Code Enforcement & Violations

To protect the health, safety, and welfare of its residents, the Village of Northbrook sets forth maintenance standards for all properties within the Village boundaries. 

File a Complaint Online

Residents may request the Village investigate a complaint via GoNorthbrook.

What Are Typical Violations?

The Department looks to ensure that all exterior property maintenance violations are addressed. Code Enforcement violations may include:

  • Construction Noise: Allowable hours for construction noise in the Village include 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. No construction noise is allowed on Sundays.
  • Garbage: Garbage must be disposed of in an approved covered container, and can only be placed at the curb on scheduled pickup days. Garbage and recycling containers must be returned to the rear or side of your house within twelve (12) hours after pick up occurs. For more information about how to properly dispose of household waste, please click here.
  • Structure and Property: All vacant buildings, exteriors, including windows, doors, sheds, garages, fences, pools, siding, etc. must be kept in good and safe repair. For tenants suspecting landlord violations (e.g. mold, interior maintenance, leaking, improper cleaning, temperature of the unit, rodents, etc.), please view our Information for Renters.
  • Vehicles: All vehicles must be operable, have valid license plates, and be parked on an approved hard surface of concrete or asphalt.
  • Weeds and Grass: The Village has regulations that prohibit weeds and grass from growing to an average height of more than ten (10) inches. To view the Village’s procedures for weeds and grass violations, please click here.

General Code Enforcement Violation Procedures

When a request for inspection for a suspected violation is received, the Development and Planning Services Department employs the following standard operating procedures:

  1. An inspection will take place within two weeks to verify the violation.
  2. If a code violation is discovered, a violation notice will be sent to the property owner indicating a compliance date for resolving the issue. The compliance date will vary depending on the type of violation and scope of the remedy required.
  3. If the violation is not corrected or resolved by the compliance date, the Village will issue a second notice and/or proceed with issuing a citation requiring an appearance before a judge in the 2nd District Court.