Building & Zoning

Codes to Protect Residents & Visitors

City Codes are established to protect the health, safety, and welfare of residents and also visitors to Pontiac. The building and zoning office is responsible for enforcing city and state codes. The building and zoning office recognizes the importance of maintaining the quality of life that Pontiac residents and property owners deserve and enjoy.

Code Violations

If a property owner is found to be in violation of a city code and does not take corrective action, an abatement is issued and the property owner can be fined no less than $50 and not more than $500.

Each day a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense. The following are guidelines and codes that all citizens need to be aware of to ensure that no violations exist.

Codes Currently In Effect

  • International Building Code 2012*: Ordinance 2014-0-012
  • International Residential Code 1 & 2 Family Dwellings 2012*: Ordinance 2014-0-013
  • International Fire Prevention Code 2012*: Ordinance 2014-0-014
  • International Property Maintenance Code 2012: Ordinance 2014-0-015
  • International Mechanical Codes 2012: Ordinance 2014-0-016
  • International Existing Building Code 2012: Ordinance 2014-0-017
  • National Electrical Code 2011: Ordinance 2014-0-018
  • All Appendices to the Adopted International Codes
  • State of Illinois Plumbing Code (2014)
  • Pontiac Code of Ordinances, as amended
  • Illinois Energy Conservation Code 2015 (IECC as amended, from time to time)
  • Illinois Radon Resistant Construction Act 420 ILCS 52/1
  • Illinois Accessibility Code, The Americans with Disabilities Act - 2010

* - As Amended

Ground
Snow
Load
Wind
Speed
Topographic
Effects
Seismic
Design
Category
Weathering Frost
Line
Depth
Termite Winter
Design
Temp.
Ice
Shield
Required
Flood
Hazard
Air
Freezing
Index
Mean
Annual
Temp.
20 PSF
90 Miles per Hour
No A Severe 32 Inches
Moderate to Heavy
-4 F
Yes Per FEMA
1500 50 F