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The Village Board voted to approve the proposed property taxes on November 19, 2020. The proposed taxes were recommended by the Finance and Administration Committee, which is made up of a group of residents. The average increase for a $300,000 home will be approximately $6.73. This varies for each property depending on the value assigned by the assessor’s office. All meetings are open to the public.
The Village of Lombard must pay inflationary increases, in order to maintain a high level of core services for residents. These core services include public safety provided by Police and Fire Departments; roads, forestry and infrastructure maintenance from Public Works; building and code enforcement from Community Development, and responsible long-term financial planning from the Finance Department.
The financial challenges faced by the Village are associated with maintaining excellent core service levels for residents and business owners, while expenses continue to increase faster than revenues, due to a challenging retail sales environment, decreases in State funding, and State mandates beyond the Village’s control.
Since 2017, the Village has made cumulative budget reductions of over $3.8 million. The Village eliminated 9 full time and 12 part-time positions which represented $1.2 million in reduced personnel costs and eliminated or reduced funding of various enhanced services and programs.
In 2015, the Village was on the path to having a budget deficit of more than $3 million by 2019. Due to the Village’s ongoing focus on fiscal responsibility, the Village’s 2020 budget is balanced. Moving forward, the Village will continue to face budget challenges head on and will remain focused on providing residents with a balanced budget while maintaining excellent core services.
It’s important to remember that the Village, the Library, and the Park District are completely separate entities, with separate boards, and separate budgets. Similar to separate businesses, the Village does not control, and does not have access to, the revenues owned by a separate agency.
While property taxes may be high, it’s important to remember that the Village of Lombard receives less than 8% of the total tax bill, meaning that less than $0.08 ($0.0757 cents) of every dollar paid in property taxes will go to the Village.
*Chart is based on tax code 6011. There are 30 tax codes in Lombard and each receives a different property tax bill depending on whether the area is included within a given taxing district’s boundaries. This tax code was selected as an example only.
As shown in the pie chart, the majority of the Village’s property taxes go toward educational services, which includes Districts 87, 44, and COD 502. The remainder goes toward the Village, the Library, the Lombard Park District, DuPage County (which includes DuPage County, DuPage County Health Department, DuPage County Forest Preserve District, and DuPage Airport Authority), and York Township (which includes York Township and York Township Road). www.villageoflombard.org/townships
Contact the township that assessed the value of your home or property. York Township has compiled a list of FAQs that may be helpful.
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The Illinois Municipal League has compiled a 2019 report of unfunded State mandates. According to the IML, "Members of the General Assembly consider dozens of proposals each year that would impose new unfunded state mandates on cities, villages and towns in Illinois. These mandates are passed and enacted as a matter of routine. This report compiles a list of mandates that affect municipal governments."
On Saturday, August 24, 2019, American English will perform at Lombard's Cruise Nights and Summer Concert Series Finale.The event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. in downtown Lombard, with music beginning at 7 p.m.
In order to accommodate a large crowd, the stage will be moved from its usual Cruise Nights location, and will be set up in the intersection of Park Avenue and Saint Charles Road. Concert goers will be able to view the performance from St. Charles Road or South Park Avenue.
Yes. Concert goers ages 21 or older, with proper ID, who would like to consume alcohol in the event space, will be required to receive a wristband and purchase alcohol from participating businesses including:
Road closures for the finale event will be as follows:
Guest parking is free and available in all commuter parking lots, including:
Additional parking has been made available in the AT&T building at 20 North Main Street, beginning at 4 p.m.
Cruise parking will be available on Saint Charles Road from Elizabeth up to the private lot entrance immediately west of the concert space. This lot will be used for cruise cars to turn around. Cruise car parking lots (5/3 Bank at 211 West Street Charles, State Farm at 118 West Street Charles, and Lombard Family Health Center at 126 West Saint Charles) will remain the same as previous weeks. There will be no parking on North Park Avenue or on St Charles Rd., east of the yellow parking area indicated below.
There will be no Cruise Car parking allowed before 4 p.m. Violators will be subject to ticketing.
Designated handicapped parking spots are available in the commuter lot on North Park Avenue, just northeast of Park and Saint Charles. Additional spaces are available on Orchard Terrace and in the commuter lots, which include:
Additional parking has been made available in the AT&T building at 20 North Main Street, beginning at 4 p.m.
