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Village of Lake Zurich70 E. Main StreetLake Zurich, IL 60047ATTN: Village Clerk
Inspection or copies of Village records may be obtained with a Freedom of Information (FOI) request form and faxed to 847-540-1769 or emailed firstname.lastname@example.org
There are no public boat launches. The lake is privately owned by the property owners surrounding the water. The center of the lake is owned by the Lake Zurich Lions Club. The Lake Property Owners Association regulates how many boats are allowed and issues permits. Boat owners must have permission from property owners to launch. See Parks and Recreation Department site or contact Police Department for more information at (847) 438-2349.
Lake Regulations Ordinance Update 2017-06-208
The Village of Lake Zurich elects a President and 6 trustees who represent the Village at-large for 4-year staggered terms. The Village Clerk is also elected for a 4-year term. They are part-time elected officials who appoint the Village Administrator to be responsible for the day to day activities of the Village operations. Link to Trustee Pages
Liquor Licenses are not transferrable. Applications for a new business may be obtained from Michael Duebner (847) 540-1690. Licenses are valid for calendar year with proration after July 1. The online application packet can be found here.
To enhance the diversity of the parkway tree population through the careful placement of new trees in an effort to avoid future large-scale infestations similar to the devastation created by the EAB beetle.
The tree replacement program applies to the replacement of trees located within the public right-of-way owned by the Village of Lake Zurich. This is known as the parkway. It's the area of grass located between the sidewalk and the street.
Due to the tremendous number of trees lost to the EAB beetle, the replacement program is estimated to take 15 to 20 years at the current funding of $50,000 each year. This will go faster if funding levels increase or residents choose to purchase parkway trees on their own instead of waiting for the Village
The Village maintains a tree replacement schedule that prioritizes tree replacement in specific neighborhoods based on the order that infested trees were removed. Trees will be replanted inapproximately the same locations as the ones previously removed by the Village, with some exceptions noted below.
There are certain circumstances where a replacement tree will not be provided in the same location as the previous tree, or at all. These circumstances include;
Selection of the species of tree to be planted is recommended by the Village's full-time ISA certified Arborist, volunteer resident Tree Commission, and the Director of Public Works.
The property owners in the neighborhoods proposed to be included in each season's tree replacement program will be notified in writing via door hanger and letter in advance of that year's program.
Based on the allotted funds approved by the Village Board in each fiscal year, Village Staff will issue a request for bids for the supply and planting of parkway trees. This competitive bid process drives down tree prices.
Property owners selected to receive a replacement tree in the parkway adjacent to their home have the option to upgrade to a larger diameter tree by contributing their own funds. The default size for most trees is 1 ½ inches with the option to upgrade to 2 ½ inches. The Village buys 1 ½ inch diameter trees because the survival rate is higher compared to smaller seedlings, which would have a tough time surviving in parkway conditions.
Yes, residents who would rather not have a tree placed in their parkway are able to opt-out of the program on a case-by-case basis during the season they are scheduled to receive a replacement tree.
Trees planted under the program include a one-year warranty from the landscaping company that won that years bid. The Public Works Department is responsible for watering all trees utilizing gator bags but residents are highly encouraged to please help water the trees as needed.
Yes. A no-fee permit is required for removal of any tree of 10 inch diameter or greater. A permit application is available online at and at the Community Services Facility, 505 Telser Road.
Staff reviews permit applications in case the proposed removal poses a threat of damage to an adjacent property. If this is a possibility, the removal will be under the direct supervision of the Village. It's a no-fee permit and it's only required for a large trees 10-inches or greater in diameter.
Yes, this is another free, no-fee permit. It helps ensure that the tree planted is in an appropriate location away from underground utilities or overhead wires. It also helps to ensure the tree planted is an approved species, as approved by the Tree Commission. This has been deemed important to help prevent single species infestations and devastation.
If the tree is dying and poses a threat to adjacent property or the public at large a resident may be notified by the Village to remove the threat. There is a potential risk of dead trees falling into streets or into a public park. The Village has had many situations where an infected and dying ash tree over-hangs a public sidewalk and falling branches have fallen onto walkways.
It depends on the species. The Village goes through a competitive bid process each year so the prices fluctuate based on nursery stock/climate conditions, etc. The available replacement tree stock is often in short supply. Lake Zurich is not the only municipality looking to replace trees.The trees are roughly $250 - $400 per tree. So, the annual $50,000 budget gets the Village roughly 150 to 200 trees each year. Obviously, if additional resources become available in the future, the Village may be able to increase the number of trees planted each year.
