Navigate Up
Sign In
Planning, Building & Development  

Permits and Approvals

The Planning, Building and Development Department processes and issues various types of permits and approvals in unincorporated Lake County.

If your property is located in a village or city please contact their office. A link to a list of their websites is located under related links to the right.

Certain minor improvements including re-roofing (if the work will be done by a roofing contractor licensed by the State of Illinois), re-siding, fences, and sheds, subject to certain standards and restrictions, require only a registration form and nominal registration fee.

The types of Permits and Approvals issued by the Department are:

Building Permit

Required for new construction, additions, alterations, garages, sheds, fences, signs, plumbing or electrical work, etc.

Change of Use Permit Required for changing the use of the building or land
Demolition Permit Required for demolishing a building
Site Development Permit Required for grading, filling, or moving of earth
Temporary Use Permit Required for establishing a temporary use such as a fund raiser, outdoor concerts, Christmas tree, farm produce, or food sales, etc.
Conditional Use Permit Required to establish certain special uses
Administrative Conditional Use Permit Issued for use legally existing prior to changes in the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).
Zoning Approvals Various types of approvals such as rezonings and variations.
Subdivision Approvals Required for the subdivision of land and applications involving subdivisions.


View a list of projects or activities which do not require permits.

We encourage our customers to contact our office if you have any questions relating to permits or approvals. Our contact information is located on the right side of the page.

Contact Us
Parking and Directions
Website Disclaimer
Site Map
Lake County, Illinois
18 N. County Street
Waukegan, IL 60085
About Our County
Alert Lake County
Find Help
Contact Information
500 W. Winchester Rd. Unit 101
Libertyville, IL 60048

Hours: Mon - Fri 7:30am to 4:30pm
Phone: 847.377.2600
Fax: 847.984.5854