.
Projects that DO NOT Require a Permit

The Village of Morton does not require property owners and/or contractors to obtain a permit for any of the following projects:

  • Installing or replacing an egress window
  • Replacing windows, doors, siding, and/or shingles
  • Maintenance of or repairs to a fence, storage building, pergola, or deck
  • Replacing a sidewalk located on private property
  • HVAC repairs or replacements
Miscellaneous Zoning Forms & Applications
One Stop Shop

The Village of Morton also offers a One Stop Shop program to assist in the organization and execution of new projects.  To make a One Stop Shop appointment, call Brad Marks at (309)266-5361 ext. 252.  Click here to learn more about this free service.

Permit Fees

Basic Building Permit Fees

  • Above Ground Swimming Pool Permit – $50.00 fee
  • Accessory Structure Permit (deck, fence, gazebo, patio, pergola, storage building – $50.00 fee
  • Ground Mount Solar Panel Permit – $150.00 fee
  • In-Ground Swimming Pool Permit – $200.00 fee
  • Roof Mount Solar Panel Permit – $150.00 fee
  • Sanitary Sewer Tap or Storm Sewer Tap – $50.00 fee
  • Sign Permit – $50.00 fee ($25.00 if located within the Enterprise Zone)
  • Site Plan Review — $300.00 fee for new construction in any zoning district other than R-1 or R-2

ALL OTHER FEES FOR BUILDING PERMITS SHALL BE BASED ON THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULE:

  • Up to $1,000 Valuation — $35.00 fee
  • $1,000.01 to $5,000 Valuation — $50.00 fee
  • $5,000.01 to $50,000 Valuation — $50.00 fee plus $3.50 per $1,000 over $5,000
  • $50,000.01 to $100,000 Valuation — $207.50 fee plus $2.50 per $1,000 over $50,000
  • $100,000.01 to $500,000 Valuation — $332.50 fee plus $2.00 per $1,000 over $100,000
  • Over $500,000 Valuation — $1,132.50 fee plus $1.50 per $1,000 over $500,000

 

New Construction Building Permit Related Fees

  • Gas Service Line — $1,500
  • Curb Opening New Construction (Saw back of curb) — $50
  • Curb Opening Replacement — $200
  • Approach — $50
  • Water Tap — $50
  • Water Meter (¾”) 35gpm — $260
  • Water Meter (1″) 70gpm — $340
  • Water Meter (1½”) 120gpm — $650
  • Water Meter (2″) 170gpm — $855
  • Sewer Tap — $50
  • Storm Tap — $50
  • Gas Tap — $5.00 per front foot
  • Water Tap — $15.00 per front foot
  • Storm Sewer Tap — $10.00 per front foot

 

Fire Safety Permit Fees

  • Life Safety and Fire Prevention Code Plan Review, Inspection and Enforcement — $275.00
  • Fire Sprinkler System / Stand Pipe Plan Review — $275.00 (1-199 heads) / $400.00 (200+ heads)
  • Fire Detection and Alarm System Plan Review — $275.00

 

Building Permit Fees Related to Trails at Timber Oaks & Wolf Crossing Subdivisions

TRAILS AT TIMBER OAKS SUBDIVISION FEES

  • Water and Wastewater Surcharge — $18.50 per month
  • Utility Infrastructure Fee — $2,375.00 per lot
  • North Main Improvement Fee — $1,050.00 per lot

WOLF CROSSING SUBDIVISION FEES

  • Water and Wastewater Surcharge — $17.50 per month
  • Utility Infrastructure Fee — $2,255.00 per lot
  • North Main Improvement Fee — $1,000.00 per lot

 

Public Hearing Related Fees

  • Variance — $175.00
  • Special Use — $175
  • Zoning Amendment — $175.00
  • Plats (Preliminary of Final) — $150.00 plus $15.00 per lot on the final plat

 

Miscellaneous Fees

  • Annexation Fee — $250.00
  • Zoning Map — $10.00
  • Zoning Ordinance — $30.00
  • Subdivision Construction Standards — $20.00
  • Excavation — $300.00 or $60.00 per square yard (whichever is greater)
Contractor Licensing
Inspections

Per Ordinance 20-26, the building inspection fee for a single family residential construction shall be calculated at a rate of $0.25 per finished square foot, excluding garage or basement area, with a minimum inspection fee of $50.00.  The building inspection fee for commercial, industrial or multi-family residential construction shall be calculated at a rate of $2.00 per $1,000.00 of construction costs, with a minimum inspection fee of $50.00.

If  a scheduled inspection is to be cancelled, the owner of the property or the contractor must contact the zoning department at least two (2) hours prior to the scheduled inspection time.  All inspections not cancelled at least two (2) hours before the scheduled inspection time shall be charged a re-inspection fee.

  • 1st Re-Inspection Request – $50.00
  • 2nd Re-Inspection Request – $75.00
  • 3rd Re-Inspection Request – $100.00
  • 4th Re-Inspection Request – $125.00
FAQ’s

Q: Can someone from the Village of Morton come out and mark my property lines?

The Village of Morton does not employ a surveyor.  A GIS map displaying the dimensions of your lot can be obtained online through the Tazewell County GIS Viewer or through the Zoning and Code Enforcement Department by calling (309)266-5361.  Property lines can often be determined by locating a lot pin and measuring the appropriate distances from that point.

Q: Can someone from the Village come out and mark my water line for some repairs I’m having done?

For any projects that require digging, residents or contractors must first contact JULIE.  Village of Morton utility technicians will not mark any utilities until a locate request is received through the JULIE system.  For more information on requesting a locate for your project, click here or call 811.

Q: Do I need a permit if I am replacing a storage building, fence, deck, gazebo, pergola or driveway?

Yes, a permit is required for all of the above named projects.  You can find more information on each individual project in the ‘Projects that Require a Permit’ section above.