Welcome to the Village of Barrington Hills, a beautiful rural equestrian community that blends contemporary living with the charm of a 'country gentleman' past. The preservation of vast open spaces and natural wildlife distinguish this community and its residents. Living a more rural lifestyle differs considerably from an urban or suburban one. Being a resident in any community requires a certain amount of information gathering. Whether you have been here for years, have just moved in, or are considering this moving to this area, the information here may help you.
An informational brochure has been created which new and long time residents may find useful. For your online reading or take away as printed text is the information pamphlet. You will need to have a PDF reader capability to view the on line copy or a printed copy will be mailed by request upon contacting the Village Hall, (847) 551-3000 or posting an email request from this
page to the Village Clerk. email@example.com
Additions or comments about the brochure are welcomed and can be directed using the same contacts.
Village of Barrington Hills Resident Information
SHORT FACTS ALPHABITIZED
The Police Department is available to review Resident’s alarm service. Every building with a Village supported alarm system is required to have a permit on file at Village Hall for the building to be displayed on the Village Alarm Board which monitors and displays the Alarm in near real time. To obtain more information on Alarm Services call or email Chief Murphy if the Village Clerk is unavailable.
The Village does not provide nuisance animal control services. The Barrington Hills Police Department does respond in the case of a dangerous animal when there is an immediate threat or danger to others. In those other cases you should contact a private animal control services. The Police may provide animal control service agency names. Contact your County’s Government Offices for added advice. Note: The Village has a Barking Dog Ordinance.
Barrington Area Council on Aging Resource Directory
Whether you're searching for information about healthy aging, caregiving tips, senior safety, deciding where to live, or information on Alzheimer's and other conditions, BACOA's Online Resource Center is a great place to start!
Here you will find quick access to a wide variety of resources, information and topics of interest to:
- older adults
- family caregivers
- professionals in the field of aging.
The Local Resources section lists agencies, institutions and organizations that provide services to older adults, their families and caregivers in the Barrington area.
The National Resources section includes links to Web sites, forms and online brochures gathered from universities, government agencies, foundations and other respected organizations.
You'll also find a Healthy Aging Glossary that explains commonly used terms that you may encounter in your search.
Go to: http://www.bacoa.org/resourcecenter/
Effective January 26, 2009
The Village passed 2 Bicycle Ordinances. Signs were posted in 2009 before the Ordinances were effect as Code on Village maintained roads. Go to www.barringtonhills-il.gov. See the Code Button. Search for the Bicycle Ordinances which are in the process of being codified. http://sterling.webiness.com/codebook/index.php?book_id=442.
Section 2 : Mandate of Single File Bicycle Riding.
(a) Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway within the Village shall only ride single file. Persons riding bicycles on a roadway are hereby prohibited from riding side by side.
A separate Ordinance is being codified to address the following:
Section 2 : Negligent Operation of Bicycles.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a bicycle upon a roadway within the Village in a manner which is negligent or creates a risk of bodily injury or damage or loss of property.
(b) Any violation of this Section, by any person, shall constitute a minor violation under Section 9-9-3 of the Village Code.
Most home improvement projects require a building permit. This also applies to barns and other storage buildings. Significant landscaping projects may require a permit. Before preparing a property for building or at any time when owning the property there is need for tree removal, it is recommended to check the Village Heritage Tree Ordinance to avoid fines and penalties. The Homeowner or Property owner is responsible. There is an existing lighting ordinance under the nuisance section of code.
The Village Code of Barrington Hills has information to help you get started on your building permit. Permit applications are available at the Village Hall from the Building Department. If you have any questions concerning the need for building permit please call the main number to the Village, or go to www.barringtonhills-il.gov.
Every ten (10) years the U.S. conducts a full Census. The Census is one of the most important activities mandated by law. In 2010, the Census took place during the month of March. Final 2010 results will be posted with links once the data is available from the Federal government.
The Village does not have a leash law or license requirement. Dog owners are required by State law to obtain proof of rabies inoculation. Such proof may be obtained through one's veterinarian.