The Concert and Beverage area is highlighted in pink on the Event Map (JPG). Concert-goers may arrive after 4 p.m. Chairs are allowed.
You may bring in food and nonalcoholic beverages, but no outside alcohol will be allowed.
The following will not be allowed at the finale event:
The Village will be hosting a Kids' Corner, which will provide fun and free games, activities, and crafts for attending children. Please note that Police will be notified of unattended children.
Any work that requires a structural change such as:
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If you are unsure if your project requires a permit, contact the Building Division at 630-620-5750. The following items do not require a permit: Siding, and Private Walks. Tree removal on private property does not require a permit, unless the area is within a Special Management Area (wetlands, flood plain, buffer zones). Then, a stormwater certification or letter of permission is required before work can begin. If you have questions, please call Private Engineering Services at 630-620-5973.
Staff does not recommend proceeding with any project without obtaining the appropriate permit. If you start a project without a permit, and the Village finds out that work is being done without a permit, the permit fees are doubled. You may be asked to take down or remove whatever work has been completed and start the project over in its entirety.
Permits provide the property owner with the following:
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The items vary based on permit type.
In most cases a homeowner can do the work on their own home and a permit is still required. Homeowner’s are not permitted to do any electrical service upgrades, a licensed electrician must do the work.
The type of work to be completed determines the length of time required in issuing a permit. Other factors that play a role on the time it takes to issue a permit are accurate drawings, contractor requirements and accurately completing all necessary paperwork. For more information, please contact the Building Division at 630-620-5750.
Once a permit is issued it is valid for a period of one year. Permits may be extended, depending on the circumstances. For more information, please contact the Building Division at 630-620-5750.
The property owner is ultimately responsible for obtaining permits or ensuring that the appropriate permits have been obtained before the start of any project. The issue of who actually obtains the permit is between the property owner and the general contractor.
Any project exceeding $10,000 in construction valuation (cost to build) must have drawings that are signed and sealed by a licensed Illinois Architect or a Structural Engineer. Also, most plans for a commercial project will need to be stamped by a licensed Illinois Architect.
If the cover page refers to each page contained in the set of plans, then only the front page needs to be stamped. If your cover page does not refer to each page in the set, then each page needs to be stamped. Also, if the architect is responsible for all pages, then stamp front sheet. If consultants are responsible their work, they need to stamp their sheets.
We will only accept plans that are stamped off by an architect who has an Illinois stamp.
An Architect or a Structural Engineer must stamp off on the plans. The plan examiner needs to have confirmation that the foundation and first floor can support the second floor.
A plat of survey is required, with the deck drawn to scale.
Postholes must be at least 42 inches deep and minimum 8 inches in diameter (deck without roof). For a deck with a roof, the post holes must be a minimum of 12 inches in diameter. Posts to be on top of pier.
Three inspections are required: post hole, rough frame, and final. Rough frame and final can be done at the same time if deck is 24 inches or more above grade. You do not need to be home, as long as the inspector can access the deck.
There is nothing in the code, but the rule of thumb is a minimum of 24 inches.
A permit is required. Please bring 3 copies of the plat of survey. The permit is issued over the counter by the Building Division.
Yes, the garage has to have electric. The minimum electric requirements for garages are as follows:
Inspections are geared to the specific project that is being completed. Information about inspections should be attached to your building permit. In order to schedule an inspection please contact the Building Division at 630-620-5750. When scheduling your inspection please provide us with an advance notice of 48-hours (or 2 days), your permit number, and the type of inspection you will need. The Building Division does not automatically schedule inspections. It is the responsibility of the homeowner or general contractor to request an inspection.
Plans must be on-site. If plans are not on-site, a re-inspection fee will be imposed.
You may need to be home, if the inspector needs access to the home. For garage and pool inspections, the electrical inspector needs access to the electric panel inside the home.
Please click here to apply for permits online and to schedule inspections.
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You may choose any style or size Knox box, but we recommend a larger one due to the fact that more keys may be placed in the larger boxes. Knox Box order forms are available at the Building Division Front Counter. Knox Boxes must be ordered from Knox Box company on the order form.
