The City created the GIS division in 2004 to manage geographic information and operate as a centralized unit in the Information Systems Department. This governance model enables a uniform implementation of GIS services and applications. The benefits gained include coordinated data acquisition/maintenance efforts, focused training and employee development, deployment of applications that serve multiple needs, and clear oversight of operational expenses.
The Building & Code Enforcement Division is responsible for permitting and monitoring construction activity within St. Charles. This Division is also responsible for enforcement of property maintenance, building & life safety, and zoning codes. The Building & Code Enforcement Division also administers other permits such as Special Events and Outdoor Cafes.