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As an alternative, the Village also has created a Zoning Map (PDF)
If you have observed that these restrictions are not being met, you may inform the Village by making a Citizen's Request.
For residential zoned properties, simply click on the Article III - Single Family Residential Districts link on the Northbrook Zoning Code webpage. Bulk standards will be located in Section 3 to 110 of the Zoning Code, or page. III-6. Review Zoning Code.
The Village has regulations that prohibit weeds and grass from growing to an average height of more than 8 inches. The Village does not have regulations regarding the maintenance of landscaping bushes and trees. View the Village's
Residents may also file a complaint by calling the Development & Planning Services Department at 847-664-4050, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Online Complaint Form.
All Fire related inspections must be scheduled with the Fire Department at 847-272-2141. Building & Site Inspections must be scheduled by contacting the Permit Coordinators.
Inspections are required at different stages of a project to inspect work before it is covered up. For example, footing inspections are required after excavation and forming is completed, but before concrete is laid. Rough-in, framing and insulation inspections are required before walls or ceilings are closed in.
Projects requiring a plan review typically require the payment of an application fee deposit at the time the application is made. The remaining cost is not paid until after the permit is approved and the applicant is notified of the final amount. Permit fees for large scale projects are typically calculated based on information such as square footage, number of fixtures, estimated cost of construction, etc. The final permit fee is paid to the Development and Planning Services Department at the time the permit is issued. For more information, contact the Development and Planning Services Department at 847-664-4050.
- Over the counter (sewer repair, electrical only, etc.) up to 24 hours- Small Projects (Decks, sheds, basements, kitchens/baths, parking lot resurfacing, etc) up to 10 business days- Large Single Family Residential (SFR) Projects (Additions or large scale remodeling) take up to 15 business days- New Single Family Residence or Large Commercial Remodeling can take up to 20 business days- New Commercial Building Negotiated time frame (size and scope dependent)- Reviews of “Re-submittals” from plan review comments generally take 10 business days
*What can you do to improve the total time it takes to obtain your permits? You can use our submittal guidelines and other informative handouts to ensure that you have included all the information necessary for your permit review.
For information on registering to vote, please see the Registering to Vote Page. For other information related to voting, please see the Voting & Voter Services page.
Yes. For more information, see our Pet Licenses page.
Yes. Please see our Vehicle Licenses page for more information.
Grass, leaves and garden waste must be handled separately from other waste for pick up by Advanced Disposal and disposal in a composting landfill. Customers must collect yard waste in approved biodegradable paper bags and affix a sticker to the bag denoting that the collection fee was paid or enroll in Advanced's subscription landscape waste collection service. For more information on both options, visit the Refuse and Recycling Page.
People moving in or out of Northbrook must notify the Northbrook Water Department to update water billing information. For information, call Village Hall at 847-664-4171. Water is billed quarterly. Current rates are available at this link.
Yes. Get more information at this link
In order to conserve a precious resource (also keeps your water bills lower) there is a restriction on lawn sprinkling. From May 15 to September 15 each year, no lawn sprinkling is permitted between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This restriction does not apply to plantings or new sod, but is enforced by the issuance of tickets for violations.
To safely and efficiently ensure all occupants are evacuated from the home and to extinguish the fire requires many simultaneous tasks to be accomplished. Local experience, along with state and national standards have developed recommendations for the number of fire firefighting apparatus/equipment and staffing needed to perform the various tasks at a fire.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1710 Standard recommends a minimum of 14 to 16 firefighters to safely make an interior attack of a fire in a two story, 2,000 square foot, single family home without a basement. Larger structures typically require more apparatus and personnel.
Northbrook Fire Department maintains a minimum staffing level of 16 firefighters on duty every day. Through our Paid-On-Call firefighter program, and our pre-arranged intergovernmental automatic aid agreements, we can quickly enhance our initial response to any fire and also provide coverage in our vacated fire stations. At most house fires in Northbrook we average 24 to 25 firefighters responding.
You can schedule a tour using the GONorthbrook Service Request System. Tour hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Northbrook Fire Department offers several free CPR classes to Northbrook Residents, typically during the summer months. To submit an inquiry, please use the GONorthbrook Service Request System. For local CPR class options, please contact NorthShore University Healthcare System at 847-432-8000 or the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago 312-729-6100.
Due to concern throughout the Northbrook Fire Department’s jurisdiction regarding the use of grills on combustible balconies and on balconies on combustible buildings, the adopted code related to grill use and the Northbrook Fire Department’s enforcement policy regarding grill use on balconies is as follows:
International Fire Code 2006ed. Section 308.3.1 308.3.1 Open-flame cooking devices. Charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices shall not be operated on combustible balconies or within 10 feet (3048 mm) of combustible construction. Exceptions include one- and two-family dwellings and where buildings, balconies and decks are protected by an automatic sprinkler system.