The recommended height off the ground a Knox box should be placed is 5 feet.
Yes, Schedule 40 waste and vent required.
Yes, a permit is required to do roofing work. The Village allows for an original layer plus one layer, for a maximum of two layers before a complete tear off is required. Roofing shingles must be at least a 25-year shingle with a minimum 240 weight.
Ice and water shield is required, 24 inches up from the outside wall and 18 inches on each side in the valleys.
The Township Assessor's Office is the responsible taxing authority for Lombard. If you are interested in determining whether or not your taxes will be increased, please contact the Assessor's Office
Lombard residents are served by three townships: York, Milton and Addison.
No, staff cannot recommend any contractor.
Many activities require notification of JULIE (Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators) before you dig for safe digging in Illinois. Some of these activities, such as tree planting and landscaping, do require a call to JULIE even though they do not require a building permit.
For more information, contact JULIE at 8-1-1 or 1-800-892-0123. You may also make a request online.
The former "free" service had actually cost the Village $83,610 annually. The Village is facing serious budget concerns and must assess all spending. In order maintain a high level of core services. These core services include public safety provided by Police and Fire Departments; road, sewer, and water maintenance from Public Works; building and code enforcement from Community Development, and responsible long-term financial planning from the Finance Department.
Village Staff has been tasked with identifying discretionary/enhanced services and assessing their funding. Free bundled brush pick-up was identified as an enhanced service.
The Village of Lombard is unwavering in its commitment to provide excellent core services to its residents and will continue to do so. These core services include public safety provided by Police and Fire Departments; road, sewer, and water maintenance from Public Works; building and code enforcement from Community Development, and responsible long-term financial planning from the Finance Department.
Enhanced services are those services that, which while still important, are more discretionary in nature and may be the product of historical service delivery, local policy and/or preference.
The Village provides excellent core services to residents. Discretionary/enhanced services are those that do not directly provide a core service to the majority of Lombard residents. It is important to remember that many residents in condos and apartments, and those who pay for landscaping services, do not utilize brush collection. The service fee will charge residents for their personal and direct use of the brush collection.
Beginning April 1, 2020, a yard waste sticker will be required for bundled brush. These stickers are $2.43 a piece and are required for each bundle of brush. These yard waste stickers are also required for paper bags, and cans of leaves and grass.
Stickers are available at participating local stores including the Jewel Food Stores in Lombard and Villa Park, 7-11 on Main Street, Johnson’s Lighthouse BP Gas Station in Villa Park, Ace Hardware, and all three West Suburban Bank locations. Stickers are not available at Village Hall.
No. The Village’s policy includes free brush collection following a major wind storm (>50 mph sustained ground-level winds and >200 homes with significant tree damage). This policy will remain the same.
About the Village's Storm Damage Policy:The Village does have policy in place that allows the Village to assist residents in the event of a large scale storm. Under the policy, there are two levels of response. The first is a Localized Response, in which more than 50, but less than 200 homes are impacted by a storm, or a 50 year rain event. The second level is a Village Response, in which 200 or more homes are impacted by a storm, or rainfall that exceeds a 50 year storm event. Although isolated damage has been reported, there have been no such large scale occurrences this year.
In the event that a severe storm should impact Lombard, residents will still be responsible for bundling their own brush, (bundled brush must not exceed six (6) feet in length and fifty (50) pounds in weight and each branch shall not exceed six (6) inches in diameter, with the total diameter of the bundle not to exceed 18 inches), or hiring a company that may work on private property.
Due to requirements for brush chipping, each bundle must be tied with non-plastic twine or string, cut no longer than six feet, no wider than eighteen inches, and less than fifty pounds. Also, no limb may be greater than six inches in diameter.
Residents may dispose brush via responsible burning in a backyard fire pit, or by composting under bushes or in yard recesses.
The challenges faced by the Village are associated with maintaining excellent core service levels to residents and business owners, while expenses continue to increase faster than revenues due to a challenging retail sales environment, decreases in state funding, and State mandates beyond the Village’s control.
