The following is a list of some of the most frequently asked-about City Ordinances, including Parking Regulations, vehicle stickers, garbage pick-up, basketball playing in residential areas, lawn control, parking restrictions, garage sale and estate signs, and animal control and licensing:
6.2.02 LOCAL PARKING REGULATIONS
A. ALL NIGHT PARKING PROHIBITED: It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to.park said vehicle on any street within the City of Country Club Hills between the hours of 3:00 A.M. to 6:00 A.M., including State Highways within the jurisdiction of the City. This ordinance shall not apply to physicians on emergency cases nor to any emergency vehicles while engaged in emergency duties, or to a disabled vehicle while temporarily and unavoidably parked; provided, however, that in no case shall a disabled vehicle remain on any street longer than a twenty four (24) hour period; and provided, further, that notice of disability of said vehicle shall be given to the Police Department
B. PARKING OF LARGE VEHICLES PROHIBITED: It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle with a seating capacity of more than twelve (12) passengers, on any street, for a longer period than is necessary for the reasonably expeditious loading and unloading of such vehicle.
C. PEDDLING FROM VEHICLES PROHIBITED: It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle upon any street for the purpose of displaying it for sale, or to park any vehicle upon which merchandise is being offered to the public for sale.
D. PARKING ON NARROW THOROUGHFARES PROHIBITED: It shall be unlawful for an operator of any vehicle. to park within a public thoroughfare in such manner and under such conditions as to leave available less than eight (8') feet of the width of the roadway for the free movement of the vehicular traffic.
E. RESTRICTED PARKING ON SNOW ROUTES: It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle or to allow any vehicle to remain parked on any residential street within the City of Country Club Hills when there is two (2) or more inches of snow upon said street.
F. PARKING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY: It shall be unlawful to park any motor vehicle on any private property without the consent of the owner of the property.
8.1.02 PERSONS SUBJECT TO LICENSES:
Every owner or operator of a motor vehicle who resides within the City or registers a motor vehicle with the Secretary of State, State of Illinois, at a city address or in which a vehicle has its situs or base and such vehicle does not bear a valid vehicle tax sticker from another Illinois municipality, except commercial motor vehicles as defined in Section 18b-101(2) of the Illinois Motor Vehicle Code that are registered under Section 3-402.1 of the Illinois Motor Vehicle Code, shall be subject to a motor vehicle license fee, as hereinafter provided, for the use of such motor vehicle upon any public street or alley within the City.
The annual fees to be paid for vehicle licenses shall be as follows:
a. Passenger Vehicles $25.00
b. Trucks or Buses with the following Class of Licenses from the State of Illinois:
Class "A" "B" and "RV" $25.00
Class "D,F,H,J,K,L,N" $35.00
Class "P,R,S,T,V,VDB,X,Z" $50.00
c. Municipally Owned Vehicles: "M" Plates Free
d. Motorcycles & Motor Driven Cycles $18.00
e. All other Motor Vehicles not listed above $25.00
f. One Half Year Fees: Any-owner or operator whose motor vehicle becomes subject to the tax or license fees between January 1 and June 30 of that license year shall be subject to one-half (1/2) of the fee herein required.
g. Owners or Operators over 65 Years of Age: Any owner or operator who is or will be 65 years of age on or before the last day specified for paying the annual fee herein provided, shall be issued a license for the license year for no mole than two (2) passenger vehicles per household upon application to the City Clerk and payment of $10.00 fee. Such application shall be accompanied by proper proof of the age of the applicant. And further provided that any owner or operator who becomes subject to the tax or license fee after December 31 of the license year, shall be. issued a license for the license year 'in accordance with the provisions of, subsection (f) of this Section .
h. Disabled Veterans: Any owner or operator who is a disabled veteran on or before the last day specified for paying the annual fee herein provided for, shall be issued a license for the license year for one (1) passenger vehicle upon application to the City Clerk at no charge. Satisfactory proof that the applicant is a disabled veteran must be furnished by such applicant, by providing a Disabled Veterans Vehicle Registration card from the State of Illinois.
i. New Residents: Any owner or operator of a motor vehicle, who has resided in the City for thirty (30) days shall be required to purchase a license upon application to the City Clerk and payment of the appropriate fee based on classification and remaining year.
j. Persons with Disabilities: Any owner or poerator who is disabled on por before the last day specified for paying the annual fee herein provided, shall be issued a license for the license year for one (1) passenger vehicle per household upon application to the City Clerk and payment of a $10.00 fee. Such application shall be accompanied by proper proof of ownership of the vehicle, exhibiting a valid, current state vehicle license registration certificate, a valid driver’s license and documentation evidencing a valid, current handicapped parking permit from the State of Illinois. One additional license may be issued to the applicant for a payment fee of $10.00 upon proof that such applicant has been issued an additional valid, current handicapped parking permit from the State of Illinois.
