In an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus, visitors to the McHenry County Administration Building at 667 Ware Road will be limited to the front lobby. Drop boxes have been provided to leave materials for staff.  Based on the Governor of Illinois order to continue only essential government services, the Department of Planning and Development will be conducting inspections for  emergency building repairs and construction based on previously issued permits, on an individual basis. All inspection requests shall be submitted via email at [email protected]. When submitting the request for inspection include the following information: permit number, address, point of contact name and phone number.


New permit applications can be submitted and paid for on-line following the links on our Applications and Checklists page: Reviews may be delayed as staff is in the office on a rotating basis.


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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