City of Galena

Building Codes and Inspection

The City of Galena has adopted the following building codes governing the construction of new structures, additions to existing structures and remodeling:

  • 2018 International Residential Code

  • 2018 International Building Code

  • 2018 International Mechanical Code

  • 2018 International Fire Code

  • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code

  • 2018 International Fuel Gas Code

  • 2017 National Electric Code

  • 2018 Illinois Accessibility Code

  • Illinois State Plumbing Code


In addition to the above codes, the City has also adopted the 2018 International Property Maintenance Code, the 2018 International Existing Buildings Code, and the 2015 National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code. These codes are used in application to existing buildings and uses.

Before undertaking a project in Galena, please view the Building Department frequently asked questions through the link below.

Building Department Frequently Asked Questions


All building department forms, including the Application for Building Permit, may be found on the Forms and Applications page or through the link below. Forms and applications may also be obtained at City Hall in Galena, 101 Green St.  

Building Department Forms and Applications


Fees for building permits are based on a sliding schedule of estimated value of the materials and labor involved in the project. The time required for plan review of projects varies depending on the complexity and size of the project. The building permit fee schedule may be accessed through the link below.

Building Permit Fee Schedule


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