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Residential Ordinances


City Code Ordinance 7-1-9A prohibits the burning of garbage, rubbish or natural refuse. Natural refuse includes, but is not limited to, leaves and other yard wastes anywhere within the City. However, logs, non-treated wood, or wood products may be burned in either an indoor or outdoor fireplace (a structure which partially encloses a fire to contain its size).

Dog/Cat Regulations

Dogs are not allowed to run at large and must be kept upon the owner's property. Dogs under the physical control of any responsible person may be off the owner's property while under such control. There are no more than three (3) adult dogs and/or cats to be kept by a single owner in the City. Rabies tags are issued through your veterinarian at the time of vaccination and are required in Darien. Pet owners are responsible for removing defecation per City Code Ordinance 8-3-2C.

Refuse at Curb

City Code Ordinance 7-1-5B allows refuse for removal may be left at the front parkway of a home where the property borders a street, but not more than 24 hours before a pick-up, and not more than 24 hours following a pick-up.

Garage Sales

Garage Sale permits are required and may be obtained from City Hall. City Code 3-6-3 restricts permits to no more than three (3) permits per calendar year, per residence and may only be held on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Non-Functional Vehicles

City Ordinances prohibit the storage of non-functioning vehicles upon private property as well as dismantled motor vehicles. By contacting the Police Department, they will assist you in obtaining towing services to help you avoid being cited for violation.


City Code 8-12-1: Curfew Hours:

It is unlawful for a person less than seventeen (17) years of age to be present at or upon any public assembly building, place, street or highway at the following times:

  • Between one minute past twelve o'clock (12:01) A.M. and six o'clock (6:00) A.M. Saturday and Sunday;
  • Between eleven o'clock (11:00) P.M. and six o'clock (6:00) A.M on Sunday to Thursday

(Ord. 0-17-04, 5-17-2004)

Street Parking Regulations, Including Over Night Parking

City Code Ordinance 9-3-1G prohibits parking on public streets or rights-of-way within the City during a snow emergency. A "snow emergency" shall be declared when the snowfall exceeds one inch (1") during a twenty four (24) hour period. Such emergency shall continue to exist until the snow plowing operation has been completed and the snowfall has ceased.

It is unlawful to park any vehicle on public streets or rights-of-way in the City between the hours of 2:00 A.M. and 6:00 A.M. of any day, with the following exceptions:

  1. Overnight guest and no room in driveway.

  2. Driveway under repair.

  3. Vehicle broke down.

The Darien Police Department must be contacted at 630-971-3999 to obtain permission to park on City streets overnight.

Off-Street Vehicle Parking, Including Recreational Vehicles

The following summarizes the Darien City Code regarding parking on residential properties, including parking in front yards and parking/storing recreational vehicles on residential lots:

  • All driveways must have a hard surface. However, existing gravel or stone driveways can remain until the house is torn down and a new house is constructed.

  • Constructing and/or replacing a driveway requires a permit. The location, width and number of driveways is regulated by the Darien City Code.

  • All vehicles, including recreational vehicles, must be parked or stored on an asphalt, concrete, or other hard surface material which meets the setback requirement for driveways set forth by the Darien City Code.

  • All recreational vehicles must be parked/stored within an interior or rear yard only, if parked/stored outside an enclosed building.

  • Only one recreational vehicle may be parked outside an enclosed building. For example, one camper, one travel trailer, one boat on a trailer or one trailer with up to two personal recreation vehicles on a trailer, such as snow mobiles, jet skies and ATVs.

  • Recreational vehicles cannot exceed 35 feet in length and 8 feet in width, except boats cannot exceed 25 feet in length and 10 feet in height, exclusive of antennas, masts or other accessories.

  • Recreational vehicles may be parked temporarily on any portion of a driveway for loading, unloading and cleaning purposes and for temporary occupancy of guests.

  • Recreational vehicles may be occupied by guests no more than 14 consecutive days. This can occur two times within a calendar year.

Or, for more information, contact the Senior Planner, in the Community Development Department at (630) 353-8113.