Development Resources

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Project Review Group
The Project Review Group is a committee of specialized City staff that meets weekly to review and discuss complex development projects as they are happening. Developers are encouraged to meet with the Project Review Group early and often. The Group consists of representatives from the following divisions:

-Building Safety
-Economic Development
-Parks and Recreation
-Public Works

To set up a meeting time please contact the Planning Division at (309) 434-2341 or email a PRG meeting request form to

Regular meeting time and location:
Wednesdays 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Government Center Room 345
115 E Washington St.
Bloomington, IL 61701

Land Use Petitions
The Planning & Zoning Division of the Community Development Department accepts and processes land use petitions. The documents should be submitted using "Standard documents for Land Use Petitions" as available below.

Meeting Dates and Deadlines- A list of meeting schedules and submission deadlines for the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Historic Preservation Commission.  Submission deadlines are usually about 3 weeks before the date of the meeting.

Subdivision Ordinance
The subdivision ordinance was adopted in 1998 and can be found in Chapter 24 of the City Code. The purpose of the subdivision ordinance is to promote the orderly, planned, efficient, and economical development of the City. Land to be subdivided or developed as a planned unit development shall be of such character that it can be used safely for building purposes without posing danger to public health, and land should not be subdivided or developed as a planned unit development until available public facilities and improvements exist and proper provision has been made for drainage, water, sewerage, and capital improvements such as schools, parks, recreation facilities, transportation facilities and improvements.

For more information about any of the topics on this page, contact the Community Development Department at (309) 434-2226.

Annexation Ordinance
The annexation ordinance can be found in Chapter 8.5 of the City Code.

Zoning Verification Requests
If you would like to receive basic zoning information about a property in the City of Bloomington, you may submit a zoning verification request over the phone with the Community Development department at (309) 434-2226 or  through email to

Requests can take up to 7-10 business days. Depending on complexity of the request, a Freedom of Information Act request may be required to fulfill your request.


Erosion Control / Curb Cut / Excavation Permits
Click here to access applications for erosion control permits, curb cut permits, and erosion control permits. 


Building Permits and Plan Reviews
For information about building permits, plan reviews, building codes and contractor registration please visit our Building Safety Page. All commercial projects must have a review completed prior to a building permit being issued. Commercial Construction shall include all multifamily structures of three or more units and all business, commercial, or industrial type buildings. It shall not include one or two family dwellings.

Liquor Licenses
Individuals who wish to sell alcohol at their establishment must obtain approval for a liquor license from the Liquor Commission. Liquor license applications are processed through the City Clerk’s office. Please allow for two months minimum from the time you submit your application until the time your application is through the process and approved.  


For more information please contact:

City of Bloomington 
Planning Division
Community Development Department 
115 E. Washington St. 201 
Bloomington, IL 61702 
Phone: 309-434-2226