8.1.06 LICENSE YEAR-TIME OF PAYMENT:
Such tax or license fee shall be paid annually for each license year beginning July 1st and ending
the succeeding June 30th. Such tax or license fee shall be paid for and displayed not later than 12:01 AM on July 1st each calendar year. Payment of said tax or license fees on or after 12:01 AM July 1st shall be subject to a late fee of double the price of the sticker, if purchased on time, with the following exceptions: (1) Any owner purchasing a vehicle shall be allowed thirty (30) days to pay the license fees; and (2) any new resident shall be allowed thirty (30) days after moving in to pay the license fee before becoming subject to the late fee.
Upon the sale or transfer of a motor vehicle which was duly licensed under this law before such
sale or transfer, the vendor or transferor shall cause to be removed such City license for motor vehicle so sold or transferred and the license so issued shall cease to apply to said vehicle. A
motor vehicle license may be transferred from one motor vehicle to another. Upon application and payment of a transfer fee of one Dollar ($1.00), the City shall issue to the owner or operator a new license for any other vehicle which he owns or operates and which required the same or lower fee under this ordinance. If the license is being transferred to a motor vehicle which requires a higher tax or license fee, the fee of the license being transferred shall apply against the new fee. A motor vehicle license shall not be transferable from one owner to another.
8.1.08 VEHICLE STICKER:
Upon payment of the specified fee, each applicant shall be given a vehicle sticker of such design
and material as may be approved by the City Council. Said vehicle sticker shall be fastened in a
prominent place in the lower right hand corner of the front windshield. All expired vehicle tax stickers shall be removed from the windshield. In vehicles not having a windshield, the vehicle sticker shall be placed in a prominent place on the vehicle.
GARBAGE, REFUSE AND ASHES
7.8.01. GARBAGE CONTAINERS: A metal or synthetic material container which has a maximum storage capacity of thirty (30) gallons and is constructed of suitable gauge and capable of securely enduring garbage, easy handling and cleaning; or, a plastic bag constructed of not less than one (1) mill material which is capable of being tightly closed by rolling or tying the top thereof and which will securely contain all garbage and/or refuse placed therein. An exception to this requirement shall be containers for the storage and collection of recyclable or compostable materials. All recyclable or compostable materials will be stored in containers, provided by the scavenger for a fee or purchased by the customer according to the specifications and requirements provided by the scavenger, in such a manner as to prevent scattering of refuse by animals, wind, or other cause.
BULK STORAGE CONTAINER: Any metal container for garbage and/or refuse which has storage capacity in excess of thirty (30) gallons. Each such container must have a self-closing lid(s) and comply with all other applicable provisions of the Municipal Code.
7.8.02 UNCOVERED GARBAGE:
It shall be unlawful to place or permit to remain anywhere in the City, any garbage, or other materials subject to decay, other than leaves, grass or properly stored recyclable materials for collection, except in a tightly covered container of metal or plastic material, recycled for a fee or purchased by the customer according to the specifications and requirements provided by the scavenger. Furniture, furnishings, fixtures and appliance refuse which is/are too large to be placed in containers shall be placed next to garbage containers in an orderly fashion.
7.8.07 REFUSE REMOVAL:
It shall be the duty of the occupant of every building, structure or premises used or maintained in the City, to cause to be removed at his own cost and expense at least once each week all refuse produced therein. Every person owning or controlling any hotel, restaurant, cafe, retail food establishment or other business or occupation where more than thirty-two (32) gallons of refuse is normally produced weekly shall cause all substances deposited in such containers to be removed as often as shall be necessary, including daily removal from his premises to insure the healthful environment surround such establishment. Such removal shall be at his own expense.
7.8.08 REFUSE CONTAINERS:
The standard refuse container required by this Code shall be a covered container or enclosed bag of impervious material and sturdy construction. The occupant of every building, structure or premises used or maintained in the city, shall provide and maintain, in good condition, a sufficient number of refuse containers for the temporary storage of all accumulated refuse. Refuse containers, whether metal, synthetic material or plastic bags, must be stored behind the front of the principle building, not including a garage which may project forward of the principle building of the residence, apartment unit, industrial or commercial establishment, motel, hotel, school, church, hospital, club, building or meeting hall shall and every structure or building within the City which is occupied for any purpose. In cases of residences, wherein portions of the living quarters project forward of the principle building, garbage may not be stored in any location that would be considered part of the front of the residence, including the front porch.
Scavengers of every residential building, structure or premises used or maintained in the City, shall make available to their customers, for a fee, at least one (1) container for the temporary storage and collection of recyclable products and sufficient number of containers for the storage and collection of yard waste, as requested by the customer. However, containers are in accordance with the specifications and requirements provided by the scavenger.
