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Separating an Existing Dwelling From A Larger Parcel

The Bureau County Zoning Ordinance states in Article 2.21 that the sale or lease of any property formerly used or presently used as a farm residence or tenant house shall not be subject to the Maps, Plats and Subdivision Code of Bureau County under the following conditions

  1. The existing dwelling must be zoned Agriculture and must have been constructed prior to January 1, 1987.
  2. A Plat of Survey is required (which has been prepared by a Professional Land Surveyor licensed in the State of Illinois). We suggest that all buildings be "spotted" (shown) on the plat of survey.
  3. Bureau County agricultural zoning setback requirements should be met (minimum of fifty (50) feet from the right-of-way of any road and thirty (30) feet from side and rear property lines.
  4. The parcel of land must be large enough to support a well and septic system. We suggest that the parcel also be large enough to support an alternate or secondary location for a future septic field.
  5. The plat of survey must be recorded with the Bureau County Recorder either prior to or along with the deed of conveyance.
  6. Any other questions should be directed to the Zoning Enforcement Officer, Contact Them Here.
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