Official Website of the Village of Lake Barrington, Illinois
Unlike many other municipalities, the Village of Lake Barrington retained mosquito abatement services in its budget. Clarke will be providing mosquito spraying again this summer. When applied, mosquito abatement spraying is normally done on Friday at dusk to dawn on Saturday, weather permitting. Clarke began using quieter application equipment a few years ago which provides the same type and droplet size as the previous equipment. Mosquito control is conducted in all neighborhoods within the Village of Lake Barrington including Lake Barrington Shores and the Enclave of Heritage Estates.
For questions regarding mosquito abatement services and to be placed on the Clarke's notification list, call (800) 942-2555. Click on the picture on the right to visit www.clarke.com.
Don’t give mosquitoes a place to breed in your yard – drain standing water, empty water from buckets, cans, pool covers, flower pots, etc.
Click above to visit the Clarke website.
Lake County Department of Health
Tackling Summer Pests
Learn recommendations on how to prevent mosquito bites and how to reduce your exposure to ticks. Click on the text at the right to link to the Lake County Department of Health Tips for Tackling Summer Pests.
Open Burning Ended May 31 and resumes on October 1.
Yard Waste Pick-up Leaves, grass clippings, small twigs and landscape debris should be bagged in biodegradable paper yard waste bags.Brush and branch material should be placed at the curb in bundles not exceeding two (2) feet in diameter and four (4) feet in length and tied with string or twine.Branches should not exceed 3" in diameter.A sticker must be applied to each bag and bundle. The sticker cost is $1.75 each, on sale at Village Hall, Pasquesi Home & Garden, and Remax Now. For more information, call Waste Management (800) 796-9696.
Tree Removal Permits RequiredThe removal of any tree in the Village larger than 4 inches in diameter at 54 inches high requires a Tree Removal Permit.There is no charge for the permit and diseased/dead and several invasive trees are exempt from replacement requirements.Click Here to go to the Forms & Fees webpage for the Tree Removal Permit form.Please allow a week from the date the form is submitted for inspection and processing.
Garage/Yard Sale SignsThese signs do not require a permit.Please place signs on private property only with property owner’s permission and remove them promptly after the close of the sale.
Household Chemical Waste & Electronics CollectionFor collection dates and sites, go to www.swalco.org.
FAQ: Recreational Bonfires
It’s that time of year when people like to relax by a fire outdoors. For your safety, Village Code sets standards for these types of recreational fires.
Bonfires should not be more than 5 feet by 5 feet by 5 feet in dimension and shall not burn longer than 4 hours. The fire should be constantly attended by an adult until the fire is extinguished. Fuel for a bonfire should consist of seasoned dry firewood and should be ignited with a small quantity of paper. The fire should not be utilized for waste disposal purposes, and the fuel should be chosen to minimize the generation of air contaminants. A portable fire extinguisher or other approved extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, or garden hose should be available in case of emergency. Fully extinguish the fire when done. Fires are not allowed to smolder.
Be safe and enjoy your summer season!
HELP CONSERVE OUR GROUNDWATER RESOURCES
Lake Barrington Water Conservation Guidelines
The Village adopted water conservation policies and guidelines to promote effective resource conservation practices, to preserve finite potable water supplies, and to conserve water use to protect the groundwater supply to ensure the health, safety and general welfare of the Village, its residents and businesses during periods of potential water shortage such as the drought experienced last summer. The guidelines follow a color coded system similar to the Village of Barrington’s water conservation system. We strongly urge you to follow these guidelines for water conservation.
Recommended Hours and Days for Lawn Sprinkling (Green Condition)
All persons using water are encouraged to comply with the following schedules for lawn watering (so-called “Condition Green”):
Your street address number ends with an:
You should use water for lawn sprinkling only on:
During these hours
Even numbered calendar dates
6:00 AM – 9:00 AM
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Odd numbered calendar dates, excluding July 31 and August 31
Your address is not readily identified as having an even-or odd-numbered street address
Even numbered calendar dates
There are no restrictions as to hours or days when water is used for any of the following:
Lawn watering where such watering is done using reclaimed greywater, recycled effluent, or harvested rainwater;
The watering of landscape, such as trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens, with a handheld hose not larger than one-inch diameter or by means of an automatic root feed or drip irrigation system;
Lawn and/or landscape watering where such watering is done with the proper, attended use of a handheld watering device;
Vehicle or equipment washing, provided that all water hoses are equipped with positive shutoff nozzles; or
Any other lawful use of water such as bathing, clothes washing, or other normal household uses.
