FAQ

Building Codes, Permits and Fees

Building Codes. What codes has the City adopted?

Building Permit. What do I need to obtain a permit?

Building Permit. When do I need a building permit?

Building Permit Fees. What are the City’s permit fees?

Construction Noise. When is construction noise allowed to start?

Construction Regulations. What are the construction environment regulations?

Contractor. How do I register a complaint about my contractor?

Fence Height Limitations. What are the height limitations for fence construction?

Garage. Where do I find info re: building a garage? Either attached or unattached? If detached how far back does it need to be from the sidewalk and the boundaries of the lot?

Plumbing Changes or Additions. Is a permit required to alter plumbing, or to install additional plumbing, such as a second bathroom, in a house?



Fire Department

CPR and First Aid classes-does the fire department teach CPR and First Aid courses?

Fire Codes-What fire codes are enforced by the city?

Fire hazards-how can a concern about a potential fire hazard in a building in Park Ridge be shared?

Fire safety presentations-Is it possible to arrange for a firefighter to give a fire safety presentation to our group?

Fire Stations. Where are the Park Ridge fire stations located?

Hospital Requested. Why is the Park Ridge Fire Department not always able to take patients to the hospital specified by the citizen?

Leaf burning-Is it permissible to burn leaves or brush in my yard or at the curb?

Sprinklers-Are sprinklers required in all buildings?



General

Animal Regulations. What are Park Ridge animal regulations?

Bidders List. How do I get on the City's bidders list?

Birth Certificate. Where can I get a birth certificate?

Car Seat. How do I get a car seat inspected or installed?

Consumer Protection. Where can I make a consumer protection complaint?

Fair Housing. What should I do if I feel a landlord, real estate agent or lending professional has discriminated against me?

Payments. How can I make payments to the City?

Property Taxes. How do I appeal my property taxes?

Property Transfer. What is required for a property transfer?

Raffle License. Is it necessary to obtain a license to hold a raffle in the City of Park Ridge?

Solicitors. What are the rules in regard to residential solicitors?

Street Lights. How do I report a street light out?

Voting. What voter services are offered by the City?

Tax Exemption Forms. How can I obtain Cook County tax exemption forms?



Historic Preservation

Apply. How do I apply for landmark designation?

Additional Approvals. If my home is designated a landmark, what additional approvals are required for any exterior modifications, etc.?

Commission. What is the Park Ridge Historic Preservation Commission?

Historic District. What is a historic district, and what are the benefits of being in an historic district?

Landmark. What is a local landmark and what are the benefits of local landmark designation?

Meeting Schedule. When does the Historic Preservation Commission meet?

Owner Consent. Is owner consent required for landmark designation?

Owner Consent, Historic District. Is owner consent required for historic districts?

Questions? If I have more questions, whom should I contact?

Rescind the Designation. If I sell my home after it is designated a landmark, can the next homeowner rescind the designation?



Nuisances

Air Conditioner Noise. Can the City do anything about a neighbor’s air conditioner noise?

Cars abandoned on a public right-of-way

Construction debris. Does the City require construction companies to clean up their construction debris?

Dog Barking. What can a citizen do if a neighbor’s dog barks continuously?

Excessive Noise. If a neighbor makes too much noise, what can be done?

Garden Trimmings. Is it permissible to dump garden trimmings and tree branches in vacant lots or alleys?

Grass and/or Weeds in Excess of 8"

Mosquitoes. What is done by the City to combat mosquitoes?

Open Burning. Is open burning prohibited in the City?

Recreational Vehicles. Can a citizen store his recreational vehicle in his yard?

Storage of Inoperable Vehicles

Stray Animals. What can be done about stray dogs or cats in the neighborhood?

Weeds in Excess of 8"



Parking

Handicapped Parking. Where can I get a placard for handicapped parking?

Parking in Park Ridge

Parking Ticket. What are my options when I receive a parking ticket?

Resident Permit. What do I do if I live on a street with Resident Permit Only signs and I have someone visiting?

Snow Parking Restrictions. What are the City's snow parking restrictions?

Truck. Can I park a truck on the street in Park Ridge?



Police Department

Bicycle Registration. Does the City register bicycles?

Curfew. What are the curfew laws in Park Ridge?

Emergency Notification. Does the City have emergency notification program?

Fingerprinting. Does the Police Department do fingerprinting?

"For Sale" Signs. Can I put a for sale sign on my car, motorcycle or boat?

House Watch. Will the police department watch my house while I'm on vacation?

Injured Animal. What should I do if I see an injured animal?

Lost Pet. What do I do if I lose or find a pet?

Police Report. How do I obtain a copy of a police report?

Police Response Service. Why, on occasion, don’t the police respond immediately when they are called?

Red Light Violation. What do I do if I receive a red light violation?

Traffic Ticket. What are my options when I receive a traffic ticket?

Wild animal in house. What do I do if there is a wild animal in my house?

Does the City of Park Ridge Have Automated Cameras?



Resident Information

Alarm System. Do I need to register my alarm system?

Block Party. What do we need to do to have a block party?

Camping. Is camping permitted on any public property?

Dutch Elm Disease. Does the City have the right to require a property owner to remove and destroy a tree infested with Dutch Elm disease?

Estate Sale. Do I need a permit to hold an Estate Sale?

Garage Sale. Do I need a permit to hold a Garage Sale?

Garbage/Residential Waste. What are the rules for residential waste (garbage) disposal?

Leaf Raking. What are the rules for leaf raking?

Outdoor Water Restrictions. Are there any outdoor water restrictions?

Parkway Trees. What procedure needs to be followed to plant a tree on a City parkway?

Political Signs. What are the rules for Political (temporary) Signs in residential areas?

Property Assessment. Who can answer questions and resolve problems with property assessment?

Sewer & Water System Repairs. Who is responsible for sewer and water repairs?

Sidewalk Construction. What requirements are there regarding the construction of sidewalks?

Snow Plowing Priorities. Why is snow plowed more often or quicker on some streets than on others?

Snow Removal. What are the rules regarding snow removal?

Starling Control. What does the City do to control the starling problem?

Tag Days. How does the City handle requests for Tag Days?

Tree Diagnostic Service. Will the City Forester examine trees and shrubs located on private property?

Tree Removals. What are the rules for tree removals?