In accordance with Illinois State Law, as of July 1, 1990, no homeowner shall be allowed to co-mingle yard waste with any other type of refuse. All yard waste must be separated, prior to collection, from all other types of refuse. Yard waste may be collected and stored in containers provided by scavengers to be collected at regular collection intervals, or may be composted, on the homeowners property, by the homeowner. Any composting area used by a homeowner must be properly maintained in such a manner as to prevent scattering of the compost materials by animals, wind or other cause and prevent the attraction of nuisances such as insects and rodents, further, recyclable materials, including glass, metals, plastics and newspapers may be separated and placed in containers provided by scavengers to be collected at regular collection intervals.
7.8.10 PLACEMENT OF CONTAINERS:
No refuse and/or garbage containers may be placed at collection point before 7:00 p.m. from April 1 through October 31 on the evening prior to the collection day. No refuse and/or garbage container may be placed at the collection point before 5:00 p.m. from November 1 through March 31 on the evening prior to the collection day. No refuse and/or garbage container may be left at the collection point after the day of collection.
7.8.11 DISPOSAL BY LICENSED SCAVENGER:
All garbage and refuse shall be removed from all premises within the City by a scavenger licensed by the City or by a scavenger which has entered into a contract with the City. No customer, occupant or owner shall use the disposal services of any scavenger that has not either been licensed by the City or entered into a contract with the City for the purpose of removal of garbage or refuse.
BASKETBALL PLAYING IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS: Basketball playing is prohibited within residential districts between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.
BASKETBALL HOOPS: In Front Yards: Basketball hoops may be erected on poles, if said poles are located at least twenty 20) feet from the public right-of-way. Notwithstanding the provisions of Article 4, all structures which are nonconforming to this provision shall be discontinued on the earlier of the following: (a) September 1, 1994; or (b) when the ownership of the nonconforming property is transferred.
7.7.05 WEED AND GRASS CONTROL
A. No person owning or having lawful control of real property within the City shall permit any weeds, grass, or plants, other than trees, bushes, flowers or other ornamental plants, to grow to a height exceeding eight (8) inches anywhere in the city. Any such plants or weeds exceeding such height are hereby declared to be a nuisance.
B. The City shall serve or cause to be served a notice upon the owner of any premises on which weeds, grass or plants are permitted to grow in violation of the provisions of this Section, and to demand the cutting of such weeds, grass or plants and the abatement of the nuisance within five (5) days. If the person served does not cut the weeds, grass or plants and abate the nuisance within five (5) days after such notice is served, the City may proceed to abate the nuisance by providing for the cutting of the weeds, grass or plants, keeping an account of the expenses of such weed, grass or plant cutting, and such expense shall be charged to and paid for by such owner. Further, whenever the owner of any premises that has weeds, grass or plants in violation of the provisions of this Section cannot be readily found or the subject property is vacant, the City may proceed to abate the nuisance without notice keeping an account of the expenses of such weed, grass or plant cutting and such expense shall be charged to and paid for by such owner.
GARAGE SALE SIGNS
A permit is required. It will be issued by the City Clerk. A garage sale sign can be no larger than three (3) square feet. It may remain in place for three (3) days and can be placed only on the private property at which the sale is held. There is no charge for garage sale signs.
15.11.11 REAL ESTATE SIGNS
Signs that have for their purpose or intent the selling or renting of real estate located in any zoning district, such as, but not limited to signs that contain the words "for sale", "for rent", or any similar language shall conform with the following provisions:
A. No more than one real estate sign shall be erected on any premises.
B. In areas zoned Residential no real estate sign shall exceed four (4) square feet in area. The top surface of the real estate sign shall not exceed four (4) feet existing grade at the point of erection.
C. In areas zoned Commercial and Manufacturing no real estate sign shall exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in area. The top surface of the real estate sign shall not exceed six (6) feet existing grade at the point of erection.
D. Real estate signs, located on developed property in a residential zone, shall be erected outside the structure and parallel to the front side of the structure and shall be placed no more than three (3) feet. from the front foundation wall:
E. Real estate signs, on vacant property in areas zoned Residential, Commercial and Manufacturing, and in developed areas zoned commercial and Manufacturing, shall conform, in size, to the appropriate zoning district in which they are located, and shall be erected parallel to the public right-of-way and shall be placed no less than five (5) feet from the property line.
F. Prior to erection of any real estate sign, the owner of any property within the city or his agent shall file an application in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 14 of this Code.
G. No real estate sign shall contain the words "sold," "leased," or any similar language.
H. No real estate sign shall be an illuminated sign. The fee for real estate sign permits is $25.00. Permits are valid for 180 days (6 months).