While taxes in Illinois remain some of the highest in the nation, it is important to remember that the Village of Lombard receives less than $0.08 of each property tax dollar to provide for its core services. (Public safety provided by Police and Fire Departments; road, sewer, and water maintenance from Public Works; building and code enforcement from Community Development, and responsible long-term financial planning from the Finance Department.) Lombard’s percentage of property taxes is 7.36%, followed by the Park District at 5%, the Helen Plum Library at 5.60%, DuPage County at 3.79%, and York Township at 1.09%. The majority of property taxes (77.16% or $0.77 of every dollar) goes to the School Districts.
In an effort to be proactive, the Lombard Village Board approved a Long Range Plan in 2016 with strategies to address the rising costs of non-discretionary (required) expenses and to focus on core services. The strategy approved in the Long Range Plan recommends that the Village match dollar for dollar (50/50) revenue increases (income) and expenditure reductions (spending), in order to maintain a balanced General Fund operating budget.
The FY19 budget is based upon projected revenue from taxes and fees. The Village has made cumulative budget reductions of over $3.8 million since 2017. For 2019, $753,933 in reductions were made to various services and programs, and the restructuring of some Village positions.
In 2015, the Village was on the path to having a budget deficit of more than $3 million by 2019. Due to the Village’s ongoing focus on fiscal responsibility, the Village’s 2019 budget is balanced. The Village Board remains committed to providing its residents with excellent core services and a balanced budget.
Moving forward, the Village will continue to face budget challenges head on and will remain focused on providing residents with a balanced budget while maintaining excellent core services.
Cruise cars can begin parking AFTER 4 p.m. Any cars that park before 4 p.m., are subject to ticketing. We appreciate your cooperation!
Yes! We appreciate every cruiser that has been a part of this event and we look forward to seeing you and your car at our events! Cruise Nights is open to ALL classic or custom cars. There are no date restrictions on participating cars.
Yes! There is a theme lot on Lincoln Ave., behind the splash park, that has a weekly theme. This lot is not monitored.
After 6:30 p.m., all cars may begin to park in this lot if it is not already full with themed cars. Check the flyer above for weekly themes.
It is recommended that cruisers try to park before the event begins at 6 p.m. (although NOT before 4 p.m.), due to limited space. The Village partners with several local businesses for access to their lots, but once they are full, we cannot make more spaces. Please be mindful that spaces fill quickly on good weather days.
If cruiser parking is full, event parking is available in Metra commuter lots.
Cruise Nights is an extremely popular and well attended event. As such, all spaces are available on a first come basis. It is advised to arrive any time after 4 p.m. for cruiser parking.
Outside alcohol is NOT permitted at Cruise Night events. Alcohol must be consumed within the designated area of restaurants of where it was purchased.
Lombard’s Cruise Nights and Summer Concerts 2020 season takes place on Saturday nights, June 13 - August 29, in downtown Lombard, 6-10 p.m. There is no event on July 4th and in lieu of a concert there will be a family night, hosted by Lombard Town Centre, on July 18.
Music is scheduled from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., Kids’ Corner is scheduled from 6-9 p.m., and cars are welcome from 6-10 p.m. Cruise Cars may begin parking as early as 4 p.m., but NOT before 4 p.m.
The event takes place throughout downtown Lombard, on St. Charles Rd. from Main to Elizabeth. The music/stage area is located at Park Ave. and Michael McGuire Drive.
Guest parking is available in the Metra Commuter lots.
Guests may bring chairs and set up in the concert viewing area. Sidewalks and door entrances must not be blocked. Outside alcohol is not permitted at the event.
Designated handicapped parking spots are available in the commuter lot on North Park Avenue, just northeast of the intersection of Park Ave. and Saint Charles Rd. Additional spaces are available on Orchard Terrace, one block north of St. Charles on Park Ave., and in the commuter lots, which include:
Cruise Nights is a rain or shine event, however the risk of severe storms that include wind or lightning strikes, could result in the cancellation or adjusted schedule of the event. The Village’s priority is the safety of its residents and guests. In a situation where the event could be impacted (delayed start time or cancellation) due to a weather event, updates will be shared on the Cruise Nights Facebook Page, the Village’s Facebook Page, and on Instagram. If you do not have social media, the Village’s Facebook feed is available near the bottom of www.villageoflombard.org.
