Amnesty Program

Effective March 1, 2020, residents of the unincorporated areas of Lee County may benefit from an amnesty period if faced with zoning and building permit violations (incorrect zoning, work without proper building permits). This period will end on August 31, 2020.

In order to apply for the Lee County Zoning Amnesty Program, the property owner must meet the following criteria:                     

  • Property owner must present evidence of ownership (Driver’s License or Tax Bill)
  • A building permit must be issued to bring the structure into compliance with the Lee County building and zoning codes within the Amnesty Program period.
  • The structure must be brought into compliance with the Lee County building and zoning codes for completion of the work under the permit that must be obtained within the Amnesty Program period.

The Lee County Zoning Amnesty Program application is posted below. To submit the application, the property owner must make an appointment with the Lee County Zoning Office by calling 815-288-3643. 

*****This Amnesty Program shall not apply in the event that the County has commenced a civil action to collect on the civil penalties or to foreclose a lien.*****

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