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The Village of Riverside requires that all building and construction projects (including alterations, repairs and demolitions) that cost more than $500 obtain a building permit prior to work beginning.
When the work being done is cosmetic only, permits are not required. This includes painting, carpeting, tile work, refinishing hardwood floors, and sealing driveways.
Please contact the Community Development Department if you are uncertain as to whether a permit is required for a particular project.
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Property maintenance is handled through the Community Development Department. You must contact the department either in person or by calling 708-447-1241. The address of the property and a brief description of the issue to be addressed must be included in any report filed.
No. Because of liability, the Village cannot make recommendations of any type. You are encouraged to “shop around” and hire whatever contractor you see fit. Contractors that are not already licensed to work within the village can become so after providing the required insurance information.
The Community Development Department maintains a file of resident comments and complaints about contractors, and this file is available for public viewing during business hours: Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (We encourage you to submit either complements or complaints to our file if you like.)
We are able to tell you if any contractors are licensed with us, however please understand that this is not a recommendation of any type. We would merely be letting you know if their insurance information is on file and up to date.
To become licensed, contractors must fill out our contractor’s license application form. They must also provide a certificate of insurance showing general liability and proof of workman’s compensation (if they are required by state law to carry it). They must also provide a $10,000 surety bond in the name of the Village of Riverside. There is a $100 fee for a contractor’s license, and they are valid for one year from the date of issue.
To apply for a building permit, you will need a building permit application form and a copy of your SIGNED contract with the contractor doing the work. You also need to sign and submit the minimum requirement sheet (two pages). Any job that will affect the “bird’s eye view” of your lot (deck, sidewalk, fence, addition, garage, etc.) will also require a copy of your Plat of Survey with the proposed changes drawn in to scale. For large jobs where plans must be submitted (additions, new constructions, renovations, etc) we require 3 copies of plans stamped by the architect. Any new construction or addition larger than 400 square feet requires a topographical survey of both existing and proposed drainage conditions.
Yes you do. The application process is the same as above, except you will need to fill out a homeowner waiver. This is a one page form that basically states that you are doing the work yourself and agree to abide by all current building codes, and that if you fail any inspections repeatedly you will hire a contractor to finish the job if necessary.
Once your job is complete, call the Community Development Department at 708-447-1241 to set up a final inspection. This is particularly important, as it allows us to close our files on your permit.
The Department has created the Building Permit Process packet, which answers many questions you may have regarding a project, including detailed construction requirements.
There are a number of severe weather hazards that may affect Riverside, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, lightning, floods and flash floods, damaging winds and large hail. Severe weather hazards have the potential to cause extensive property damage, injury and/or death. Severe weather may occur anytime, but severe weather is more prevalent in the spring and summer months. It is important to be prepared for these severe weather threats.
You should know some terms used to describe weather threats:Severe Thunderstorm Watch - Severe thunderstorms are possible. Be prepared to take shelter.Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Severe thunderstorms are occurring. Take shelter. Turn on a battery-operated radio to receive warnings and severe weather statements.Tornado Watch - Tornadoes are possible. Watch the sky and listen to the radio or television for more information. Be prepared to take shelter. If you see any rotating funnel-shaped clouds, report them immediately by calling 9-1-1.Tornado Warning - A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately. Turn on a battery-operated radio or television and wait for updated information for your area.Flood Watch - Flooding or flash flooding is possible. Listen to radio or television for additional information.Flood Warning - Flooding is occurring or will occur soon. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.Flash Flood Warning - A flash flood is occurring or is imminent. Move to higher ground immediately. Flash floods develop MUCH quicker than river floods.Flood Statement - Minor flooding of creeks and streams, streets, low-lying areas or basement flooding is occurring or is imminent.Tornado Siren The Village of Riverside operates a tornado siren located near the Historic Water Tower. In the event a tornado has been sighted that threatens the Village of Riverside, the siren will be activated. Once the siren activates, take cover immediately. An “All –Clear” signal is not sounded, but if another event threatens, the siren will be re-sounded. The siren is tested on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00AM.