Dogs without an owner’s identification may be picked up and taken by the Village Police to a kennel. The Village Police will return the dog after the owner pays a fine and kennel. In other instances a dog may be taken to another jurisdiction where a fine and the cost of shots will also be incurred. For example, a lost or stray dog in McHenry County is likely to be picked up by its Animal Control personnel were the dog will be taken to a facility in Crystal Lake. All in all the best advice is that when ones' pet is out and about, it should be wearing identification tags.
The Village operates a system of open ditches for drainage in most areas of the community. This applies to public roads. It is each homeowner’s responsibility to keep their driveways clear and free of debris. Sump pumps are not permitted to discharge directly into a roadside ditch. No work can be performed on the roadside ditch without the permission of the Village Engineer.
Physical Fences are permitted in the Village. Home owners may use electronic invisible fencing on their property. Contact the Building Department by phone or email for answers to specific questions about fencing.
Fire District Information
The fire and emergency medical service for the Village of Barrington Hills is provided by special units of local government know as fire districts. Five such districts cover specific geographies of the Village and visual evidence of their existence is the green or red and even orange signs along the driveways of the Village. A resident can also find the name of the fire district listed on their property tax bill.
When calling for emergency fire department services, it is not generally necessary to know which fire district is needed; the 911 call routing handled by the telecommunications service providers’ the 911 mapping of address to the call routing technology. The drive way signs validate the resident’s service location. If you are interested in learning more about the fire districts that serve Barrington Hills, please follow the links to their Web page.
See all 911 comments under Police. The same risks apply for calls to fire or police if the resident is using Communications Carriers other than the incumbent’s for access to 911. Advance testing to ensure your call is routed properly is advised.
Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District
1020 W Algonquin Rd
Lake In The Hills, IL 60156
Phone: (847) 658-8233
Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District
Station #3 - Headquarters
22N222 N. Pepper Rd.
Lake Barrington, IL 60010
Phone :( 847)-304-3600
Carpentersville & Countryside Fire Protection District
213 Spring Street
Carpentersville, IL 60110
Phone: (847) 426-2131
TDD: (847) 426-8677
East Dundee & Countryside Fire Protection District
115 E. Third Street
East Dundee, Illinois 60118
Phone: (847) 426-7521
Fox River Grove Fire Protection District
411 Algonquin Rd.
Fox River Grove, IL. 60021
Phone: (847) 639-9232
There are several area hospitals:
Northwest Community Hospital
800 W. Central Road
Phone: (847) 618-1000
St. Alexius Medical Center
1555 N. Barrington Road
Phone: (847) 843-2000
Good Shepherd Hospital
450 W. Highway 22
Phone: (847) 381-9600
Alexian Brothers Medical Center
800 Biesterfield Road
Elk Grove Village
Phone: (847) 437-5500
Most Barrington Hills residents can join a local Library depending on the township of residence. There are two public libraries serving residents of Barrington Hills depending on their address. Residents who have access to the library pay property taxes for library service. There are some residents not covered by either public library. Library books may be returned to the Village Hall during daytime hours of operation.
To obtain a card for free (if you pay Library taxes) contact:
Barrington Area Public Library
505 North Northwest Highways
Barrington, Illinois 60010
Lighting - Illuminating Outdoors
The Village Lighting Ordinance is a good reference for changes to existing lighting and/or new building projects. There is new Ordinance in effect as of 2011.
Newcomers and Neighbors
Barrington Newcomers and Neighbors, BNN is a social organization open to anyone residing in CUSD 220 or the 60010 zip code area. Groups: Almost Gourmet, Book Group, Bunko, Moms and Tots, Wine Tasting. BNN's motto is "Make Friends, Have Fun!" Anyone can join no matter how long they have resided in the area: www.barringtonilnewcomers.org. Contact: Sandy Bollenbacher (847)382-8187
Open Burning of Landscape Waste
In the Village of Barrington Hills, an outdoor fire is permitted for the disposal of landscape waste upon the premises where it is produced. The bonfire shall not be more than 5 feet by 5 feet by 5 feet in dimension and shall not burn longer than 3 hours in any 24-hour period. No more than one bonfire may occur at any one time and it must be constantly attended. The Village has an Open Burning Ordinance which was modified in 2008.
