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.

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

Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds

March 5, 2018

County of Will           
302 Chicago St
Joliet, IL, 60432

On or about March 13, 2018 the County of Will shall submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the release of HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds under Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, to undertake the following project: single-family housing rehabilitation project in the City of Joliet in Will County. The project will utilize program year 2017 funds that total $156,900.

The proposed project is categorically excluded from the National Environmental Policy Act requirements, but subject to compliance with some of the environmental law and authorities listed at 24 CFR §58.6 and §58.5 of 24 CFR Part 58. Will County, as the Responsible Entity (RE), with respect to environmental responsibilities under 24 CFR Part 58, has determined that there will be required mitigation of asbestos and lead-based paint within the project. Mitigation measures will be taken and have been documented as part of the Environmental Review Record.  Copies of the compliance documentation worksheets are available at the address below.

An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at Will County Land Use Department, Community Development Division, 58 E. Clinton, Suite 100, Joliet, IL and may be examined or copied weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to Will County Land Use Department, Community Development Division, 58 E. Clinton, Suite 100, Joliet.  All comments received by March 12, 2018 will be considered by Will County Land Use Department, Community Development Division prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.


Will County certifies to HUD that Lawrence M. Walsh in his official capacity as Will County Executive consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows Will County to utilize federal funds and implement the Program.


HUD will consider objections to its release of funds and Will County certification for a period of fifteen days following either the anticipated submission date (cited above) or HUD’s actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if the objections are on one of the following bases:  (a) that the Certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of Will County (b) Will County has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) Will County has committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality.  Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58), and may be addressed to Mr. Ray E. Willis, Director of Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 77 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago IL 60604.  Potential objectors may contact HUD Environmental Officer, HUD Chicago Field Office to verify the actual last day of the objection period.


Lawrence M Walsh, Will County Executive

Will County Building

302 N. Chicago Street, Joliet, IL 60432

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