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Welcome to the Planning Division’s page for residents!  Here you will find information about common residential planning topics in the Village. 

Zoning and Your Property

The Zoning Code regulates the type, size, setbacks, and location of structures that can be built on any property. If you are planning to build an addition onto your home or install an accessory structure such as a garage, storage shed, gazebo, fence, or deck it is important to check the zoning regulations for your property. Zoning regulations are organized by zoning district and by the type of structure. To determine the zoning district in which your property is located, you may download the Zoning Classifications (PDF) for a complete listing of zoning districts sorted by street name. To review the zoning regulations for your property please visit the Municipal Code Online and navigate to your zoning district in “Chapter 9 Zoning Code.” The zoning regulations for most accessory structures can be found in Section 9-3-6. If the Zoning Code does not permit the type, size, or location of a structure you are proposing, you may request a zoning variation if you have a unique situation or zoning hardship. The variation process includes a staff review followed by public hearings with the Planning and Zoning Commission and Village Board.

Other Village Resources for Residents

The Development Services Department provides a variety of services for residents via the four Department Divisions: Planning, Code Enforcement, Transportation and Engineering, and Economic Development; such services include:

  • Housing assistance programs are available for residents meeting certain income criteria. More information can be found at our CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) & Support Services page.
  • Information about building permits and inspections, contractor licensing requirements, archived construction plans, building codes, and code violations can be found by visiting Code Enforcement or calling 847-781-2631.
  • Information about road construction, traffic control, floodplain maps, and stormwater drainage can be found by visiting Transportation and Engineering or calling 847-252-5800.
  • Information about new businesses and efforts to attract new businesses and development can be found by visiting Economic Development or calling 847-781-2662.
If you have Planning or Zoning questions, please call us at 847-781-2660 or email us at planning@hoffmanestates.org.

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