Sod Laying and Seeded Lawn Installation Guidelines
Sod laying, lawn seeding, and the planting of other landscaping for the establishment of a new lawn or new landscaping is discouraged from July 1 through August 31, unless the source of watering is derived from reclaimed greywater, recycled effluent, or harvested rainwater. These provisions do not apply to soil erosion and sedimentation plans required by the Village ordinances (with approved plans) or for restorations due to required repairs of public utilities (e.g., water main breaks).
Except for the period of July 1 through August 31 of each year or during an emergency proclamation event, it is recommended that water from the Village water distribution system or private wells be used for the establishment of sod or seeded turf lawns planted or installed in the current year, only as follows:
On the day new sod or seed has been placed on a property, a person may use a lawn sprinkler to apply water to the sod or seed for a total period of time not to exceed eight (8) hours. For the next nine (9) days thereafter, a person may use a lawn sprinkler to apply water to said sod or seed each day during permitted hours of water use. Following the first ten (10) days after the sod or seed is placed, the provisions of Subsections 3 and 4 of this policy would apply.
Do not allow a continuous stream of water to run off into any gutter, ditch, drain, or street inlet while using water for restricted purposes, and do not spray or sprinkle streets or sidewalks.
If the water supply is diminished from any cause, the policy provides for the issuance of an emergency proclamation specifying different or additional guidelines and/or regulations on the use of water.
More information will be forthcoming as we enter the growing season. The Village thanks you for following these guidelines to help conserve and protect our important groundwater resources.
Click above for the Lawncare Water Use brochure
Conserve Water Through Lawncare Water Use
The Lake County Water Supply Advisory Committee is comprised of elected officials and other stakeholders and is charged with establishing “sustainable policies and practices in order to ensure there is available, clean, safe, and cost-effective drinking water in the future.The following is excerpted from the Lake County Water Supply Advisory Committee’s Lawncare Water Use brochure.Click on the symbol at the left for the whole brochure.
While Caring for your Lawn
If we considered watering the average-sized lawn of 1/5 of an acre with the recommended amount of water of 1” per week, that lawn would require about 65,000 gallons of water for the 3 months of summer.Here are some ideas that might help cut down on your family’s water use but still maintain a healthy lawn.
§Water only what grows.Make sure the heads are adjusted properly to avoid watering sidewalks and driveways. A properly adjusted sprinkler head should spray large droplets of water, not a fine mist, to minimize evaporation and wind drift.
§Let your lawn go dormantduring the hottest months by not watering. Cool-season grasses stop growing at temperatures above 90° F. It will grow back in the cooler months of fall.
§Water early in the daywhen lawns are normally wet from dew. Avoid midday watering due to evaporation, and at night due to potential increased chances of some diseases.
§Water every 5-7 days (if no rain).A soaking rain can extend the period to 10-14 days.
§Water as infrequently as possible.Water thoroughly so moisture gets down to the depth of the roots. Avoid frequent waterings that promote shallower root systems and weeds.
§Consider drip irrigation.When it comes to watering individual trees, flowerbeds, potted containers or other non-grassy areas, you can apply water directly to the roots with low volume drip irrigation. This will reduce water waste through evaporation or runoff and keep weeds from growing.
§Mow at the highest setting.For most cool-season lawns, a height of between 3" to 3 1/2" is considered adequate. Keeping the grass slightly higher will increase shade on the soil, encourage deeper rooting and reduce evaporation.
Grid sign obscured by plants
Grid sign should be cleared of foliage.
Grid Signs Help Firefighters Pinpoint Home Locations
Article and photos provided by: Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District
Project HELP (Home Emergency Location Plan) is a program funded by the Fire District that helps firefighters quickly and efficiently reach residents in need of emergency services.
The program provides an orderly method for identifying homes located within the Fire District. This is essential because home addresses are based on Postal Rural Route numbers. As a result, house numbers are out of sequence in many areas.
