200 S. Hough Street  Barrington, IL 60010 | (847) 304-3400

Crime Free Housing Program

Crime free housing program

The Village of Barrington Crime Free Housing Program is designed to help residents, owners, and the managers of rental property keep illegal drugs and other criminal activity off of rental property. The program requires property owners to:

  • Obtain an annual Residential Rental License
  • Attend an educational training session conducted by the Barrington Police Department
  • Add the Crime Free Lease Addendum to their tenants’ leases

Jennifer Wisniewski

Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police & Crime Free Housing Program Coordinator

(847) 304-3303



The program uses a 3-part approach which ensures the crime prevention goal, while maintaining a tenant-friendly approach:  

Phase One: Education

This involves a mandatory four hour seminar presented by the Barrington Police Department to landlords and property managers.  Topics include:  The application process, Crime free lease addendum, benefits of applicant screening, crime prevention, and C.P.T.E.D. Concepts (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design).

Phase Two: CPTED Evaluation

This optional phase certifies that the rental property has met the security requirements for the residents’ safety using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) standards. A representative from the Barrington Police Department will conduct a security evaluation of the property and make recommendations.

    Phase Three: Safety Social

    To obtain full certification, property managers and owners will host a Safety Social for their residents to involve them in preventing crime on the property and to get involved in the community. This meeting invites residents to meet with police and property management to discuss the program.

    Upon completion of all three phases of the Crime Free Housing Program, property owners may advertise their property indicating participation in the Village of Barrington Crime Free Housing Program.   Additionally, use of the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program logo will be granted for brochures and advertisements. 

      Program Benefits

      • Improved personal safety for tenants, landlords, and property managers
      • A stable tenant base
      • Lower maintenance and repairs costs
      • Increased property values

      Crime Free Housing Training Sessions

      Crime Free Housing Program education training sessions will be held by the Barrington Police Department on an ongoing basis, and offered at a variety of days and times to meet the needs of the community. The seminar will last approximately 4 hours and will be held at the Barrington Public Safety Building (400 N Northwest Hwy, Barrington, IL). 

      Participation is required for property owners and/or managers. Please submit your Residential Rental License application and pay the annual license fee prior to attending the seminar.

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      Experience the Beauty of the Dreamway Trail in Barrington!

      If you’ve not had a chance to explore the beautifully refurbished Joe Kelsch Sr. Dreamway Trail in the heart of Barrington, put this on your fall agenda! The 1.5-mile trail (roundtrip) begins at the Park District behind the Splash Pad and ends at Hart Road by the high school. The newly installed Joe Kelsch Sr. Memorial Bench is a perfect place to take a rest and enjoy the nature around you.

      A Trail Transformed

      The Dreamway Trail is not just your average walking path; it’s a testament to the power of community partnerships and the vision of one dedicated individual, Joe Kelsch Sr. Originally conceived as a bike and pedestrian pathway connecting Barrington High School to Langendorf Park, the Dreamway Trail has evolved into a stunning natural haven for the entire community.

      Today, this portion of Flint Creek boasts an improved streambed adorned with newly installed native plants and trees. As you wander along this family-friendly pathway, you’ll experience the tranquility of nature and can even take a break on the newly installed Joe Kelsch Sr. Memorial Bench donated by the Barrington Area Development Council. 

      Recognition and Cooperation

      The Dreamway Trail project has garnered well-deserved recognition, earning the prestigious Governor’s Hometown Award and an American Public Works Association Award. These accolades reflect the collaborative efforts of multiple community stakeholders, including the Village of Barrington, the Barrington Park District, the Barrington 220 School District, and various local conservation-focused nonprofits and volunteers.

      Connectivity and Community

      The Dreamway Trail isn’t just a trail; it’s a symbol of what can be achieved through unity, shared vision, and inter-governmental partnerships. “This project truly highlights what can be accomplished through the hard work and passion of dedicated volunteers and also illustrates the tremendous value of inter-governmental partnerships,” said Village President Karen Darch. 

      More than 25 volunteers dedicated 1,250 hours of their time to support the Dreamway Trail project. The restoration efforts were further bolstered by a $516,000 Illinois Environmental Protection Agency grant, and additional contributions from the Village of Barrington, the Barrington Park District, and Barrington 220 School District. This remarkable financial support and volunteer dedication transformed a once-endangered section of Flint Creek into a thriving natural oasis.

      So, whether you’re a long-time Barrington resident or a visitor looking to experience the beauty of our charming Village, make sure to include a visit to the Joe Kelsch Sr. Dreamway Trail. It’s a pathway that encapsulates the essence of Barrington’s natural beauty and the community’s spirit of cooperation to achieve goals. Come, take a walk, and discover the Dreamway for yourself!

