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The Whiteside County Board recently created the position of Zoning Hearing Officer to delegate the authority to conduct public hearings. The request for qualifications document may be found here.

Responses must be recieved no later that 4:00 pm on Wednesday January 20, 2021.

Carroll County, Illinois, Jo Daviess County, Illinois and Whiteside County, Illinois are seeking proposals from qualified photogrammetric firms to provide digital orthophotography and other photogrammetric products for the geographic area covering these three counties.  The Request for Proposal (RFP) is available for download HERE.  Completed proposals need to be submitted to the Jo Daviess County GIS/IT Department by 12:00 PM (CST) on Friday, January 22, 2021.  No bids will be accepted after the time indicated.  Proposals will be opened at 1:00 pm (CST) on Friday, January 21, 2021 in the County Board room at Jo Daviess County Courthouse located at 330 North Bench Street in Galena, Illinois.

Thu, December 12 2020

2020 Holiday Lights Map

Hey Sauk Valley and Whiteside County - Show us your Holiday Lights! Take a picture and add your display or an amazing display you know of to our Holiday Lights map. Click the link to view the map or to add you location to the map through our survey. Please share so we can get lots of locations on the map!!!


Effective 11/9/20: The Building and Zoning Office is Closed until November 23rd. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 815-772-5175.
Tue, September 09 2020

Important Election Dates

Find out more Election and Voter information at: https://elections-whiteside.hub.arcgis.com/

Whiteside County urges those residents who have not responded to the 2020 Census to do so before September 30 so there is an accurate count of our residents. As residents of the United States, you are required by law to respond to the census just as the U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to keep personal information confidential. The 2020 Census data is used for statistics only. The information collected is used to determine representation in congress, determine how much federal funding is allocated for hospitals, roads, school lunch programs and other critical programs and services. It only takes a few minutes to complete and the results will make an impact in all of our daily lives over the next 10 years. You can respond online at www.2020census.gov, by phone at 844-330-2020 for English or 844-468-2020 for Spanish or 844-467-2020 for TDD or you can simply mail a completed paper questionnaire you received in March. So please, Respond to the 2020 Census and Be Counted!   

The County Clerk and GIS office announce a new 2020 Whiteside County Elections & Voters Information Site. This new site provides a new, modern design that is easier to navigate and more user-friendly. Information about upcoming elections and voter registration options along with GIS maps and apps are featured.

Check it out at https://elections-whiteside.hub.arcgis.com/.

View properties up for the county's Tax Sale on November 1st with the Tax Sale Property App. Find out more information about the Tax Sale on the Tax Collector's Page


As property owners in the unincorporated areas of Whiteside County, Illinois begin clean-up and repairs following recent flooding, the Whiteside County Building and Zoning Office is reminding residents to obtaining permits before repairing or rebuilding flood-damaged structures. 

Permits must be obtained for any construction or development activity in a floodplain area, including the repair or reconstruction of structures damaged by flooding.

Special conditions apply to buildings in which the total cost of repairs 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 not begin until compliance with the local floodplain ordinance is demonstrated.  In some cases, that may require elevating or flood-proofing the structure to reduce the potential for future flood damage.

Repair costs must be calculated by assuming the building will be fully repaired to its pre-damaged condition, even if the owner decides to do less.  The total cost calculation must include structural materials, finish materials and labor, even if the owner chooses to do his or her own repairs.  The County of Whiteside also tracks cumulative damages caused by multiple flood events.

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

The Whiteside County Tax Collector and GIS offices' have deployed a new Tax Indicator Dashboard.View metrics this season in regards to Real Estate Tax Collection. To find out more about the tax collection process, visit the Tax Collector's page. (Only updated on Business Days).

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