Good Neighbor Leaf Burning Tips
The Village of Barrington Hills is served primarily by the Countryside Park District. The Barrington Countryside Park District offers a rebate program. The rebate program is available to all residents of the Barrington Countryside Park District. Residents may choose a program at any park district. The rebate amount is the difference between the in-district and out-of-district fees. Each family in the Barrington Countryside Park District is permitted a total of $70 in rebates each calendar year. Please check your real estate tax bill to see if you are a resident of the Barrington Countryside Park District.
Note for Pools - There are no public pools within the Village. Residents may join other park district pools and submit a request for refund per the limitations stated above.
Barrington Hills Police Department
112 Algonquin Road
Barrington Hills, Illinois 60010
Telephone: (847) 551-3006 – Non Emergency
Facsimile: (847) 551-3055
Emergency Notification is available. Reverse 911. Sign up to receive automated alerts.
The Village of Barrington Hills has its own Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). Callers to 911 that are in the Barrington Hills area should be routed to this PSAP automatically if they are calling from the incumbent land based telecommunications carrier, AT&T. Residents who use alternate land base providers should call the Police non emergency number to arrange to test their service even if they maintain the same telephone number(s).
Wireless telecommunications service providers are required to send their 911 calls to the nearest PSAP for call handling. Barrington Hills’s PSAP is equipped with the technology to comply with the regulations for Wireless Phase II for E911. Residents who want to test that their cell phones work when calling 911 need to contact the Police non-emergency number before proceeding.
Residents with VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol phones are advised to ascertain how their service provider manages 911 calls and realize there are limitations for reaching 911 appropriately. Federal law requires the VoIP service provider to advise their customers of the differences in how 911 works. VoIP users are advised to perform 911 tests prior to needing the service in an emergency.
Most importantly obtain a clear understanding of limitations, if any, of your 911 service, whether landline or wireless by asking your service provider for an explanation. They owe it to you by law; you owe it to your family for their safety.
More on “Emergency dial 911”
Please note that Enhanced 911 (E911) services, which provide public safety officials your location during a 911 call whether wireline or wireless, are not available everywhere and at all times. E911 availability is dependent on many factors, including the ability of particular local public safety agencies to receive and process location information, the capabilities of your equipment, and even environmental factors, i.e. power outages affect the delivery of services.
When making a 911 call, please expect to provide a location, remain on the line if it is safe to do so and assist the call taker with information about the emergency. If you call 9-1-1 by mistake, do not hang up. Tell the call taker what happened so he or she knows there really isn’t an emergency.
If you are interested in more information about 911 go to www.nena.org.
Be Aware of Broadband Telephone and VoIP Possible Limitations
You should also know that if you are considering replacing your traditional landline service with such new technology referred to as Broadband telephony, or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) that 911 calls are handled differently and under certain circumstances may not connect to the 911 call taker or Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). While the FCC is working with NENA and other involved entities on resolving this service inconsistency, please acquaint yourself with the issue. There is an ordinance requiring residents to have a minimum of one landline to their home for access to emergency services. Qualifying landline companies include AT&T and Comcast.
Ordinance for Emergency Services Landline
"1020.3 Emergency Number Telephone System. Notification of the need for emergency services shall be accomplished by a caller through dialing the digits 9-1-1 on a wired line in the public switched telephone network. The telephone connection will originate from the caller's location and terminate at the Barrington Hills police safety answering point, where the telecommunicator will receive a voice connection, call back number and service address of the location of the caller.(Ord. 03-17, 8-25-2003)" or by visiting the consumer alert.
Emergency Reverse 911 (CTY Blackboard)
The Village of Barrington Hills Adopted the Connect-CTY for City-to-Resident communications. Implementation of this new emergency communication service is part of Barrington Hill’s efforts to improve safety and security for Village Residents. Residents should go to the village .gov website to register with numbers and email reach information. Information should be updated as the resident changes email or phone providers.
