Code Enforcement & Violations

To protect the health, safety, and welfare of its residents, the Village of Northbrook sets forth maintenance standards for all properties within the Village boundaries. The Code Enforcement arm of the Development and Planning Services Department responds to inspection requests for suspected violations regarding property maintenance standards, in addition to food related health issues, zoning compliance, and tree removals.

Request a Violation Inspection Online


Residents may request an inspection online via the online request form below. If you provide your email address on the form you will be sent updates regarding any enforcement activity that takes place.

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What Are Typical Violations?


The Department looks to ensure that all exterior property maintenance violations are addressed. Code Enforcement violations may include:
  • Construction Noise: Allowable hours for construction noise in the Village include 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. No construction noise is allowed on Sundays.
  • Garbage: Garbage must be disposed of in an approved covered container, and can only be placed at the curb on scheduled pickup days. Garbage and recycling containers must be returned to the rear or side of your house within twelve (12) hours after pick up occurs. For more information about how to properly dispose of household waste, please click here.
  • Structure and Property: All vacant buildings, exteriors, including windows, doors, sheds, garages, fences, pools, siding, etc. must be kept in good and safe repair. For tenants suspecting landlord violations (e.g. mold, interior maintenance, leaking, improper cleaning, temperature of the unit, rodents, etc.), please view our Information for Renters.
  • Vehicles: All vehicles must be operable, have valid license plates, and be parked on an approved hard surface of concrete or asphalt.
  • Weeds and Grass: The Village has regulations that prohibit weeds and grass from growing to an average height of more than ten (10) inches. To view the Village’s procedures for weeds and grass violations, please click here.

General Code Enforcement Violation Procedures


When a request for inspection for a suspected violation is received, the Department of Development and Planning Services employs the following standard operating procedures:
  1. An inspection will take place to verify the violation.
  2. If a code violation is discovered, a violation notice will be sent to the property owner indicating a compliance date for resolving the issue. The compliance date will vary depending on the type of violation and scope of the remedy required.
  3. If the violation is not corrected or resolved by the compliance date, the Village will issue a second notice and/or proceed with issuing a citation requiring an appearance before a judge in the 2nd District Court.