Residential Dwelling Inspections

Wauconda Municipal Code 150.25 requires a Residential Dwelling Inspection prior to the sale of any residential dwelling, or change of residential rental occupancy. The seller/owner is responsible for compliance. The inspection process is completed through the Building and Zoning Department located in the one story brick building behind Village Hall at 109 W. Bangs Street.

  • A $75 fee is required for each separate dwelling unit to be inspected. A credit card can only be used if paying on-line with the State of Illinois e-pay system (see below). At this time the Village does not accept credit or debit cards.
  • The inspection application and payment must be submitted to the Building and Zoning Department before an inspection can be scheduled. 
  • Power and water must be turned on prior to inspection. Dwelling cannot be winterized.
  • Owner must contact the Utility Billing Clerk at 847-526-9604 for a final water meter reading at least 48 hours prior to closing.
  • Please read the Informational Brochure posted below for program details. Contact the Permit Desk at 847-526-9609 if you have any additional questions regarding the inspection program.

Guidelines for Selling

  • To find out about any liens, fees and or violations attached to the property please contact Lori Emch at Village Hall, 847-526-9600, and Alejandra Guerrero at the Wauconda Police Department, 847-526-2421. 
  • The home is required to have a final water meter reading within 48 hours prior to closing. The final water/sewer bill is paid at closing.
  • When the property passes inspection a Certificate of Compliance is issued and is required for closing.
  • If the property fails inspection and is being sold "as is", a Letter of Intent must be submitted by the buyer after viewing the failed inspection report. Upon receipt of the Letter of Intent an Authorization to Close is issued.

Guidelines for Rental

 
  • A new inspection is required every time there is a change in rental occupancy. A Certificate of Compliance must be issued prior to the new renter taking occupancy.
  • A final water billing date can be scheduled in anticipation of move-in/move-out, but contract documents must be submitted within 48 hours of the request.  The owner of the property is responsible for the submittal of these documents.
  • The property owner is responsible for any unpaid water/sewer bills at their rental property.
  • Requests for establishment of new water/sewer bill accounts, change of address, move-ins and/or move-outs must be accompanied by a copy both the Certificate of Occupancy and copy of the lease agreement or a letter from the property owner outlining the lease agreement parties and details. 
  • Contact the Utility Billing Clerk for additional information on water/sewer billing at 847-526-9604.

Online Payment


If paying online, first contact the Permit Desk at 847-526-9609 to confirm that the property is incorporated in the Village of Wauconda. Unincorporated properties do not require a Village of Wauconda inspection. Incorporation can also be verified on the Lake County Maps online website.  NOTE: Online payments are not refundable.

  • You must complete and submit a Residential Dwelling Inspection Application in addition to your online payment. Completed applications can be emailed to: bz@wauconda-il.gov or faxed to: 847-526-8967.To expedite the process, email or fax a copy of your online receipt with the application.
  • Online payments are processed through the State of Illinois E-pay system. They only accept American Express, Mastercard and Discover. They do not accept VISA.  
  • Pay Online Here