Official Documents

The following are the official documents for the City of Charleston.  They include the City Code (UDC) and Comprehensive Plan.
Official Documents
2020 Comprehensive Plan
Comprehensive Plan Update 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update 2020
Charleston City Code
A Note from the City Clerk:

The City Code contains the compilation of all ordinances approved by City Council.  The codification of each newly approved ordinance requires cross-checking and possible revision of other portions of the Code affected by the change.  This is done by a team of attorneys at American Legal / Sterling Codifiers. 

In addition to ordinances adding new laws, the Code may be updated by ordinances eliminating obsolete terms, and outmoded provisions.

Ordinances are codified or added to the text of the City Code on a quarterly basis.  The printed edition of the Code Book is updated quarterly, but access to ordinances—not yet codified—is available online in the “pending codification” folder within 24-48 hours of approval by City Council.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at or 217.345.5650.

Deborah Muller, City Clerk
City of Charleston, Illinois
Charleston Accessibility Statement
Our Aim

City of Charleston, IL is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. We continue to make changes to improve the user experience for everyone and apply the relevant accessibility standards.

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. It defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA.

Wherever possible, City of Charleston, IL will aim to adhere to level AA of the WCAG 2.1 guidelines, which states that sites should be:

  • Perceivable - Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.
  • Operable - User interface components and navigation must be operable.
  • Understandable - Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable.
  • Robust - Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies.
As part of our efforts to achieve WCAG 2.1 AA compliance, we use Revize design and hosting services. 

We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of the City of Charleston, IL website. If you have experienced any accessibility barriers while using any part of, please let us know:

Phone: 2173456897
Get in touch with us at:
A. D. A. Grievance Procedure
WHEREAS this Grievance Procedure is established to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA") and may be used by anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs, or benefits by the City of Charleston (“City”).

The City’s Personnel Policy governs employment-related complaints of disability discrimination.

The complaint should be in writing and contain information about the alleged discrimination such as name, address, phone number of complainant and location, date, and description of the problem. Alternative means of filing complaints, such as personal interviews or a tape recording of the complaint will be made available for persons with disabilities upon request.

The complaint should be submitted by the grievant or designee as soon as possible but no later than 60 calendar days after the alleged violation to:

City of Charleston Building Code Official
ADA Coordinator
520 Jackson Avenue, Charleston, IL  61920

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