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Planning, Building & Development  

Code Enforcement and Property Complaints in Unincorporated Lake County

The Planning, Building and Development Department is responsible for the enforcement of:

  • Chapter 151 of the Lake County Code  identifies zoning regulations, sign regulations, natural resource protection standards, stormwater detention, drainage and soil erosion and sediment control standards

  • The Building Codes (structure’s compliance with the codes)

  • Chapter 94 of the Lake County Code regulates junk and debris, inoperable vehicles, construction hours and noise 

Use the following link to access the Lake County, Illinois Code of Ordinances and the Unified Development and Nuisance chapters of the Code. Complete Lake County Code

Chapter 151 of the Lake County, Illinois Code of Ordinances (Formerly called the Lake County Unified Development Ordinance) is located within Title XV: Land Usage

Chapter 94 of the Lake County, Illinois  Code of Ordinances (Formerly called the Lake County Nuisance Ordinance) is located within Title IX: General Regulations

If you have a complaint regarding:        

  • building and zoning related violations including: work without permits, improper use of the property, building code violations, junk and debris and inoperable vehicles, please call
    • Building and Engineering Division - Telephone: 847.377.4444
    • drainage, storm water detention, soil erosion and sediment control, floodplain and wetlands, please call
    • Building and Engineering Division - Telephone: 847.377.4444
    •  woodland disturbance, please call
    • Planning and Development Services Division - Telephone: 847.377.4444
    •  noise, please call 
    • Lake County Sheriff's Office - Telephone: 847.377.4000

The following information is required to follow up on your complaint:

  • Address, specific location or Property Index Number (PIN), if available, of the property where the violation exists
  • Nature of specific violation
  • Time/day of week that the violation usually occurs

If you would like, you may provide your name and telephone number; however this information is not required.

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