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We've moved to Libertyville!

We are located in the new Lake County Central Permit Facility in the County's Libertyville Campus.
Our New Address is:
Libertyville, IL 60048
Our Phone Number is 847.377.2600


Coming Soon!

In mid-March the Lake County Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) will be formally adopted as part of the comprehensive Lake County, Illinois, Code of Ordinances and made available online. All content will remain the same, but the new streamlined document will change the numbering of ordinance sections. Please ​contact the Planning, Building, and Development Department at 847-377-2600 with any questions. Check back for updates!​​​​​ 

County Board Takes Steps to Allow Beekeeping and Hens in Unincorporated Areas

Lake County has amended the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) to allow the keeping of bees, hens, and hoophouses used exclusively for local food production on residential properties in unincorporated areas.  The UDO sets standards for the establishment and maintenance of beehives, chicken coops, and hoophouses. See the changes here. The following lot size requirements also apply:

  • Beehives are allowed on residential lots up to and including 10,000 square feet of lot area, with one additional beehive allowed for each extra 10,000 square feet.
  • Hens may be kept on residential lots of a minimum of 10,000 square feet; the number of hens allowed on residential properties  depends on the lot size, ranging from six hens on lots of a minimum of 10,000 square feet up to 12 hens on lots of a minimum 80,000 square feet.
  • Hoophouses are allowed, 50 square feet in size for each 10,000 square feet of residential lot area. 

 These changes to the UDO are part of a series of sustainability initiatives that support local food production in the unincorporated areas.

Welcome to the Planning, Building and Development Department website!

Thank you for visiting our website.  We hope that the information you find here is useful and informative.  If there is any information that you cannot find, please contact our office at 847.377.2600

The main functions of the Department are:

  • Planning for a Better Lake County
    • By preparing studies and creating and implementing plans that support the goals of the Lake County Board (read more)
  • Protecting Residents and Property in Lake County
    • By reviewing building permits; conducting inspections for zoning and building code compliance; and responding to inquiries regarding building codes and nuisances in unincorporated Lake County (read more)
    • By administering the county's zoning and subdivision regulations in unincorporated Lake County (read more)
  • Protecting the Natural Environment
    • By reviewing and implementing stormwater management and erosion control plans in unincorporated Lake County; overseeing National Flood Insurance Program; and coordinating wetland delineation, protection and permitting activities (read more)
  • Assisting Low-Income People and Communities
    • By planning for and administering funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and from the Lake County Board to benefit low and moderate income residents of all Lake County (read more)

Some of the services we offer include:

  • Policies and goals for land use infrastructure, housing, employment, natural features, open space and community design
  • Code Enforcement & Property Complaints
    Enforcement of zoning, building, environmental protection, and nuisance codes
  • Funding for Lake County agencies and municipalities to assist low income individuals
  • Inspections
    Building, zoning, site development and natural resource inspections
  • Aerial Photography
    Aerial photography for selected years between 1939 and 2012
  • Permits and Approvals
    • Building and Site Development Permit review and approval
    • Subdivision and street vacation application processing and reviews
    • Zoning determinations, allowed use of properties, environmental review and natural resource protection, zoning and development options
  • Demographic, socio-economic, housing, land use and other planning related information

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