A-Z of Community Development

 


Learn more about the Community Development Department, including the Building Safety, Engineering, Planning & Zoning, and Property Maintenance Divisions, by referring to this at-a-glance overview of the Community Development.  This alphabetical guide will help you quickly find information on departmental topics, as well as direct links to applications and additional details that are available on the Village of Gurnee website.
 

 A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | JL | MO | P | R | S | TV | W | Y | Z

 


A

 

Address (Building Identification)

Address Numbers should be placed in a position to be legible and visible from the street fronting your property.  Address numbers shall be a minimum height of 4 inches and a minimum width of 1/2 inch.

 

Address Assignment

All Village street names and the numbering of buildings are assigned by the Engineering Division.  Commercial suites are assigned by owner.

 

As-Built Drawing Requirements

Engineering Division requires as-built drawings for all development showing grading, utility locations and elevations; and detention volumes, if applicable. Single family home sites are required to submit 2 paper drawings for approval. Other development is required to submit a complete paper plan set and PDF drawings.

 

Annexation

Any territory that is not within the Village limits, or subject to a boundary agreement, but is contiguous, or touches the Village boundary may be annexed to the Village as provided by Illinois Statute. 

  


B
 

Backflow Device Test Report

Backflow prevention devices are used to protect the Village’s water supply from contaminants and pollutants. Common uses for backflow devices are fire sprinklers, lawn irrigation, chemical injectors, fountain drinking machines, machine shops, and car washes to name a few. The backflow devices on these service lines will stop contaminants from flowing or siphoning back into the water mains. Residences or businesses that have these devices must have them tested annually by a licensed plumber that is certified to test RPZ’s by Ordinance 96-47.

Please be advised that the Village has instituted its own Backflow Prevention Test & Certification form. As of October 1, 2012 this will be the only form accepted for all commercial, industrial and residential buildings for new and retesting of RPZ's. Please download and use this form for all tests and certifications. http://www.gurnee.il.us/public_works/utility/rpz_backflow

 

Basement Finish

When you convert your unfinished basement into habitable area, a permit is required.  A permit application, along with detailed plans showing framing, electric, heating, and plumbing are required for review.  Once you start construction, there are several points that need inspection.  Typically those include: rough framing, rough electric, rough heating, rough plumbing, insulation, open ceiling, and final inspection.  Once the basement has passed all inspections, a certificate of occupancy is issued allowing the basement to be legally occupied.  Detailed information on basement finishes can be viewed at: http://www.gurnee.il.us/community_dev/building_safety/basements

 

Bid Posting/Tabulations

The Village seeks Bid Proposals for any Capital Improvement over $20,000.  The Village will post plan holder lists up to the bid date and the results of the bid for 14 calendar days after the opening.

 

Bike/Walking Path(s)

The Village of Gurnee, Gurnee Park District, Lake County Forest Preserve and various neighborhoods have bike/walking paths.  Check out the maps for a location near you.  http://www.gurnee.il.us/files/TrailsMap.pdf

 

Block Party Permit Application

A temporary use permit is required for a block party, street dance, or similar public gathering involving the closing of a public street or streets.  Major secondary thoroughfares shall not be blocked by such activities.  Each permit shall be issued for a period not to exceed three (3) days.  Applications must be submitted five (5) days prior to the block party’s date.

http://www.gurnee.il.us/public_works/block_party_permit_app

 

Building Codes

The Village of Gurnee follows the 2012 International Building Code, 2012 International Residential Code, International Fire Code, International Fuel Gas Code, and International Mechanical Code; in addition, to the 2002 National Electric Code and 2004 State of Illinois Plumbing Code.  All of the above mentioned have local amendments that can be found at: http://www.gurnee.il.us/community_dev/building_safety/codes_ordinances  The most current Illinois Accessibility code and Illinois International Energy Conservation Code must be adhered to as well.

