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Permits are required for the following improvements:
Any changes made within the Historic District are subject to the Certificate of Appropriateness approval process. Please contact the Planning Department for more information.
A permit is not required for ordinary, non-structural repairs, including but not limited to the following:
Properties located in the Historic Preservation District have special regulations which must be followed. The above list does not apply to any property located in this district.
Typical review time for most residential and commercial projects is ten (10) to fourteen (14) business days; provided all required information is submitted and all contractors have become registered with the City.
For new construction, such as new homes, industrial buildings, commercial buildings, etc., review time is typically ten (10) to fourteen (14) business days; provided all required information is submitted. New construction permits are reviewed by multiple departments, requiring longer review times in some instances.
If a plan review has been rejected, a letter will be sent to the applicant requesting further information. Once the required information is received, a re-review of the permit will be performed within the above time frames, depending on project type.
Per City Code (Ord. §93.131) contractors are permitted to perform work on the following days of the week at the following times:
Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If you have any questions or would like to speak to City staff regarding this requirement, please contact the Building Department at (815) 838-0549 option 5.
The City of Lockport's ordinance states that the drainage of roofs, paved yards, yards and courts, and other open areas on the premises, and sump pumps, shall not discharge in a manner that creates a nuisance to adjoining properties. The city advises property owners to redirect their sump pump discharge to an area that will not cause a nuisance to neighbors. For questions or to file a complaint, please contact Code Enforcement at (815) 838-2132.
A Grading Permit is needed and can be obtained through the Engineering Department. The city will not allow any grade changes to be made at the property lines without submitting a complete plan for approval.
Before calling the city, check with your builder to verify that the final survey has been submitted. If the survey has been submitted, your next step would be to contact the Building Department to check the status of the survey. When the Building Department receives the survey from the builder, it is sent to the Engineering Department. The survey is then marked "Rejected" or "Approved." If the survey is rejected, it is up to the builder to correct the problems and then submit a new survey. The Engineering Department will not make another inspection until a new survey is received. For questions, please contact the Engineering Department at (815) 838-0549, ext. 2313.
FEMA determines if a property is in a floodplain. FEMA regularly publishes maps that show the locations of floodplains. For more information, visit FEMA's website.
Once your landscaping has been completed, please contact your Builder. Once approved by your Builder, the City will be notified to complete our inspection. Once the inspection has been performed and approved (usually 5-7 workings days after request), the bond will be refunded. Refund time is typically 4 - 6 weeks from date of final approval. If your landscaping has been rejected, you will be notified by mail of the outstanding issues. Once those items are corrected, please call for a reinspection of the property.
Please contact the Lockport Police Department at 815-838-2131 and let us know.
You must enter your vehicle into our online parking system by going to the police department's overnight parking system.
The city has an ordinance against parking on any city street when the snowfall exceeds 2 inches for the entire duration of snow and ice control operations. The parking ban allows city crews to more completely remove snow without obstruction from vehicles on the roadway. Even when it is not snowing, the city often has to complete clean-up work on corners and intersections. The parking ban helps the city keep roads safe for all residents and motorists. Residents needing temporary exception from the parking ban may apply to the Police Department for a special permit.
If the parkway tree has been removed due to the Emerald Ash Borer the City is currently allowing residents to add their address to our Parkway Tree Replacement list by calling 815-838-0549 option 8. If the parkway tree was removed but is not an Emerald Ash residents can take advantage of our 50/50 program by submitting a request in our service request system.
Waste Management will pick up bagged leaves until the first week of December on your designated garbage day (no sticker necessary). The Public Works annual leaf pick up program begins mid October provided enough leaves have fallen to warrant a crew going out, and will run through Friday, November 15 (weather permitting). Please rake your leaves to the back edge of the curb line.
For questions regarding JULIE markings in your yard, please contact JULIE directly at 1-800-892-0123
For branches & brush, the following conditions must be met:
Note: Public Works will be offering branch pick up twice per year. In order to participate in this service, branches must be out on the 1st Monday of May for the spring service; or the 1st Monday of October for the fall service. Please note it may take up to 2 weeks for the branches to be picked up during these service times.
All homeowners that have a sprinkler system are required to submit an annual RPZ test report prior to activating their sprinkler system for the season. The RPZ test must be performed by a licensed Cross Connection Control Device Inspector. A list of certified inspectors can be located at ccra4safewater.com under the find an Inspector Tab. All RPZ tests are to be submitted through CCRA Professional Services. No paper reports/tests should be sent to the city. Any questions either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-450-7781.
The city has an inclusive contract with Waste Management. Furniture and appliances will be collected on your regular pick-up day however, only one large item will be collected per week.
When recycling cardboard or paperboard, if putting in recycling tote please make sure it is flattened. If putting in the trash tote it must also be flattened. Do not take a cardboard box and put garbage or other boxes inside.
If you have a question or concern on how to dispose of something, please call the water department at 815-838-0549 option 3. If you are unsure about something please call before placing it out on the curb for pickup.
You must come to the Water Department and pay the balance of your water bill in cash. A $50 ($100 after normal business hours) penalty fee will be imposed, which must be paid along with the balance.
if you are moving in or out of the City, please contact the Water Department at (815) 838-0549. option 3, to order a “final” water reading.
Homeowners selling the property will need to provide:
Renters vacating the property need to provide:
All homeowners that have a sprinkler system are required to submit an annual RPZ test report prior to activating their sprinkler system for the season. The RPZ test must be performed by a licensed Cross Connection Control Device Inspector. A list of certified inspectors can be located on the Cross Connection Control Programs Safewater website under the find an Inspector Tab. All RPZ tests are to be submitted through CCRA Professional Services. No paper reports/tests should be sent to the city. Any questions either email Cross Connection Control Programs Services or call 630-450-7781.
Fire hydrant flushing occurs in the spring and fall. Most recently, fall hydrant flushing began on September 9, 2020 and will continue until complete. Signs will be posted when flushing is to occur in your neighborhood.