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Ordinances and Regulations
Off-Street Parking, including Recreational Vehicles
The Darien City Council recently adopted amendments to
the Darien City Code regarding parking on residential
properties, including parking in front yards and
parking/storing recreational vehicles on residential lots.
Input from residents, City staff and the Darien Planning
and Zoning Commission have gone into the development of the
regulations adopted by the City Council.
The following summarizes existing and recently adopted
ordinances regarding parking on residential properties in
- All driveways must have a hard surface. However,
existing gravel or stone driveways can remain until the
house is torn down and a new house is constructed.
- Constructing and/or replacing a driveway requires a
permit. The location, width and number of driveways is
regulated by the Darien City Code.
- All vehicles, including recreational vehicles, must
be parked on a hard surface. Parking vehicles on a
grassy surface is not permitted, whether in the front,
side or rear yards.
- All recreational vehicles must be parked/stored
within an interior side yard or rear yard only, if
parked/stored outside an enclosed building.
- Only one recreational vehicle may be parked outside
an enclosed building. For example, one camper, one
travel trailer, one boat on a trailer or one trailer
with up to two personal recreation vehicles on a
trailer, such as snow mobiles, jet skies and ATVs.
- Recreational vehicles cannot exceed 35 feet in
length and 8 feet in width, except boats cannot exceed
25 feet in length and 10 feet in height, exclusive of
antennas, masts or other accessories.
- Recreational vehicles may be parked temporarily on
any portion of a driveway for loading, unloading and
cleaning purposes and for temporary occupancy of guests.
- Recreational vehicles may be occupied by guests no
more than 14 consecutive days. This can occur two times
within a calendar year.
Or, for more information, contact Michael Griffith,
Senior Planner, in the Community Development Department at
(630) 353-8113, or via email at
Dogs and Cats Regulations
to read the complete ordinance.
refuse and yard waste collection is a "Bag and Tag" Program.
Through an agreement with Veolia Environmental, refuse and yard waste containers
require stickers for pickup. Residents must purchase stickers or lease
wheeled toters to dispose of waste. These stickers are available at various
vendor locations in Darien (including City Hall). Literature explaining
disposal regulations are available at City Hall.
Ordinance 7-1-5B allows refuse for removal may be left at the front parkway
of a home where the property borders a street, but not more than 24 hours
before a pick-up, and not more than 24 hours following a pick-up.
prohibit the storage of non-functioning vehicles upon private property
as well as dismantled motor vehicles. By contacting the Police Department,
they will assist you in obtaining towing services to help you avoid being
cited for violation.
Ordinance 7-1-9A prohibits the burning of garbage, rubbish or natural
refuse. Natural refuse includes, but is not limited to, leaves and other
yard wastes anywhere within the City. However, logs, non-treated wood,
or wood products may be burned in either an indoor or outdoor fireplace
(a structure which partially encloses a fire to contain its size), and
of course charcoal may be burned in charcoal grills.
Street Parking Regulations
Ordinance 9-3-1G prohibits parking on public streets or rights-of-way
within the City during a snow emergency. A "snow emergency"
shall be declared to exist within the City when the snowfall exceeds one
inch (1") during a twenty four (24) hour period. Such emergency shall
continue to exist until the snow plowing operation has been completed
and the snowfall has ceased, or if plowing operation has not started within
a twenty four (24) hour period.
It is unlawful
to park any vehicle on public streets or rights-of-way in the City between
the hours of 2:00am and 6:00am of any day, with the following exceptions:
guest and no room in driveway.
- Driveway under repair.
- Vehicle broke down.
Police Department must be contacted at 630-971-3999 to obtain permission to
park on City streets overnight.
permits are required and may be obtained from City Hall. City Code 3-6-3
restricts permits to no more than three (3) permits within a twelve month
period per residence and may only be held on Thursday, Friday, Saturday
or Sunday, between the hours of 8:00am and 6:00pm.
Community Development Department Regulations
The City has minimum property maintenance
codes for residential and commercial properties. If there is a problem
in your neighborhood, please call the Community Development Department
at City Hall. The department also has comprehensive building and zoning
regulations. Copies of these regulations or information about them can
be obtained from the department.
are required prior to the onset of any construction. Permits are
required for fences, decks, sheds and indoor/outdoor remodeling. Please
call the Community Development Department for more information at
If you were
part of an annexation to Darien, you will be informed by the City of your
new address since Darien has its own numbering system. The City informs
all utility companies and County and Township offices. You will be informed
in advance of this change so that you may have time to change all personal
documents requiring your address.
every Darien resident to register and vote. You may call the City Clerks
office for details. General voting requirements include American citizenship,
and age requirements of 18 years or older, and a residency of 30 days
minimum prior to an election day. In order to register, you must bring
two forms of identification, one of which must show your current address.
Naturalized citizens are asked to bring their court papers when they register.
Registration normally closes 30 days prior to any election.
Resident of the City of Darien are not all served by the same water
system. Please call the Darien Municipal Services Department at 630-353-8103 for details about
your water service.
Environmental Concerns maintains our sanitary sewer system in Darien.
Sewer fees are billed jointly (every two months) with water bills, by DuPage County. Sewer consumption is based on water use, per 1000 gallons.
Details about sanitary sewer service may be obtained by calling DuPage
County at 630-985-2905.