The Village is served by 4 (four) different Postal Zip Codes. Primarily, residents are served by the Barrington Post Office with the 60010 Zip Code.
The main Barrington Post Office is located at 1515 South Grove Street, Barrington, Illinois 60010, (847) 381-0510. There are McHenry County residents served by the Algonquin Post Office at Zip Code 60102.
Check with your Postal Carrier if there are questions or contact the Village Clerk for information.
Here is information on the newest garbage and recycling centers for our area. This includes updated phone numbers and website information. The Village has given permission to post the information.
McHenry County Green Site,http://www.mchenry.edu/recycling
Algonquin Township Road District, Anna Mae Miller - County Board Member (847) 639-2700, extension 6, http://www.algtwsp.com
Algonquin Township has:
1. Limited Recycling--MO thru FR, 9-3 p.m., Year Round, List of what is accepted is on the site; FREE.
2. Specialized Recycling--Last SA of the month, 8 a.m. to Noon, March thru October. List of what is accepted is on the site; FREE.
3. Regular Township Recycling Drop Off Site (on Northwest Hwy in Cary) has two sheds for recycling on the left side of property. First shed is to help yourself to 5 gallon buckets of paint (several colors), FREE; please sign form.
Prairieland Disposal, Inc., 27W966 Commercial, Lake Barrington. http://www.prairielanddisposal.com/recycling.html
847) 381-9300. Accepts ANY electronic with a cord for FREE. D/O in box behind their fence M-SA.
The Village maintains many local roads in the community. The State’s Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) maintains some roads: Route 25 (Elgin) Route 68 (Dundee) Route 62 (Algonquin) Route 59 (Sutton/Hawthorne), and Lake Cook, County Line, Cook Line Road as it is variously named along the Village’s Route. IDOT can be reached at (847) 705-4600.
Cook County maintains the roads known as Penny, Old Sutton, Bateman, Otis, Donlea, and Brinker. They are under the jurisdiction of the Cook County Highway Department. The telephone number for the local maintenance facility is (847) 397-4145.
McHenry County maintains County Line Road from Deepwood Road (Private Road) west to State Route 62 (Algonquin).
The remainder of the roads is maintained by the Village unless they are private roads or lanes which are maintained by the residents of those roads in their entirety. Right-of-way varies with the type of road. Check your property deed for details.
Detailed facts for local institutions, i.e. schools, libraries, counties can be obtained through the portal of www.barringtonhills-il.gov. For brief information on public and private schools in the area go to the Schools Page.
There are Ordinances governing signs.
Real Estate Signs
Only one real estate sign is permitted per property. Signs must be located no closer to the road than 30 feet from the edge of pavement. “Open House” signs can be located off the property, but must be at least three feet from the edge of pavement of any street. Signs cannot exceed six square feet in surface area. In addition, many subdivisions prohibit the display of real estate signs in their restricted covenants.
Garage Sale Signs
No more than one garage sale sign is permitted. Signs must be displayed on private property at the premises where the sale is being held. Signs cannot exceed six square feet on two display surfaces and can be no higher than three feet. Balloons, streamers, banners and other attention-getting device are not allowed. The signs should not be displayed earlier than 6:00 AM the day of the sale and removed no later than 3 hours after the conclusion of the sale.
The Riding Club of Barrington Hills (RCBH)
Check out the Riding Club’s new website for upcoming events, membership, and other information.
The Village has miles of horse riding trails available to residents, many courtesy of individual residents historically providing right of way across portions of their land. The private trails are for RCBH members on horseback; the Forest Preserve trails are public. For more information refer to the many equestrian websites, Polo, Pony and Riding Clubs and the Countryside Park District.
Pace Vanpool Incentive Program
Your work day commute can save you money and time. The Pace Vanpool Incentive Program is an economically convenient and environmentally friendly alternative to driving alone.
There are no Park and Ride options for access to Public Transportation within the Village Boundaries. The Metra Station in the Village of Barrington is the primary Commuter Train to and from Chicago and out to Harvard of McHenry. Parking is available near the Barrington Train station.