Vehicle Stickers. Does Park Ridge require vehicle stickers?

Wards. In what ward is my residence located?



Traffic Regulations

Bicycle Lights & Reflectors. During what hours are lights required on bicycles and how large a reflector is required on the back?

Bicycle Regulations. Can bicycles be driven on sidewalks? Is there a speed limit for bicycles? What are other rules for bicycles in the City?

Mini Bikes & Snowmobiles. Is the operation of mini bikes and snowmobiles permitted in the City?

Traffic Signs. What is the procedure for requesting the installation of a traffic sign (stop, restricted parking, etc.) in the City?



Water Billing

Auto Pay. How do I sign up to pay my water bill automatically and how does it work?

Water Bill Problem. How can a water bill problem be resolved?



Recycling

Brush Collection. Does the City do brush collection?

Recycling. What materials can be recycled?

Yard Waste Disposal.



Building Codes, Permits and Fees

Q: Building Codes. What codes has the City adopted?
A:
  • International Building Code - latest version
  • International Residential Code - latest version
  • International Mechanical Code - latest version
  • International Energy Conservation Code –2005-State of Il.
  • National Electric Code - latest version
  • Illinois State Plumbing Code
  • Illinois Accessibility Code
  • BOCA National Fire Prevention Code - latest version
  • Life Safety Code 101 2000 NFPA National Fire Code & Standards

To purchase these books, contact the International Code Council at: 800-214-4321 or www.intlcode.org.

The City of Park Ridge amendments to the above adopted codes are in the City’s Municipal Code, Chapter 15.

 

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Q: Building Permit. What do I need to obtain a permit?
A:

Complete the building permit application and submit the required materials. Click here to see requirements.

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Q: Building Permit. When do I need a building permit?
A:

 A building permit is required for the construction of any building, or alterations or additions to any building or structure, including but not limited to:

  • The removal of any wall or portion thereof
  • The removal or changing of any structural beam or bearing support
  • The removal or changing of any required means of egress
  • Rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the exit requirements
  • Construction or resurfacing of driveways and off street parking facilities
  • Construction of all flat work
  • Installation of siding in excess of one hundred (100) square feet
  • Deck, porch, stair or stoop construction or replacement
  • Installation of or alteration to an elevator
  • Exterior door or window replacement or installation involving structural changes
  • Addition to, alteration, replacement or relocation of any standpipe system, water supply, plumbing, sewer, drainage, gas, soil waste, vent or similar piping, electrical wiring, heating, air conditioning, or other mechanical components
  • The construction of any fence, sign, shed, garage or accessory structure
  • Altering any land grade or to remove a tree with a 10 inch diameter at breast height (DBH) or greater
  • Installation of a swimming pool or a solar collector
  • A permit is not required for any repairs to a building or structure that will not result in the installation or relocation of any electrical, plumbing, or mechanical system or for any decorating of any building or structure. 

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Q: Building Permit Fees. What are the City’s permit fees?
A:

 Click here for a Schedule of Fees

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Q: Construction Noise. When is construction noise allowed to start?
A:

Construction hours: (including deliveries and any type of noise)

  • Monday through Friday, 7 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday, 8 am - 5 pm

Construction is prohibited on Sundays and holidays, even if the work is done entirely indoors.

Exception: Construction work that does not require fencing around the construction site may be done on Sundays and holidays between 8 am - 5 pm.

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Q: Construction Regulations. What are the construction environment regulations?
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  • Construction hours (including deliveries and any type of noise) are Monday through Friday, 7 am – 7 pm; Saturday, 8 am - 5 pm. Construction is prohibited on Sundays and holidays, even if the work is done entirely indoors.
  • Exception: Construction work that does not require fencing around the construction site may be done on Sundays and holidays between 8 am - 5 pm.
  • Fencing: All demolition and new construction shall have a six-foot high chain link fence installed and maintained around the perimeter of the construction site. Plastic snow fencing may be used to enclose the construction area for room additions and other minor construction projects and to encircle trees being protected.
  • Address numbers shall be posted on each and every unit (front and back) and on fences so they can be seen from all the streets.
  • Site, city sidewalks, city streets, etc. shall be kept clear, clean, orderly and unobstructed.  Dust is prohibited; demolition shall be sprayed with water.  Sidewalks shall have pedestrian protection, if open.

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Q: Contractor. How do I register a complaint about my contractor?
A:

In general, the City can only regulate code related issues. Most issues are between the contractor and the owner. If you have a complaint you should:

  • Review your contract
  • Consult your attorney
  • Submit a complaint in writing to the Building Administrator

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Q: Fence Height Limitations. What are the height limitations for fence construction?
A:

The Zoning Ordinance permits fences to be erected in residential districts to a height of five feet above the existing grade along any side, rear or corner side yard. Open fences four feet in height may be erected in the corner side yards of reversed corner lots. Fences are prohibited in front yards. In some instances, fences can be installed to a height of six feet for a distance not to exceed 25 feet. A permit is required for any fence. Requests for variances to the fence regulations may be submitted to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

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Q: Garage. Where do I find info re: building a garage? Either attached or unattached? If detached how far back does it need to be from the sidewalk and the boundaries of the lot?
A:

Attached garages are considered additions. Detached garages are consider accessory structures.  Please refer to this link that brings you to building documents, including detached garage info. Setback questions can be answered by the Zoning Coordinator.

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Q: Plumbing Changes or Additions. Is a permit required to alter plumbing, or to install additional plumbing, such as a second bathroom, in a house?
A:

Article 15 of the Municipal Code  requires a permit for all plumbing installations or alterations. After a permit has been granted, no material change can be made without receiving written permission from the Building Department. Before any plumbing system is used, a certificate of inspection and approval must be obtained from the Building Department.

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Fire Department

Q: CPR and First Aid classes-does the fire department teach CPR and First Aid courses?
A:

Yes, the fire department offers two public classes. Heartsaver First Aid and CPR is a four hour course and the Healthcare Provider CPR course is a three hour course. Both classes utilize the American Heart Association's standards and guidelines and cost $50.00.

For reservations or more information, call (847) 318-5313, or email Robert Sempoch  ( Please include your name, phone number, class date and which class you would like.)

You may also contact Jennifer Steurer in the Fire Department or vist our website at www.parkridgefd.org .