 

Building Permit & Inspection Process

Obtaining a permit and inspections for construction and repairs for your home or property is required by law and provides important documentation in the event you sell or refinance the property.  These include, but are not limited to:  structural, electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning work.  For a more detailed list of projects that require a building permit, please see: http://www.gurnee.il.us/community_dev/building_safety/building_apps.  All permitted work is required to have an inspection, or series of inspections depending on the project. A minimum of 24-hour notice is required for inspections.  Inspections are scheduled between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Please call the Building Division at 847.599.7550 to schedule the appointment. 

 

Building Permit Application

Used for minor alterations including decks and patios, fences, basement finishes, pools/hot tubs, sheds, gazebos, reroofs/siding, replacement air conditioners and/or furnaces, water heaters, window/door replacements, and miscellaneous repair alterations.  In addition, this application can be used for minor commercial alterations and for “move-in” (i.e. occupancy) only.  http://www.gurnee.il.us/files/BuildingPermitApp.pdf

 

Business License

All business owners/operators located in the Village of Gurnee are required to obtain a Business License (see Finance Department).  http://www.gurnee.il.us/business/license/about

 


 

C
 

Certificate of Insurance

Contractors working in the Village must provide the Village with a Certificate of Insurance.  See Requirements for Working in the Village of Gurnee.  http://www.gurnee.il.us/files/ContractorReq_VOG.pdf

 

Certificate of Occupancy

A Certificate of Occupancy (CO) is a document issued by the Village certifying a building's or structure’s compliance with applicable building codes and other adopted ordinances, and indicating it to be in a condition suitable for use or occupancy.

Obtaining a certificate is generally required whenever:

  • A new building is constructed (separate application form is not required for a new structure – this is handled via the structure’s building permit application).
  • Changes are made to existing building/home (i.e. additions, basement finish, tenant finishes, and remodeling); or if the occupancy or building classification changes.
  • A building is built for one use and it is converted to another (e.g. a residential building converted for office use).
  • Tenant of a commercial, office, or industrial building changes; or, ownership of a commercial, office, industrial, or multiple-family residential building changes (i.e. apartment building). A new occupancy is not required for transfer of a residential property.

The purpose of obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy is to prove that, according to the adopted ordinances, the building is in a habitable or usable condition. Generally, such a certificate is necessary to be able to occupy or use the structure for everyday use, as well as to be able to sign a contract to sell the space and/or close on a mortgage for the space.

A certificate of occupancy is evidence that the building/structure complies substantially with the plans and specifications that have been submitted to, and approved by, the Village.

 

Code Enforcement

The Code Enforcement Officers work with Building, Engineering and Zoning Divisions to ensure that property owners maintain all structures and exterior property areas in a clean, safe, secure and sanitary manner so as not to cause a blighting problem or adversely affect the public health or safety. 

 

Consolidation

Small parcels of land are combined, or consolidated into one larger lot.

 

Construction Hours

The hours of construction are from 7 am to 7 pm Monday thru Saturday and between 9 am to 5 pm on Sundays.

 

Curb Saw Cuts

Curb saw cutting is the process by which the head of the curb is removed to allow for a smoother transition from a driveway to the street.  A Work on Right-of-Way permit is required.  http://www.gurnee.il.us/files/RightofWayPermit.pdf

 


 

D

 

Decks and Patios

The installation and replacement of decks and patios do require a building permit prior to the start of work.  There are also 2 to 3 inspections, depending on the structure.  Please see the Village of Gurnee Deck and Patio requirements for detailed construction and setback information. http://www.gurnee.il.us/community_dev/building_safety/decks-patios

 

Detention/Retention Basins

A Detention Basin is a stormwater management basin designed to protect against flooding by storing and slowly releasing stormwater over a 24 to 48 hour time period.

A Retention Basin retains a specified amount of stormwater runoff without release except by evaporation or infiltration into the ground.

