FAQ Regulations

Regulations

  • Where is smoking permitted/prohibited in the Village?
  • When is lawn sprinkling permitted?
  • What are the curfew hours in Burr Ridge?
  • Does Burr Ridge require a business license?
  • Is the Municipal Code available online?
  • Is the Zoning, Building and/or Subdivision Ordinance available online?
  • Are permit applications available online?
  • Are contractors required to be licensed to work in Burr Ridge?
  • Do I need a permit to have a garage sale?  Can I put up signs to advertise it?
  • What are the rules regarding dogs and cats in the Village? Do I need a license?
  • Are electronic dog fences allowed?
  • During what hours is construction permitted?
  • Can I park a trailer, boat or motor home on my property?
  • What kind of mailbox is permitted?
  • What is the public right-of-way (ROW)?  Do I need a permit to perform work in the ROW?
  • Do I need a permit for my home improvement project?
  • What are the regulations for driveways?
  • Is open burning permitted in the Village?
  • What is considered a commercial vehicle?  What are the regulations regarding the parking of commercial vehicles in residential areas?
  • What are the overnight parking regulations in the Village?

Where is smoking permitted/prohibited in the Village?

As of July 8, 2006, smoking is banned in all enclosed public places, places of employment within Burr Ridge, all Village vehicles and buildings, and certain unenclosed public places such as the seating areas of outdoor arenas and school grounds. It also bans smoking within 15 feet of public parks and recreation areas, public entrances, open air dining areas and outdoor venues while an event is taking place.

The ordinance does not prohibit smoking in private residences, rooms rented for the purpose of living or sleeping quarters, outdoor parades and picnics (defined as six or more people), and it excludes any person who is temporarily in such an area for the purpose of walking or traversing through such area. 

When is lawn sprinkling permitted?

Lawn sprinkling restrictions are in effect for all communities receiving Lake Michigan water from May 15 to September 15.  Residents north of 83rd Street may sprinkle Monday, Thursday and Saturday from Midnight to Noon and 6 PM to Midnight.  Residents south of 83rd Street may sprinkle Tuesday, Friday and Sunday during the same times.  No sprinkling is permitted on Wednesdays or any day from Noon to 6 PM.  Residents using private wells are not subject to restricted hours, but should notify the police that a well is in use.  Residents can obtain permits for more frequent lawn sprinkling only in the case of new sod installations.

What are the curfew hours in Burr Ridge?

Parents are reminded that teens under 18 are subject to curfew restrictions between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and between midnight and 6 a.m. on weekends. Teens in violation of curfew are also subject to suspension of driving privileges. Please know where your teens are going and with whom.

Does Burr Ridge require a business license?

No, but businesses must have a Zoning Certificate of Occupancy (ZCO).  There is a one-time $50 to obtain the certificate.  For more information, contact the Community Development Department by calling (630) 654-8181. To download a copy of the ZCO application, please visit the Document Center.

Is the Municipal Code available online?

Yes. Please visit the Document Center to view the Burr Ridge Municipal Code.

Is the Zoning, Building and/or Subdivision Ordinance available online?

Yes. Please visit the Community Development Department's Zoning Regulations page to view theses Ordinances.

Are building/construction permit applications available online?

Yes. Please visit the Document Center to view downloadable forms.

Are contractors required to be licensed to work in Burr Ridge?

Contractors are not required to be licensed in Burr Ridge; however, when installing or upgrading a water service, the plumber has to provide a copy of their Illinois plumbing license.

Do I need a permit to have a garage sale?  Can I put up signs to advertise it?

Permits are not required to hold a garage sale and there are no regulations regarding the days a garage sale may be held. Residents may advertise the sale with signs in the public right-of-way (ROW) as long as they adhere to the Village's regulations.  Signs are only permitted between the hours of 9 AM and 6 PM, Saturdays and Sundays.  The public ROW typically extends 16 feet from the back of a curb.  For a copy of the municipal code regulations that apply to signs in the public right-of-way, visit the Document Center Chapter 55, Section 55.09.

What are the rules regarding dogs and cats in the Village? Do I need a license?

Dogs and cats are prohibited from running at large in Burr Ridge and Village Code requires that someone clean up after them.  Any dog running at large off the premises and not under the control of the owner will be impounded by the police.  The owner may be issued a citation that might require a court appearance.  Dogs must have a rabies tag from a veterinarian and be registered in accordance with County regulations.  The Village does not require a license for dogs or cats.

The Village does not impound stray or feral cats.  Instead, a shelter or humane society or animal relocation service should be called.

Are electronic dog fences allowed?

The Village does not regulate electronic/invisible dog fences.  However, they may not be installed in the public right-of-way.  Residents with such fences are encouraged to post a sign on the front lawn warning passersby that the dog is restrained by an electronic fence.  The installer usually provides such a sign.  Electronic dog fences installed in the public right-of-way will not be repaired by the Village if they are damaged by the Village.

During what hours is construction permitted?

Construction work performed on the outside of any enclosed structure, or anywhere on any structure not completely enclosed is permitted only during the following times: Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 7 PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Can I park a trailer, boat or motor home on my property?

Property owners may only park one trailer, mobile home, motor home or boat in the rear yard of the lot, provided it is no wider than 8.5 feet and no longer than 35 feet.  Major repair and rebuilding of a boat stored in the rear yard is not permitted.

What kind of mailbox is permitted?

Mailboxes must be installed on either a wooden post or a light-gauge hollow metal pipe.  Mailbox supports must be constructed to promote breakaway, bending or yielding upon impact of a vehicle.  Rigid and oversized supports such as masonry columns, stone or brick columns, solid concrete supports, barrels filled with concrete, etc. are prohibited.

What is the public right-of-way (ROW)?  Do I need a permit to perform work in the ROW?

The public right-of-way is typically 16 feet from the back of the curb.  It includes the street and parkway located between your front or corner property line and the curb or edge of pavement.  Any work being done in the public right-of-way requires a permit from the Village before work begins. Download a copy of the ROW permit application. Examples of such work include driveway resurfacing, new driveways, utility connections and excavation.  For information about permit costs and requirements, contact the Community Development Department at (630) 654-8181.

Do I need a permit for my home improvement project?

Building permits are required for certain home improvement including room additions, basement remodeling, interior alterations that include plumbing work, electrical work, or new walls, and for accessory structures such as fences, pools, gazebos, decks and back-up generators.

What are the regulations for driveways?

All driveways in residential neighborhoods must be at least two feet from the side lot lines and must not be less than 9 feet wide and not more than 22 feet wide, measured at the front property line.  The combined width of the driveways on a property may not exceed 36 feet.  All driveways must be finished with a hard surface.

Is open burning permitted in the Village?

No.  Open burning for the disposal of trash or landscape waste is prohibited by Village Code and the BOCA National Fire Prevention Code.

What is considered a commercial vehicle?  What are the regulations regarding the parking of commercial vehicles in residential areas?

Commercial vehicles are defined as any vehicle with a license greater than Class B, any vehicle with commercial lettering or logos displayed, any vehicle with attached auxiliary equipment such as snow plows, equipment racks, etc., any vehicle containing commercial cargo, and cargo vans lacking side windows and rear seats.  In all residential districts of the Village, commercial vehicles must be parked inside a garage or building overnight.  Outside, overnight parking of commercial vehicles is prohibited and subject to a fine. To learn more about residential parking restrictions, please visit the Community Development page.

What are the overnight parking regulations in the Village?

Please be advised that parking is not permitted between the hours of 2 a.m and 6 a.m. within the Village.