Code Enforcement/Property Maintenance
The Village of Flossmoor has an interest in maintaining the public health, safety, and welfare of structures and premises within the village, as well as a clean suburban appearance for all residents. To that end, the Village has two part time property maintenance inspectors who work with the Flossmoor Community Service Officers to make sure residents know and follow community ordinances including any adopted Codes/Ordinances. The property maintenance code can be found on our website (Flossmoor Municipal Code Chapter 215)
Below are some frequently asked questions about our ordinances.
Such containers shall not be placed for refuse pickup more than 24 hours before pickup and shall be removed within 24 hours after pickup. Garbage containers, when not out for pickup, shall be stored as reasonably concealed from view from the street as is practical (Flossmoor Municipal Code 215-6-7). If you require garbage to be out for a special pick up or times outside of what is allowed, please call our office to talk with the property maintenance inspector. It is also residents' responsibility to contact your scavenger service for specifics on brush collection, large items, and TVs.
It is a violation of the Village code to permit any weeds, grass or plants, other than trees, bushes, flowers or other ornamental plants, to grow to a height exceeding eight inches on unimproved property (lot without structures) and five inches on improved property (with structures) anywhere in the Village. It is also the responsibility of property owners to mow the parkway adjacent to their homes and road. Trees must also be cut back to ten feet above sidewalks. Trees not in the parkway are the responsibility of the homeowner however, if a parkway tree is hanging low, please call our Public Works Department (708-957-4100) to get it on the trimming list.
The Village addresses tall grass and weed complaints by visiting the property or contacting the owner, landlord or property manager. The Village issues a notice to comply within three days. The Village may also mow the property without notice and charge the owner or place a lien on the property if the issue remains unresolved.
Inoperable and Unlicensed vehicles in public view are not permitted and declared a nuisance. Covering of any such vehicle shall not be considered to have removed such vehicle from view. Warnings will be issued for any violation, citations to be issued if not removed, repaired, and/or registered properly. (Village of Flossmoor Vehicles and Traffic, Article 9 Inoperable Motor Vehicles)
The Village does not have "quiet hours", but we do maintain construction hours from 7AM - 9PM (Monday-Sunday).
Chapter 200, Article 4 (200-4-4 Sound-amplifying devices) of the Flossmoor Municipal Code provides for maintaining such devices at a reasonable level to not disturb the peace. Should you believe the this ordinance is being violated, please call the Police non-emergency number: 708-957-4500.
Signs may be posted on your private property, though some types of signs might not be permitted, or require permits to display. No signs may be posted in any public property within the village, including in any parkway or any trees or utility poles. Signs placed in parkways or other public areas will be collected by Village personnel. Any sign that can be viewed as advertising is also not allowed on public or private property. This includes vehicles that display commercial printing, lettering, or logos unless they are in the process of providing a service. Unfortunately, due to a number of factors, we cannot make individual requests that signs be moved from public areas. Warnings will be issued for any signs that are not permitted on private property, with citations to be issued if not removed. (Village of Flossmoor Zoning Ordinance Article XXII -Signs)
For sale" & "to rent" signs shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations (285-22-6):
- No more than one such sign per lot.
- Such sign shall not be illuminated.
- Shall not exceed six square feet in area and shall not exceed a height of three feet above grade at the base of the sign.
- Each such sign must be devoted solely to the sale or rental of the property being offered and must be removed immediately upon the sale or rental of the property.
- The words "sold" or "rented" or synonyms thereof are prohibited.
Vehicles cannot be parked on an unimproved surface, that is, on the private lawn or the parkway, but must remain completely on the driveway or street. Vehicles also cannot be parked in such a way that blocks the public sidewalk.
Recreational vehicles can be parked in front yard only when loading or unloading and not in excess of 24 hours. Trailers, recreational vehicles, or boats can only be parked in the Village by following the specifics outlined in Section 285-23-4 of the Zoning Ordinance
Commercial vehicles are not allowed to be parked for extended periods of time - or overnight - in the Village. This includes vehicles that display commercial printing, lettering, or logos unless they are in the process of providing a service.
Truck (non-semi) parking is allowed in the village provided that: the vehicle weight is under 8,000 pounds, there are no items in the bed (unless covered by a fitted cover), there is no commercial equipment/appendage attached (i.e. plows or auxiliary lighting), vehicle has no more than four wheels, vehicle does not exceed 8ft high x 8ft wide, or have any part of the exhaust system above the frame of the vehicle.
If you find you have received a Property Maintenance Code Violation or Correction Notice left on your door (or mailed to you), please be advised this is NOT a ticket and does not carry any fines. This notice is to remind our residents of a code violation they may not be aware of so it can be corrected prior to ticketing. Officers give a time frame for the work to be done, but if you are unable to complete the item in the time frame given, please call our office to speak with the property maintenance inspector to work out an extension. Inspectors work part-time. In order to complete their patrol of the village, they cannot usually knock on doors to discuss the notice.
Once a Code Violation notice is given, residents are given a period of time to complete the work. If the work has not been completed in the allotted time, or extension granted by speaking with the property maintenance inspector, a ticket will be written and mailed to you. A notification of your local court date will be mailed to you separately and attendance is required. Fines can range up to $750.00 per day.
Permits are not required to conduct a garage/yard sale. However, any dwelling cannot have more than 3 per calendar year and each sale not exceed 3 consecutive days within a week. Such sales cannot include bulk sales, that is, the sale of multiple new items of the same description or consigned merchandise. Only 2 signs can be used, one on private property and one on the main intersection parkway. Flags or banners are not permitted. (Article 4, Section 200-4-6)
Outdoor burning of leaves, brush, trimmings from trees or bushes, vegetable matter, wood, paper or other combustible debris, refuse, waste, rubbish, garbage, or any other material on any property, public or private, from any source material on any property, public or private, from any source whatsoever, within the corporate limits of the Village is prohibited.
Fire pits are allowed provided when used in a safe manner and not located within 15 feet of any structure or 10 feet of combustible material. Only natural seasoned firewood or commercial logs may be burned, although natural gas and propane fire pits are permitted. The regulations for outdoor burning and fire pits can be found in the Property Maintenance section of our Flossmoor Municipal Code. (Section 215-7-13)
The Village does maintain guidelines for seasonal and emergency watering restrictions. From May 15 through September 15 of each year, lawn sprinkling should not occur between the hours of 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. on any day. However, the watering of shrubs, plants, trees and gardens is permitted at any time by low-volume sprinkling systems such as drip, spray or bubbler emitters or hand-held hose. Exemptions are provided for new sod or seed areas. If at any time an emergency exists that make it necessary to immediately conserve water, the Village will notify the public and emergency restrictions will be enforced. Details can be found on our website - Article 4 Water Conservation and Emergency Regulations on Water Use.