 

Doors

The replacement of exterior entry doors (including the home-to-garage access door) within the Village of Gurnee does require a building permit prior to the start of any work.  Please submit a Building Permit Application and a copy of the proposal/contract.  The proposal should include the locations, sizes, and styles of doors to be installed.  In addition, a final inspection is required upon completion.  If this is a new installation, please contact the Building Division for more information regarding the permitting process at (847) 599-7550.

 

Driveway Permits (Right-of-Way)

A permit is required to replace your driveway from the street to your property line.  Any work should also be reported to JULIE (811) so that underground utilities can be located ahead of time. http://www.gurnee.il.us/files/RightofWayPermit.pdf

 


 

E

 

Easement

An easement is generally defined as a right for public entities and/or Village to use land owned by another party. This legal right of usage limits the ability of the land owner to use the defined area for certain purposes. A property owner is restricted from constructing permanent improvements in an easement area, if that construction would violate the right of usage of the area by the specific party to whom the easement has been given. 

Easements may in certain circumstances be deeded, or dedicated, to the Village or to the public utilities. Such easements allow the Village and/or utility companies the right to do things within the area of the easement, such as install and maintain utility lines. Often the Village requires an easement to be deeded or dedicated at the time of initial development, which is typically the subdivision or site development stage. The Village does this to ensure that utility service will be available to the land in question, or in some circumstances, to abutting land owners. Most newly created lots in residential subdivisions contain standard lot easements along the rear and side property lines for this purpose.

 

Elevators

All elevators located with the Village of Gurnee are required to have inspections twice per year according to State of Illinois requirements.  The Village of Gurnee retains a third-party elevator inspector to perform these inspections and then bills the building owner for this and any subsequent re-inspections.  The inspection certificate must be displayed in the elevator.

 

Engineering Division

The Engineering Division is responsible for plan creation and review of all public capital improvements for the Village including storm water systems; traffic controls systems, the public road network and all improvements to the public utility systems. 

Engineering staff reviews and approves plans for subdivision development, and reviews and approves site plans for commercial and industrial development. 

The Engineering Division serves as a liaison for Gurnee citizens as it relates to storm water questions, and driveway and access issues. Engineering staff administers the Watershed Development Ordinance that governs development in flood-prone areas in accordance with the National Flood Insurance Program.

 

Erosion Control

See Soil Erosion and Sediment Control.

 

Escrow Agreement

The Village will often times need to call on the services of outside professional consultants to assist with review and evaluation. Professional consulting may include legal, land planning, zoning, traffic engineering, and civil engineering services. Every development application filed and processed is required to sign a cost recovery agreement.

 


F

 

Fee Schedule

A Comprehensive Fee Schedule for fees in the village.  http://www.gurnee.il.us/fee_schedule

 

Fences

Fences are generally allowed in front, side, corner side, and rear yards.  Fence height depends on your lot orientation and location of the fence in your yard, and zoning district.   A building permit is required for all fence installations which must include copies of your Plat of Survey, fence details, and location of the proposed fence.  A final inspection is required once the fence has been installed.  Check with your Homeowner Association for any additional restrictions. http://www.gurnee.il.us/community_dev/building_safety/fences

 

Flood Information

The Village of Gurnee participates in the National Flood Insurance Program which offers flood insurance to homeowners, renters, and business owners. The Village has adopted and enforces the Lake County Watershed Development Ordinance which exceeds FEMA requirements to reduce the risk of flooding. 

The Engineering Division maintains copies of the current flood maps from FEMA and can assist property owners in interpreting the maps and applying for Letters of Map Change. 

During flooding events the Engineering Division assists emergency responders in the emergency operations center.

