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  • Heidi H. Miller – Director/Planner – 815-941-3229;
  • Cheryl Wardell – Assistant – 815-941-3228;
  • Bob Pazely – Building & Zoning Officer 
  • Sean Wardell – Plumbing Inspector


Monday – Friday • 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM


Grundy County Administration Building
1320 Union Street
Morris, IL 60450

Welcome to the Land Use Department!

We have adopted this goal as we serve the residents of Grundy County:

To promote a safe, healthy, balanced community that preserves our natural resources and educates our residents to continue this pursuit for future generations of Grundy residents.’

The Land Use Department has three offices to serve Grundy County’s needs. The Environmental & Resource Conservation Office, the Building and Zoning Office and the Planning Office are the fabric that makes up our Land Use Department.

Media Releases

September 17, 2020 Shred Event

September 19, 2020 E-Waste Event

Flooded Home Information

Unincorporated Grundy County Homes with Flood Damaged Homes Require Permits

Residents who are living in unincorporated Grundy County (not in a city or village) that have had damage in the last flooding conditions are required to get a building permit for the renovation work that may be necessary.

Our office completes a full plan review that ensures that the construction proposed complies with the 2018 International Residential Code and the 2017 National Electric Code. Also before a permit is issued, our assistant does make sure that the contractor is properly licensed with Grundy County.

Special conditions may be applied to buildings that have a total cost of repairs that is 50 percent or more of the structure’s pre-flood market value. If a building is found to be damaged 50 percent or more, regulations require that repairs do not begin until that structure complies with the floodplain ordinance. This may require elevating or flood-proofing the structure to prevent future damage to the structure in future flooding conditions.

Repair costs are calculated by assuming that the structure will be fully repaired to the pre-damaged condition. The total cost calculation is completed by our office and includes the structural materials, finish materials, and labor even if the homeowner decides to complete the work themselves. Since damages based on flooding conditions is tracked by the community, state, and federal agencies, repetitive damage of the structures is also considered for homes that are within the floodplain regions.

State and federal assistance may be available to property owners to reduce the changes of future flood damage. Mitigation assistance may cover costs of relocation, or elevating the structure. Residents with a flood insurance policy may also be eligible to obtain up to $30,000 to protect a structure from future flood damage.

If there are any questions concerning building permits, please feel free to contact me, Heidi Miller, at my office at (815) 941-3229 or email at

Thank you!

Land Use Services Modified based on COVID 19

The Grundy County Land Use Department office will be closed to the general public until it is advisable to reopen. However, there are services still provided at this time.

Environmental and Resource Conservation Office (ERCO) – Ewaste and Shredding Events for April – Cancelled:

Unfortunately, based on the potential to spread COVID 19, we are cancelling both the Shredding Event on April 23rd and the EWaste Event scheduled for April 25, 2020.

We hope to reschedule the ewaste event in July.

Until then, if you do have a TV or other electronics that you would like to properly recycle, you may contact A-Team Recyclers located at 304 Gregory Court, Shorewood, IL 60404; (877) 635-1220. They have hours of Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Friday from 8:00 AM to Noon. They charge $25.00/each for TV recycling. Please check their webpage at for more information.

All other events from May on will be held. Please see our 2020 Land Use Department Envriomental Events listing on our ERCO home page at

If there are any changes to the event schedule, a press release will be provided and that information will be posted on the home page of Land Use Department.

Building, Zoning, and Planning Offices:

Although our office is closed to the general public, we will be fully staffed to issue building permits, zoning certificates and inspections at this time.

All correspondence such as applications, plans, and contractor licensing information shall be provided to our office either by the U.S. Postal Services, carrier service, or by email to either Cheryl Wardell; or Heidi Miller;

Any questions that you may have in regard to planning, zoning and building shall be directed to Heidi Miller (815) 941-3229 or Cheryl Wardell (815) 941-3228.

We appreciate your cooperation during this time as we do our best to continue providing services to Grundy County.

We wish you and your family good health during this time.

Nettle Creek Schools Used Toy Drive Event

Twenty three students (K-2) and their teachers from the Nettle Creek Elementary School will be presenting gently used toys for the last day of our Gently Used Toy Drive on Friday December 13, 2019 at 10:00 AM here at the Administration Building. .

Under the direction of teacher Mrs. Erica Doerfler, the teachers have assisted their students in gathering their nicely used toys to be given to underprivileged children.

Truly an act of giving for children who may just be thinking about receiving!

We have the great tree set up in the hallway and have use of the County Board room for these 23 students and their three teachers to use from 10-11:00 AM on Friday December 13, 2019 at the Administration Building located at 1320 Union Street, Morris, IL 60450.

I thank you in advance for coming and showing through photos and a short article this wonderful event.


The Grundy County Land Use Department is hosting the annual Gently Used Toys, Books, Games and DVD video collection event beginning on November 8th until December 13th.

People may donate these items at the following locations:

Grundy County Administration Building – 1320 Union, Morris
Coal City Public Library – 85 N. Garfield, Coal City
Morris Public Library – 604 Liberty, Morris
Minooka Three Rivers Library – 109 N. Wabena, Minooka
Channahon Three Rivers Library – 25207 W. Channahon Drive, Channahon
Fossil Ridge Library – 386 W. Kennedy Road, Braidwood

Donations will be distributed by the Rotary International and local charitable organizations to needy children in time for Christmas. We ask that people refrain from donating recalled toys or badly damaged toys.

Plush toys will be accepted as they are all sanitized by the Park Pointe Healthcare center in Morris.

We thank Grundy County residents in advance for their generosity. We have always collected over 100 boxes of toys in the past and the children are most appreciative of them.

If you should have any questions please feel free to contact us at (815) 941-3228 for more information.

Reuse and give the gift of fun to a child this season! Thank you Grundy County residents!

Upcoming Events
Click Here for the full list of 2020 events.
Book Drive:

There are currently no book drive events scheduled.


September 19th 2020

Paint Collection:

There are currently no paint collection events scheduled.

Shred Event:

September 17th 2020

Tire Recycling Event

There are currently no book drive events scheduled.

Toy Event:

There are currently no toy events scheduled.

Trashformation Event:

Trashformation Information Packet

Used Oil:

There are currently no used oil events scheduled.

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