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Q: Fire Codes-What fire codes are enforced by the city?
A:

The city has adopted the 2012 International Fire Code with ammendments and the 2012  National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code.

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Q: Fire hazards-how can a concern about a potential fire hazard in a building in Park Ridge be shared?
A:

Contact the Park Ridge Fire Prevention Bureau at 847-318-5312.

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Q: Fire safety presentations-Is it possible to arrange for a firefighter to give a fire safety presentation to our group?
A:

Yes, the fire department has a staff of firefighters who can speak on various fire, safety and first aid topics. Please call 847-318-5313 for more information.

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Q: Fire Stations. Where are the Park Ridge fire stations located?
A:

There are two fire stations in Park Ridge:

Fire Station 35
901 West Devon
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Fire Station 36
1000 N Greenwood
Park Ridge, IL 60068
 

Facilities and Maps

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Q: Hospital Requested. Why is the Park Ridge Fire Department not always able to take patients to the hospital specified by the citizen?
A:

Paramedic level ambulance service is "emergency/life saving" in nature. Paramedics must by state law take the patient to the closest hospital unless the hospital determines and authorizes transportation to another hospital because of specialized treatment requirements.

Paramedics will not provide transportation service for a non-emergency request, as they need to be available for emergencies.

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Q: Leaf burning-Is it permissible to burn leaves or brush in my yard or at the curb?
A:

No, open burning is prohibited by city ordinance. The burning of leaves and yard waste is also prohibited.

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Q: Sprinklers-Are sprinklers required in all buildings?
A:

Sprinklers are required in all new buildings and any existing building that undergoes a change in use. For example, if a building formerly was used as an office, and now someone is planning on using it as a store, that's a change of use that would require sprinklers.

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General

Q: Animal Regulations. What are Park Ridge animal regulations?
A:

Animal regulations can be found here.

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Q: Bidders List. How do I get on the City's bidders list?
A:

The City of Park Ridge does not maintain an official bidders list. If you would like to be notified of new RFPs, you can sign up by submitting a request through our Alerts and Notification service.

Generally, contractors interested in doing work on large projects, such as street resurfacing, alley reconstruction or other public projects, need to have an IDOT certification.

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Q: Birth Certificate. Where can I get a birth certificate?
A:
Park Ridge does not issue birth certificates and does not provide copies of birth certificates.

The Cook County Clerk's Vital Records Office keeps official records of births that occur in Chicago and suburban Cook County. Under state law, you may legally obtain a certified copy of your own birth certificate and/or the birth certificate of your child. Your name must appear on the child's birth certificate.

The Cook County Clerk maintains offices at:
118 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60602; 312- 603-7790
5600 W Old Orchard Road, Room 149, Skokie, IL 60077; 847- 470-7233
2121 Euclid Ave, Room 238, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008; 847- 818-2850
 
Link to Cook County Birth Certificate Information

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Q: Car Seat. How do I get a car seat inspected or installed?
A:

Car seats are installed and inspected by appointment only by the Fire Department.

To schedule an appointment or make an inquiry about car seats, please email FF/PM Pavone.

In order to respond promptly, your name as well as your day and evening phone numbers are required.

            

                 

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Q: Consumer Protection. Where can I make a consumer protection complaint?
A:

The City of Park Ridge does not operate a consumer protection bureau to respond to complaints associated with Park Ridge businesses.

Unless the complaint is about a matter governed by City ordinance, consumer protection is handled by the Illinois Attorney General’s office and complaints may be filed by calling 312-814-3580.

If you have a complaint that relates to a health issue, call the City Health Department at 847-318-5281.

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Q: Fair Housing. What should I do if I feel a landlord, real estate agent or lending professional has discriminated against me?
A:

Under the provisions of the City's Fair Housing Ordinance, Chapter 14 of Article 14, you should call the City Manager at 847-318-5205.

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Q: Payments. How can I make payments to the City?
A:

The City accepts Discover, Master Card and Visa for payment of any bill due the City, such as water bills, vehicle/pet licenses, building permits or damage to City property.

Charge cards are only accepted when the card is presented in person by the purchaser. No phone or mail credit card charges will be accepted.

You can also sign up for AutoPay to automatically pay your water bill from the bank accout that you authorize.  Sign up for AutoPay using  this form.

Parking tickets are collected by a third party for the City. Click here to Pay a Parking Ticket.

More details can be found on the Payment Center  page.

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Q: Property Taxes. How do I appeal my property taxes?
A:

Contact the Cook County Tax Assessors Office at 847-470-7237 or visit their website for information about Appeals, Exemptions and the Required Forms.

 

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Q: Property Transfer. What is required for a property transfer?
A:

For information about property transfers in Park Ridge, click here.

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Q: Raffle License. Is it necessary to obtain a license to hold a raffle in the City of Park Ridge?
A:

Yes, but only non-profit, fund raising organizations are eligible for a one-time raffle license. Selling tickets for a drawing to be held outside the City does not require a Park Ridge license, but may require a license from another jurisdiction. Raffle license application forms may be obtained at City Hall and must be submitted to the City Clerk at least fifteen days prior to the date of the drawing. The fee is $15.

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Q: Solicitors. What are the rules in regard to residential solicitors?
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To prevent door-to-door solicitors from calling at your home, a "No Soliciting Allowed" sticker, available from the Administration Department at City Hall, must be displayed. Any organization wishing to solicit in residential areas is required to obtain a Certificate of Registrtion from the City Clerk's office. Residents should always check to see that a solicitor is wearing the appropriate badge.

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Q: Street Lights. How do I report a street light out?
A:

To report a street light outage or street light problem to contact the Public Works Service center at 847-318-5240.  Repairs may take up to 6 weeks to complete as the street lights are maintained by either Com Ed or Meade Electric.

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Q: Voting. What voter services are offered by the City?
A:

Click here for full infomation on voter services.

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Q: Tax Exemption Forms. How can I obtain Cook County tax exemption forms?
A:

Contact the Cook County Tax Assessors Office at 847-470-7237 or visit their website.

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Historic Preservation

Q: Apply. How do I apply for landmark designation?
A:

Applicants must complete a Park Ridge Landmark Designation Application form, which can be obtained at City Hall, in the Department of Community Preservation & Development on the second floor. The form can also be found online HERE. Upon preliminary review and approval of the application, a public hearing will be scheduled. The nomination must then be recommended by the Historic Preservation Commission. Final approval is granted by the City Council. 