Beginning May 1, 2013, vehicle stickers will no longer be required in Lombard. Please note that the 2012 through 2013 vehicle sticker is valid through April 30, 2013.
If you are moving into Lombard, fill out the Move Into Lombard form. If you are moving out of Lombard, fill out the Move Out of Lombard. Give ample notice for a final reading; a week is preferred. Please provide the new owner's name to be added to the account.
If you have questions, contact the Water Billing Division at 630-620-5920. If you should reach our voice mail during busy times or after hours, please leave a message with the moving date and new owner information.
The Village of Lombard accepts cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
The sales tax rate for most of Lombard is 8%.
P.A. Crimson Fire Risk Services is located at 920 N. Ridge, Unit C-7 in Lombard. Their phone number is 630-424-3400.
Lombard Pharmacy is located at 805 S Main Street. Their phone number is 630-495-2333.
If you have a group that would like to tour either of the fire stations, call the Fire Department's Administrative Office at 630-620-5736 during regular business hours. A time will be set up for your group to tour either of the fire stations. If you and your family are in the area and would like to stop in, please do so. The firefighters will be glad to show you around.
Speakers will make presentations to any group in the Village upon request. The Fire Department will try to accommodate your subject matter or provide one of its own. Schedule a speaker by calling the Fire Department's Administrative Office during business hours at 630-620-5736.
The Fire Department will come to block parties if the on-duty companies are available. There is a chance they will be late, have to leave early or not arrive at all depending on the amount of emergency calls received.
Use an A-B-C extinguisher anywhere in your home. Class "A" is for ordinary combustible materials (wood, paper, and most plastics). Class "B" fires involve flammable or combustible liquids (grease, oil, kerosene or gasoline). Class "C" fires involve electrical equipment such as appliances, wiring, circuit breakers and outlets. An A-B-C extinguisher will cover all possibilities. These can be purchased at local hardware stores.
Cooking fires are the number one cause of fires in the home. Stay alert and keep a fire extinguisher close by when cooking and grilling.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), Inc. has confirmed the Lombard Police Department’s re-accredited status. The Lombard Police Department has proudly been a Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) accredited department since 1991. By maintaining its accredited status, the Lombard Police Department continues to provide law enforcement service consistent with the highest ideals of the law enforcement profession.
In order to achieve and maintain CALEA accreditation, Lombard policies and practices were thoroughly reviewed by assessors from outside our agency to ensure that we implement and follow the best practices for law enforcement agencies recommended worldwide. Only 18% of all law enforcement agencies nationwide and 49 agencies (out of 249 municipal agencies) in Illinois are CALEA Accredited. National accreditation through CALEA means the highest standards and best management practices for operations, training, policies, practices, procedures, including those on training, use of force and biased based policing.
Accreditation through CALEA is voluntary and continued evidence of the Lombard Police Department’s culture of ethics and demonstrated commitment to upholding the highest standards and best practices in law enforcement. The Lombard Police Department opened its files and policies for inspection by a team of assessors, chosen from police agencies across the country. The assessment team found the department to be in full compliance with more than 400 applicable standards.
CALEA was formed in 1979 through the combined efforts of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA), and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). The commission was formed to develop a set of law enforcement standards and to establish and administer an accreditation process through which law enforcement agencies could demonstrate voluntarily that they meet professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.
“This achievement is important to the Village of Lombard’s residents,” said Lombard Police Chief Roy Newton. “Accreditation represents the commitment of all Lombard Police Department employees to constantly improve the quality of service provided to the citizens of Lombard.”
For more information about the Lombard Police Department and to view annual reports, visit www.villageoflombard.org/police.
A license is not required for a fire alarm, but a license is required for a burglar alarm.
DuPage County residents may be eligible for a free car seat. For more information, call 630-682-7400.
You can register online for an overnight street parking request.
Residents requesting approval for temporary exemption of overnight parking restrictions may call 911 to do so; however, the Lombard Police Department now offers a convenient online request option. Enter your information and select “submit" to request overnight parking approval, with a maximum allowance of 4 days per month. If extended time is needed for long term guest or home construction project, residents may call 630-873-4400 and ask for Police Administration.
