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Zoning Approvals

The unincorporated areas of Lake County are regulated by the provisions of Chapter 151 of the Lake County Code (Unified Development Ordinance).

How does Lake County regulate Zoning?

Under Chapter 151 of the Lake County Code and accompanying Zoning Maps, the unincorporated areas of the County are divided into various Zoning Districts, within which various uses are classified as permitted uses, conditional uses, and uses not allowed. The UDO provides specific standards for certain listed uses. The UDO also contains regulations relating to site capacity, site plan review and natural resource protection; density and dimensional standards; site development; off-street parking, loading, landscaping, lighting and signage; subdivision standards; and nonconformities.

For a brief description of the following zoning approvals, please roll your mouse cursor over the title. Clicking on the link will take you to the application forms. 

Zoning Letter Administrative Variation
Customary Home Occupation Major and Minor Zoning Variations
Legal Nonconforming Determination Site Capacity/Site Plan Review
Interpretation Text Amendment
Rezoning Administrative Appeal
Conditional Use Permit - Delegated

Consolidation: Covenant Instrument

Conditional Use Permit - Non-Delegated
Conditional Use Permit - Amendment


There are fees associated with each of these zoning approvals.  Please see the Land Development Fee Schedule for details.

Zoning Brochures are available for the following topics and are applicable to property located only in unincorporated Lake County:

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