Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement provides for permitting and inspections for code compliance in the City. The City monitors code compliance to ensure quality construction of all structures to protect the safety, health, property value and general welfare of its citizens.

To review the City Ordinances, please visit our Ordinances page.

The Planning and Zoning Commission meets the third Thursday of each month. Meetings are held in the City Council Chambers at 212 Third Avenue. Regularly scheduled meetings begin at 7:00pm. 

In monitoring for code compliance, the City performs the following inspections:

  • Building
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Property Maintenance
  • Zoning


The following codes are enforced in the City of Sterling:
2012 International Building Code
2012 International Residence Code for one and two family dwellings
2011 National Electric Code (NFPA-70)
2012 International Mechanical Code
2004 Illinois State Plumbing Code
2012 International Fire Code
2015 International Energy Conservation Code
2012 International Property Maintenance Code
2012 International Fuel Gas Code
1997 Illinois Accessibility Code