The Village’s Water Quality Report is available at www.villageoflombard.org/waterqualityreport. If you would like a paper copy, please contact Public Works, and one will be mailed to you.
Water Billing is a function of the Village's Finance Department. They can be reached at 630-620-5920.
Call the Public Works Department at 630-620-5740. If you have already contacted a plumber, call Public Works when the plumber arrives.
Street lights are maintained by Public Works with the exception of those on wooden poles, which are maintained by ComEd.
The Village of Lombard has contracted Waste Management to provide refuse, yard waste, and recycling services. Please contact Waste Management at 800-796-9696.
The Public Works Department restores sites where water/sewer repairs are done. Restoration is done by a specific Restoration Schedule (PDF).
By Village Code, the adjacent property owner is responsible for maintenance (mowing, watering, restoration) of the parkway, except when the Village has dug there within the past 12 months.
The Village's Forestry Division, a division of the Public Works Department, maintains the parkway trees.
The Village of Lombard follows an even/odd watering restriction. Even-numbered addresses can water on even-numbered days, and vice versa for odd. For example, if you live at 255 Wilson Avenue, you would be allowed to water on the 1st, the 3rd, etc. This restriction is in effect year-round.
Items that are accepted are:
Items that are not accepted and cause contamination include:
Per contract, the holidays observed by Waste Management are:
If those holidays fall on a week day, collection will be one day later for the remainder of the week.
You can call the Public Works Department at 630-620-5740.
Yes, solicitors within the Village of Lombard must apply for and be approved for a permit to solicit in the Village. Solicitors must also adhere to specific guidelines and rules regulating door-to-door solicitation. A list and photos of the solicitors currently holding a permit to solicit within the Village is listed on the Village of Lombard website at www.villageoflombard.org/solicitors.
Yes, per Village Code, all solicitors should have a Village solicitor’s photo ID badge visible on their outer garment at all times when they are engaged in soliciting within the Village. If a solicitor does not display and cannot produce a solicitor’s photo ID badge or permit, they may not be licensed to solicit within the Village and may be reported to the Lombard Police Department by calling 911.
The First amendment and the U.S. Constitution protect the rights of door-to-door solicitors and preclude the ability of a community to ban door-to-door sales. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld free speech for commercial purposes and the Village’s ability to restrict commercial door-to-door solicitation is limited to local regulations restricting the time, place and manner of door-to-door solicitations. Homeowners and occupants, however, do have the ultimate right to determine whether solicitors shall or shall not be invited to their residences or property.
Prominently display a no soliciting notice on or near the main entrance by way of a sign measuring at least 3” x 4” in size. No soliciting notices should read in letters at least 3/8” in height:
“Only Solicitors or Peddlers Registered in Lombard Invited”or“No Solicitors or Peddlers”or“Charitable Organization Solicitors Only”or“Not For Profit Organization Solicitors Only”
The Village no longer sells pre-printed ‘No Solicitors’ stickers. It is illegal in the Village of Lombard to solicit at a location where proper No Soliciting signage has been posted. With or without a sign, residents should not ever be afraid to exercise boundaries with solicitors by refusing to answer their door or by politely stating ‘no thank you’ or ‘not interested’ and shutting and locking their door.
Signs may be purchased at home stores or online, or residents may create their own.
Per Village Code, solicitors:
Must cease solicitation upon owner or occupant request;Must obey posted “No Solicitor” signs;Must display their photo ID license conspicuously on their outer garment at all times while they are engaged in soliciting;May only ring bells, knock or engage with residents for solicitation between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday (at no time on Sundays or holidays)
Under the Village Code, certain solicitation practices are unlawful and prohibited. Per Code, solicitors may NOT:
Continue to solicit upon any premises after having been requested by the owner or occupant to leave;Solicit upon a premises posted against solicitation or peddling;Use a plan, scheme or ruse, or make statements to indicate or imply that the purpose of the solicitation is other than to obtain orders or sales;Cheat, deceive or fraudulently misrepresent while acting as a solicitor within the Village;Interfere with vehicular, bicycles, or pedestrian traffic on any public right-of-way.
