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Rules & Regulations

Building Codes

Information on building and property maintenance codes and local amendments is available on the Building Permits & Inspections Page.

Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan is the Village’s overall guiding document for long-range planning. The plan addresses issues such as land use, transportation, intergovernmental relations, environment, and housing. The Village’s Watershed Development Ordinance is included in the Comprehensive Plan.


The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) law was enacted on July 1, 1984. It is intended to provide citizens access to all official documents and records in whatever form they are maintained. Additional information regarding FOIA is found at the Illinois Attorney General Website.

Historic Overlay District Regulations

Information on the Historic Overlay District and related regulations is available on the Historic Overlay District Page.


Village licenses are required for food sales/service, liquor sales, tobacco sales, and certain other activities. For details regarding all required licenses, visit our Licenses & Registrations page.


The Village Board generally meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month to review and approve projects and initiatives.  These approvals come in the form of local ordinances, which can include special use and zoning requirements, purchase of capital equipment, engagement of services, and other local initiatives.

Parking Regulations

Residential parking in the Village is regulated to help preserve the character and safety of neighborhoods. Similarly, parking downtown and at the train station is also regulated, in order to ensure availability of spaces and facilitate snow plowing and street cleaning.


Throughout the year, the Village issues proclamations to honor citizens, not-for-profit organizations and other groups who have contributed to the betterment of our community.

Property Maintenance

Details on Barrington’s property maintenance codes can be found on our Property Maintenance Codes page.  If you would like to report a property maintenance violation on a property within the Village of Barrington, please complete a Property Maintenance Form.  All of our property maintenance violations are dealt with on an anonymous basis but we encourage complainants to include their contact information so we can provide follow-up and status information as it becomes available.  This form can be emailed to selder@barrington-il.gov, faxed to the Development Services Department at (847) 381-1056 or returned to Village Hall at 200 S. Hough Street, Barrington, IL 60010.

Special Events

A variety of special events are held in the Village every year, helping make Barrington a great place to live, work, and play. Conducting a special event requires careful planning and knowledge of various regulations, If your organization is planning an event in Barrington, you must fill out certain applications and permits.

Strategic Plan

Barrington’s Strategic Plan answers the question “How can your Village government accomplish what is most important to the Village of Barrington residents and our community?” Asking and answering this question is a principled action for community-minded and forward-thinking local governments.

Village Code

The Village Code is a compilation of the Village’s regulations. Please note that some of the more detailed regulations, such as the Zoning Ordinance and Sign Regulations, are only referenced in the Village Code and are listed separately below. Clicking on the following link will take you to Municode, the company that maintains the Village Code.


Zoning Ordinance

The Village of Barrington Zoning Ordinance regulates zoning and land use in the Village. The Sign Regulations are also found in the Zoning Ordinance.