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The Zoning Board of Appeals is a governmental agency with a Board made up of nine Members: seven voting members who shall be appointed by the President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners w/ advice and consent of the Cook County Board of Commissioners; and two Ex-Officio non-voting Members. Their primary duty is to aid the public in considering all rezoning appeals pertaining to land uses in the unincorporated areas. 


The Zoning Board of Appeals is conscientious of cultural conditions in all communities. The Board's first concern is the interest of the public when determining zoning requests, whether it be the applicants views or that of the objectors.


Public Hearing Locations:


All public hearings shall be held at the Cook County Administration Building  (69 W. Washington, Chicago, IL) or County Building (118 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL).  Public hearings for Map Amendments Applications, may be conducted in the township, provided, that  the owner of any property affected by such a proposed map amendment submits a written request to the Zoning Board of Appeals within 14 days of referral by the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Committee on Building and Zoning.   Such hearing shall be held in the township or road district by the terms of such proposed amendment, as provided by the State.


Public Hearing Schedule - 2014:


April 14, 2014 - 69 W. Washington - Suite 2840 - 1pm

April 14, 2014 - 69 W. Washington - Suite 2840 - 1pm - Decision Making Agenda

March 5, 2014 - 69 W. Washington - Suite 2840 - 1pm

February 19, 2014 - 69 W. Washington - Suite 2840 - 1pm Decision Making Agenda 

February 19, 2014 - 69 W. Washington - Suite 2840 - 1pm 

January 13, 2014 - 69 W. Washington - Suite 2840 - 1pm
January 14, 2014 - 69 W. Washington - Suite 2840 - 1pm
January 14, 2014 - 69 W. Washington - Variances - Suite 2840 - 1pm



Cook County Zoning Ordinance


APPENDIX A - Cook County Zoning Ordinance of 2001 (at municode.com)


Ord. No. 01-O-30, as adopted by the County Board on November 6, 2001. Amendments are indicated by parenthetical history notes following amended provisions. The absence of a history note indicates that the provision remains unchanged from the original. Obvious misspellings and punctuation errors have been corrected without notation. For stylistic purposes, headings and catchlines have been made uniform, and the same system of capitalization, citations to state statutes, and expression of numbers in text as appears in the County Code has been used. Additions for clarity are indicated by brackets. 


The Cook County Zoning Ordinance was most recently amended in 2003. Included sections are:

  • Cook County Zoning Ordinance of 2003

  • Floodplain Ordinance for Cook County

  • Cook County Subdivisional Manual

  • Tree Preservation, Landscaping and Screening

  • Wireless

  • Governing the Processing of Planned Use Development, Map Amendment and Special Use Applications Filed Prior to the Effective Date of the 2003 Ordinance

  • Billboard and Off-Premise Outdooe Advertising Sign Ordinance of Cook County

 Other Services

  • County Map Books and Comprehensive Plan available for inspection

  • Phone inquiries concerning the text of the Zoning Ordinance and status of zoning cases

  • Information on previous cases dating back to 1960 that have been heard by the Zoning Board of Appeals


Zoning Board of Appeals
Agency Contact Information Portlet  
Contact Information
Contact Information

Bureau Name:

All Agencies

Main Office:

Zoning Board of Appeals
Bureau of Economic Development
69 West Washington Street
Suite 2840
Chicago, Illinois 60602

Telephone: (312) 603-0540
Fax: (312) 603-9941

Andrew Przybylo, Secretary


Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm




Zoning Board Members

Kevin L. Freeman, Acting Chairman

Anthony A. Iosco

Paul J. Montes

Henry Oszakiewski

Barrett F. Pedersen

Vacancy (2)

Peter N. Silvestri, Ex-officio Member

Herman Brewer, Ex-officio Member