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City Code 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).
Dogs are not allowed to run at large and must be kept
upon the owner's property. Dogs under the physical control
of any responsible person may be off the owner's property
while under such control. There are no more than three (3)
adult dogs and/or cats to be kept by a single owner in the
City. Rabies tags are issued through your veterinarian at
the time of vaccination and are required in Darien. Pet
owners are responsible for removing defecation per City Code
Refuse at Curb
City Code 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.
Garage Sale permits are required and may be obtained from
City Hall. City Code 3-6-3 restricts permits to no more than
three (3) permits per calendar year, per residence and may
only be held on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday,
between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
City Ordinances 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.
City Code 8-12-1: Curfew Hours:
It is unlawful for a person less than seventeen (17)
years of age to be present at or upon any public assembly
building, place, street or highway at the following times:
Between one minute past twelve o'clock (12:01) A.M. and
six o'clock (6:00) A.M. Saturday and Sunday;
Between eleven o'clock (11:00) P.M. and six o'clock
(6:00) A.M on Sunday to Thursday
(Ord. 0-17-04, 5-17-2004)
Street Parking Regulations, Including Over Night
City Code 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 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.
It is unlawful to park any vehicle on public streets or
rights-of-way in the City between the hours of 2:00 A.M. and
6:00 A.M. of any day, with the following exceptions:
- Overnight guest and no room in driveway.
- Driveway under repair.
- Vehicle broke down.
The Darien Police Department must be contacted at
630-971-3999 to obtain permission to park on City streets
Off-Street Vehicle Parking, Including
The following summarizes the Darien City Code regarding
parking on residential properties, including parking in
front yards and parking/storing recreational vehicles on
- 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 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.
The City Code can be found by
Or, for more information, contact Michael Griffith,
Senior Planner, in the Community Development Department at
(630) 353-8113, or via email at