 


G

 

Garage/Rummage Sale

Each household is allowed 2 garage/rummage sales per calendar year lasting a maximum of 4 days each.  A garage/rummage sale permit is required and can be obtained at Village Hall, or on line.  Please be aware that there is specific information as to location of signage for garage sales that can be viewed on the garage/rummage sale application.  http://www.gurnee.il.us/community_dev/planning/garage_sales

 

GIS (Geographic Information System)

GIS provides current information on land ownership and utility locations.  Maps available online include street, trail, utility, zoning, voting precincts, garbage collection day and land use.  http://www.gurnee.il.us/maps

 

Ground Sign Permit

Ground (freestanding) signs are defined as any sign on a frame, pole or other support structure that is not attached to any building.  For specific ground sign regulations, refer to Sec. 52 of the Zoning Ordinance.  A sign permit application is required for the installation of any ground signs.  http://www.gurnee.il.us/files/applications/Ground_Sign_Permit.pdf

 


 

H

 

Home Occupations

Any occupation or profession conducted within a dwelling unit and its permitted accessory buildings, which is clearly secondary to the use of such buildings and complies with Section 8.5.3 of the Zoning Ordinance.

 

Home Repair (Know your Consumer Rights)

Before signing any home repair or remodeling contract over $1,000, a person engaging in the business of home repair and remodeling is required in Illinois to provide the customer with a copy of the "Home Repair: Know Your Consumer Rights" pamphlet.  For more information check out the following like:  http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/homerepair_construction.html

 


 

I

 

Impact Fees

Certain new construction within the Village falls under development impact agreements with taxing bodies within our Village (i.e. school, library, and fire districts).  If you are building a new home or business building, please contact our office to verify if your structure falls under an active impact agreement.

 

Infrastructure Fact Sheets

Fact sheets are available for the Village of Gurnee Water System; Sanitary Sewer System; Storm Sewer System, Transportation System and Land Use.  http://www.gurnee.il.us/community_dev/engineering/infrastructure

 

Inspection

All building permits require a minimum of one inspection.  Please check your plan review for inspection requirements and call Building Division at (847) 599.7550 to schedule your inspections.  A minimum of 24-hour notice is required.  Please have your address, permit number and type of inspection needed when calling.  Inspections are scheduled Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 – 2:30.

 


 

 

J

  

J.U.L.I.E. (Joint Utility Locating for Excavators)

You may be surprised by what's buried in your yard. That's because today, more electric, gas, water, sewer and telecommunications companies are delivering utility services underground. To avoid personal injury and damage to those lines, state law requires you to contact JULIE before any digging project, regardless of the project size or depth.   The impact of unsafe or careless digging practices is real and often costly - in terms of personal injury and damage to underground utility lines, property and the environment. The call is free and so are the services.  Simply call 811 or 1-800-892-0123.  Within 2 days of your contact, a representative from each utility company will mark the location of their utilities with paint and/or flags at the excavation site.

 


 

L

 

Lawn Irrigation Systems

A permit is required to install a lawn irrigation system. The Village of Gurnee allows systems to be installed in the public right-of-way if a right-of-way permit is obtained.

The following forms are required with your submittal: Building Permit Application; Sewer/Water Service Connection Application; Work on Public Right-of-Way Permit (if applicable); Lawn Sprinkling Systems check sheet. http://www.gurnee.il.us/community_dev/applications

 

Letter of Credit

A guarantee that all required improvements in newly developed areas are complete.    See sample letter of credit.  http://www.gurnee.il.us/community_dev/applications

 


 

M
 

Maps

Maps available online include street, trail, utility, zoning, voting precincts, garbage collection day and land use.  http://www.gurnee.il.us/maps

 

Massage License

See Finance Department  http://www.gurnee.il.us/business/license/about

 

Motor Fuel Tax (MFT)

Motor Fuel Taxes are collected by the State of Illinois every time that gasoline or diesel fuel is purchased in the State of Illinois and is distributed to Counties, Townships and Municipalities per capita based upon census population. MFT is used for road repairs in the Village of Gurnee.

 


 

O

 

Ordinances

Ordinances are laws issued and approved by the Village Board.

 

Overweight Load Permit

Overweight and oversize vehicle movements on local roads are permitted through the Engineering Division to verify that the shortest and route of least impact is used. Trucking companies shall submit a copy of their state or county permit with the clearly defined local route, vehicle description, and day(s) traveling included or submit on company letterhead same information for approval. Applications should be faxed to 847.623.9475 and approval usually occurs within 1 business day.

