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 Sterling Codifiers, the company that maintains the Village Code.
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.
Information on building and property maintenance codes and local amendments is available on the Building Permits & Inspections Page.
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, click here.
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. Click here for a list of proclamations issued.
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. Click here for additional information on parking regulations.
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, but we have created a guide specifically to help you navigate this proecess. Clicking this link will take you to our Special Events Application and Guide.
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District:
In 2000, the Village created a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District in a portion of the downtown to spur economic development. A TIF district is one of the primary tools available to the Village to encourage economic development. TIF Districts are enabled by Illinois Statute and work by establishing a base value for all real estate in the District in the year of establishment. Other taxing districts continue receiving property taxes from the properties in the District from the frozen (or base) valuation. Any incremental increases in the property values in the District, including increases from development or from the inflation in property values, are taxed at the same tax rate but all of the proceeds are remitted to the TIF District. Those proceeds are then used to improve the District and to encourage economic development by bridging the gap between the cost of development in the District and the cost of developing in a greenfield develoment.
The Barrington TIF District has enabled several critical projects to move forward, such as the Cook Street Plaza development, streetscape improvements, and many private building improvements. A copy of the TIF Ordinance and Plan are located here.
The Village of Barrington Zoning Ordinance regulates zoning and land use in the Village. The Sign Regulations are also found in the Zoning Ordinance.