1. Certified Communities

    Certified Communities are those communities that have been delegated authority by SMC under the WDO to administer all, or portions of, the Lake County Watershed Development Ordinance (WDO) within their community limits.

  2. Checklists & Design Guidance

    The following documents and checklists help the applicant determine what information to submit to SMC to assist with a complete Watershed Development Permit submittal.

  3. Do I Need a Watershed Development Permit?

    The Lake County Watershed Development Ordinance (WDO) regulates new development including government projects, residential, commercial and industrial development, public roads as well as some home additions and the redevelopment of existing sites.

  4. Online Resources

    Browse our online resources.

  5. Watershed Development Ordinance

    The amended WDO is now effective and includes the minimum county-wide standards for regulated development. All Communities in Lake County are required to adopt the revised Ordinance within the adoption period which is from October 16, 2015 - February 17, 2016.

  6. Watershed Development Permit Application

    The Watershed Development Ordinance (WDO) Permit is available in two formats - fill-able and PDF.

  7. Watershed Development Permit Information

    The Lake County Watershed Development Ordinance (WDO) Permit is required when a project is located in a floodplain or flood-prone area.

  8. Permits & Approvals

    A Lake County Watershed Development Permit (WDP) is required for any development that proposes to impact Waters of the United States (WOUS) or Isolated Waters of Lake County (IWLC).