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Rules and Regulations

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 Sterling Codifiers, the company that maintains the Village Code. 

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

Construction Codes:

The Village has adopted the 2009 International Building Code, 2009 International Residential Code, 2009 International Mechanical Code, 2009 International Fuel Gas Code, 2009 International Fire Code, 2009 International Energy Conservation Code, 2008 National Electric Code and the current version of the Illinois Plumbing Code; all with local amendments. The code books are available for review at the Village Hall in the Engineering & Building Department, and the amendments to the codes are available by clicking here

For property maintenance, the Village enforces the 2009 International Property Maintenance Code, also with local amendments. 

Accessibility is governed by the Illinois Accessibility Code, published by the State of Illinois Capital Development Board.

Historic Regulations: 

The Village has the largest residential historic district in the State of Illinois. Property values and the historic character of the district are protected by these regulations. To assist you with projects within the district, we have created design guidelines to help your project through the approval process. 


Village licenses are required for food sales/service, liquor sales, tobacco sales, and certain other activities. For details regarding all required licenses, click here. 

Village Proclamations: 

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 in 2010. 

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. 
Residential Parking Regulations, Downtown Parking (Shopper & Employer/ Employee), Commuter Parking – Need to include maps (commuter north and south mean nothing to the directionally challenged) and permit links. 

Sign Regulations: 

The Village’s sign regulations can be found by clicking this link. Please note that these regulations are complex due to the fact that several different governmental bodies are involved in creating and enforcing them (the Village, IDOT, etc.). We encourage you to contact us so that we can help you create effective signage that meet the guidelines and enhance the character of the Village. 

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, 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.  

Zoning Ordinance: 

The Barrington Zoning Ordinance regulates land use in the Village. Although our historic and sign regulations are included in the Zoning Ordinance, they are also listed separately below.

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