Assessing After Severe Weather After a severe storm or tornado strikes, the Riverside Fire, Police and Public Works Departments will assess the damage as quickly as possible. Roads that are blocked will be cleared as necessary by the Public Works and Fire Departments. Other hazards will be evaluated and the Village will take actions to protect Riverside residents.
Please stay clear of hazards, particularly downed power lines. If you find wires down on the ground, call 911 and keep everyone away. If your power is out, call ComEd at 1-800-EDISON1. If you can call from the address where the power is out, that will help. Please do not call 911 to report a power outage. Unfortunately, the Village is unable to report individual outages and often does not have significant information concerning the predicted duration of the outage.
Flooding Flooding has occurred regularly in the area of the Des Plaines River. The Village monitors the river levels and works to advise residents in the potential flood area when conditions warrant. If you are in an area that typically floods, watch the Village Website and Network 6 for information, including parking restrictions and designated remote parking.
For more information about severe weather or disaster preparedness, call the Riverside Fire Department at 708-447-2123 or check out the National Weather Service's Tornado Safety Tips, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Website or the FEMA website. National Weather Service's Tornado Safety Tips
For more information on FEMA Floodplain maps please visit the
The Riverside Fire Department has made available "My Medical Information” packets for our residents. The “My Medical Information” packet is designed to speak for you when you can't speak for yourself. The packet contains important medical information that can assist emergency personnel in administering the proper medical treatment. The packet is also a useful way to bring all your pertinent medical information to any of your doctor appointments.
The “My medical Information” packet will inform medical personnel of your name, age, DOB, emergency contact information to get a hold of your family, your doctors name, what medications you are taking, any allergies you may have and your medical condition. You may also wish to place any other information about the medical care you wish to have inside the packet as well. Packets can be picked up at the Riverside Fire Department or the Riverside Police Department. Packet Information Card (PDF)
An Emergency Outdoor Warning Siren System is an all-hazards siren system used to warn the general population of potential danger. During an emergency, the sirens will be activated for 3 minutes.
What Do the Sirens Mean? Alert: A single tone signifying an emergency alert. This signal may be used to inform the community of an emergency or disaster, including a severe storm, tornado warning (not a tornado watch), earthquake, chemical hazard/hazardous material incident, extreme winds, or biological hazard.All Clear: Riverside does not use an All Clear signal. Tune in to your local news agencies and listen for notification from city officials regarding the emergency.Siren Test Times Sirens are tested on the first Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m.
What Should I Do if I Hear the Sirens? If the sirens are activated - and it is not a monthly siren test - the public should see it as a signal to Seek shelterTune in to radio or television to get information about the type of emergency and instructions and recommendationsListen to your local media for indications that the emergency is overThe public should not call 9-1-1 unless they have an actual emergency.
-Trains are very large and heavy, and take a long time to stop.
-Sometimes when a train has just passed from one direction, another train may be coming from the opposite direction. You might not notice the second train because of the noise from the first train.
Each year in America, unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning claims more than 500 lives and sends another 15,200 people to hospital emergency rooms for treatment.
Our historic gas lamps add charm and ambience to the Village; however, they need special care. If you have any problems with a gas lamp, please report your issue using
The Village office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. The Public Works offices are open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday - Friday and Parks & Recreation offices are open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The offices are closed for the following holidays:
Parking in the Village is very limited. On-street parking is only allowed on one side of most streets. No Parking is allowed on any street between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. for reasons of safety, snow removal, and street sweeping.
If your car cannot be driven or you have special needs (such as a party, or your driveway is being resurfaced) please advise the Riverside Police Department and we will try to accommodate you. Other parking restrictions vary by area.
