Zoning Code Portal | Permit Center

Hello! Content on this website is provided as a convenience and is for informational use only. Be sure to review the Terms of Use for all of the details related to your use of this website.
The land development process, whether simple (adding a shed in the backyard) or complex, involves various types of reviews. Some projects may in fact require a series of different reviews.

The basic steps in the review process are described below. Scroll past that section to see a list of the different types of review procedures. If you are unsure about what reviews are required, contact us and tell us more about your project.

Get Forms
You can get the correct application forms by clicking on the procedure name below. A pdf of the application form will be posted there. You can download the pdf to your device.
Complete Application
Fill out the application form as it applies to your project. Depending on the nature of your project, you may need to work with a design professional, engineer, or professional surveyor. Make sure you prepare other supplemental materials that may be needed to fully describe the project.
Submit Application Materials
Once you have a complete application submittal, please submit it online. You'll need to fill out some basic information and also upload your application form and potentially other supplemental materials.
Most, but not all applications, have an application fee. The amount of the fee will obviously reflect the amount of effort that's needed to review and process the application. If there is a fee, it will be stated when you submit it online.
Completeness Check
Once we receive your application and the required application fee, we will review it to make sure it is complete and ready for formal review.
Review and Decision
After the application is deemed complete, the formal review process begins. Some types of reviews are handled administratively by staff. Other reviews are evaluated by the Plan Commission and/or the Village Board at a public meeting.
Follow Up
If an application is approved, there may be conditions that must be met before you can move to the next step in the process (like getting a building permit). The approval document you receive will list any conditions of approval.

Administrative Appeal Any person can appeal an administrative decision to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Architectural Review Architectural review is required for most types of commercial and some types of industrial buildings. This review ensures tha... Certificate of Occupancy A certificate of occupancy is required to ensure completed development complies with the approved site plan and the requireme... Code Amendment The Village can amend the zoning text and map (rezoning). Code Interpretation The zoning administrator is always ready to help people with their questions. If a person wants a formal determination for ho... Conditional Use Although each zoning district is primarily intended for a predominant type of land use, there are some uses that may be appro... Downtown Design - New New projects and expansions in the Downtown Design District must be reviewed to make sure they fit in with the character of t... Downtown Design - Renovation Changes to the outward appearance of an existing building are reviewed to ensure they fit in with the character of the Downto... Planned Development District - Final Development Plan A final development plan is the second and final step of establishing a planned development district. Planned Development District - General Development Plan A general development plan is the first step of establishing a planned development district. Registration of a Nonconforming Use Land uses that do not comply with the existing zoning regulations, but which were legally established are referred to as “non... Sign Permit A sign permit is needed for many, but not all, types of signs. Those signs not requiring a permit must also comply with sign ... Site Plan Site plan review is required for most commercial and industrial projects and for many conditional uses. The operation of the ... Temporary Use Permit A permit is required before certain temporary uses are established. Variance A property owner can submit a variance application seeking approval to not follow one or more standard in the zoning code. Wireless Telecommunication - Class 1 Collocation or New Tower Wireless Telecommunication - Class 2 Collocation Zoning Permit A zoning permit is required of most kinds of projects. When a zoning permit is required, all other required reviews must occu... Zoning Verification Letter A zoning verification letter provides information about the current zoning status of a specific property