§ 155-1.50  EXEMPTIONS.
   (A)   Agricultural exemptions.
      (1)   The provisions of this zoning ordinance may not be exercised to impose regulations or required zoning permits with respect to land used for agricultural purposes or with respect to the erection, maintenance, repair, alteration, remodeling, or extension of buildings or structures used for agricultural purposes upon such land, except as provided in ILCS Ch. 55, Ch. 5, §§ 5-12001 et seq. In the event that land ceases to be used solely for agricultural purposes, then and only then do the provisions of this zoning ordinance apply.
      (2)   The agricultural zoning exemption stated in division (A)(1) of this section does not exempt agricultural uses, buildings and structures from complying with the Water Resource Ordinance or from obtaining building permits and complying with applicable building ordinances.
      (3)   A residence in connection with an agricultural use and the residence's water supply and sewage disposal facilities are not exempt and are subject to the regulations of this zoning ordinance.
   (B)   Public utility exemptions.  The provisions of this zoning ordinance may not be exercised to impose regulations on any of the following:
      (1)   The type or location of any underground installations, poles, towers, wires, cables, conduits, vaults, laterals or other similar distributing equipment of a public utility as defined in the Public Utilities Act, if the public utility is subject to the Messages Tax Act, the Gas Revenue Tax Act or the Public Utilities Revenue Act, or if such facilities or equipment are located in any rights-of-way and are used for railroad purposes; or
      (2)   Uses, buildings, or structures of a public utility as defined in the Public Utilities Act.
   (C)   FERC-regulated pipeline exemptions. Pipelines subject to regulation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and above-ground equipment associated with such pipelines are permitted in all zoning districts and are exempt from compliance with minimum lot area, lot width and setback regulations.  Pipelines are subject to the regulations of § 155-9.190.
(Ord. effective 10-1-2012; Ord. 18-1, passed 1-18-2018)