Winnebago County
Watch County Board Meetings Online - Starting on 3/10/16, you will now be able to watch the County Board meetings live online. MORE >

LZ Peace Memorial - The LZ Peace Memorial is a place of honor for those veterans who served our country, in war and in peace. This memorial stands as a testimony to those soldiers from Winnebago County who made the ultimate sacrifice at a time of great conflict. We’re located at Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, in Rockford, Illinois. MORE >

Phantom Regiment - The Phantom Regiment is a youth organization dedicated to the development of self-esteem and self-reliance. MORE >

Windsor Lake - Paddle and Trail and the Rockford Park District are looking to make Windsor Lake a year-round facility and would like your input on winter recreational activities! MORE >

Fair Housing - The Fair Housing Project at Prairie State Legal Services investigates possible housing discrimination, assists clients to resolve fair housing disputes with housing providers and conducts community legal education on fair housing rights and responsibilities. MORE >

Planning and Zoning



The primary functions of Planning and Zoning are interpretation, administration, and enforcement of the Winnebago County Unified Development Ordinance (Zoning and Subdivision Regulations).  Staff provides planning, zoning and subdivision services and informs elected/appointed officials and citizens regarding all development in UNINCORPORATED Winnebago County, from large scale subdivisions to the construction of garden sheds and fences.  If the property of interest is located within a Village's/Municipalities' limits, the governing Village/Municipality provides the planning, zoning and/or subdivision service.

Planning and Zoning cannot legally advice citizens on how to proceed under the requirements of Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances.  However, Planning and Zoning does maintain a public information service with regard to information concerning the regulations.  Planning and Zoning maintains records of all zoning and subdivision related activities on unincorporated tracts of land in the County. Planning and Zoning also provides interested parties with Winnebago County's land use growth policy documents which affect same tracts of land.  In addition, Planning and Zoning maintains both historical and current aerial photographs of all areas in Winnebago County as well as assigns addresses to property within the unincorporated areas of the County.

Planning and Zoning is committed to assisting citizens, thereby enabling one with a better understanding of the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinaces, as well as the established/formalized process for initiating lawful changes in land use and dividing of property. 

Planning and Zoning is continually adding items to the website; the purpose being that the public will be able to come to the website for the latest information or for any forms or applications when needed.


Contact Us

Winnebago County Planning and Zoning*
404 Elm Street, Room 403
Rockford, IL  61101

(*located within the Regional Planning and Economic Development Department.)

Phone: (815) 319-4350

Fax: (815) 319-4351


Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Winnebago County
404 Elm Street
Rockford, IL 61101
OFC: (815) 319-4444

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