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Planning & Zoning Division


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 Ordinances, 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. 

Northern Illinois Regional Economic Development Plan: click here

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.


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