ARTICLE 1 GENERAL PROVISIONS
9.1.01 OWNER: "Owner" is defined as one who keeps or harbors an animal, or who has it in his care, or who
acts as its custodian, or who knowingly permits an animal to remain on or about any premises occupied by him.
9.1.02 DANGEROUS ANIMALS:
A dangerous animal is hereby defined to be an animal which shall cause annoyance or reasonable fear of bodily injury to any person by attacking or threatening to attack such person. Any such animal is hereby declared a nuisance. The owner of any dangerous animal shall keep the same confined in a secure enclosure or on a leash controlled by the owner or his or her agent at all times and shall not permit such animal to be at large within the City of Country Club Hills.
9.1.03 BITING ANIMALS:
The owner of any animal which bites, scratches, or otherwise injures any person who was not at the time unlawfully trespassing upon the personal property of the owners of such animal,- shall be considered in violation of this ordinance.
9.1.04 CREATION OF A NUISANCE:
Any person who permits an animal to create a nuisance is guilty of a violation of this ordinance.
a. The continuous or persistent barking of an animal or the creation of an objectionable noise by an animal is hereby declared to be a nuisance.
b. No person owning or having in his custody any domestic animal o£ the species of dog, cat or bird shall permit same to go at large to the injury or annoyance of others. Nor shall such animals be permitted at large upon the streets or other public ways of the City. Such action is, hereby, declared to be a nuisance and dangerous to the public health and safety. No person shall be permitted to own or have in his custody any poultry, hoofed animals and naturally wild animals.
c. Control of defecation
1. No Person owning or having in his/her custody any animal shall permit such animal to urinate or deposit excrement on any public or private property not owned or possessed by such person.
2. It shall be unlawful for any person to cause or permit a dog to be on any property, public or private, not owned or possessed by such person unless such person has in his/her immediate possession a device for the removal of excrement and a depository fro the transmission of excrement to a receptacle located upon property owned or possessed by such person.
3. It shall be unlawful for any person in control of, causing or permitting any dog to be on any property, public of private, not owned or possessed by such person to fail to remove excrement left by such dog to a proper receptacle located on property owned or possessed by such person.
ARTICLE 2: DOGS AND CATS
It shall be unlawful for any person to be the owner of a dog or cat within the city of Country Club Hills unless he shall procure a license thereof. Such license shall be issued upon presentation of a valid rabies inoculation certificate and may be for either twelve (12) months or thirty-six (36) months depending upon the type of rabies inoculation. Expiration of the license shall be twelve (12) months or thirty-six (36) months from the date of the rabies inoculation.
9.2.02 APPLICATION FOR LICENSE:
Application for a dog or cat license shall be made to the city clerk. At the time of such application, the owner shall furnish the City Clerk with the following information:
1. The name and address of the owner of the dog or cat.
2. The sex, breed and name of the dog and cat.
3. The date of the most recent Rabies vaccination and the name and address of the veterinarian licensed by the State of Illinois who performed the same.'
9.2.03 INOCULATION. CERTIFICATE:
A certificate of inoculation against Rabies for each dog or cat, issued by the County Rabies Inspector or by his deputy, or by a licensed veterinarian, shall be submitted to the City Clerk for inspection at the time of application for license. No license shall be issued for any dog or cat unless such inoculation certificate bears an inoculation date. within one (1) year from the previous inoculation date where the inoculation is good for one (1) year and three (3) years from the previous inoculation date where the inoculation is good for three (3) years.
Every owner of a dog or cat within the City of Country Club Hills shall pay the following fees for each dog or cat and shall receive from the Clerk a metal tag bearing the letters "C.C.H." as well as a license number; and, the year of expiration of the license stamped thereon:
a. One (1) Year License...... ............ $3.00
b. Three (3) Year, License .............. $7.00
9.2.05 DISPLAY OF LICENSE TAG:
Every owner of a dog or cat within the City of Country Club Hills shall keep such around the neck or body of such dog or cat at all times when said dog or cat is off the premises of the licensed owner. It shall be unlawful for any person, other than the owner, his agent, or a member of the Police Department or Animal Control Warden, to remove a license tag.
9.2.06 UNLICENSED DOG OR CAT:
All dogs or cats within the limits of the City of Country Club Hills in violation of this ordinance shall be impounded.
9.2.07 DOGS ON LEASH:
a. No person shall permit any dog in his or her care, except when on a leash, to use or be upon any public street, sidewalk, parkway or public area.
b. No person shall permit any dog in his or her care, even though on a leash, to be or enter upon any public hall, etc.
c. No person shall permit any dog in his or her care, even though on a leash to go or be upon any school premises.
d. No leash shall be longer than four feet (4') in length.
e. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to dogs leading blind persons.