About Us

Welcome to the City of Waverly!

Waverly, founded in 1836, is the second largest city in Morgan County, with nearly 1300 residents, and occupies one square mile of rich and fertile land 90 miles north of St. Louis, 210 miles south southwest of Chicago, and 30 miles southwest of Springfield.  Approximately 3000 customers are located in the local trading area.  Waverly contains over 400 homes, has over sixteen miles of all-weather street and roadways, supports its own elementary and high school, and owns and operates its own water and sewer systems.  Since Waverly's founding, Salter Park has been the heart of the city.  Located in the middle of the business district, this exceptionally well-maintained six acre park contains a band stage, a pavilion, a War Memorial, basketball court, a large playground area which was constructed by community volunteers and is the site of the Waverly Community Picnic held each year in August.  Waverly is also the home of the Waverly Holiday Tournament (the best small school tournament in Illinois) for high school boy's basketball in December every year since 1951. 

We are very proud of our city, its people, our lifestyles, and activities.



Please be advised that if you are experiencing difficulties keeping your city utility bill current, it is important that you speak with someone at City Hall regarding options / assistance to avoid having your utility service shutoff for non-payment.  The office is open from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday and on Saturday’s (the 12th through the 24th of each month) from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.

1. Golf Cart Renewals are due by April 1, 2024.  If you plan on operating a golf cart or UTV on the city streets, you will need a current permit staring April 1, 2024 through March 31, 2025.  Please see Chief Johnson.  Cost is $75.00.

2. Waverly Lake Boat Permits are available at City Hall and the Water Plant.  The cost is $25.00 and the permits are good for the period:  April 1, 2024 through March 31, 2025.  

3. WAVERLY ZONING REGULATIONS - Before you build, install a fence, construct/move in a shed or make other construction changes to your property, you are required by the City of Waverly to file an application for a Certificate of Compliance, which can be obtained at City Hall.  The application is then reviewed by the Zoning Board to ensure all guidelines are met.  Once approved, a building permit will be issued and then your project may begin.  The Zoning Board meets at 6:00 pm the third (3rd) Monday of every month at City Hall.

4. POLICE CONTACT: if you need to contact the Waverly Police Department at any time, please call (217) 245-6103, opt 3.


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