Licensed & Registered Contractors: Do I need one and how do I know if my contractor is registered?

Contractors performing work that requires a building permit must be registered before they can obtain a permit for the work.  Having a contractor registered with the City means the contractor has insurance to cover liability claims that may arise while working at your property.  It also means your contractor is bonded, so in the event the project isn’t completed or below standard, you’re financially protected to get the project finished or up to par.  To find out if your contractor is registered with the City of Sterling, please call the Building and Zoning Department at 815-632-6624

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1. What type of work requires a permit?
2. Licensed & Registered Contractors: Do I need one and how do I know if my contractor is registered?
3. How far from the property line does my garage or shed have to be?
4. How big can my garage be?
5. What are the regulations for fences?
6. What are the regulations for swimming pools?
7. I would like to open a business in Sterling. How do I go about that?
8. What are the applicable codes in Sterling?
9. How long does the building permit process take?
10. How can I make the building permit process move faster?
11. How long is the building permit valid?
12. What is a “Stop Work” order?
13. What inspections are required?
14. If I want to make changes to the site, what do I do?