Building, Planning & Zoning

109 W. Bangs Street, Wauconda
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.         Building Permit Desk Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Chris Miller
Director of Building, Planning & Zoning
Phone: 847-526-9605

Deb Ogorzaly
Permit Coordinator
Phone: 847-526-9609
Fax: 847-526-8967


From the Department of Building, Planning & Zoning

The primary responsibility of the Building, Zoning and Planning Department is to monitor and regulate all building construction in the Village to assure compliance with the applicable, adopted Building Codes. The department also has the responsibility to oversee the Zoning Ordinances of the Village to assure that compliance is being maintained. Please contact the Building and Zoning Department at (847) 526-9609 if you are unsure if your project requires a permit.

Building permit applications are a 4-part form available only at the permit desk. Payment for permits can be made by cash or check made payable to: Village of Wauconda. Credit and debit cards are NOT accepted. Permits expire six (6) months from the date of issue.

2011-2012 Report
Village-wide summary of activities

Zoning Map
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Land Use
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Informational Brochure
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Interactive Map
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Developer’s Guide
Documents and Fees


Construction & Non-Construction Building Permits

What requires a Building Permit?

For a list of residential permit fees, click here. Also available for your convenience are Design and Construction Notes.

New Construction Permits - By Village of Wauconda Ordinance, a Building Permit is required for all new construction, alterations, replacements, or repairs such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • Fireplaces
  • Furnaces/Water Heaters
  • Emergency Back Up Systems
  • Garages/Sheds
  • Gazebos and Screen Rooms


Non-Construction Permits – A Permit or Inspection is also required for:

  • Garage Sales (no fee required) – An online ‘Garage Sale Registry’ is available for Village residents.
  • Bonfires and Ecological Burns
  • Outdoor Watering during Conservation Period


Sign Requirements & Permits

The sign regulations have been enacted to establish a regulatory framework to preserve and protect the public health, safety, and welfare by regulating outdoor signs of all types while not restricting the freedom of expression.

Except as otherwise provided in these regulations, it shall be unlawful for any person to install, alter, relocate, or maintain within the village any sign as defined in these regulations without first obtaining a sign permit from the village and making payment of the appropriate fee. 

Residential Dwelling Inspection Program

Wauconda Municipal Code requires a dwelling inspection prior to the sale of any residential home, or change of rental occupancy. The seller/owner is responsible for compliance. The application and inspection fee is required before an inspection can be scheduled.

Development and Zoning Applications