Planning & Development (formerly Building & Zoning)

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.

Ordinances Related to the Planning & Development Department

Title 8 - Zoning Regulations

Title 9 - General Subdivision Provisions

Title 7 - Building Code

Title 4 - Chapter 6: Guest Accommodation Ordinance

Title 10 - Flood Damage Prevention

Title 4 - Chapter 8: Telecommunications Facilities

Title 5 - Chapter 4: Inoperable Vehicles; Garbage & Debris

Greenways & Trails

On March 10, 2009, the Jo Daviess County Board adopted the Jo Daviess County Greenways & Trails Plan as an amendment to the county's comprehensive plan.  The plan brings information together in a usable format to enhance our understanding of the county's resources and the greenway and trail opportunities that exist here.  The Plan is now available to the public and can be used in many ways. 


Jo Daviess County Comprehensive Plan

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.


Public Notice
As of May 1, 2013, all addresses issued in the unincorporated areas of Jo Daviess County will be issued by the Planning & Development Department. The Planning & Development Department is located in the Jo Daviess County Highway Building, Hanover IL. Please direct all address inquiries to:
Jo Daviess County Planning & Development Department
1 Commercial Drive, Suite 1, Hanover Illinois
Office: 815-591-3810
Fax: 815-591-2728