 


 

P
 

Patios and Decks

The installation and replacement of decks and patios do require a building permit prior to the start of work.  There are also 2 to 3 inspections, depending on the structure.  Please see the Village of Gurnee Deck and Patio requirements for detailed construction and setback information.  http://www.gurnee.il.us/community_dev/building_safety/decks-patios

 

Pedestrian/Bicycle Trail Master Plan

The Pedestrian/Bicycle Trail Master Plan is a long-term program that guides future planning, design and implementation of a Village-wide system of trails to be used by residents for recreational and non-automotive travel throughout Gurnee.  http://www.gurnee.il.us/files/1994PedestrianBicyclePlan.pdf

 

Permit Fees

See Comprehensive Fee Schedule.  http://www.gurnee.il.us/files/2013_Comprehensive_VOG_Fee_Schedule.pdf

 

Permit Timeline

A timeline indicating the process involved in obtaining a permit from Community Development. http://www.gurnee.il.us/files/Permit_Flow_Chart.pdf

 

Permits

Minor alterations include: decks and patios, fences, basement finishes, pools/hot tubs, sheds, gazebos, re-roofs/siding, air conditioners, furnaces, water heaters, siding, window/door replacements, miscellaneous repair, and alterations.  In addition, commercial/move-in only/occupancy/minor tenant finishes require a permit.  Other work may require a building permit; please call 847.599.7550 to see if your project requires a permit.  Original signed permits MUST be submitted - No Fax Copies   http://www.gurnee.il.us/community_dev/building_safety/building_apps

 

Planned Unit Development (PUD)

A tract of land developed as a unit under single ownership or unified control, which includes one or more principal buildings or uses and subject to Sec. 9.0 of the Zoning Ordinance.  A PUD allows design flexibility from conventional regulations (such as setbacks and height) and land use restrictions.  The greater flexibility in locating buildings and combining various land uses generally allows economics in construction, preservation of open space, and enhanced onsite amenities.   

 

Planning and Zoning Board

The Planning and Zoning Board consists of seven appointed members from the community that make recommendations related to the application and enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance as well as issues concerning long-term land use, development proposals, special use permits, variation requests, and the zoning of property.  The Planning & Zoning Board also recommends updates to the text of the Village’s Zoning Ordinance. The Planning & Zoning Board meets on the first and third Wednesdays every month, at 7:30 p.m.

 

Plat of Survey

A plat of survey is a legal document compiled by a Land Surveyor.  The plat consists of a map, drawn to scale showing the divisions of a piece of land; and easements.   The Village of Gurnee requires that you submit a COPY of your plat of survey with certain building permit applications.  This document may have been provided to you when you closed on your property. 

 

Pools, Spas & Hot Tubs

A building permit is required for pools (over 24-inches in depth and/or having an electrical connection), spas, and hot tubs.  There are specific requirements for location (setbacks), connections, and barriers.  Please see link for more information.  http://www.gurnee.il.us/community_dev/building_safety/pools

 

Pool, Spas & Hot Tubs - Draining

Your swimming pool/spa is filled with chlorinated water. Chlorinated water discharged directly to surface waters (wetlands, lakes, streams, and rivers), roadways, or storm sewers has an adverse impact on local water quality. A high concentration of chlorine, as is present in swimming pools/spas, may be toxic to wildlife and fish. Appropriate preparations should be made prior to draining down a pool for cleaning or winterizing.  See our guidelines before you drain.  http://www.gurnee.il.us/files/draining_swimming_pools.pdf

 

Property Information Search

Property information including school districts, trash pick-up, aerial views, property information, etc.  http://webmaps.gurnee.il.us/property_info/

 

Property Maintenance

Maintaining quality residential areas in the village requires the cooperation of all in the maintenance of property.  Pride in one’s living space leads to pride in one’s neighborhood and can instill; even further, community pride and spirit within the neighborhood.  Well maintained neighborhoods also maximize property and resale values.