Commuter parking is available in 2 places:
Lot 1 is south of the tracks, west of the train station. Some metered spaces are paid by the hour/day and some are sold as quarterly permits. The spaces with blue number signs are for metered parking, and the spaces with brown number signs are for quarterly permit holders only. The cost is $130 per quarter for commuters or $175 per quarter for 24-hour parking.
Lot 8 is located south of the tracks, east of the crossing. These spaces are only for permitted daily commuters at a cost of $130 per quarter.
There is generally a short waiting list (1 – 3 months) for spaces in Lot 1 and a longer waiting list (approximately 5 - 6 years) for spaces in Lot 8. Please contact Debby Walter to be placed on the waiting list. You will be called as soon as something becomes available.
The spaces in Lot 1 with blue number signs are metered. The meter machine is located on the west end of the train station platform. Remember the number of the space you park in and enter that number into the machine.
Payment can be made by cash, credit card, with your phone via app, website or phone number. Signage explaining payment options is located above the machine. The meters cost 25 cents per hour, and can be programmed for up to 24 hours at a time. These spaces are free on weekends, from midnight on Friday until midnight on Sunday, and holidays.
Permit holders must renew each quarter by the deadline or they will lose their space. The Village will mail out renewal notices, however, it is the permit holder’s responsibility to pay by the deadline even if the paperwork is lost. The deadlines to renew for each quarter are December 15, March 15, June 15 and September 15.
There may be a waiting list for residential and commuter parking lots. To be placed on the waiting list, fill out the Permit Parking Waitlist Form or contact Debby Walter in the Finance Department. The typical wait time for a residential parking space is 2 - 4 months. You will be called when a space is available.
There are many apartments and condos near the central business district with no designated overnight parking. To these residents, the Village offers limited parking spaces by quarterly permit only, which cost $175 per quarter. There are 4 lots where residential parking is offered:
You can register online and view offerings on our online brochure (PDF). You can register in person for a program at the Water Tower, 10 Pine Ave, and pay with Discover, Visa, or MasterCard. We strongly recommend registering 8 days prior to the start of a program.
View the Recreation Brochure (PDF).
We are very grateful for your interest in supporting Riverside Parks and Recreation membership. Riverside Parks and Recreation employees must be 16 years old. Find out what we are hiring for here.
Are you interested in volunteering to coach for the a league? Are you interested in volunteering for one of our races? Find volunteer opportunities here.
The brochure release is broken into 3 different seasons, Winter/Spring, Summer, Autumn/Winter. The brochure does not get printed, but can be found online. Registration is online as well.
To register for summer camp you must come into the Riverside Parks & Recreation Department at 10 Pine Ave. You must fill out a registration form and pay $15 deposits per week per child. At registration you will receive forms that must be returned to the Recreation Department by April 27th.
Testing occurs every 2 years or as a list is exhausted. Our last published list was in July 2016. Applicant must be of good moral character, of temperate habits, sound health and physically able to perform the duties of the position for which they apply. The burden of establishing these qualifications rests upon the applicant. The applicant furnishes, along with an application:
Many ordinances impact parking regulations, but the following are frequently cited:
Visit the E-Pay website to pay a ticket online. Pay at the Village Office, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. by credit card, cash, check, money order, or cashier’s check, or at the Police Department 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by (check, cash, money order or cashier’s checks only.
You can also mail to the Riverside Police Department
31 Riverside Road
Riverside, IL 60546
If the person already went to a Bond hearing and still could not make bond, they are likely at the Cook County Jail, which can be reached at 773-674-5225. If the person is still at Central lockup, there is no visitation unless you are the person’s attorney. Prisoners will never be at the Central lockup in excess of 72 hours. For prisoner inquires call; 708-447-9191 to reach Central Dispatch.
For a crashed vehicle or abandoned or disabled vehicle, call 708-447-2127. For an underage driver after curfew, a fee of $500 applies. It must be reported to Police Department with proof of insurance, proof of ownership and a valid driver.
