Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic the Department of Planning and Development has continued to process permit applications, issue permits, and conduct inspections based on on-line applications and payment procedures.

From March 1 through May 15, staff conducted nearly 350 permit reviews and issued 200 permits. 87% of reviews were completed and 69% of permits were issued within two weeks.

As we enter Phase 3 of Restore Illinois, for everyone’s safety, property owners and the public are encouraged to continue to submit permit applications and payments on-line using the application checklists and forms available at Property owners and applicants are encouraged to call with questions and to request an appointment if a meeting is required. Walk-ins will be accommodated if the correct staff and adequate office space is available.


For more information on coronavirus, visit the Department of Health website at  You also can follow the Department of Health and McHenry County on Facebook and Twitter to receive the latest updates regarding county services.


We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to deal with this unprecedented situation.



To facilitate orderly, safe, and resilient development, the preservation of natural and historic resources, and the creation of communities of opportunity.

Informational Brochure


Planning and Development 2019 Annual Report


Planning & Development Divisions and Boards

Building Division Building Division
This Division assists property owners, developers and contractors with their construction projects from the beginning stage to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Completion.
Commissions, Committees and Boards Commissions, Committees, and Boards
The Department of Planning and Development provides staff support to several commissions, committees and boards related to agriculture, community development and housing, historic preservation, gravel mining, regional planning, stormwater management, and zoning.
Community Development Community Development
This Division is responsible for administering US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs.
Planning, Zoning and Land Use Planning, Zoning and Land Use
This Division is the point of contact for persons seeking to rezone property, obtain conditional use permits, request variations, and subdivide property within unincorporated McHenry County.
Water Resources Water Resources
This Division assists property owners obtain stormwater permits and responds to concerns regarding site grading, flooding, drainage, wetlands and water supply planning.


Frequently Requested / Quick Access



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

If your property is located in a village or city, please contact their office. Municipal contact information may be found on the Cities and Villages page.


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