Travel Schedules for Local Public Transportation
Schedules and rates for CTA, Metra and Pace are available online and at the local train stations during hours they are open. Schedules: go to www.metra.com.
Travel Schedules for Handheld Devices
Schedules for CTA, Metra, and Pace are now available for PDAs and cell phones.
Emerald Ash Borer
Please be on the look out for the Emerald Borer which was first found in the Village in July 2009.
Heritage Tree Preservation Ordinance
The intent of this ordinance is to ensure the presence and continuation of Heritage Trees, a special resource throughout the Village of Barrington Hills by requiring sound forestry practices and preventing storm water runoff and topsoil erosion. To see the ordinance: http://sterling.webiness.com/codebook/index.php?book_id=442 (type heritage tree in search box).
Oak Tree Care
Help ensure that your "Mighty Oaks" will continue to be a source of beauty and enjoyment for many years to come by recognizing their basic growing requirements. Click here for the full PDF. Document courtesy of The Land Conservancy of McHenry County.
AT&T is the incumbent Telephone Company. See the Emergency 911 information under the Police Section of this document. AT&T home phone service can be reached at http://www.connectmyphone.com/att/index.html?mrc=ps-cmp-g-e-at-t-mw, for new service, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (877) 213-1057. Most telephone providers also offer an Internet Service Provider (ISP) option. Check your local phone bill for the proper number(s) to report service impairment or outage.
There is an ordinance requiring residents to have a minimum of one landline to their home for access to emergency services. Qualifying landline companies include AT&T and Comcast.
"1020.3 Emergency Number Telephone System. Notification of the need for emergency services shall be accomplished by a caller through dialing the digits 9-1-1 on a wired line in the public switched telephone network. The telephone connection will originate from the caller's location and terminate at the Barrington Hills police safety answering point, where the telecommunicator will receive a voice connection, call back number and service address of the location of the caller.(Ord. 03-17, 8-25-2003)"
Commonwealth Edison provides electrical service to Village residents. Call (800) 334-7661 to establish service or to report a power failure.
Scavenger service is privately contracted which includes recyclables, landscape waste and manure. There is not an exclusive franchise with any service. Recycling requirements, containers and collection schedules are established by the carrier the resident chooses. Garbage may be placed by the road early the morning of the pick up and receptacles must be removed the same day.
Natural Gas Service
Natural Gas service is provided by NICOR at (888) 642-6748. NICOR provides the primary interface to their Customers as well as being the incumbent provider of gas. VBH is not entirely served by natural gas from NICOR; some residents have on-site Propane gas. There are alternate suppliers for the gas.
Comcast Cable Communications has a non-exclusive franchise for cable television services within the Village. Their number is (866) 594-1234. Comcast provides an option for Internet Service to most residents.
AT&T is licensed in the State of Illinois to begin offering Cable TV service called U Verse. Equipment has been installed in various locations. Residents can learn more about this alternative and record service interest at uverse1.att.com.
Note: The Village has no jurisdiction over satellite TV service providers.
Water & Sewer
Most Barrington Hills homes are on private wells and septic systems. Water softeners are optionally used for drinking water in the village. The Algonquin Township Office and County offices offer water testing services. Palatable and potable water are two different goals. Water testing for safe drinking is recommended. Water softeners are preferential that again does not involve a municipal experience.
Focus on Septic:
Septictanks and systems require homeowner maintenance on a routine basis. The Federal EPA has excellent guidelines for homeowners on this topic. To view the Homeowners Guide to Septic Systems, Acrobat Reader PDF software (free) is required.
The Village has a mandatory vehicle sticker policy. Stickers may be purchased initially at the Village Hall for $10 per vehicle. After the initial purchase, residents are asked for updated sticker payments by US Mail. After the June deadline, vehicle stickers more than double per vehicle. Fines are levied for vehicles stopped for violations without a valid sticker.
