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Exterior Property Maintenance Code

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Dear Lincoln Heights Property Owners, Residents and Businesses:

On June 10, 2024, the Village Council Passed Ordinance 2024 O-4 "Adopting Exterior Property Maintenance Code" which became effective June 11, 2024. If you are not familiar with the code, please click on the link on the left side of this page or view a copy of the code at the Municipal Building at 1201 Steffen Avenue.

The purpose of the exterior property maintenance code is to protect the public health, safety and general welfare as it pertains to premises and buildings used for residential, commercial, and industrial purposes. This protection is provided by:
  • Establishing minimum standards for maintaining residential, commercial and industrial property; preserving and achieving the presentable appearance of existing structures and premises; avoiding blighting effects of the substandard maintenance of structures and premises and their negative impact on the value of surrounding properties; and eliminating hazardous conditions.
  • Establishing the responsibilities of owners, lessees, occupants, and persons or entities having charge of structures and their premises; and
  • Providing for administration, enforcement, and penalties.
The Village anticipates enforcement activities will initially be driven primarily by complaint and supplemented by observable violations. As a reminder, complaints may be submitted by completing the Comments/Service Request form on our website (through the Report a Concern tab), completing a Complaint Form at the Village Municipal Building, or by letter with complainant name, address, telephone number or e-mail address and nature of the complaint. The Code Compliance Official will then initiate a review of the complaint and take appropriate action to remedy any non-compliance with the new code.

It is the intent of the Village to work with all citizens to further the best interests of the community, through the fair an consistent administration of this Exterior Property Maintenance Code and Village Code of Ordinances. The Village will work with property owners as necessary to resolve non-compliant property issues as long as commitment and progress on correcting issues is evident.

We all will be adjusting to the new code and appreciate you cooperation and patience with its implementation and enforcement.

Village of Lincoln Heights Council