Our goal is to eliminate blight,
improve the appearance of business and residential areas and create a community where all
those who live, work or visit can experience a sense of pride and well being. While the
goals of the Code Enforcement Officers may sound simple, your cooperation is needed to
make them a reality.
To protect the residential atmosphere of your neighborhood as well as
prevent unsafe and unsightly use of property the City of West Chicago has adopted
municipal codes to
achieve the quality of life everyone wants to enjoy. Please take a few minutes to
familiarize yourself with some of the codes.
All houses, fences, garages, and
other buildings must be maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary condition. The owner of
the property is responsible for keeping the premises up to code. Renters must continue to
keep it clean and sanitary while they live there.
SNOW REMOVAL POLICY
With winter upon us once again, it is
time to review our snow removal policy. The City is divided into six plow routes to
enable us to have at least one truck working in all areas of town. Each route
contains primary roads and secondary roads. Primary roads are arterial streets which keep
traffic flowing in and out of the City, and are the first streets salted and plowed.
Secondary roads are those which have less traffic flow, generally side streets, and are
salted and plowed upon completion of primary roads.
During heavier snowfalls, it is possible that side streets may not be plowed
until after the snowfall stops; Every effort is made to at least make side streets
passable until the truck has
time to properly plow the street.
Residents should be aware of the
following City policies:
- It is illegal to plow/shovel snow from driveways or
sidewalks into the street.
- The City does not provide for snow removal from sidewalks.
- The City will not be responsible for plow damage to
improperly installed mailboxes or to boxes damaged by thrown snow. Properly installed
boxes would require the box be securely attached to a strong post with the face of the box
a minimum distance of 6 inches behind the back of the curb (preferably 12").
- Placing of ornamental rocks or other objects along the
curbline is illegal as they present a serious safety hazard to snow removal equipment
- The outside of buildings, including detached garages, must
be kept in good repair, weather-proof and properly surface coated.
- House numbers are required and must be at least 3" high
in arabic numerals, and readable from the street.
- Fences must be well maintained and can beno more than six
feet tall in rear and fourfeet high in front yards, 3 feet by corners.
- Weeds and grass over eight inches in heighthave to be cut.
- Swimming pools and ponds with standing water which are
unsanitary or stagnant are prohibited. All pools and ponds 2 feet deep or more must be
- All open off-street parking areas must be paved. No parking
is allowed on lawns.
- It is unlawful to keep any vehicle which is not properly
registered or which is inoperable on any property except in a closed garage.
- Large commereial trucks and trailers cannot be parked in any
residential neighborhood except when loading or unloading.
- The parking of a travel trailer, or recreational vehicle is
not allowed in the front yard, only in the rear or side yard on pavement. No one is
allowed to live in the trailer.
- No vehicle shall at any time be kept or stored on any
property in a state of major disassembly or disrepair, except in a closed garage.
- No vehicle shall be parked in a parking lot for
the primary purpose of sale.
REFUSE AND GARBAGE
- The storing of junk, trash, rubbish, garbage and refuse on
private property is prohibited.
- Regular garbage pick-up shall be placed on the curb no
earlier than 7:00 p.m. the night before your collection day. Details of West Chicago's
Solid Waste Collection programare available at City Hall.
- Do not rake leaves into the street. Seasonal pick-up of
bagged leaves is provided by the city.
- Brush and tree branches shall not be placed on the parkway
except the weekend before the scheduled monthly pick-up.
- Garage sale signs on premises of sale only.
- Political campaign signs confined to private property only.
- Real estate signs indicating the sale or rental of the
premises on which they are located. Not more than one sign per street front.
- Signs placed on utility poles and parkways will be removed
by City employees.