Development & Engineering Services

The City of Vandalia's Development and Engineering Services (DES) is staffed by dedicated and highly trained individuals whose goal is to provide our citizens with efficient, honest, and courteous service in the most effective manner possible.


The DES staff is responsible for a wide range of activities. We are staffed with State Certified building and electrical inspectors who handle plan review and inspection of all buildings and structures within the City. Our City Planner reviews all plans submitted for compliance with the City's Zoning Code. We also staff a full-time housing inspector to enforce compliance with the City's Property Maintenance Code.


Our Engineering staff provides review and inspection of all development and public works improvement projects. Our engineering staff also maintains all mapping and utility records in house in GIS. We are also responsible for all records of grave ownership and burial records for Poplar Hill Cemetery. Our staff also administers applications from a variety of funding sources to supplement City funds on applicable projects.

The majority of these activities are either directly or indirectly related to issues affecting public health and safety. We, therefore, take these matters very seriously and do our best to assure compliance with all applicable codes and standards. We do our best to respond to any questions you may have and review materials in a timely manner. We ask that you submit complete applications and all information required for a review well in advance of your anticipated start date to assure time for thorough review and comments. Items are reviewed on a first come first serve basis to be fair to all of our customers.


We are pleased to be able to provide these services to our residents. Over the years, comments received from our citizens have enabled us to improve our efficiency, provide better services, implement safety improvements, etc. and we welcome any constructive suggestions which you might have.