      Moving in or out of Barrington?

      Just moved to the Village of Barrington?

      As a new resident or business, we realize you want to set up your new refuse, water and sewer service as quickly and easily as possible. Here’s what you need to do:

      1. Fill out the Utility Services Application.
      2. With a government-issued picture ID, come in to the Village Hall at 200 S. Hough Street, to set up your utility billing account. Sorry, but current federal rules designed to prevent identity theft make it necessary for you to set up this account in person, rather than online or on the phone. And please don’t forget to bring in your government-issued picture ID!  
      3. If you would like to pay via Direct Debit, please fill out the Utility Billing Direct Payments Agreement. Return the form and a voided check to Village Hall, 200 S. Hough Street, Barrington, IL 60010 or email to smoss@barrington-il.gov.

      Moving out of your home or rental in the Village of Barrington? 

      If you plan on terminating water service, here’s what you need to do:

      1. Fill out the Termination of Utility Services form.
      2. Return the form to Village Hall, 200 S. Hough Street, Barrington, IL 60010 or email to smoss@barrington-il.gov.
      Moving in or out of Barrington?

      Lead Water Service Line Replacement Information

      Currently, the Village of Barrington is working on several water system improvements. Recently, the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation called the Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act, which requires replacement of lead service lines. The Village of Barrington has secured grant funding from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to help cover the cost of the replacement program, which will come at no cost to any individual homeowner. 

      As such, the Village is required by law to inventory water service line material within the Village’s community water system and report the findings to the State. The main purpose of this inventory is to determine the number and location of water services constructed with lead and to present a long range plan for the replacement of those lines. Structures built prior to 1986 may have a water service line made of lead. The Village has created an online inventory/map of lead and copper water service lines for all residential, commercial, and institutional properties. 

      It is important to know that the Village annually tests the water for the presence of lead and lead is NOT found in the Village’s water source and it is NOT found in the Village’s treated drinking water. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) regulates lead in drinking water and the Village meets all requirements including adding polyphosphates to the water to help prevent lead from entering the water from lead pipes


      Contact the Village of Barrington Public Works Department at water@barrington-il.gov or by phone at (847) 304-3362.


      Water Meter Replacement Program


      At the Village of Barrington, we are committed to providing accurate and reliable water metering services to our customers. As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure the efficiency of our water system, we have implemented a Water Meter Replacement Program. This program aims to upgrade every water meter serviced by the Village and to transition the current meter reading technology to one with enhanced accuracy and improved data collection.

      There is NO CHARGE to water customers to replace their meter providing there is access to the water meter according to Village Code. The program will not affect the delivery of your water or your water bill, as the new system will be fully integrated with the Village’s billing system.

      The project began at the beginning of 2023 and is ongoing. A letter will be mailed to every water customer with details on how to schedule an appointment to receive a new meter. The letters will be mailed in waves based on priority and location. The initial waves should have already received their letters.

      In order to accomplish this program, the Village has contracted with United Meters, Inc. (UMI) to complete the installations. The installations will be conducted by licensed plumbers who work for UMI and have been background checked by the Barrington Police Department. UMI installers will have appropriate UMI photo identification and will be driving marked UMI vehicles.

      Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on certain Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Appointments will be made in two-hour windows of time, such as 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Typically, the installation process takes approximately 30 minutes. An individual 18 years or older must be present during the installation and your water will be shut off during this time. Please note, to achieve maximum efficiency, UMI personnel may come to your door and request to replace your meter if they are in your neighborhood but have not been contacted for an appointment.

      If you are unsure about any suspicious activity please do not hesitate to contact the Barrington Police Department.

      During the replacement process, we want to ensure transparency and give each customer the opportunity to verify the final reading on their old water meter. We understand the importance of accurate billing so we request that each resident carefully review the readings on their old meter and sign off on the ticket completed by the UMI installer to ensure accuracy.


      The Meter Reading section of your bill will consist of two line items. One line will provide the meter readings and consumption (Cons) for your old meter. The final reading on this line of your bill should match the final reading on the UMI ticket. The second line in the Meter Reading section of your bill provides the meter readings and consumption for your new meter. The previous reading on this line on your bill will be 0 and the consumption represents the gallons (in thousands) of water used from the date the new meter was installed until the reading date at the end of the month. A sample bill illustrates this below.

      Some accounts have been estimated prior to meter replacement. If your account was estimated, the first bill received after the meter is replaced will include a true-up. The true-up calculates the gallons of water used between the time the last reading was electronically transmitted to the Village and the final reading on the meter at the time the meter was replaced, LESS any gallons estimated during that period.

      We appreciate your cooperation during this important project. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the Village of Barrington Public Works Department at vobpw@barrington-il.gov or by phone at 847-304-3362.