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Code Enforcement

The Code Enforcement Officer is a member of the Community Development Department and oversees compliance with the Village’s various codes and regulations. The Code Enforcement Officer typically manages code enforcement efforts related to property maintenance, land use, and construction, and coordinates with the Building Inspector, Police Department, Village Engineer, or other municipal representatives on a case-by-case basis.

The Village’s primary goal regarding code enforcement is compliance and seeks to enforce codes and equitably as possible. Code enforcement staff aim to work with property owners to provide information regarding the intent of regulations, actions that should be taken to gain compliance, and reasonable timeframes for compliance. When necessary, code enforcement staff manages cases through administrative adjudication as an incentive to gain compliance.

This page includes information most commonly requested regarding code enforcement in Lincolnwood. Any questions regarding code enforcement can be directed to the Community Development Department at (847) 673-7402 or directly to the Code Enforcement Officer at (847) 745-4811.

Frequently Asked Questions 


Why does the Village provide code enforcement services?

The goal of code enforcement is to ensure that all properties are maintained and operated at an appropriate standard, as established by the Village Code. When properties are not maintained at an appropriate standard, it can have a detrimental impact on the quality of life of neighboring residents and businesses, property values, and the community’s overall character.

How can I report a code violation?

Potential code violations can be reported in a number of ways:

  • Submitting a service request here
  • Contacting the Code Enforcement Officer by phone at (847) 745-4811, or
  • Complaints that require an immediate response after business hours can be reported to the Police Department non-emergency number at (847) 673-2167

Once a complaint is received, code enforcement staff will investigate the complaint, determine what code violations exist (if any), and work with the violating property owner to gain compliance.


What should I do if I receive a Violation Notice?

A Violation Notice is issued if code enforcement staff observes or is made aware of a potential code violation. The notice should indicate the nature of the potential violation and the staff contact person. Cooperating with code enforcement staff is the best way to determine if there is a violation, and what needs to be done to gain compliance.

Can I submit a complaint anonymously?

The Village allows complaints to be submitted anonymously. However, this can make it difficult for code enforcement staff to seek additional information about a complaint and to provide you with status updates regarding efforts to gain compliance.

It is preferred that contact information be provided with a complaint for the reasons noted above. The Village’s policy is not to disclose the identity of a complainant to a violating property owner. However, it is important to note that a complainant’s identity can become known through a request for documentation regarding a case through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).


Information on Common Code Issues

This section summarizes regulations related to some common code violations. Please note that the Village Code includes additional regulations not summarized below.

Building and Construction
  • Building materials must be stored entirely within the property where construction activity is taking place, and cannot be stored in the public right-of-way.
  • Building materials cannot be stored on a property unless active construction is taking place.
  • Depending on the nature of an improvement, a Building Permit may be required. Please contact the Community Development Department if you have any questions about what types of work require a Building Permit.
  • Section 14-15-10 of the Village Code includes standards related to the management of project sites during the duration of construction.
  • Construction is permitted during the following hours, with the exception of federal holidays (when construction activity is prohibited):
    • Monday through Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to Noon
    • Sunday: Construction prohibited
Commercial Operations
  • All commercial operations, including the storage of materials, must take place in an enclosed structure unless otherwise authorized by the Village through a Special Use permit or zoning variation.
  • Advertising signs cannot be placed in the public right-of-way.
Garbage Collection
  • Construction waste and electronics will not be collected/disposed of by the Village or Groot.
  • Refuse stored outside of dwelling, garage, or utility building must be placed in a clean garbage container with a tight-fitting lid and stored in the rear or side yard of the prime dwelling structure.
  • Containers may be placed at the curb in front of each dwelling according to the following schedule:
    • Containers may be placed at the curb no earlier than 6:00 p.m.on the day prior to the scheduled Garbage Pickup.
    • Containers must be returned to the storage location by 8:00 a.m. on the day after collection.
Residential Property Maintenance

Short-term rentals (i.e. Air B n B, VRBO, etc.) are permitted, but a property can only be rented as a short-term rental one time per calendar year. (Any stay less than 30 days is considered one short-term rental.)

  • Personal belongings cannot be stored outside of a principle or accessory structure, or in a manner that causes a nuisance to other properties.
  • Inoperable or unlicensed vehicles on a residential property must be stored in an enclosed structure.
  • Grass and weeds cannot exceed 6 inches in height.


Code Enforcement Resources

The Village references the following codes related to building and property maintenance:


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