While it is hoped everyone will maintain their living space in a way to create quality residential areas, there may be instances when this does not occur.  It sometimes becomes necessary to use the Village ordinances to require the upkeep of property and the regulation of activities which are harmful in residential areas. 

 


 

R
 

Requirements for Working in the Village of Gurnee

The following contractors must be registered with the Community Development Department prior to release of a permit:  Electrician, Low Voltage Electrician; Plumber, HVAC, Roofer and Contractors working in the Public Right-of-Way.  http://www.gurnee.il.us/files/ContractorReq_VOG.pdf

 

Right-of-Way

The area of land that is owned by the Village in which public roads and utilities are installed is the right-of-way.  The public right-of-way is the strip of land on which the Village Street is located that typically includes the lawn and sidewalk in front of your property.  If no sidewalk is present, then measure approximately fifteen feet from the curb or edge of roadway to determine the right-of-way line.  Residents are required to keep the area mowed and free of debris.  Some landscaping can be done in the right-of-way but no permanent structures are allowed except for mailboxes. 

 

Right-of-Way Permit

A permit is required to work in the Village of Gurnee right-of-way.  Work in the right-of-way includes driveways, lawn irrigation systems, water service,, and sewer work.  Please note that the public right-of-way is the strip of land on which the Village Street is located that typically includes the lawn and sidewalk in front of your property.  If no sidewalk is present, then measure fifteen feet from the curb or edge of roadway to determine the approximate right-of-way line.   Any underground work should also be reported to JULIE (811) so that underground utilities can be located ahead of time  http://www.gurnee.il.us/files/RightofWayPermit.pdf

 

River Levels

For current water levels on the Des Plaines River in Gurnee: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lot&gage=guni2&view=1,1,1,1,1,1 or http://waterdata.usgs.gov/il/nwis/uv?05528000

 

Roadway Projects

Information on road and street construction projects taking place in the community during the construction season can be found at http://www.gurnee.il.us/community_dev/engineering/road_construction_updates. The Village of Gurnee, Lake County Division of Transportation, State of Illinois Division of Transportation and Tollway Authority are responsible for the roadways throughout Gurnee.

 

RPZ Backflow Device Test Report

Backflow prevention devices are used to protect the Village’s water supply from contaminants and pollutants. Common uses for backflow devices are fire sprinklers, lawn irrigation, chemical injectors, fountain drinking machines, machine shops, and car washes to name a few. The backflow devices on these service lines will stop contaminants from flowing or siphoning back into the water mains. Residences or businesses that have these devices must have them tested annually by a licensed plumber that is certified to test RPZ’s by Ordinance 96-47.

Please be advised that the Village has instituted its own Backflow Prevention Test & Certification form. As of October 1, 2012 this will be the only form accepted for all commercial, industrial and residential buildings for new and retesting of RPZ's. Please download and use this form for all tests and certifications.

 


 

S

Sanitary Sewer System Fact Sheet

Infrastructure Fact Sheet  http://www.gurnee.il.us/community_dev/engineering/infrastructure.

 

Setbacks

Setbacks are defined as the minimum horizontal distance between a lot line and the nearest side of a building or other structure, located on a particular zoning lot, to such lot line.  To find a property's setbacks, please use the Property Information Search or contact Planning & Zoning staff at 847.599.7550 to determine the zoning district of the property.  Once the zoning of the property has been obtained, the Site and Structure Provisions in each zoning district list the required setbacks.  Please note, if the property is part of a Planned Unit Development (PUD) Agreement, Annexation Agreement, or Special Use Permit, these documents are not available online.  Please contact Planning & Zoning staff for the specific details.

 

Sewer/Water Service Connection Application

To be used in connection with the Building Permit.  http://www.gurnee.il.us/files/Sewer-WaterServiceConnectionApp.pdf.