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Q: Additional Approvals. If my home is designated a landmark, what additional approvals are required for any exterior modifications, etc.?
A:

A Certificate of Appropriateness is required for an alteration to a landmarked structure.  The Historic Preservation Commission will review the proposed changes.  Appearance Commission review is not required for alterations to landmarked properties.  Landscaping changes alone and interior modifications at landmarked properties would not be subject to any Historic Preservation Commission review.

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Q: Commission. What is the Park Ridge Historic Preservation Commission?
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The Park Ridge Historic Preservation Commission is composed of nine residents, appointed by the mayor, with the advice and consent of City Council, with various backgrounds. 

The Commission is responsible for many things, including identifying sites having historic significance; recommending the designation of landmarks, recommending the designation of historic districts; reviewing proposed alterations to landmarks and structures within historic districts; and educating the public about historic preservation. The Commission meets monthly and its meetings are public.

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Q: Historic District. What is a historic district, and what are the benefits of being in an historic district?
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An historic district is a group of historic resources that are deemed significant as a collection of structures.

The purpose of designation of a district is to protect significant buildings within its boundaries from unnecessary or insensitive destruction, alteration or removal.  Recognition of the special historic, architectural or cultural qualities that make Park Ridge a unique and desirable place is another benefit.

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Q: Landmark. What is a local landmark and what are the benefits of local landmark designation?
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A local landmark is a site or structure that has been identified as a critical architectural, historical or cultural resource with significance to Park Ridge.  The Historic Preservation Commission recommends approval to the City Council and the City Council takes final action on landmark designation.

The benefits of owning a local landmark are recognition and protection of the landmark as a significant Park Ridge historic, architectural or cultural resource.  Other benefits include participation in the nationwide effort to preserve the character of local communities, possible owner benefits through the State of Illinois, and a renewed civic pride in the beauty and accomplishments of the past, thereby enhancing the City’s appeal to visitors.

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Q: Meeting Schedule. When does the Historic Preservation Commission meet?
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The Commission meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:00pm at the Park Ridge City Hall, 505 Butler Place, in the Council Chambers on the 1st floor.

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Q: Owner Consent. Is owner consent required for landmark designation?
A:
Yes, owner consent is required to become a local landmark.

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Q: Owner Consent, Historic District. Is owner consent required for historic districts?
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Consent by the owners of not less than two-thirds of the zoning lots within the proposed historic district is required for district designation.  Applications for historic districts must have owner approval for at least 50% of the zoning lots within the proposed district.

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Q: Questions? If I have more questions, whom should I contact?
A:
You may contact Jon Branham, City Planner with any questions.

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Q: Rescind the Designation. If I sell my home after it is designated a landmark, can the next homeowner rescind the designation?
A:
It is possible to rescind the designation, although the Commission would encourage and assist the owner in finding alternative options and solutions.

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Nuisances

Q: Air Conditioner Noise. Can the City do anything about a neighbor’s air conditioner noise?
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If window air-conditioning units are operating properly, there is nothing that the City can do about the noise emitted from them. However, outside condenser units must be set back the same distances as required for buildings and structures.

If a neighbor complains about the noise emitted from an outside unit, an  Environmental Health Officer will check the unit location and determine whether it is operating properly. If it is determined that the unit is  located less than the required distance, the owner may be required to move the unit.

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Q: Cars abandoned on a public right-of-way
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Article 14-3-16 of the Municipal Code provides that no person shall abandon a motor vehicle on any street, highway or any public property or other public way.

A vehicle which has been abandoned on any public property or public way may be removed at the direction of a police official, provided that notice of intent to remove has been issued to the registered owner of the vehicle at the owner's last known address, advising that the vehicle must be removed within seven days, and that an appearance may be made before the Chief of Police to contest the removal. If the owner fails to present valid reasons why the vehicle should not be removed, it may be towed immediately to any public or private storage facility and the cost of such towing or storage charged to the owner in addition to any fine imposed.

"Abandoned vehicle" shall mean any motor vehicle or trailer which remains on public property for a period of seven days or more while being in inoperable condition due to having one or more flat tires, or lacking any structural or mechanical component necessary for normal operation, or lacking valid state or local registration or licensing, or is incapable of moving under its own power, or is uninsured.

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Q: Construction debris. Does the City require construction companies to clean up their construction debris?
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Construction companies must keep construction sites, city sidewalks, city streets, etc. clear, clean, orderly and unobstructed.

Complaints about construction debris accumulated around buildings should be directed to the Building Department. The Building Department will investigate the complaint and require the company to clean up the debris.

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Q: Dog Barking. What can a citizen do if a neighbor’s dog barks continuously?
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A complaint should be filed with the Police Department and an officer will be dispatched to investigate. If no one is at home in the residence in which the dog is barking, the officer will return later to issue the owner a ticket. This could result in the owner having to appear in court, with the dog subject to impounding.

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Q: Excessive Noise. If a neighbor makes too much noise, what can be done?
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Article 14 of the Municipal Code prohibits the use of any device, apparatus or instrument that emits any loud, excessive or unusual noise in any building or on any premises in the City, if the noise is an annoyance or inconvenience to persons on the street, public places or neighboring premises.

If the noise disturbs the peace of the neighborhood, it is considered a nuisance and the Police Department 847-318-5252 should be notified to restore peace.

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Q: Garden Trimmings. Is it permissible to dump garden trimmings and tree branches in vacant lots or alleys?
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Article 5, Chapter 12 of the Municipal Code prohibits the dumping, depositing or placing of trash, garden trimmings, tree branches, stones, brick, plaster, concrete, scrap metal, lumber or any other discarded articles on any vacant lot, alley, school grounds, park, parkway, lawn or other private or public property

To notify the City, please complete a Citizen Request  or call Environmental Health at 847-318-5281 and leave a detailed message.

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Q: Grass and/or Weeds in Excess of 8"
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Article 5, Chapter 11 of the Municipal Code states that all weeds in the City in excess of 8 inches in height are declared to be a public nuisance. If the owner of private property does not cut or remove weeds after being cited by the Health Official, the City can remove the weeds at the owner’s expense. If the owner of the property does not pay incurred expenses, a lien may be placed on the property.

