The Planning & Development Department is responsible for administering and enforcing the County's building code, zoning ordinance, Guest Accommodations Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations, and Telecommunications Ordinance, including: reviewing building plans; issuing building permits, zoning certificates, occupancy certificates, and Guest Accommodations Licenses; inspecting buildings under construction; and providing information to contractors, individuals, and others on code and ordinance requirements. The Planning & Development Department also provides administrative support for the Planning Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals. The Planning & Development Department also assists the Floodplain Officer with administering the Floodplain Ordinance, works with the Health Department and the Sheriff's Office in the administration and enforcement of the Nuisance Ordinance, and issuing all addresses in the unincorporated area of Jo Daviess County.
Draft text amendments - Public hearing on September 28, 2016
The Building & Zoning Office has been changed to the Planning & Development Department.
Greenways & Trails
Changes in land use in Jo Daviess County over the past 20 to 30 years, have resulted in increased efforts to manage development. There is a broad base of resident support to promote economic development while maintaining the County's overall rural character. A County land use plan was adopted in 1990, and a zoning ordinance became effective in the county in 1995. In 1996, the County undertook a "Visioning" process to develop a consensus about the desired character of the County in the future (see statement on following page). In the fall of 1997, the County initiated a comprehensive planning process to build on the Vision Statement and to relate it to land use issues.