The Administration and Planning Division provides three major functions: Coordinating effective communication between the General Public and the other Divisions of the Will County Land Use Department through the Administration Section. Developing land use plans and ordinances and maintaining important land use and growth data through the Long Range Planning Section.
The Building Division is responsible for administering and enforcing both commercial and residential building codes and standards adopted by the Will County Board. The Division's main focus is issuing permits and performing inspections to ensure compliance with the adopted codes.
The Community Development Division strives to preserve, develop and improve the quality of life in our unincorporated neighborhoods and communities. The focus remains to maintain a balance between accessibility, livability, and affordability all within a healthy and safe environment. The Grants Section of the Division utilizes grant funds it receives from federal and state government sources to carry out various community development activities that also aide in providing decent housing, suitable living environments and more importantly improved community facilities and services focused on potable drinking water and sanitary sewer improvements. The Enforcement Section of the Division is charged with the responsibility of enforcing the property maintenance, building and zoning codes that aide in providing decent housing and a suitable living environment.
The Development Review Division, comprised of the Current Planning & Zoning group and the Subdivision Engineering group, has an important role in the development life cycle of both the man made and natural assets in unincorporated Will County by administering and implementing the Will County ordinances and adopted plans listed below. It also supports and assists the Land Use and Development Committee, the Planning and Zoning Commission, and the Will County Stormwater Management Planning Committee.
The Resource Recovery and Energy Division is a division of the Land Use Department, that responds to complaints, answers thousands of calls each year, presents information to over 10,000 children and adults, staffs booths at health fairs, community celebrations and more while also providing special collection events. In addition, the office assists municipalities and townships with curbside collection contracts and drop-off sites, helps schools expand their waste reduction and recycling efforts, works with businesses to improve their recycling and energy efficiency and offers a website filled with information on recycling, energy savings information and more.
«May 2020»

Land Use Department

Personnel of the Will County Land Use Department are charged by the County Executive and the County Board to serve as the citizens' land use stewards, providing guidance and assistance for the lifecycle development of the built and natural environments within unincorporated and, in some instances, incorporated portions of the County. The individual and collective efforts of Land Use team members accomplish this charge through efficient and effective planning, regulatory and procedural systems that are applied in a transparent, consistent, equitable and courteous manner.

Land Use Announcements


The Will County Land Use Department is still providing essential services to the public and is currently operating under the following procedures to ensure compliance with Governor Pritzker's Executive Order. Please click for additional details. 

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In accordance with Governor Pritzker's Executive Order 2020-33, the May 19, 2020 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting will be held virtually through Webex Events. The meeting begins at 6:30pm. While the Will County Office Building located at 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet will be open, no more than 10 persons may be present at any one time. The public is encouraged to participate remotely by attending the virutal meeting, submitting comments before the meeting via email, or calling in during the meeting.  

Please note that should you call into the meeting or join remotely, you will be muted upon entering by the host. You will be unmuted at the appropriate time to make a comment.

The meeting agenda packet is available for download here:  http://willcountyil.iqm2.com/citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=4120&Inline=True 

For further information regarding this notice, please contact the Will County Land Use Department, Development Review Division at (815) 740-8140.

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Webex Access Code for Attendees - Public hearing to hear applications for PY2020 CDBG/HOME/ESG funds and CDBG/ESG CARES Act funds


FOR THE 2020-2024 CONSOLIDATED PLAN, PY2020 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN FOR THE PERIOD BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2020 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 FOR WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS Notice is hereby given that Will County, IL will hold a virtual public hearing on WEBEX Event MAY 19, 2020 AT 1 P.M.

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Annual book collection event at Pilcher Park rescheduled

Annual book collection event at Pilcher Park rescheduled

JOLIET – The annual book collection event sponsored by the Will County Land Use Department’s Resource Recovery and Energy Division and the Joliet Park District each June has been rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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COVID-19 Relief CARES Act CDBG/ESG Request for Proposals

COVID-19 Relief CARES Act CDBG/ESG Request for Proposals

Community Development Division is seeking requests for proposals from community-based organizations addressing the COVID-19 related needs of residents.   Preferences shall be given to requests that are building capacity, filling service delivery system gaps, coordinating efforts, and meeting critical basic, human needs of Will County residents. Proposals will be accepted until 5/4/2020.

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