To notify the City, please complete a Citizen Request  or call Environmental Health at 847-318-5281 and leave a detailed message.

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Q: Mosquitoes. What is done by the City to combat mosquitoes?
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Park Ridge is included in two mosquito abatement districts, each of which sprays throughout the season for mosquitoes. Areas north of Devon, and the area south of Devon between Canfield and Cumberland Avenue, are covered by the Northwest Mosquito Abatement District. The area south of Devon and west of Cumberland is included in the Leyden Township District.

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Q: Open Burning. Is open burning prohibited in the City?
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According to Article 7 of the Municipal Code, it is generally unlawful for anyone to burn any materials not contained in equipment installed and designed to operate within a principal building (e.g. residence). However, it is not unlawful for a person to burn such substances as are reasonably necessary for the purpose of cooking food for consumption by his family and guests.

The Fire Chief is authorized to issue permits for external fires when a public purpose can be shown for the fire and upon proof that the proper permits have been obtained from the proper authorities of the State of Illinois and County of Cook. The Environmental Health Officer responds to complaints regarding smoke, fumes and odors. That number is 847-318-5281.

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Q: Recreational Vehicles. Can a citizen store his recreational vehicle in his yard?
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Section 12.12 of the Zoning Ordinance regulates the storage of recreational vehicles in residential areas. In general, these vehicles are permitted in the rear yard providing they are suitably screened.

Any questions regarding the storage of recreational vehicles on private property in other locations should be referred to the Building and Zoning Administrator.

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Q: Storage of Inoperable Vehicles
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The placing or keeping of inoperable motor vehicles, machinery, implements or mechanical equipment on any private property for a period in excess of 10 days is considered a nuisance. No more than one inoperable motor vehicle may be stored upon a lot, if that one vehicle is kept within a structure enclosed on all four sides.

An "inoperable motor vehicle" means any motor vehicle, machinery, implement or mechanical equipment which is incapable of moving under its own power, or has one or more flat tires, or lacks any structural or mechanical component necessary for normal operation, or lacks valid state or local registration or licensing, or is raised on blocks.

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Q: Stray Animals. What can be done about stray dogs or cats in the neighborhood?
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Any dog or cat running at large (off the premises and not under the control of the owner), or any unlicensed dog or cat will be impounded by the police. Each year owners of dogs and cats must purchase a license tag. No person is allowed to have more than three dogs or cats over the age of six months at one time. Violation of these rules should be reported to the Police Department or Environmental Health Officer.

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Q: Weeds in Excess of 8"
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Article 5, Chapter 11 of the Municipal Code states that all weeds in the City in excess of 8 inches in height are declared to be a public nuisance. If the owner of private property does not cut or remove weeds after being cited by the Health Official, the City can remove the weeds at the owner’s expense. If the owner of the property does not pay incurred expenses, a lien may be placed on the property.

To notify the City, please complete a Citizen Request  or call Environmental Health at 847-318-5281 and leave a detailed message.

 

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Parking

Q: Handicapped Parking. Where can I get a placard for handicapped parking?
A:

Temporary disability parking permits, valid for up to 90 days, are available on a same-day basis at City Hall, township offices and driver services facilities. An application form and a physician's certification form is also required. The permit authorizes the handicapped placard owner to park in spaces designated for use by handicapped individuals.


Blue permanent and long-term disability parking placards can be issued only by the Secretary of State’s Springfield office, and are valid for up to four years. Applicants must have their physician complete a certification attesting to the applicant’s eligibility under new state guidelines. Forms are available at City Hall or township offices.

Misuses of the permit can result in a fine of up to $1,000 and a 30-day driver’s license suspension. Motorists illegally using a permit to park free in a metered space can be fined $100.  Police are now authorized to enforce parking laws on private property, including malls and grocery store lots. For further information call City Hall at 847-318-5200.

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Q: Parking in Park Ridge
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For information on parking lots, parking permits and commuter parking permits, click here.

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Q: Parking Ticket. What are my options when I receive a parking ticket?
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Simply follow the directions on the back of the citation, or click on the link to pay the ticket online.  PAY TICKET HERE

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Q: Resident Permit. What do I do if I live on a street with Resident Permit Only signs and I have someone visiting?
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If you have a guest, you may call the Park Ridge Police non-emergency number, 847-318-5252, and request parking permission.

We need a description of the vehicle(s) and, if possible, the license plate number(s). If the guest will be staying more than 24 hours, we ask that you come in to the department and get a temporary permit.

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Q: Snow Parking Restrictions. What are the City's snow parking restrictions?
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Parking is prohibited on both sides of streets designated as snow routes, after 2" of snow has fallen, until 24 hours after the snow stops. Residents may call 847-318-6101 for a recorded message as to whether snow parking restrictions are in effect.

Most main streets are posted as snow routes. Vehicles parked there during snow parking restriction times will be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense. Parking is also prohibited as posted on the north and west sides of all other residential streets after 2" of snow has fallen, until 24 hours after the snow has stopped. If snow falls during the night, vehicles parked in violation of snow parking restrictions will be ticketed.

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Q: Truck. Can I park a truck on the street in Park Ridge?
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Trucks with Class "A" or "B" license plates and/or over the gross weight of 8,000 lbs cannot be parked on the street.  If you have a truck, it must be in a garage, behind the line of the house, or in the alley. If you have any questions regarding exemptions or corner lots, please contact the Zoning Department at 847-318-5291.

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Police Department

Q: Bicycle Registration. Does the City register bicycles?
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Residents may register their bicycles at no charge with the Police Department. Bring your bike to the Police Station entrance at 200 Vine Avenue, or go to the Cashier's Desk in City Hall and fill out a registration form.

You need to know the brand name, the model, style and the size of the bike. A tag will be issued to place on your bike and you will receive a copy of the registration. Bicycle registration greatly increases your chance of recovering your bike if it is ever lost or stolen.

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Q: Curfew. What are the curfew laws in Park Ridge?
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The curfew in Park Ridge is 11 pm - 6 am, Sunday through Thursday, and 12 am - 6 am, Friday and Saturday, for everyone under the age of 18.

The curfew for the Pickwick Plaza (the pedestrian plaza between Northwest Hwy and Summit Ave on the east side of buildings fronting Prospect Ave) is 9 pm - 6 am for everyone under the age of 18.

