Planning & Zoning

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Notice: The Community Development Department - Planning Division will remain open in order to provide essential services to the community.  While the City Hall and Government Center will be closed to the public, the Division will continue to process permits and applications.  We encourage all customers to do business by phone, mail , or email.  Please mail all original land use petitions and payments to: City Hall - Attn: Joni Gerard - 109 E. Olive St., Bloomington, IL .  All email correspondence may be sent to

Updated: April 29, 2020 

Planning aims to promote public health, safety and welfare by guiding development of the built environment. The Planning and Zoning Division of the Community Development Department works with citizens, local leaders, city departments, developers, engineers, and nonprofit organizations to implement the community’s comprehensive vision.

The Division provides technical and professional advice regarding city planning, zoning, subdivision planning, planned unit developments, historic preservation/rehabilitation, and sign regulation activities. The Division promotes and oversees coordinated, continuous, and comprehensive short and long term urban planning for the future growth and development of the City of Bloomington. 

Representatives from the Planning and Zoning Division serve on multiple ad hoc commissions and provide technical support to the following boards:

Planning Commission

Regular meeting dates and times: 4:00 pm; second and fourth Wednesday of the month

Zoning Board of Appeals
Regular meeting dates and times: 4:00 pm; third Wednesday of the month

Historic Preservation Commission
Regular meeting dates and times: 5:00 pm; third Thursday of the month



 Bloomington Community Preservation Plan - Virtual Workshop #1

Bloomington Community Preservation Plan - Virtual Workshop Survey

The Planning Division may also be the first point of contact for citizens and developers in the Community. The Division oversees Bloomington’s weekly project review group meeting designed to assist developers in vetting projects during initial planning stages. For more information please contact us at 309-434-2226 or visit the pages linked below.

Frequently viewed pages:

Zoning Ordinance and Map

Comprehensive Plan

Project Review Group

Sign Ordinance

Land Use Petitions