Yes. Residents interested in paying for a replacement tree can complete this application. This no-fee application process ensures the tree is planted in an appropriate location and that the tree is an approved species. Please submit the application when you have decided on the species, but before purchasing the replacement tree. The Village is committed to ensuring tree diversification throughout the Village and we have a professional Arborist on Staff at Public Works who is happy to work with you in helping to choose the right species.
The Village asks that residents assist in watering parkway trees after they are planted. Village Public Works crews work long hours each week to maintain and water these trees after they are planted, but resident assistance goes a long ways to ensuring the health of these newly planted trees.Residents are also able to purchase a larger tree than the Village-provided tree for a small additional fee. Larger trees provide some added benefits and residents are able to take advantage of the Village's contracts to obtain a larger tree for a smaller cost than what it would normally cost them to purchase on their own.
Examples would include severe weather warnings and updates, hazardous traffic or road conditions inside the town or affecting local routes, and any other situation that could impact the safety, property, or welfare of our citizens.
Station 1 (Lake Zurich Village’s Main Fire Station/Headquarters)321 S. Buesching Road, Lake Zurich, IL 6004 (847) 540-5070 Station 2 (Lake Zurich Rural Fire Protection District)350 W. Highway 22, N. Barrington, IL 60010 (847) 540-5094
Station 3 (Lake Zurich Rural Fire Protection District)1075 Old McHenry Road, Lake Zurich, IL 60047(847) 540-5080
Station 4(Lake Zurich Rural Fire Protection District)21970 Field Pkwy, Deer Park, IL 60010(847) 540-3253
Requests for Billing Information:Andres Medical Billing3343 N. Ridge Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004(847) 577-8811, ext. 223
How do I activate my online account?Existing households within our system will be issued a temporary User Name and Password. Upon your first time to log-in you will be prompted to change your password.
New households will need to complete the on-line enrollment form. Confirmation of your enrollment will be emailed to you within 1 business day. Upon your approval you may begin registering for programs. The first time you log on, you will be prompted to change your password if you would like to.
Which programs are eligible for online registration?All programs that have a code number assigned.
What else can I do online?You can browse all programs offered and view up-to-date enrollment numbers. If you are registered for a program that offers a multiple payment schedule, you may pay your outstanding balance online under your “Household Account”. You also have the ability to review all the programs for which you have registered, reprint receipts/invoices, print out activity calendars and childcare statements.
Can I process a refund or class transfer online?Refunds and transfers cannot be processed online but you may call us at 847-438-5146 or stop by our office at the Barn in Paulus Park to request one.
Can I be placed on the wait list online and do I have to pay for it?You can be placed on the wait list online and you will not be charged for the program at that time. We will contact you if we can enroll you and at that time you will be required to pay for the program.
Why do I get a message that “an age conflict exists for this class”?When you are choosing which family member to register for the program, you need to make sure you are using the drop down list to choose the correct person. The system defaults to the first person listed in the household which is usually either mom or dad. If the family member has not been set-up with a birth date or if the birth date was inputted incorrectly that could also cause the age conflict. To correct that you will need to contact us at 847-438-5146 so we can make the change. Online Registration
Hours permitted for lake access with permit are daily (dawn to dusk). For further information, please call 847-438-5146.
All fishermen are required to adhere to the Illinois DNR rules and regulations and are required to have a fishing license on their person at all times they are fishing. To keep our lake healthy and fun for all, please consider catch and release whenever possible. Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Many fitness classes are offered, ranging from Yoga to Cardio-Karate.
Further information is available on the website at Program/Brochure Information
Applies to those under 17 years of age - 720 ILCS - Child Curfew Act - Unless going directly to or from an official school activity or employment (or another statutorily authorized event), juveniles 16 and younger may not be in a public place without direct adult supervision between the hours of: 12:00 am to 6:00 am on Friday and Saturday nights, and 11:00 pm to 6:00 am on Sunday through Thursday nights.
Applies to those under 18 years of age - 625 ILCS - Graduate Driver's License Restrictions - Unless going directly to or from an official school activity or employment (or another statutorily authorized event), juveniles 17 and younger may not drive a motor vehicle unless under direct adult supervision between the hours of: 11:00 pm to 6:00 am on Friday and Saturday nights, and 10:00 pm to 6:00 am on Sunday through Thursday nights.