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Q: Emergency Notification. Does the City have emergency notification program?
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The City participates in a resident/employee notification system that can be used to notify citizens by telephone in emergencies or provide citizens with important announcements.  You can sign up for this system HERE.

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Q: Fingerprinting. Does the Police Department do fingerprinting?
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Fingerprinting is done by appointment only, and for Park Ridge residents only. To make an appointment, call the police desk (24 hours a day) at 847-318-5252.

We do NOT do fingerprinting for immigration/naturalization purposes. For a designated print service call 1-800-375-5283.

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Q: "For Sale" Signs. Can I put a for sale sign on my car, motorcycle or boat?
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The City of Park Ridge has an ordinance stating that you cannot have a "For Sale" sign on a vehicle if it is parked on public property. If the vehicle is on private property, with the property owner's approval, you may display a sign on the vehicle. The vehicle must also have proper registration to be on public/private property.

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Q: House Watch. Will the police department watch my house while I'm on vacation?
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When you go away on vacation, the police department will do a "vacation watch" on your residence.  An extra patrol will be made around your residence by the officer in that area.  This service does not include picking up mail or packages, and can only be used for up to 30 days, and not for vacant/empty homes.  It is simply an added precaution to help prevent your home from being burglarized or damaged while you are away. 

You can complete the vacation watch form on line or you can print it out complete the form by hand, and fax  to  (847-318-5308) or mail it to the Park Ridge Police Department, 200 S. Vine, Park Ridge, IL 60068.  We will need to know the dates you will be gone, if you have automatic timers on your lights, emergency contact information (local), and the license plates of any vehicle that will be left at your residence in your absence.  We also have light timers available (up to two per household) at no charge at the police department. If you have questions, feel free to contact the police department at 847-318-5252.

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Q: Injured Animal. What should I do if I see an injured animal?
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If you see an injured animal, do not attempt to move or dispose of the animal yourself. Call 9-1-1 or our non-emergency line, 847-318-5252, and we will dispatch an officer.

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Q: Lost Pet. What do I do if I lose or find a pet?
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If you have lost a pet, you can call the police department, 847-318-5252, 24 hours a day, to report your missing pet. We take all the information necessary to ensure that your pet is safely returned to you if it is found.

If you find a lost animal, check for any tags. If there is a name and number on the tag, you can contact the owner of the pet directly. If you cannot locate an owner, you may call the police department and we will dispatch an officer to pick up the animal. The animal is then impounded at the Northwest Animal Hospital, 2024 S River Rd, Des Plaines, 847-296-3112, until an owner comes to claim it.

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Q: Police Report. How do I obtain a copy of a police report?
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The records department is open Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  You will need to submit a Freedom of Information Act Request (click here for a PDF copy of the Request Form for the Police Department). 

You can return the completed form in person, by mail or by fax at 847-318-5308.  If sent by mail, the request should be sent to:  Freedom of Information Officer, Park Ridge Police Department, 200 S Vine Avenue, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068.  All requests will be processed and responded to within five business days.  All fees for copies of reports are listed on the Freedom of Information Act request form and all checks should be made payable to the City of Park Ridge.

Traffic accident reports can now be purchased online through Docview, an internet based application that makes traffic accident reports available to the public 24/7, usually within 72 hours of the accident. A convenience fee will be charged for this online service; however, these reports will still be available for purchase at the police station for the standard fee of $5.00.

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Q: Police Response Service. Why, on occasion, don’t the police respond immediately when they are called?
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The Police Department responds to emergency calls on a priority basis. If there are a number of pending calls, those calls which are the most urgent or which involve the public safety or welfare of our citizens must be responded to before other calls are answered.

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Q: Red Light Violation. What do I do if I receive a red light violation?
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The Automated Red Light system is administered by a third party. For FAQs on this program, please click HERE.

 Payments may be sent to:

Attn: Department Number 0125
Photo Enforcement Program
P O Box 5905
Carol Stream, IL 60197-5905

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Q: Traffic Ticket. What are my options when I receive a traffic ticket?
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1. If the officer who issues the ticket also gives you a Court Diversion Envelope, you have three options:

  • You may plead guilty and pay the citation, either by mail or in person at the courthouse.
  • You may plead guilty and attend traffic safety school, if eligible (it's explained on the envelope). If you pass the class, the conviction will be considered a supervision and not be entered on your driving record at the Secretary of State's Office. If you fail the class or do not attend the class, then a conviction will be entered upon your record.
  • You may also mail the envelope in to request a court date to contest the ticket.

2. If the officer who issues the ticket assigns a court date and the MUST APPEAR box is also checked, then you must appear on the date and time assigned to you. The officer has no discretion on these violations as this is mandated by law.

3. If the officer who issues the ticket assigns a court date and the MUST APPEAR box is NOT checked, then you may either appear on the date assigned or pay the ticket at the courthouse prior to the assigned court date.

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Q: Wild animal in house. What do I do if there is a wild animal in my house?
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If a wild animal is in your house, excluding garages, attics, un-finished basements and chimneys, you may call 9-1-1 and we will dispatch an officer to try and remove the animal.

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Q: Does the City of Park Ridge Have Automated Cameras?
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The City of Park Ridge maintains an automated traffic camera (aka Red Light Camera) at the intersection of Northwest Highway & Oakton. The camera records violations for vehicles driving westbound on Oakton at Northwest Highway.

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Resident Information

Q: Alarm System. Do I need to register my alarm system?
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If an alarm system is installed in your home or business, it must be registered with the Police Department.  There is a one-time registration fee of $50. To receive a registration packet, you may call the police desk (847-318-5252) to have one mailed to you, or you may pick one up at the police station at 200 S Vine.

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Q: Block Party. What do we need to do to have a block party?
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Only local streets as identified on the Street Classification System Map and selected collector streets as approved by the City may be closed for block parties. In no case shall any arterial street closing be  approved. Applications for street closings for private events (examples graduation parties, weddings, birthday parties) will not be accepted.

The City requires groups to notify all residents on the block of the date of the street closure, fill out an application, (click here for Block Party Application & Rules) and return to Public Works Service Center, 400 Busse Hwy, Park Ridge, IL 60068 or Fax to 847-318-5327. For questions, please call 847-318-5240 (TDD 847-318-5252).

