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Call Before Digging
Contact Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators (JULIE) at 811 prior to digging post holes.

For more information, call the Building Department at (847) 223-2323 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Permit Requirements
A permit is required for a residential fence. A site plan is needed showing the location, height, and type of fence.

Height of Fences and Walls on Residential Zoned Property
A fence or wall may be erected, placed, or maintained to a height not to exceed six feet above ground level, except that fences and walls surrounding outdoor tennis courts may be erected or maintained to a height not exceeding 12 feet above the ground level or as required by the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association, whichever is lesser. Where such lot line is parallel to a railroad right-of-way, there shall be an eight foot limit on the height of a fence or wall along such lot line.

In no instance, however, shall any fence or wall which is located in a required front or corner side yard exceed a height of four feet and such fences shall be 40% open. Fences exceeding three feet in height erected in any front yard or corner side yard shall be set back at least two feet from the property line and landscape planting shall be placed between such fences or walls and the property line. At the end of two growing seasons, the planting shall consist of landscape material that will provide a consistent year round coverage of at least 30% of the fence or wall area.

Fences on Arterial Streets
Fences or walls up to six feet in height may be erected along major arterial streets, as indicated below, in conjunction with earthen mounds or berms so as to create a sight and sound barrier between such major arterial streets and the adjoining properties.
  • Illinois Route 120
  • Washington Street
  • Alleghany (south of Route 120)
  • Shorewood Road
  • Center Street (east of Atkinson Road)
  • Illinois Route 83
  • Atkinson Road
  • Lake Street
  • Brae Loch Road

Landscape planting between such fences or walls and said street right-of-way shall be provided and fences or walls shall be set back at least three feet from the property line to allow for the placement on the lot of landscape planting. At the end of two growing seasons, the planting shall consist of landscape material that will provide a consistent year round coverage of at least 95% of the fence or wall area.

The finished or dress side of the fence shall face away from the subject property, except when said fence separates a residentially-rezoned lot from a non-residentially zoned lot or railroad right-of-way.

Location of Fences Along Lot Lines
A structural fence shall be erected so that the entire fence and all supporting structures are entirely on the owner’s property. The owner shall be solely responsible for correctly sitting the fence on his property, and no inspection by the Building Department nor any permit issued by them shall be any evidence or guarantee that the fence has been so correctly located on the subject property.

Fences may be constructed across or upon certain easements located on the owner's property, provided that:
  • No fence shall be constructed across or upon any easement for access or pedestrian purposes
  • The owner shall pay all removal, repair, and replacements costs for a fence located across or upon an easement, if said fence is removed or damaged by those to whom the benefit of the easement runs in their use and enjoyment of their easement rights
  • The construction of any fence shall not interfere with the flow of water across any drainage easement or with any utility lines placed in or over any utility easement