 

Sheds / Detached Accessory Structures

A building permit is required to place a shed on your property.  Requirements for submittal can be found at http://www.gurnee.il.us/community_dev/building_safety/sheds (Detached Accessory Structure (Shed)) requirements.

 

Sidewalks

Public sidewalk repair is a Village responsibility.  Residents should keep sidewalks free of debris and snow.  Overhanging branches from trees located on private property must be trimmed to a height of at least eight (8) feet above sidewalks.  All trees and shrubs on private property must be cut back to at least twelve (12) inches from the sidewalk.

 

Siding

The siding replacement within the Village of Gurnee does require a building permit prior to the start of any work.  Please submit a Building Permit Application and a copy of the proposal/contract.  In addition, a final inspection is required upon completion. http://www.gurnee.il.us/community_dev/building_safety/building_apps

 

Signage

Sign regulations are intended to balance the public interest-in promoting a safe, well-maintained, and attractive Village.  Sign permits are required for Ground, Wall, and Temporary signs.  For specific regulations, refer to Sec 52 of the Municipal Code. http://www.gurnee.il.us/files/Sign_Ordinance.pdf

 

Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control

Soil Erosion and Sediment Control (SESC) is the theory of preventing or minimizing the movement of soil. In the Village of Gurnee the biggest cause of erosion is water from rain events. To minimize soil movement the Village of Gurnee has adopted the Watershed Development Ordinance which regulates construction and development activities that expose bare soils to the erosive effect of water.

 

Stop Signs

Stop Signs are placed by Village Board action at warranted locations in the Village. The Village of Gurnee abides by warrant standards created by the Federal Highway Administration.

 

Storm Sewer System Fact Sheet

Infrastructure Fact Sheet  http://www.gurnee.il.us/community_dev/engineering/details

 

Storm Water Runoff

Storm water runoff is the water that is not absorbed into the ground, or otherwise stored on site, and runs into the stormwater management system. Typically runoff is channeled through swales and storm sewers to detention basins that serve our community. Detention basins regulate the outflow of runoff so as to minimize the flooding potential from developed sites. Runoff in the Village of Gurnee drains to the Mississippi River and into the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Street Paving

The Engineering Division regularly develops a plan that enables the Village to forecast the resurfacing and maintenance of Village Streets.  The funding for Village Street Paving comes from the MFT (Motor Fuel Tax) Fund and Capital Accounts.  The Engineering staff evaluates the pavement condition of all Village streets every four to five years. The paving project for the Village is determined by a combination of pavement rating, traffic counts, logical groupings, and funding levels.

 

Subdivision Ordinance

The Village of Gurnee Subdivision Ordinance is a comprehensive regulation that defines required infrastructure improvements and standards in the Village.  http://www.gurnee.il.us/files/Chapter70.pdf

 

Subdivision

Subdivision is the division of a lot, tract, or parcel of land into two or more lots, plats, sites for the purpose of sale or of building development: Every division of a piece of land into two or more lots is a subdivision.  Subdivisions are defined in Chapter 70 of the Municipal Code.

 

Submittal Requirements

The Village requires three (3) sets of Stamped Commercial drawings for all remodeling of commercial properties.  Five sets for new commercial projects.  Residential remodels and new construction requires two (2) stamped sets.

 

Survey Monuments

The Village of Gurnee maintains a set of survey monuments around the community for both vertical and horizontal control. The vertical control is established on the NGVD 1929 and the horizontal control is based upon NAD 1983.  http://www.gurnee.il.us/maps/survey_monuments

 


 

T

 

Temporary Sign Permit

A temporary sign permit is defined as any sign, banner, pennant, valance, or advertising display that by intent is not permanent; constructed of cloth, canvas, lightweight fabric, cardboard, wallboard, or other lightweight materials with or without frames, intended to be displayed for a short period of time only.  Businesses are allowed to display a temporary sign for a maximum of 14 days during any one calendar year.  A sign permit application is required for the installation of any temporary signs.  http://www.gurnee.il.us/files/applications/Temporary_Sign_Permit.pdf

 

Temporary Use Permit

A Temporary Use is a unique short-term use that will be discontinued after a specified time. Such uses include, but are not limited to, outdoor sales, construction buildings, seasonal businesses (such as Christmas Tree Lots), etc. Prior to the establishment of a temporary use within the Village Limits, a Temporary Use Permit must be obtained. http://www.gurnee.il.us/files/applications/Temporary_Use_Application.pdf and http://www.gurnee.il.us/files/Temporary_Use_App_Supplemental_Handout.pdf.

