Plan Review

Developing in DeKalb

The City of DeKalb knows that time and predictability are key ingredients for business success. DeKalb has established a reputation in the region as a jurisdiction that is responsive in processing building permits and land use applications in a fast and efficient manner.

The City has worked hard to create both environmental and business plan goals that support business development while enhancing the quality of life in the DeKalb community.

Plan Review Process

Plan review is one of the key tasks of the division. This function guides and evaluates major development applications for annexations, rezonings, and preliminary and final subdivision plans. The review process ensures that projects are designed to meet City policies, public needs, the applicant's objectives, and applicable local and state regulations. The staff oversees the plan review process and coordinates with other departments, outside agencies, and with other members within the Community Development Department.

Preliminary Project Review

The City offers free preliminary project review upon written request. The proposed project is routed to all major departments for comments and an interview is setup with the applicant to discuss the application as proposed and any specific requirements, needs, or constraints associated with the site. This review allows the applicant to receive vital information prior to formal site plan submittal.


From the time the City receives a completed application, simple land use applications are completed in 6 to 8 weeks. Additional time is necessary for projects requiring a public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission or when decisions are appealed to the City Council.

For More Information

To learn more about the plan review process, please refer to Article 17 of the Unified Development Ordinance (PDF). You may obtain a copy of building permit applications and forms, land use applications, and obtain general assistance in City Hall, 200 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115

If you have a question regarding the City's land use application or a preliminary project review, please contact the Planning and Development Division at 815-748-2371.