For a DUI arrest, a fee of $500 applies, or even possible vehicle seizure. 24, 48, or 72 hour holds are applicable by law and you must report to the Police Department with proof of insurance, proof of ownership and a valid driver. For other arrests, a fee of $500 applies or possible vehicle seizure may occur. You must report it to the Police Department with proof of insurance, proof of ownership and a valid driver's license.
All tow and administrative fee releases are Mon-Fri 8:00am – 5:00pm.at 31 RiversideRd, Riverside, IL. 708-447- 2127. Cash only is accepted.
Towing fees are over and beyond fees applied by Village ordinance and must be paid separately to the towing company.
Your request for records must be in writing. The Riverside Police Department doesn’t require the completion of a standard form. You may submit your written request by mail, fax, e-mail or by mail. Be as specific as possible describing the records you’re seeking. Remember, the FOIA is designed to allow you to inspect or receive copies of records, it is not designed to require a public body to answer questions. Tell us whether you would like copies or if you just wish to examine the records in person, you may do either. There’s no fee for up to 50 pages of standard paper copies; for pages beyond 50 and there is a 25 cent cost per-page charge.
You may ask for a waiver of copying fees. To do so, include the following statement in your written FOIA request: “I request a waiver of all fees associated with this request.” In addition, you must include a specific explanation as to why your request for information is in the public interest—not simply your personal interest—and why it merits a fee waiver. Include your name, preferred phone number, mailing address, and, if you wish, your e-mail address.
Public Safety Analyst Sheryl Rini-Lara is the FOIA officer for Riverside Police Department and she can be contacted with questions.
Found property owner may come in with valid identification. Call 708-447-2127, ext. 293 to make an appointment. Prisoner property owner or their designee may come in with valid identification. Mon - Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm
For property held for investigation or evidence, unless other arrangements are made, all property will be released by appointment only on weekdays from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., excluding holidays. Property must be released by the Criminal Investigation Division before the owner can come to pick it up. Owners may call 708-447-2127, ext. 284 to inquire.
Firearms that come into the possession of the Police Department will only be released with a Court Order or a Writ of Replevin. The owner needs court order papers signed by a judge. Owners may call 708-447-2127, ext. 261 for more information.
If you believe that the conduct of an employee was inappropriate, you may request to speak to a supervisor at the police station. This will result in the immediate investigation of your complaint. If you do not wish to make the complaint in person, you may obtain a Citizen/Internal Complaint form from any supervisor or at the front reception window at the public safety lobby, Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. You will be provided with a fact sheet which will assist you in filing your complaint.
If you are unable to pick up a form in person, you may call our 24-hour number at 708-447-2127 to file a complaint or request the form be mailed to your home or you can
Riverside Police Department offers fingerprinting for residents Mon - Fri, 8am - 5pm for the following purposes: licensing, job applications, background checks for employment. You will need to provide your own fingerprint card(s) for the fingerprinting.
Please be sure to adhere to all payment deadline dates in conjunction with the aligned week of registration. (WKS 1 & 2 = May 15, WKS 3 & 4 = MAY 31, WKS 5 & 6 = JUN 15, WKS 7 & 8 = JUN 28, WKS 9 & 10 = JUL 13) If payment is not received by the deadline, the child(ren) will be removed from the weekly program and no deposits will be refunded. If no wait list exists, there will be a $10 late fee per week of enrollment. Spots are not guaranteed if you do not pay by the deadline.
There will be no penalties for any camp withdrawals made before May 1, 2018. Any withdrawals made after May 1, 2018, will result in the forfeit of the weekly deposit. After your full payment is made on the deadline, you will not receive a refund for the dates your payment covers. For example, your payment on May 15, 2018 covers weeks 1 & 2 of camp, if you choose to withdraw your child after the 15th, you will not receive a refund for weeks 1 – 2. If you withdraw before the payment deadline, you will receive your payment less the $15 deposits and adjusted registration fees.If your child needs to be withdrawn from a program, please notify the Riverside Parks & Recreation Department before the payment deadline by emailing (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling (708) 442-7025. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please follow up by phone. Failing to do so will result in the loss of the weekly deposit and the prorated amount for any unattended camp days. We appreciate your cooperation as other children may want to fill open camp spots.