Waste Management picks up yard waste the same day as solid waste collection each year from the week including April 1st through the week including November 30th. Landscape waste must be placed in cans marked with “X”, or in biodegradable paper bags not exceeding 50 gallons. Tied bundles not exceeding 4-feet in length or 50 pounds in weight will also be picked-up. There is no burning allowed in the Village. Leaf pick-up/vacuuming generally starts the week including October 15th through the week including November 30th.
Even though the water system is designed so that water has several routes to reach any location, generally speaking, most mains tend to flow in one direction. Water travels slowly through the water mains and sediment settles at the bottom of the main. The flushing program reverses the flow of the water in the main. The reverse in flow direction flushes the sediment from the system through the hydrants. We flush the hydrant until the water runs clear.
When a resident uses their water while the main on their street is being flushed they bring the discolored water into their home. The discoloration is just the sediment and it is safe to drink, it just isn’t too appealing (the sediment does have bits of rust, in it). The best way to purge a service of the discolored water is to run cold water until the water runs clear. I suggest using the bathtub faucet because it flows more water. The water should run clear in 10-20 minutes, unless your service is very long, then it may take longer.
If you have aerators on your faucets you might want to rinse them out in case the screen caught any debris. If your hot water is discolored, it means that you pulled the sediment into the water tank. You should flush out your service with the cold water faucets and then, when you are sure you have purged the pipes in your home and everything is running clear, you should run your hot water and try to clear that up.
Christmas trees may be set out to the curb, not in a bag, and free of all tinsel and ornaments to be picked up the first two full weeks in January.
There is no fee to attend Rock the Block. Any individual who wishes to purchase alcoholic beverage tickets at the event, must first produce a photo ID demonstrating 21+ and pay $1 for a wristband identifying your age has been confirmed. Prices for adult beverages vary; $4 for domestic beer and $6 for craft beer, specialty drinks and wine. Prices vary per food vendor. For updated information on adult beverage selections and food vendors present at the fest, please visit lakezurich.org.
Annually we see approximately 7,000 people.
Yes. Rock the Block is geared more towards adult activities, but all ages are welcome to attend. Please note we do offer a complimentary bounce house and that there is a community playground at Lions Park for youth to use. We also do have a fee based face painter at the event as well.
Backpacks, bags, purses, gym bags, food etc. can be brought onto the Rock the Block grounds. No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed into the event. If alcoholic beverages are brought onto the grounds, the Lake Zurich Police Department will confiscate it or ask you to dispose of it immediately.
We have two locations on the Rock the Block grounds with porta-potties including handicap options and sinks.
There is a Rock the Block sub-task force that meets throughout the year that assists the Village with event operations. The task force reviews all survey feedback (annually surveys vendors, volunteers and community), assists with the booking of food vendors and event promotions and choses the entertainment at the Rock the Block event each year. The task force reviews bands based on emailed submissions and does make a point to see bands perform live prior to booking them for Rock the Block. You can find further information on the event including the bands by visiting lakezurich.org. If you perform or represent a band and would like them to be on the list that Rock the Block sub-task force reviews, please email information to Bonnie.Caputo@lakezurich.org. Please note that the sub-task force does selects bands for the following year within 60 days after the current event, so get your submissions in early.
Rock the Block showcases a wide variety of food vendors ranging from local Lake Zurich establishments to food trucks. Since space at our event is limited, local restaurants/food vendors and returning vendors are given a priority registration period to participate in the event. After the priority period, the Rock the Block sub task force is responsible for identifying potential new vendors that may be a good fit. Please be aware that the sub-task force does encourage local participation, but we are also mindful that not all restaurants have the capacity and resources to be mobile at our event (off-site equipment, additional staff, etc.).
The event is rain or shine! Come dressed to rock!
All sales are final; refunds are not available.
No. There are no ATMs at Rock the Block. Rock the Block does accept both debit and credit cards for wristbands/beverage tickets; however, this feature is not always accepted by every food vendor so we encourage you to also bring cash. There are a couple ATMS available within walking distance of downtown at Mo’s Liquor and Scoreboards Bar & Grill but you may want to call to make sure they are in service.
