Code Enforcement Quick Reference Guide
The Code Enforcement Division works with citizens to resolve issues that impact the quality of life in Lombard, including violations of the Zoning/Sign Code, the Nuisance Code, and the International Property Maintenance Code. Enforcement is accomplished by routine inspections of commercial and residential areas, as well as by responding to citizen requests.
Typical issues addressed by Code Enforcement include the following:
|Address Numbers||Display the address plainly visible and legible from the street, per IPMC 304.3|
|Commercial Vehicles and Trucks||Vehicles designated with a Class B weight, or greater, including construction equipment, are not permitted in residential zoning districts. For more information, read Section 94.04(L) of the Village Code.|
|Drainage and Grading||Drainage of roofs, sumps, gutters, downspouts and paved area shall not discharge onto adjacent property including the right of way. All grading requires a permit. For more information please read Section 50.027 of the Village Code.|
|Exterior Maintenance||All structures shall be maintained in good repair per IPMC Chapter 304.|
|Fences||Permits are required for all fences to ensure that the homeowner is aware of all requirements prior to purchasing the fence. For more information, read Section 155.205 (A)(5) of the Village Code.|
|Grass/Weeds over 8 inches in height||The ordinance requires grass/weeds to be kept below eight inches throughout the growing season. For more information, read Section 92.31 of the Village Code.|
|Graffiti||The Village provides a graffiti removal program at no cost, per Section 131.40 of the Village Code|
1. Call 911, a police officer will catalogue the incident
2. Sign a Graffiti Removal Waiver from the Police, Community Development, or Public Works
|Heat||Every owner and operator of any building, who rents or leases, needs to furnish heat to the occupants between September 15th of each year to June 1st of the succeeding year at a minimum temperature of 68 degrees, per IPMC 602.3.|
|Inactive vehicles||The ordinance requires that any vehicle which is not street ready, including current plates, must be garaged. For more information, read Section 94.04 (F) (I) of the Village Code.|
|Items on parkway||Items for scavenger pickup are permitted on the parkway only within 24 hours of scheduled service. Emptied containers must be removed within 24 hours. For more information, read Section 94.05 (A) of the Village Code.|
|Littering||The ordinance requires all litter including landscape waste, garbage, and debris to be properly disposed of within seven days. For more information, read Section 94.04 (I) of the Village Code.|
|Parking on grass||The ordinance requires all vehicles, including boats and trailers, to be parked on an approved hard surface. For more information, read Section 94.05 (J) of the Village Code.|
|Political Campaign Signs|
For residential properties, the overall sign size may not exceed 9 square feet in area. There is no restriction to the number of signs allowed.
For commercial properties and residential properties exceeding one acre, signs cannot exceed 32 square feet in area; however, if a sign is greater than 16 square feet in area on those properties, a no-fee permit is required from the Village. No more than one political campaign sign of greater than 16 square feet is permitted per street frontage on these properties.
|Recreational Vehicles (RVs)||RVs are not permitted in front yard from November 1 through March 31. For more information, please view the RV handout (PDF) or read Section 94.04(P) of the Village Code.|
|Sidewalk obstruction||The ordinance requires the sidewalk be kept free of obstructions including branches up to seven feet above grade. For more information, read Section 94.05 (I) of the Village Code.|
|Signs||Permits are required for most signs. Signs are allowed only on private property with the permission of the owner. For more information, read Section 153.204 of the Village Code.|
|Trucks||Commercial vehicles having larger than a "B" plate are not permitted on residential property. For more information, read Section 94.04 (L) (I) of the Village Code.|
Must be kept covered to prevent animal access, to prevent the items from being scattered, and to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water. For more information, read Section 94.04 (C) of the Village Code.