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Spring Property Maintenance Reminders

Post Date:03/20/2019 3:19 PM

The Village of Carol Stream is proud of its well-maintained neighborhoods. The Village has adopted a Property Maintenance Code that provides standards to which properties need to be maintained. Community Development Department inspectors make note of property maintenance issues and look into complaints received from citizens about possible violations of the Property Maintenance Code. Common Code violations include:

  • Tall grass and weeds – in excess of 8 inches
  • Damaged fences – leaning, boards damaged or missing, sections missing, non-permanent repairs
  • Trees determined to be dead, diseased or infested with insects
  • Trash or recycling containers visible from the street
  • Exterior deterioration – rotting wood, missing siding, fascia or roof shingles
  • Inoperable vehicles or vehicles parked on unapproved surface (i.e. lawn or gravel)
  • Bushes encroaching onto the sidewalk or tree branches encroaching less than 7 feet above the sidewalk
  • Accumulation of rubbish or debris

If a Property Maintenance Code violation is found to exist, in most cases the Community Development Department will leave a Courtesy Notice near the front door of the residence, briefly explaining the violation and asking the resident to contact Community Development to discuss the schedule for correcting the violation. In some cases, a Courtesy Notice letter may be sent to the property owner. The Courtesy Notice is not a ticket or citation. Although violations must be corrected, the Community Development Department will work with homeowners to establish a reasonable deadline for correction of the violation. Fortunately, over 90% of all identified violations are resolved by the property owner without the Village issuing a formal Notice of Violation. Ultimately, a property owner who fails to comply with Village Code requirements will be required to appear in DuPage County Court and may be subject to a fine.

The Village appreciates your cooperation in maintaining your property. If you have any questions about the Village’s property maintenance inspection program, please do not hesitate to contact Community Development at communitydevelopment@carolstream.org or (630)871-6230.

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