The code of the city of Peoria requires that owners and operators of any residential unit supply sufficient heat to maintain the room temperature of 65 degrees Fahrenheit during the hours of 8:30 AM – 10:30 PM each day and no less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit during other hours.  If you are renting a property that does not have adequate heat as described above, please inform your landlord of this responsibility immediately. It is important to have this conversation with your landlord. If they are unwilling to make corrections in a reasonable time frame, please contact the City of Peoria at 309.494-CARE.

Inadequate heat during this time of the year is a major life safety issue.  The Code Enforcement Division of the Community Development Department will work with you and your landlord to ensure that the property is brought up to code to allow everyone to live in a safe environment.  Cooking appliances should not be used, nor should portable unvented fuel-burning space heaters used to provide adequate heating. These can pose serious safety risks. 

For more information on Code Enforcement and Community Development, please visit our website at  If your heat stops working after hours or during the weekend and you cannot get in touch with your landlord and have nowhere to take temporary shelter, please call Heart of Illinois 211 by dialing 2-1-1 or by dialing 309-999-4029 for assistance.

The City of Peoria offers an Emergency Repair Program for homeowners with faulty heating facilities. To be eligible for this program, homeowners must provide homeowner’s insurance, pass income qualifications, be up to date on property taxes, not owe outstanding fines or fees to the city, and the applicant’s mortgage must be up to date. For inquiries regarding the Emergency Repair Program, please visit or contact our Development Center at 309-494-8600.

For questions regarding information contained in this press release, please call Assistant Community Development Director, Joe Dulin, at 309.494-8600 or contact by email at