Each year the registration and voting dates vary. Illinois is a Primary state, as opposed to a Caucus State. The voting locations may change from time to time. Residents should monitor the news and check on the .gov website and/or this website under Village News and Calendar for current dates, registration and voting locations or check with your local township offices before an election period begins. Absentee ballots are available in Illinois.
The State of Illinois has a website to assist with voter registration status, poll location information, and upcoming elections and dates. Go to the State of Illinois Board of Elections Website.
If you want to register to vote for the first time, if you have just moved to Barrington Hills, or if you have recently changed your name or address, you need to contact the office of the County Clerk of the county in which you reside.
COOK COUNTY CLERK (312) 603-0906
KANE COUNTY CLERK (630) 232-5950
LAKE COUNTY CLERK (847) 377-2400
McHENRY COUNTY CLERK (815) 334-4242
There are many locations where you may register to vote prior to the registration deadline; below is a list of permanent registration offices.
COOK COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE -- MAIN
COOK COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE -- NORTHWEST SUBURBS/ROLLING MEADOWS
2121 Euclid Ave., Room 238
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
BARRINGTON TOWNSHIP OFFICES
602 S. Hough Street
Barrington, IL 60010
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00AM - 4:00PM
KANE COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE
719 S. Batavia Ave., Bldg. B
P.O. Box 70,
Geneva, IL 60134
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30AM - 4:30PM
DUNDEE TOWNSHIP CLERK
557 Barrington Ave.
Dundee, IL 60118
LAKE COUNTY CLERK
18 N. County St., Room 101
Waukegan, IL 60085
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30AM - 5:00PM
CUBA TOWNSHIP OFFICE
28000 W. Cuba Road
Barrington, IL 60068
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00AM - 3:30PM
MCHENRY COUNTY CLERK
McHenry County Administration Building
667 Ware Road, Room 107
Woodstock, IL 60098
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00AM - 4:30PM
ALGONQUIN TOWNSHIP OFFICES
3702 U.S. Highway 14
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00AM - 4:00PM
To be eligible to register to vote, a person must:
* Be a U.S. citizen
* Be 18 years of age by the next election
* Reside in the precinct for 30 days prior to the next election.
Acceptable Forms of ID
In accord with Public Act 83-0258, you are to furnish two (2) forms of identification, one of which must include your current name and residence address. Identification shall include, but is not limited to:
* Driver's License
* Social Security Card
* Employee ID Card
* Student ID Card
* Credit Card
* Library Card
* Insurance Card
* Selective Service Card
* Civic Membership Card
* Fraternal Membership Card
* Union Membership Card
* Professional Association Membership Card
* Utility Bill
Residence may also be verified by the use of telephone books, city directories, school records, and utility records. Utility bills in the name of one spouse may be used as proof of residence for both husband and wife.
Grace Period Registration
People who have missed the registration deadline to register to vote still may do so at designated county offices only from designated dates each year. If you register to vote during the grace period and want to vote in the upcoming election, you must vote at the time of registration!
Contact your appropriate County Clerk’s Office for full details.
Waterways & Ponds
The Village has 1800 feet of shoreline along the Fox River. Many streams and creeks traverse parts of the Village.
Environmental and Conservation Groups are active in the management of wetlands and the natural resources that rely on the wetlands for survival.
There are many Ponds within the village. Care must be given by the residents to keep the waterways, wetlands and ponds clean and healthy to reduce the risk for disease for wildlife and humans. It is imperative to consciously reduce risk of pollution of any kind to any of the ponds or waterways.
Water and the water table and deep and shallow aquifers are a serious issue for the Village in all 4 (four) counties. The Village is addressing this as part of its Comprehensive Plan and participating in studies to find ways to protect the water under our Village for current and future residents. In 2009, BACOG, the Barrington Area Council of Governments, released a series of studies concerning groundwater.
Major efforts have taken place over years to preclude developers from using spray irrigation technology in lieu of well and septic and to maintain the large acre lots that can support well and septic systems used by private owners. The stewards of the Village have assumed this responsibility to preserve the integrity of the Village and its natural resources as a matter of trust and have done everything legally possible to protect the Village and its brand.