In addition, several homes have duplicate house numbers or addresses that indicate a street different from their actual location. These situations could delay firefighters’ and paramedics’ response to residents in need.
Here’s how it works: Each home is assigned a grid number based on its geographic location. The numbers in our area are either North or West numbers, depending upon the overall direction of the street. These numbers are displayed on the green signs that are familiar landmarks to District residents.
In much of LakeCounty, these numbers were assigned by the County and are used as mailing addresses as well. In the remainder of LakeCounty, and in Cook and McHenryCounties, the numbers were assigned by the Fire Department and are used for emergency reference only.
Fire District officials urge residents to keep grid signs clear of foliage, debris, or other obstructions that may affect firefighters’ ability to locate homes where people need help.
For more information on Project HELP, contact the Fire District at 847-304-3600.
Barrington Area Council of Governments Well & Septic Guide
The fastest way for contaminants to reach your drinking water is directly through the well cap.
Well maintained septic systems can provide many years of reliable, low-cost, hassle-free service to your home. A failed system is a source of groundwater pollution and a public health concern, causes property damage and is far more expensive.
CLICK HERE to visit BACOG's Well & Septic Guide webpage for tips on how to care for your well and septic system.
Going After Plant Bullies
Ridding Our Landscapes of Invasive Species
Citizens for Conservation is going after the bad guys! Plant bullies, that is. With a grant from Barrington Area Community Foundation (BACF), the Community Education Committee of Citizens for Conservation is launching a campaign to destroy invasive species in the Barrington area. Our volunteers have contributed many hours over the years to eliminate obnoxious weeds and woody plants in our prairies, wetlands and woodlands, and now we are asking homeowners and municipalities to join the campaign.
Click on the picture at the right to visit CFC's website to access flyers, educational program dates and a video to start improving and enhancing your own landscape.
Garlic Mustard - Photo courtesy of CFC
Planning a Summer Season Home Improvement Project?
Projects involving patios, decks, lawn irrigation, driveways, walkways, roofing, generators and other minor miscellaneous projects may require a building permit.Consult with the Building Permit Coordinator if you are planning a larger project, i.e. an addition or remodeling the interior or if you are unsure if a building permit is required.
1.Submit your application with the required documents.
- Copy of State Roofing License & also must obtain local license from the Village
- Road bond
If you live in LBS you first have to get approval from your Lake Barrington Shores Condominium Association before you can get your Village building permit.To obtain approval, you must first submit a completed Architectural Application to the Lake Barrington Shores Management Office.This application is available on the LBS website at www.lakebarringtonshores.org, under Forms/Documents, or call 847-382-1660.Once approved, LBS will provide a letter of approval to submit with your Village Building Permit application.
The building plan review consultant is at Village Hall on Wednesdays from 8 a.m.—10 a.m., and examines small project plans to make sure they meet the Village’s building code. He/she may contact you for more information or advise on changes that need to be made. Plans are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Application and plans for small projects must be submitted before Wednesday. If a project requires a more extensive plan review, it is sent to the consultant’s main office and the turn-around time for completion of review is 10 working days.
Contractor and subcontractors working in LakeBarrington on projects requiring a building permit need to apply for a local contractor’s license.The fee is $100 and is valid for twelve months from the time of application.The contractor license form can be found on the Village website.
4. Permit Issuance & Display
Building permits for the above-mentioned small projects are normally issued within 5 business days from the date a complete application is submitted depending on the type and scope of project.Extensive plan reviews that need to be sent out for further review and approval have a turn around time of 10 days.Once your plans are approved and your contractor(s) registered, the Building Permit Coordinator will contact you to let you know your permit is ready for pick-up and will advise you of the cost for the permit.When you receive your permit, prominently display the permit card at the front of your home while the project is being conducted. The inspection process will be explained during permit issue.
Guidelines, Forms, & Questions Guidelines and forms are available on the Forms & Feeswebpage.For more information, contact the Building Permit Coordinator at 847-381-6010.
Village Right of Way
Planting a tree in the front yard or installing an invisible pet fence near the roadway?
Please click on the picture at the right prior to installation.
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