Beyond the restrictions listed above, the Village of Lombard does not directly regulate demeanor or style of individual sales employees or solicitors. Remember however, that as a homeowner or occupant you may at any time ask a solicitor to leave your property and if they refuse, call 911 for assistance. Every resident has the right to feel secure in their own home and should you ever feel threatened or unsafe based upon the behavior of a solicitor or peddler, please contact the Police immediately. Further, citizens who feel they have been the victim of unlawful solicitation or believe a solicitor is violating the law are urged to contact the Police immediately so that officers may locate the individuals involved and investigate.
The Village does not regulate or license door-to-door advocacy of a position or cause, with or without the distribution of pamphlets, handbills or literature, unless the person is otherwise peddling or soliciting for commercial sales or funds.
Residents should specifically be aware of door to door energy supplier sales and solicitations. The Village of Lombard does not send people door to door to register residents for the supply of alternate energy. The Village encourages residents who wish to sign up with their own energy provider to initiate first contact with the provider after comparing all rates and options. When evaluating energy suppliers, residents are encouraged to visit the Illinois Commerce Commission’s complaint scorecard which tracks and compares the rate of complaints against retail electric suppliers energy providers at http://www.pluginillinois.org/complaints.aspx.
Citizens should never compromise their security by providing utility account information to anyone unless they intend to enroll in an alternate energy program of their own choosing. The Village recommends that residents carefully protect their account information and energy billing information from solicitors and all other non-account holders.
The Village encourages residents having complaints about aggressive or deceptive practices of a business to file a consumer complaint with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office at (800)243-0618 or online at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/filecomplaint.html.
If the complaint involves a utility or retail energy supplier, residents are urged to contact the Illinois Commerce Commission Consumer Services Division which regulates energy retailers by phone at (800)524-0795 or online at www.icc.illinois.gov/consumer/complaint.
Streets are an important part of the Village’s overall Stormwater Management System. Both the storm sewers located below the street, or ditches located along the street and the roadway itself, serve to help direct stormwater into designed locations.
In cases of extreme rain or flash flooding, streets are expected to collect water, in efforts to keep this water from entering homes. This temporary storage of water should usually drain within 30 minutes – 1 hour. If it does not, the storm drain might be blocked by debris. If possible and safe, residents may clear debris to quickly solve the problem. You may also contact Public Works. If the storm drains are not blocked by debris and the street is flooded, the system simply needs some time to catch up. Motorists are advised to never drive through standing water, which may be deeper than originally perceived, and could damage vehicles, put passengers in harm’s way, or push water onto properties.
As an older community dating back to 1869, Lombard still has some sewers that carry sanitary waste, as well as rainfall runoff, known as “combined” sewers. As streets are reconstructed and as the budget allows, these sewers are replaced with separate storm and sanitary sewers. Roughly one third of Lombard has combined sewers that continue to drain into a downstream combined sewer.
When the capacity of a sanitary or combined sewer is exceeded, water levels may overflow to the ground level and result in a basement backup. A check valve or overhead sewer system (required in all new construction) may prevent backups.
To help assist homeowners, the Village provides an Overhead Sewer Grant Program, which has assisted nearly 400 residents in helping to protect themselves and their homes from sewer backups. Additionally, the Village’s Clear Water Disconnect Grant has contributed to dozens of homes removing sump pumps and downspouts from sanitary sewers, which helps to not overload the system, resulting in reduction of sewer backups.
If you experience a sewer backup, call Public Works at (630)620-5740. If it is after 4 p.m., or on a weekend, dial 9-1-1. Do not hesitate to dial 9-1-1 if there is a blocked/flooded roadway, water main break, or any time where you feel or witness something unsafe.
A project of this magnitude is beyond the Village’s ability to fund. To replace all of the sanitary sewers at once would cost the Village more than 100 million dollars. To put this into perspective, the Village’s General Fund budget for 2020, used to fund core operations from police, fire, public works (excluding water & sewer), community development, finance and responsible planning and administration is $37.32 million.
The water and sewer fund is collected separately through a $5 monthly capital fee by water customers, to help fund additional improvements, such as the gradual replacement of combined sewers.
