Programs & Information

Adopt a Road Program

Would you like to see your group or organization’s name on a road sign? Well, we have the perfect program for you! We are looking for groups to volunteer for specific sections of Winnebago County Highways in one mile or more increments for waste cleanup. You choose the section of road you wish to beautify and the county provides your organization with two visible road signs with your organization's name displayed on it, safety vests and garbage bags for waste cleanup. For a list of available roads and to find out more about the Adopt-A-Road Program Call (815) 319-4000.

DUI Memorial Marker Application

The Winnebago County Highway Department has implemented a roadside memorial program in conjunction with current State legislation. The program is designed to provide family and/or friends with a safe and compliant means of memorializing victims of motor vehicle accidents. The Highway Department strongly encourages family and/or friends to utilize the memorial sign program to optimize roadway safety and to minimize the necessary upkeep of the current roadside memorials being used.
Download the DUI Memorial Marker Application

Burning Ordinance

You may burn dry landscape waste on weekends only from April 15 through May 15 and on weekends during the month of November.

Please see below Burning Ordinance for more information.

Stormwater Management

The Winnebago County stormwater management ordinance applies to unincorporated areas of Winnebago County, Illinois. Incorporated areas are subject to the ordinances of the city or village of jurisdiction. Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over the land surface. Stormwater can soak into the soil (infiltrate), be held on the surface and evaporate, or runoff and end up in nearby streams, rivers, or other water bodies (surface water). The addition of roads, driveways, parking lots, rooftops and other surfaces that prevent water from soaking into the ground greatly increases the runoff volume created during storms. In natural landscapes such as forests, the soil absorbs much of the stormwater and plants help hold stormwater close to where it falls. In developed environments, unmanaged stormwater can create two major issues: one related to the volume and timing of runoff water (flooding) and the other related to potential contaminants that the water is carrying (water pollution).

Municipalities located in urban areas as defined by the Census Bureau are required to obtain NPDES permit coverage (per the IEPA) for discharges from their municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). Municipalities located outside of urbanized areas may need to comply within 180 days’ notice or as determined by the NPDES Permitting Authority.

Beginning on March 10, 2003, construction sites that disturb one acre or more are required to have coverage under the NPDES general permit for stormwater discharges from construction site activities.

Municipalities under 100,000 population will no longer be exempt from the construction site stormwater requirements and the industrial stormwater requirements effective March 10, 2003 (WWTPs 1.0 mgd or more will need a General Stormwater Permit for Industrial Activities). Definition of industrial stormwater has been revised to expand the "no-exposure" exemption to all industrial categories except construction. NEW Electronic Submission of Notice of Intent is now available for Construction Sites and Industrial Activities.

Download our information guide, After the Storm - A Citizen's Guide to Understanding Stormwater. 

For questions regarding the Winnebago County Surface Water Management Ordinance, please contact the Highway Department at (815) 319-4000 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan

Hazard Mitigation is an integral part of long-range, comprehensive planning. It minimizes the initial and long-term impacts major disasters have on municipalities and residents. Major disasters often have devastating effects over large areas and often the impacts of these storms can last for extended periods of time. The long-term impacts of these storms are often worse in low-income communities. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prioritizes mitigation as a tier principle in its organizational operation. Through the Disaster Management Act of 2000 (DMA) FEMA began federally requiring a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan as a prerequisite for the majority of pre-and-post disaster funding for disasters.

The 2019 Winnebago County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan was prepared by the Region 1 Planning Council in coordination with its member agencies, partner organizations, Winnebago County organizations, Winnebago County service and utility providers, and their relevant staff.