Community Development

Promoting Future Growth

The primary responsibility of the Community Development Department is to oversee the orderly development of land within the Village of Vernon Hills in order to protect and promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the residents. Our goal is to maintain a community that is well planned and well constructed to promote future growth for generations to come.

Department Responsibilities

The Community Development Department encompasses the building division, which is responsible for oversight of building construction and the use of land and structures. The department is responsible for:
  • Issuing building permits
  • Performing inspections
  • Reviewing plans
  • Code Enforcement
The department also overseas projects varying from large industrial and commercial buildings, to residential decks and fences. The department enforces the building code, zoning ordinance, and sign ordinance.

Licensing, Permits, & Records

Licensing, Permits, and Records (LP&R) offers a wide-range of services including:
  • Free notary services
  • Receipting of parking tickets
  • Scheduling of inspections
  • The processing of building permits, business licenses and raffle permits
  • Voter registration
  • Passport Processing
  • Solicitors Licences

GIS Division

The GIS Division produces the Village’s maps. Maps include:
The department works side by side with the Village Board, developers, and other agencies to monitor all aspects of development within the Village.

Division Staff

The staff is responsible for:
  • Census information
  • Comprehensive planning
  • Developmental review
  • Economic development
  • Ordinance interpretation
  • Planning research
The department provides staff assistance to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals in carrying out their responsibilities. Both boards are appointed by the Village Board and make recommendations to long-term land use, development, special uses, zoning interpretation, and zoning of property.