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To construct most interior improvements, you will need to obtain a building permit from the Building & Zoning Department. Prior to beginning any construction or renovation work, contact the Building & Zoning Department to determine whether a building permit is required.
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The Greater Sterling Development Corporation 815-625-5255 can help you find an appropriate location in the area. Sterling Main Street 815-626-8610 specializes in assisting businesses with locating in the downtown area.
If you are interested in expanding your current business facility or operations, please contact the Building & Zoning Department 815-632-6624 to discuss requirements for on-site expansion or relocation to a larger facility. The Greater Sterling Development Corporation 815-625-5255 can assist with property acquisition and incentive options.
Prior to signing a lease or purchasing property, you should contact the Building & Zoning Department 815-632-6624 to confirm that your business use is permitted at that location and to discuss any site limitations. If you are leasing or purchasing an existing space or building, you should also contact the Building & Zoning Department to schedule a pre-inspection of the property to determine whether improvements are necessary or possible to bring the building into compliance with the City Code.
The easiest way to determine whether your business is a permitted use at a particular location is to contact the Building & Zoning Department 815-632-6624. Staff will assist you in making this determination and, if necessary, can direct you to other locations in the City where your business may be permitted.
For information on a variety of state and federal agencies that provide loans and grants to businesses, please contact the SBDC.
At your request, the Building & Zoning Department will conduct an inspection of your building or tenant space and provide you a summary of what improvements may be necessary to bring it into compliance with the City Code. Please call 815-632-6624.
The size, number, and types of signage allowed vary by zoning district and other specifics of individual developments. Please contact the Building & Zoning Department at 815-632-6624.
The Sauk Valley Chamber of Commerce serves as the voice of the business community. The Chamber provides various events and opportunities for business promotion. The Chamber maintains a Business Directory and advocates for local business interests. Telephone 815-625-2400.
Sterling Main Street exists to support a revitalized, historic downtown through a comprehensive approach focusing on community assets and partnerships to develop, maintain and promote an attractive and vital downtown district. They can assist in getting the word out through many of their events and active social networking! Telephone 815-626-8610.
You may be permitted to hold outdoor promotional events or activities depending on the zoning district and location of your business. Contact the Building & Zoning Department for more information on conducting outdoor events and activities.
The Whiteside County Health Department is responsible for monitoring food distribution, you will need to contact them for more information on their policies and regulations.
Fiber Optic options are available through iFiber
Electric is provided through ComEd
Natural Gas is provided through Nicor Gas
Cable TV/Internet is provided through Comcast
Water is provided through Illinois American Water Company
Wastewater is provided through the City of Sterling (account setup is automatically forwarded from Illinois American Water Co., so there is no need to establish an account or service).
Before any excavation contact the Building and Zoning Department to determine whether a building permit is required. Also, contact J.U.L.I.E. by calling 811.
The City ordinances are available online. The Building Department page lists the codes that have been adopted.