308.3.1.1 Liquefied-petroleum gas-fueled cooking devices. LP-gas burners having an LP-gas container with a water capacity greater than 2.5 pounds [nominal 1 pound (0.454 kg) LP-gas capacity] shall not be located on combustible balconies or within 10 feet (3048 mm) of combustible construction. As reference the standard round tank used on a stand-a-lone grill that you can exchange is considered to be 18 lbs in water weight. Exception: One- and two-family dwellings. This is not an ordinance unique to Northbrook but rather part of a national standard adopted by the Village of Northbrook as early as 2002 when the Village adopted the 2000 edition of the International Fire Code.
When a grill is noted on a balcony during any future inspection of a property or from a complaint, it will be brought to the attention of the management company/association. The management company/ association will be directed to address the issue with the unit. If the unit will not comply, then the Northbrook Fire Department will begin the fining process for any non-compliant unit. The end result is a citation. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Fire Marshal Kevin Frangiamore at the Fire Prevention Bureau at 847-272-4501
Check out the "How Do I Recycle This?" Guide on our website for information. Call the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, (IEPA) at 217-785-8604 to find out when and where the next community disposal will be.
Use the GONorthbrook Service Request System to report a concern. You can search for the specific topic using keywords or go to the "Property Maintenance" section.
Visit the FOIA Requests page to get information on how to submit a request.
Use our "How Do I Recycle This?" Guide to get the latest recycling information.
A number of agencies and organizations clear snow and ice in the Village. Use our guide on the Street & Roadway Snow Plowing page to determine who is responsible and how to contact that agency with any questions.
In general, parking your car off the street is very helpful during a snowfall event. However, the only time the Village requires vehicles to park off-street is within 12 hours of a 2-inch snowfall event or until such time as the street is cleared. Learn more about snowfall regulations on this page.
If your mailbox has been hit by a snow plow, please contact the Public Works Department either at 847-272-4711 or through the GONorthbrook system to report the damage. Public Works can either install a new standard mailbox or issue a check for reimbursement up to the maximum amount allowed for that winter. For more details, see the Village's Mailbox Replacement Standard Operating Procedure.
In order to qualify, residents must meet the following criteria:
A “Hardship Customer” is a Customer who is physically unable to place refuse containers at the curb and has no family member or other person living in the residence that are able to place refuse and/or recycling containers at the curb.
To apply for this status, residents should contact the Village Manager’s office at 847-664-4010. The Village will review each request on a case by case basis to determine if a residence qualifies for hardship status. The Hardship Program applies to both refuse and recycling.
People meeting the eligibility requirements can either register in person in the Northbrook Village Hall at the cashier’s desk or call 847-664-4038 and request an application by mail. Proof of residency is required and can be in the form of a current water bill, or other utility bill. No matter the form provided, it must have both the name and address of the applicant.
Applicants must also provide a photocopy of one of the following proof of age documents including, Driver’s License, State of Illinois Identification Card, U.S. Immigration Alien Registration Card, or Passport photocopy of page(s) with photo and date of birth).
- Use only cold water for drinking, cooking and making baby formula (cold water is less likely than hot water to leach metal from pipes and fittings). - Any time there has not been water use for several hours, residents should run their cold water faucet until the water gets as cold as is typical for that faucet. If there has been recent heavy water use, such as showering or laundry, this could take as little as five to thirty seconds. Otherwise, it could take two minutes or longer. The goal is to get to fresh water that has not been sitting in your household pipes or service line for a long time period, and every house is different. - Install a lead filter on the principle potable water faucets used in your home, particularly if you are pregnant or have children under age six.
Flush all your faucets using these steps: - Remove faucet aerators from all cold water taps in the home. - Beginning in the lowest level of the home, run the cold water full force at all taps, making sure the drain is clear. - Let the water run for a least 30 minutes at the last tap you opened (top floor) - Turn off each tap starting with the taps in the highest level of the home. Be sure to run water in bathtubs and showers as well as faucets. - Do not consume tap water, run hot water faucets, or use an ice maker or filtered water dispenser until after flushing is complete. If you have a filtered water dispenser, replace the filter after flushing.
Residents concerned about lead in the water may wish to have their water tested. The Village of Northbrook does not provide lead testing to its residents. However, a list of local IEPA-certified laboratories can be found at this link: www.northbrook.il.us/lead.