Volunteers are the backbone of our Rock the Block event! We have volunteer opportunities for everything from set-up, event operations (beverage server, ticketing, kids activities, volunteer check-in, etc.) to clean-up. Please visit lakezurich.org for further information on volunteer opportunities and to sign up electronically.
If you have any questions about Rock the Block in general, please contact the Village of Lake Zurich Park & Recreation Department at 847-438-5146 for assistance. We will do our best to return all messages in a timely manner.
The Village's water and sanitary sewer facilities are operated as part of an enterprise fund. This is a separate accounting and financial reporting mechanism for municipal services for which a fee is charged in exchange for goods or services. It allows a community to demonstrate to the public the portion of total costs of a service that is recovered through user charges and the portion that is subsidized by the tax levy, if any. With an enterprise fund, all costs of service delivery—direct, indirect, and capital costs—are identified. This allows the community to recover total service costs through user fees if it chooses.
The water bill contains several charges that are all factors of the amount of water used.
The reverse side of the water bill provides additional details on the cost per 1,000 gallons.
When the new water meter is installed, the first month's water invoice is based on a longer period of time. Under the old billing system water meter readings were recorded during the first two weeks of the month. With the new system, readings are taken during the last few days of the month. Therefore, the bill issued under the new system, which will arrive 2 months after the meter replacement, is for 6 or 7 weeks of water consumption.
Water meters must be replaced every 17 to 20 years. The ability to register water consumption of a mechanical meter declines .5% (half percent) year over year. In comparison, smart meters do not loose accuracy, but have limited battery life, requiring replacement after about 20 years.
While replacing the water meters, the Village is investing in its infrastructure and upgrading technology to an Automated Meter Reading (AMR) system that will provide enhanced customer service, including quicker detection of water leaks in the home, and other benefits.
The Village has contracted with Siemens and Prometer to change out the water meters using licensed Illinois plumbers. Every plumber has undergone a thorough background check before being recommended to the Village. Our Police Department has also completed background checks independent of the information received from Siemens.
Vehicles are identified with signage and all technician are required to wear a picture ID card. The back of the card lists a telephone number that you can use to verify the authenticity of the plumber.
The Village has hired Siemens to install your new water meter. Siemens will schedule an appointment with you at a convenient time for you. Siemens personnel will need access to meters in basements, utility rooms, behind locked fences, garages, etc. An adult (minimum of 18 years old) must be present while we work inside the premises. Please make sure that there are no obstructions around your meter that may hamper access to the meter. Under normal circumstances, the installation will take approximately 30 minutes. Momentary water service interruptions will occur to change out the meter. Siemens employees will provide proper identification when installing your meters.
We encourage you to schedule your appointment as soon as possible. However, we understand that there may be more opportune times for the meter change to take place. Please be aware that you do need to schedule your meter change appointment within 45 days from receiving the first post card. Failure to schedule your appointment will result in an "old meter" fee of $95 added to your next month's water bill. For more information on mass changeout program requirements, please review Lake Zurich Village Code Chapter 5, Section 7-5-6 Water Meters
Each water meter's radio frequency device has a unique identification number, which is transmitted along with the meter reading. The unique number is compared to your account record to ensure a match. This reading is deemed more accurate than visually reading the meter. Some of the newly installed Sensus iPearl water meters have been pulled for testing by an independent laboratory and have shown to be 99.57% accurate.
It is recommended that you run cold water through your faucets for 2 to 3 minutes. For more information, please consult the following document.
Your water rate will not change as part of this project. You will be billed for the actual water used, so your bill could increase if your previous mechanical meter was under reporting your actual usage. The new metering system ensures fairness and equality for all customers by measuring and billing residents and businesses accurately.
AMR stands for Automated Meter Reading. The Village is replacing existing water meters with new meters that utilize AMR technology to remotely read customer meters and relay the data to the Villages’ Billing Office, providing timely and reliable reading without having to gain access to your property.
The online portal gives you the ability to monitor your water usage. Your water statement will contain all of the information you need to sign into your account. Access to the online portal is available here. Please take a few minutes to review the instructional video to learn the necessary details of logging on to the portal for the first time.
As the new water meters are installed, accounts are being moved from recording information in 1000 gallon units to 100 gallon units. Since this transition is different for every account, the historical graph no longer provides comparable results. It will come back when 95% of the accounts have been changed over.