A request for a special visit by a Fire Department vehicle should be made at least a week prior to the event by calling 847-318-6721. The Fire Department can only attend six block parties per day and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. If an emergency occurs, the fire vehicle may not be able to make an appearance.

Enjoy a visit to your block party by the Park Ridge Police Department!  To schedule an appearance, please provide the necessary information on the City application.  For additional information, contact the Park Ridge Police Department Community Strategies Division at 847-318-5233.

Residents may also rent a sports equipment picnic kit from the Park District  Call 847-692-5127.

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Q: Camping. Is camping permitted on any public property?
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According to Article 14 of the Municipal Code, it is unlawful for anyone to camp on any public street, sidewalk, in a public park, building or on any public property.

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Q: Dutch Elm Disease. Does the City have the right to require a property owner to remove and destroy a tree infested with Dutch Elm disease?
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The Municipal Code, Article 14 provides for City agents to enter upon any private property that has a tree with the appearance of Dutch Elm disease to remove samples to determine if the tree is infected with the disease or is dead. If it is, the property owner will be notified and the tree will be required to be removed by and at the expense of the owner within 10 days of notice. If the owner cannot be found or refuses to remove and destroy the tree, the City will remove it and the owner will be billed. Parkway trees infested with the disease are marked and the tree and stump are removed by the City.

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Q: Estate Sale. Do I need a permit to hold an Estate Sale?
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An Estate Sale does NOT needs a permit.  An Estate Sale is defined as taking place within the limits of the "house".  It cannot spill out into the front yard, driveway, sidewalk, back yard, or garage.  If it takes place anywhere outside of the house, a Garage Sale Permit IS necessary.

See the Garage Sale FAQ

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Q: Garage Sale. Do I need a permit to hold a Garage Sale?
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A permit is required by the City for garage or yard sales. Click here to go to the web page for the online Garage Sale Application, Rules and Permit. There is no fee.

You may have up to three garage sales a year, and each can be for three consecutive days, between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm.

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Q: Garbage/Residential Waste. What are the rules for residential waste (garbage) disposal?
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Residential waste collections are provided weekly for residents living in single family and multi-unit dwellings through a private scavenger. For complete information about residential waste collections, click here.

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Q: Leaf Raking. What are the rules for leaf raking?
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Raking leaves into the street is not permitted in Park Ridge. A violation carries a $50 minimum fine. Leaves should be placed in approved yard-waste bags or yard-waste carts.

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Q: Outdoor Water Restrictions. Are there any outdoor water restrictions?
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Outdoor water restrictions are in effect from May 15 through September 15. Residents may use water outdoors only on even or odd-numbered calendar days, corresponding with the last digit of their house number. Zero is considered an even number.Outdoor water use includes use on lawns, gardens, trees, shrubs and for washing vehicles.

A special permit for watering newly installed sod, valid for two weeks, can be obtained at the Public Works Department at City Hall. Call 847-318-5228 for more information.

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Q: Parkway Trees. What procedure needs to be followed to plant a tree on a City parkway?
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The City Forester must be contacted because only approved species will be permitted to be planted on City parkways. In accordance with the Share-the-Cost Parkway Tree Planting Program, a property owner may apply to the Department of Public Works to have a tree planted on the City parkway fronting his property. Total cost to the property owner is set annually as a part of the budget process. The trees planted are two inches in diameter and guaranteed for two years. Larger diameter trees are also available through our shared-cost program.

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Q: Political Signs. What are the rules for Political (temporary) Signs in residential areas?
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The following restrictions apply to all temporary signs, including political signs:

•    Signs cannot exceed six square feet in area, nor five feet in height
•    Not more than 20 square feet of total temporary signage is permitted on any zoning lot
•    No temporary sign is permitted within any public right-of-way, including the parkway
•    No signs may be attached to a tree or utility pole
•    No inflatable signs or tethered balloons are permitted
•    Signs are to be posted on private property only, and only with the permission of the property owner

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Q: Property Assessment. Who can answer questions and resolve problems with property assessment?
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Property assessment is a county function in which the City is not involved.

Problems and questions should be referred to the Cook County Assessor’s office.

At their website you can also find information about appeals, exemptions and the required forms.

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Q: Sewer & Water System Repairs. Who is responsible for sewer and water repairs?
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Article 11, Chapter 1 Section 11-1-6 of the Park Ridge Municipal Code states that all repairs to the sewer lateral (private house service) up to and including the connection to the sewer main is the responsibility of the homeowner.

All repairs to the water service pipes between the buffalo box and the premises are the responsibility of the homeowner.

Water meters are maintained by the City.

 

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Q: Sidewalk Construction. What requirements are there regarding the construction of sidewalks?
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All public sidewalk construction, including sidewalks constructed on a parkway between the regular sidewalk line and the curb line, must be approved by the City Engineer. A permit must be obtained for such construction except when the work is performed under the City’s annual Sidewalk Removal and Replacement Share-the-Cost Program.

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Q: Snow Plowing Priorities. Why is snow plowed more often or quicker on some streets than on others?
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Priority is given to the arterial and collector streets that serve the most people. These streets collectively make up our snow routes. Streets adjoining schools are also given priority. These streets are salted to provide bare pavement as a goal. The City’s objective is to keep these streets clear by frequent, repeated salting and plowing.

Residential districts are plowed simultaneously with the snow routes, but without the same intensity of resources. The time required to complete the fourteen districts will vary depending upon the duration of the snow storm.  The goal is to have all districts plowed 12-24 hours after the snow has stopped.  The City does not salt the entire length of residential streets so a bare pavement is not expected. However, the approaches to intersections on residential streets are salted (150 feet on each side).
 
Parking lot areas are plowed generally after the streets are plowed and are done overnite, when the lots are empty.
 
Snow removal is practiced only in the major business areas and City parking lots after the initial emergency has passed and only when the accumulation is deemed significant.
 
Snow Plan Priority List

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Q: Snow Removal. What are the rules regarding snow removal?
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Shoveling or plowing of snow into the street is not permitted in Park Ridge. A violation carries a $50 minimum fine.

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Q: Starling Control. What does the City do to control the starling problem?
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The City is using a control measure of heavily pruning and trimming trees annually in those areas of the City where starlings are known to roost. Other measures may be used if required.