It is important to remember that the Village of Lombard receives less than $0.08 of each property tax dollar to provide for its core services. (Public safety provided by Police and Fire Departments; forestry, road and water maintenance from Public Works; building and code enforcement from Community Development, and responsible long-term financial planning from the Finance Department.) Lombard’s percentage of property taxes is 7.36%, followed by the Helen Plum Library at 5.60%, the Lombard Park District at 5%, DuPage County at 3.79%, and York Township at 1.09%. The majority of property taxes (77.16% or $0.77 of every dollar) goes to the School Districts.
While flooding of any kind is potentially damaging and dangerous, backyard flooding after a rainstorm can be expected in lower lying areas. Your yard plays an important role in protecting your home from flooding. A properly graded yard can minimize minor drainage problems and prevent more serious flooding conditions. The grading plan for your property may also have been part of an overall stormwater plan for your subdivision.
In general, a properly graded yard will have some or all of the following characteristics:
While your local government staff can provide technical guidance, the Village follows the standards and practices of most municipalities and only maintains drainage in public easements or within public roads and rights-of-way. Maintenance of drainage systems on private property is the responsibility of the respective property owner.
Yes. To help residents that are impacted by chronic backyard flooding, the Village offers a Backyard Drainage Grant. The grant is available for property owners who have flooding that remains for 72 hours or longer which affects at least two contiguous properties. This grant has been used by more than 50 individuals or resident groups to help improve drainage for areas impacted by standing water.
Construction activity in Lombard is governed by various international, national, county and local codes. Lombard’s Village Codes are administered by the Community Development Department. Violations of Village Codes are handled by the Code Enforcement Division at (630)620-5757.
It is illegal to grade, excavate or fill in any property without a fill and grading permit to ensure that projects do not cause problems for you or your neighbors. Always check with the Community Development Department before you build on, alter, re-grade, or place fill on your property. Report construction or filling without a permit posted to Code Enforcement at (630)620-5757.
Yes. It is your responsibility, however, to make sure that any downspouts and their runoff are directed away from neighboring properties.
Property owners have an inherent right to develop on land they own, provided that they meet code provisions pertaining to zoning, building and stormwater regulations. All new construction requires a building permit. As part of the permit application, the Village will review the required engineering plan to ensure it meets code provisions.
Illinois Drainage Law precludes the damming or blockage of stormwater runoff from higher properties. However, once on your property, property owners can apply for a grading permit to help address any stormwater runoff concerns.
As record setting storms continue to increase in frequency, the Village continues to invest in stormwater management improvements including:
Much of the Village’s infrastructure, including underground pipes, are between 50-100 years old. To help address this challenge, the Village will require significant infrastructure improvements over the next 10 years. The Village’s Capital Improvement Plan, adopted as part of Lombard’s Annual Budget, includes more than $31 million for sewer improvements and $14.7 million for water system improvements, over the next 10 years. To help fund these necessary infrastructure improvements, water customers receive a $5 monthly fixed capital fee on their bills. This capital fee will be used to help make long term improvements to the Village’s systems.
On a shorter-term scale, the Village continues to seek out opportunities to expand or establish water detention locations throughout the Village. While we cannot control the amount of water that impacts the Village, we will continue to plan ahead and to do our part in helping to improve the Village of Lombard for its residents and business owners.
The Village does have a Storm Debris Management Policy in place. The policy is designed to facilitate and coordinate the removal, collection, and disposal of debris following a severe and large-scale weather disaster. While damaging storms with high winds or flooding are a general hazard for the area, the criteria to trigger a formal response requires a severe impact of weather conditions in a generalized location throughout significant portions of Lombard.
Predetermined thresholds must be met or surpassed before a response plan is triggered. Recent storms, although sadly damaging to some homes, did not reach the minimum threshold in which a localized response can be implemented.A Localized Response would require:
A large scale, Village-wide Response would require all of the above conditions, with a direct impact on more than 200 homes. In the rare occurrence that a Localized or Village-wide Response is enacted:
The Village of Lombard receives one of the smallest shares of property tax of any taxing district. The Village's property tax as a percentage of each property owner's total tax bill is less than 8% of the total tax bill, meaning that less than $0.08 of every dollar paid in property taxes will go to the Village in 2012 through 2013.
No, neither transfer stamps nor transfer taxes apply to the sale of real estate in Lombard.