To direct the orderly development of McHenry County, through the development, implementation, and enforcement of the plans, ordinances, and policies of the County Board, in a manner that assures the health, safety, and welfare of county residents; protects natural and historic resources; and, encourages a harmonious relationship between people, land use, and the environment.

Informational Brochure


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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