Permits Required in Illinois

    State of Illinois Statute 5 ILCS 220/2, Ch. 127, par. 742 creates the Mid-America Intermodal Authority Port District. The Act establishes the duties, rights, and powers of the port District.

The Port District is required to administer permits as described in the following paragraph in the counties of Adams, Brown, Cass, Hancock, Henderson, Mercer, Morgan, Pike, Schuyler, Scott and Warren counties in Illinois.

Permit requirements.

"It shall be unlawful to make any fill or deposit of rock, earth, sand, or other material, or any refuse matter of any kind or description, or build or commence the building of any wharf, pier, dolphin, boom, weir, breakwater, bulkhead, jetty, bridge, or other structure over, under, in, or within 40 feet of any navigable waters within the District without first submitting the plans, profiles, and specifications for it, and any other data and information that may be required, to the District and receiving a permit. Any person, corporation, company, city or municipality, or other agency that does any of the things prohibited in this Section without securing a permit is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Any structure, fill, or deposit erected or made in any of the public bodies of water within the District in violation of the provisions of this Section is declared to be a purpresture and may be abated as such at the expense of the person, corporation, company, city, municipality, or other agency responsible for it. If in the discretion of the District it is decided that the structure, fill, or deposit may remain, the District may fix any rule, regulation, requirement, restrictions, or rentals or require and compel any changes, modifications, and repairs that shall be necessary to protect the interest of the District".

Note that District permit requirements are in addition to federal, state, county, municipality and Department of Natural Resources permitting requirements.  To receive a Shoreline Development Permit (SDP) application and a description of the application submittal requirements, contact the District at the address given above.  If required to be submitted, the environmental checklist will be the basis for determining if an environmental impact statement will be required prior to any approval of a SDP.  The information for a SDP application is necessary in order to evaluate the merits of the proposal. An application will be evaluated on the basis of the information provided by the applicant, federal, state and local entities, site inspection, and comments submitted by citizens and interested public agencies. If the subject property is located within an identified landslide, erosion, steep slope, seismic, avalanche or coal mine hazard or wetland or stream area, the applicant may be required to submit a special study produced by a qualified professional to address the identified sensitive area features on the subject property. Questions related to SDPs may be answered by calling or contacting the Executive Director of the District.

Filing an Application Submission of a SDP application may be done by mail, or in person at the District Office. Submitting an application in person is suggested, as in-person submission may speed up the permitting process because questions may be answered and the filing fee may be calculated and paid at that time. The filing fee will be calculated after the permit is received, the amount to be determined based on the cost borne to process the permit. In person submission does not guarantee fee calculation at the time of submission. After the fee is calculated, notification of the amount of the filing fee will be mailed to the submitting party if necessary. No action on the permit will be done until the permit fee is received by the District.

The District staff will give priority to processing permits, but has twenty-one (21) working days from the date of receipt of the permit fee to determine whether or not the application is complete. An application that fails to meet the submittal requirements will be deemed incomplete.

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