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Q: Tag Days. How does the City handle requests for Tag Days?
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A permit to solicit on public ways must be obtained from the City Manager. Except as provided in Article 14-7-7 of the Municipal Code, permission is not granted for use of City streets. A permit is issued for tag days on public sidewalks in the business districts and on arterial streets only. Click here for a Tag Day Application form.

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Q: Tree Diagnostic Service. Will the City Forester examine trees and shrubs located on private property?
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Due to budgetary constraints, the City Forester will no longer examine or make any recommendations any trees, grass or shrubs located on private property.

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Q: Tree Removals. What are the rules for tree removals?
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Parkway Tree Removals - Parkway tree removals are performed by the City of Park Ridge. If you are concerned about the health of your parkway tree please call the Forestry Division at 847-318-5231.  For further information, see Article 9, Chapter 4 of the Municipal Code and Council Policy Statement  #24.  In certain cases, as determined by the City Forester, a parkway tree may qualify for removal and replacement at the resident's expense.

Private Tree Removals - Total tree removal on private property is the responsibility of the owner. A permit is required for the removal of any private tree that is 10 inches or greater in diameter, measured 45 inches from the ground. A tree removal application may be applied for in the Building Department. Please call the Forestry Division at 847-318-5231 with any tree removal questions.

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Q: Vehicle Stickers. Does Park Ridge require vehicle stickers?
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All motor vehicles registered to Park Ridge residents require an annual City vehicle license (sticker) that must be displayed on the vehicle. Vehicle stickers can be purchased at City Hall during normal business hours or by mail. Vehicle stickers expire on the third Friday of June each year.

Currently, the sticker (license) fee for a passenger vehicle is $45; the fee for RVs and trucks up to 8,000 lbs is $60 and $30 for motorcycles. A penalty fee of $25 will be charged if a vehicle sticker is purchased after the third Friday of June. The penalty increases to $50 after the third Friday in September. A $75 citation for failure to purchase and display a vehicle sticker (license) may also be issued by the Park Ridge police.

All dogs and cats must also be licensed annually for a fee of $10 per year.

The City accepts Discover, MasterCard and Visa when payments are made in person. City Hall is open from 8:00 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Vehicle Sticker (License) Form

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Q: Wards. In what ward is my residence located?
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Check the City Street Map to see which ward you live in.

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Traffic Regulations

Q: Bicycle Lights & Reflectors. During what hours are lights required on bicycles and how large a reflector is required on the back?
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Article 13 of the Municipal Code requires operational lights on bicycles during the period from one-half hour after sunset to sunrise. If a rear lighted red lamp is not on the bicycle, a red reflector glass button, not less than 2 ¼ inches in diameter may be used.

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Q: Bicycle Regulations. Can bicycles be driven on sidewalks? Is there a speed limit for bicycles? What are other rules for bicycles in the City?
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Bicycles may be operated on all sidewalks except in the Uptown area as provided for in Article 13 of the Municipal Code. Bicycles shall be operated at a reasonable speed considering existing conditions, rider safety and the safety of other persons, property and vehicles. Two or more persons riding in a group must ride single file. Only one person can ride on a bicycle at one time unless the bicycle is a tandem or multiple and only then if the operator is an adult.

All bicycles operated on City streets, alleys or sidewalks must be licensed and the license must be attached to the bicycle. The licenses are permanent and provided without fee. Also, bicycles must be locked when left unattended. Violation of any of these regulations should be reported to the Police Department for appropriate action. Police non-emergency may be called at 847-318-5252.

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Q: Mini Bikes & Snowmobiles. Is the operation of mini bikes and snowmobiles permitted in the City?
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Mini bikes may only be operated on private property with the permission of the property owner. They may not be operated on City streets. Mini bikes are required to be equipped with proper mufflers. Snowmobiles cannot be operated anywhere in the City, including the park district or forest preserves.

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Q: Traffic Signs. What is the procedure for requesting the installation of a traffic sign (stop, restricted parking, etc.) in the City?
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The specific traffic sign request should be submitted in writing to the City Engineer in care of the Public Works Department for evaluation and disposition based on accepted traffic control criteria and in accordance with the "Manual of Urban Traffic Control Devices" as adopted by the U.S. Government and the State of Illinois. A sketch of the proposal should accompany the request.

If the request does not comply with recognized standards, the petitioner will be so advised and given the reasons for denial. The petitioner will also be advised that his appeal procedure is to the Public Works Committee, which will either reaffirm the staff decision or recommend alternative action to the City Council.

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Water Billing

Q: Auto Pay. How do I sign up to pay my water bill automatically and how does it work?
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Your monthly payment will be automatically taken from the account you authorize the bank to use, and the money is directly credited to your water account on the 20th of the month your payment is due. You will continue to receive a statement for your records. You must continue to send in your meter read each time you receive your statement. To sign up for Auto Pay, please fill out the AutoPay Form.

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Q: Water Bill Problem. How can a water bill problem be resolved?
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Water bills are generated bi-monthly. Residents are required to report their current water meter reading so that the next bill will reflect the actual usage. Residents are urged to contact the Water Billing Department, 847-318-5223,  when there is a significant change in the water bill. High water bills may result from a leak in the plumbing, a clerical error, sprinkling, etc.

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Recycling

Q: Brush Collection. Does the City do brush collection?
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Collection of brush and branches for chipping by the City was discontinued in September 2009.

For brush collection, branches less than 3 inches in diameter and five (5) feet in length can be tied together in bundles weighing less than 50 pounds for collection with regular yard waste. Twigs and small brush can be broken up and placed in large paper yard bags (not plastic) or in special yard waste carts available through ARC Disposal, the City’s refuse hauler, on the regularly scheduled garbage day. Residents with larger branches or tree removals will need to contact a tree service company or landscaper to arrange for the removal.

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Q: Recycling. What materials can be recycled?
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Park Ridge has a city-wide recycling program that picks up residents' recyclables the same day as refuse collection. Visit the Recycling Page for further information.

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Q: Yard Waste Disposal.
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Due to a state mandate, yard waste, including grass clippings, tree and shrub trimmings and leaves cannot be mixed with regular household refuse. Collection for single and two-family dwellings is made once each week (beginning the first full week in April and continuing through mid-December) on the same day as refuse and recycling collection. Click here for more information about yard waste and composting.

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