A nonrefundable $10 fee will be applied to adjusted registrations after May 1, 2018 and prior to payment deadline for the following reason: switching camps (i.e. Adventure Camp to Teen Camp or Camp Centennial to Play Camp). After the payment deadline, no adjustments may be made to registration. This policy excludes the adjustment of daily registration if available from flex to 5 Day, or 5 Day to Flex, as long as we are notified by the Wednesday of the week prior.
All forms are due by April 27th. Everyone listed on the Emergency Form is able to pick up your child and must bring a photo ID to pick up. Any changes to forms must be done in the Water Tower.
Unlimited Yard Waste is collected every year from the first Thursday in April to the last Thursday in November. Yard waste must be segregated from other materials and packaged as follows:
- Contained within 35 gallon or smaller waterproof, rigid containers with two handles and clearly marked with a “yard waste only” sticker available at the Village Office. Containers cannot exceed 50 pounds.
- Leaves contained in brown paper yard waste bags not to exceed 50 pounds.
- Bundles of brush not exceeding 50 pounds in weight and 2 feet in diameter, containing individual branch lengths not exceeding four feet and individual branch diameters not exceeding three inches.
Any landscape/yard waste not meeting the above requirements shall require a special pick up service. Special pick up can be arranged by calling Flood Brothers at 630-261-0400.
Sticker/tag purchases can be made 4 ways: - Bringing in the renewal form and payment to the Village Hall Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.- Dropping off renewal form with payment in the silver drop box located outside of the Village Hall (stickers will again be mailed back to you)- Mailing in renewal form with payment (stickers will be mailed back to you) - Online renewal for most vehicles
The current water rate is $9.57 per unit (100 cubic feet). The current sewer rate is $1.79 per unit (100 cubic feet). The Board reviews water and sewer rates annually or when there is a rate increase from McCook, whichever is more frequent.
The Village operates its Water and Sewer Fund completely from user fees for service. The Water and Sewer Fund receives no property tax revenue. User fees must cover the cost of operations including the cost of water, personnel, and debt service.
Over the past 10 years, operating expenses have increased 52% while offsetting revenues have only increased 36%, primarily because the cost of water has doubled.
The Village has used operational surplus to fund capital improvements such as the First Division Sewer Separation Project on a cash basis. The projects outlined in the Village’s 5 year Capital Improvement Plan will decrease the fund balance in the Water and Sewer Fund to below minimum levels by 2021. Imposing the $30 bi-monthly Water & Sewer Infrastructure Fee will allow the Village to fund current projects as well as other much needed improvements to our aging water and sewer systems.
Your water bill is broken down as follows:
- Water purchases covers actual water cost
- Water operations covers cost of operating the water distribution system
- Water capital covers costs of capital improvements such as water line replacements and improvements to the distribution and storage systems
- Sewer operations covers the cost of operating the waste water system
- Sewer capital covers the cost of capital improvements such as line replacements and major repairs
Utility bills are computed based on water usage for a 2 month period. Usage is billed in units of 100 cubic feet, equal to 748 gallons of water. If concerned about a high usage reading, first check for a dripping faucet or running toilet. Also check the meter for movement when no water is being used.
The easiest and quickest way to do this is to take a reading before leaving and upon returning to the house. A period of at least 2 hours should be enough to verify if you have a problem. The water department is willing to come to your home by appointment to check for a leak and test your meter. Set up an appointment by
In order to maintain the water and sewer lines in working order for all residents and business owners in the village, the village charges each account a minimum bi-monthly charge of $56.80 (5 units) to remain connected to the village infrastructure.