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Divisions
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.
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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

IMPORTANT NOTICE: CURRENT WILL COUNTY LAND USE DEPARTMENT OFFICE POLICIES

Effective June 1, 2020, the Will County Land Use Department will implement a phased approach for our employees to return to the office and for our customers to visit the office. As a customer, you will notice various changes in the way our office looks as well as new practices and protocols. The Will County Land Use Department is committed to providing a safe and healthy office for all our employees and customers. To ensure we have a safe and healthy office, we have developed a COVID-19 Return to Office Plan. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of our employees and offices, and customers. Our COVID-19 Return to Office Plan follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Will County Health Department (WCHD), federal OSHA standards related to COVID-19, and Governor Pritzker’s Executive Orders.

While the office has been and will continue to be regularly cleaned and disinfected, particularly the high touch areas, you will also notice the following changes implemented through our COVID-19 Plan:

  • If you are experiencing symptoms or have contracted COVID-19, you are advised to not to enter the office.
  • All customers are required to wear face coverings while in the office.
  • Sneeze guards installed at public access workstations and reception desk.
  • Occupancy limit for customers on the 1st floor.
  • Signage and markings in order for social distancing to be maintained at customer workstations and customer waiting area.
  • Reduced staffing. The Department will maintain normal business hours of Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with reduced in-the-office staffing. Those Department staff not present in the office will continue to work remotely.

The Land Use Department encourages customers to use the online permitting portal, conduct business by mail, email, or telephone. You can access the portal through this link: https://co-will-il.smartgovcommunity.com/Public/Home

Please note that at this time, only certain types of inspections are being performed in accordance with office protocol which is posted on the portal. Inspection availability may also be limited. You can also use the portal to schedule inspections, or email inspection requests to building@willcountylanduse.com, or call us at (815) 774-3321. Please include your contact information, permit number, property address, the specific inspection(s) being requested, and a desired inspection date.

The Will County Land Use Department appreciates your patience and understanding during this time. For inquiries and questions, please call (815) 774-3321.

 

 

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