All new utility customers must pay a service deposit of $350 to $500 as advance security for the payment of charges for services furnished. This deposit amount will be based on the credit score of the applicant.
The City has a Utility Budget Plan that allows customers to pay a set monthly payment. The monthly budget amount for equalized payments is calculated by averaging twelve months of past billing. The amount calculated assumes the usage will be similar to the previous months' consumption. If the usage varies significantly, the budget amount will be adjusted.
Customers can elect to have payments for utilities automatically withdrawn from their checking accounts each month on the 10th of each month. To utilize this service, complete the form below and deliver to City Hall.
When a building permit is obtained through the City, the requester must also complete an Application of Zoning Compliance and submit to the Zoning Administrator. The plans for improvements must be approved by the Zoning Administrator before construction can begin. There are two different applications. Be sure to choose the correct one, complete, and submit to City Hall.
If you are needing a variance in the zoning code for your property or several properties or would like to apply for a Special Use Permit, utilize the forms and instructions below:
If you would like to report a complaint on a potential violation of the City Zoning Code or file for a Certificate of Non-Conformance, utilize the forms and instructions below:
Persons wishing to peddle or solicit within the City of Newton are required to fill out the appropriate paperwork and applications prior to any activity. You can stop by City Hall during regular business hours to acquire the necessary forms and applications. All applicants are subject to police and other background checks prior to granting any applications.
Our mission to be a city of and for
We welcome residents, business, and visitors into our community with open arms.
We strive to be a great place to live, work and worship.
With approximately 22,000 vehicles passing through daily, we hope to give reason for more of them to stop and enjoy everything we have to offer.
We are a city for positive change.
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Forms and Applications
Demo Permit Applications (Demo Permits-good for 30 days)
A building permit is required for all new construction. Permits are also required for additions, rehabilitation, renovation, demolition or repairs that will alter the structure or the means of egress. This also includes Residential and Commercial accessory structures, such as garages, tool sheds and swimming pools. Permits are also required for one and two family dwellings, multi-family residential, commercial and industrial buildings and signs. Building improvements or construction must be done in compliance with the City's Building Codes.
Commercial building permits will require architectural stamped and sealed drawings.
BUILDING PERMITS REQUIRED:
Single family dwelling: $75
Multi-family dwelling: $100
Attached garage: $25
Accessory structure >100 sq. ft.: $25
Accessory structure <100 sq. ft.: no charge
Electric service upgrade: $25
Mechanical service upgrade: $25
Reroofing and changing the structural integrity: $75
Reroofing, NOT changing the structural integrity (complete aNotice of Intent no chargeCarport: no charge
Deck or porch (not changing the structural integrity of the home): no charge
Ramp, fence, sidewalk, sign: no charge (sign needs a zoning permit)
Driveway: no charge
Other: Contact City Hall 618-783-8451
DEMOLITION: no charge
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The City of Newton and Jasper County have local incentives available to new or expanding businesses and industries located in specified areas within the community. Contact Ken Larimore for questions or additional information on requirements at (618) 783-3409 or by email.
The specific Enterprise Zone sites have tremendous financial incentives for a developing business. Depending on the businesses SIC code the property taxes and the state sales tax (6.252%) can be abated.
The process is quick and easy. A one page application completed by the business can sometimes be approved on the spot. Click here to see the boundaries of the Enterprise Zone. Contact Ken Larimore for an application.
The TIF was established in 2008 and is a valuable economic development tool. The TIF complies with state code. Additional information on TIF can be found at the TIF Association website. TIF benefits can be utilized by those located within the designated TIF District. Click here to see the limits of the TIF.
TIF Assistance Application (UPDATED 2017)
The City of Newton has the City of Newton Revolving Loan Fund that can be used to assist in start-up businesses or expanding businesses with the purchase of equipment and inventory, building repairs/improvements, building construction or other necessary start-up/expansion expenses. This is a short-term loan (3 years or less for terms of repayment) and is loaned at a low-fixed interest rate. Contact Ken Larimore for additional information and a loan application packet.
Below you will find downloadable employment applications from the City of Newton. These applications can be downloaded and printed. Once printed, fill out the information required and deliver or mail the document to the appropriate recipient.
Local residency is a condition for employment. An employee shall become a local resident within six (6) months after being hired, and shall remain a local resident while employed by the City. Violation of this policy shall result in termination of employment.
Local residency shall be defined as residing in an area within a nine (9) mile radius from the center of the Courthouse Square in the City of Newton, Jasper County, Illinois.