Doing Business with the City

Doing Business with the City

As part of the functioning of our government, the City of Peoria buys a range of goods and services. Examples include:

  • Engineering/Construction Services
  • Office Supplies
  • Janitorial Services
  • Signs
  • Commodities
  • Vehicles/Heavy Equipment
  • and more

To ensure transparency, the city uses a competitive bid process. We encourage you to bid on our contracts to bring help bring business to your company as well as keep work within the City of Peoria, when able. 

To see current bid opportunities, visit our Purchasing Department's page.

Peoria Equity Accountability Program (PeAP)

The Peoria Equity Accountability Program (PeAP) is the City of Peoria's free directory to empower and connect Peoria's Minority Owned (MBE) and Women Owned Business Enterprises (WBE). For additional information and to be added to the directory, visit the Equal Opportunity Page

Equal Opportunity Office (EOO)

The City of Peoria prizes Equal Opportunity to ensure fair business practices and assisting businesses with implementation strategies to prevent discrimination in recruitment, selection, training and personnel practices. For additional information, visit the Equal Opportunity Office department

Site Plan and Review Board

The Site Plan and Development Review Board helps your business choose the right land for your business needs. To receive an invitation to Peoria's Business One Stop Shop that meets digitally every Monday at 1:30 PM, email or call the Economic Development department. 

Planning & Zoning

When finding the right location for your business, the City of Peoria's Planning & Zoning department can assist in finding the right location that is ready for your business. For additional information on zoning, visit the Planning & Zoning webpage. We can also provide information through Peoria's Business One Stop Shop, which meets digitally every Monday at 1:30 PM. For an invitation to the Business One Stop Shop, email or call the Economic Development department. 

Permits for your Business

The City of Peoria's Building Safety staff make sure that changes to your business are safe and built to last. To ensure that changes meet accepted modern safety standards, ensure that you have permitting secured prior to work done on your business. For information on acquiring permits, visit the Building Safety webpage


Currently the City of Peoria has no standard business license. However, there are licenses required for select industries. For a comprehensive list, visit our Permits / Licenses page. For a Liquor License, visit the City Clerk's Liquor License page

  1. Business Development Process

Business Development Process

1 Attend One Stop

  • Every Monday at 1:30 pm, held digitally. To be invited to the meeting, please email the Economic Development Team.
  • Propose project and receive initial feedback. Staff highly recommends attending One Stop Shop before signing a lease or purchasing property.

2 Zoning Certificate

  • A Zoning Certificate is required if a property has been vacant for more than 12 months or if there will be any change of use.
  • Site Plan Review Board (PDF)
  • In circumstances where a Special Use would need to be obtained, applicants need to apply to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Please contact 309-494-8600 for details.

3 Building Permit

  • Stamped building plans required for any and all interior or exterior work.
  • Commercial Building Permit (PDF)
  • Separate Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC); Plumbing; and Electrical permits will also need to be pulled by subcontractors.
  • Permit will be issued once all zoning, building, and fire department approvals have been received.

4 Inspection Process

  • Inspection of work throughout construction process.
  • Please contact your inspector with at least 24 hours' notice to schedule your inspections.

5 Certificate of Occupancy