New form ready for residential property owners in portions of Cook County


A new law goes into effect Saturday in unincorporated portions of Cook County which requires sellers of residential properties to verify all parties in real estate transactions have knowledge of the zoning and permitted uses of parcels in their transactions.

This verification is done by the seller’s submission of a zoning compliance form to the County’s Department of Building and Zoning.

The form (available here) allows application for a Zoning Use Certificate. Property owners must fill out the form and pay $100 to the Cook County Collector.

The new rule applies only to contracts executed on or after March 21, 2015. For more information, contact the Department of Building and Zoning at 312/603-0500 or  More information will be available at

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About Jon Broadbooks

Jon Broadbooks is Vice President/Communications for Illinois REALTORS®. He serves as editor of online and print content for the association’s communications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and e-newsletters. He conducts spokesperson training seminars and oversees website development for the Association.

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