City of Monmouth

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For Building Developers
Interested in Buying or Renovating a Commercial Building?

If you are interested in buying and/or renovating a commercial building in Monmouth, stop by the Zoning Office and let us know. We can help you answer many of your questions on ADA accessibility requirements, building maintenance requirements, code requirements and our permit and inspection process. We would also be happy to coordinate a meeting with our director of Community Development to discuss economic development incentives or our Fire Department to discuss life safety and fire suppression issues. Let us help you answer your questions before you make that large investment. Let's work together to make your renovation process as smooth as possible.

 
Life Safety Code Considerations

The City of Monmouth has adopted the International Codes (Building, Fire, etc.) to better enable the City to manage, enforce and foster a safe, secure building stock that maintains a high value. Numerous items in the various codes, including our Municipal Code, address key issues of life safety, with a special focus on fire prevention. To help building owners and developers better understand these codes, Monmouth Fire Chief John Cratty has put together this helpful overview document.

Attachments:
Download this file (Code_Considerations2011.pdf)Life Safety Code Considerations[PDF Document]146 Kb
 
ADA Requirements for a Renovated Building

(reference: Illinois Accessibility Code, www.cdb.state.il.us)

Reproduction cost definition: the estimated cost of construction a new like-sized building on the existing site, assuming the site is clear.

If your renovation costs are less that 15% of reproduction cost of the building:

  • You are not required to provide ADA accessibility.

 

If your renovation costs are more than 15% and less that 50% of of the reproduction cost of the building, and less than $100,00:

  • You are required to provide an accessible entrance to the building.

 

If your renovation costs are more than 15% and less that 50% of of the reproduction cost of the building, and more than $100,00:

  • You are required to provide an accessible entrance to the building.
  • You are required to provide horizontal and vertical accessible routes between the entrance and the area being renovated/altered.
  • You are not required to provide elevator (vertical) access to the second floor of a two story building if the cost of the vertical access is more than 20% of the reproduction cost of the building.
  • If you have three or more floors, vertical access (elevator) must be provided.
  • You must provide at least one accessible toilet for each sex (or one unisex if permitted), if toilets are provided or required.
  • You must provide accessible parking spaces, if parking is provided.
  • You must provide an accessible route from public sidewalks (and accessible parking spaces, if provided) to the accessible entrance.