The purpose of a Temporary Use Permit is to ensure compatibility of the temporary use with surrounding properties.  Areas to be reviewed as part of the permit process include traffic circulation, parking, public conveniences, signs and any other special operating characteristics. This permit will specify the use, establish a period of time for which the use is approved, and any special conditions attached to the approval.

 

Trails

Whether you’re walking, running, bike riding, cross-country skiing or in-line skating, the Gurnee Trails takes you on a journey through woods; open spaces and local neighborhoods. Working in conjunction with the Gurnee Park District; Lake County Forest Preserve; and various Homeowners Associations, the Village Trails consist of miles of paths with a paved or crushed stone surface. http://www.gurnee.il.us/files/TrailsMap.pdf

 

Transportation System Fact Sheet

Infrastructure Fact Sheet http://www.gurnee.il.us/community_dev/engineering/infrastructure.

 


 

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Vacation

A vacation of property, or property rights, is a legal means for the Village to return land, or rights to the land, back to the original owners. Right-of-ways and easements are presumed to be needed by the public unless there is clear evidence it is excess. You must prove to the Village that the property or rights are not needed before it will be considered by the Board of Trustees.

 

Volunteer

The Village of Gurnee has limited opportunities for Volunteers. 

 


 

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Wall Sign Permit

A wall sign is defined as a single-faced sign attached generally flush or parallel to the wall of a building.  For specific wall sign regulations, refer to Sec. 52 of the Zoning Ordinance.  A sign permit application is required for the installation of any wall signs.  /files/Wall_Sign_Permit.pdf and http://www.gurnee.il.us/files/SignPermitChecklist.pdf

 

Water

The Village of Gurnee utilizes Lake Michigan water through the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (CLCJAWA). Water is treated at CLCJAWA’s water treatment plant in Lake Bluff, transported to the Village and the other 12 member communities by underground transmission mains.

 

Water System Fact Sheet

Infrastructure Fact Sheet   http://www.gurnee.il.us/community_dev/engineering/infrastructure

 

Wells

Lake County Health Department regulates private wells located in the community. Information concerning their services may be found at: http://www.lakecountyil.gov/health/default.htm

 

Wetlands

The Village of Gurnee is currently not certified to regulate wetlands under the Lake County Watershed Development Ordinance. All inquiries pertaining to wetland impacts/maintenance should be forwarded to the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission.   http://www.lakecountyil.gov/Stormwater/default.htm


Windows

The replacement of windows within the Village of Gurnee does require a building permit prior to the start of any work.  Please submit a Building Permit Application and a copy of the proposal/contract.  The proposal should include the locations, sizes, and styles of windows to be installed.  In addition, a final inspection is required upon completion.  If this is a new installation, please contact the Building Division for more information regarding the permitting process at (847) 599-7550.  http://www.gurnee.il.us/files/Replacement_Window_Requirements.pdf

 


  

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Yard Drainage/Flooding Problems

The Village of Gurnee Engineering Division will assist homeowners in identifying and proposing solutions for drainage concerns on their properties. Unless there is damage to the primary structure on the lot, staff will typically wait 24 hours from the completion of any rain event to evaluate any drainage concerns.  

 

 


 

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Zoning
 
The purpose of zoning is to promote and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community.  The zoning ordinance divides the municipality into zones, which regulates the location, construction, intensity, and bulk of residential, commercial, and industrial uses.
 
 

 

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