The parking and storage of recreational vehicles is regulated by the Village. Recreational vehicles are defined as vehicles or trailers for recreational or utilitarian uses which can be driven, towed, sailed, hauled or flown. Common recreational vehicles include motor homes, travel trailers, snowmobiles, pull campers, all-terrain vehicles, cargo trailers, power boats, cruisers, jet skies, pontoon boats, personal watercrafts, row boats, and sail boats.

The recreational vehicle ordinance limits the number of recreational vehicles allowed to be parked and/or stored on a particular property.  For the purpose of these limits, a recreational vehicle on a trailer constitutes one recreational vehicle.  Under the ordinance, parking of recreational vehicles is defined as the placement of recreational vehicles on a property during the dates of April 1 through October 31.  Storing of recreational vehicles is defined as the placement of recreational vehicles on a property during the dates of November 1 through March 31. Critical ordinance standards include: 

  • Recreational vehicles must be owned, leased or rented by the occupant of the property on which the recreational vehicles are parked and/or stored.
  • No more than two recreational vehicles may be parked and/or stored outside, except one additional recreational vehicle may be parked and/or stored outside on properties adjacent to the Fox River.
  • Recreational vehicles must be parked and/or stored on a legally permitted hard, dust free surface (concrete, bituminous, brick pavers; not gravel) at least equal in length and width to the recreational vehicles being parked and/or stored on it. All surface areas will be subject to lot coverage and impervious surface site restrictions.
  • Storing of recreational vehicles must follow the same restrictions as recreational vehicle parking, except that storing of recreational vehicles is also not permitted in front yards. However, due to elevation concerns, residential lots contiguous to the Fox River may store recreational vehicles in the front yard.  All other applicable regulations also apply.
The entire recreational vehicle ordinance is available in 156.08K of the Unified Development Ordinance (copied and pasted below). For additional information or questions, you may contact the Community Development Department at 847-741-3894.

§ 156.08.K Recreational Vehicle Parking and Storage
 
1.   Timeframes for Recreational Vehicle Parking and Storage.
 
   a.   Recreational Vehicle Parking. Recreational vehicle parking is allowed from April 1 through October 31.
 
   b.   Recreational Vehicle Storage. Recreational vehicle storage is allowed from November 1 through March 31.
 
2.   Number. No more than two recreational vehicles may be parked and/or stored on a lot; however for lots located adjacent to the Fox River, three recreational vehicle may be parked and/or stored on a lot. A recreational vehicle and the trailer used to convey it shall be considered one recreational vehicle. Non-motorized personal watercraft, such as canoes and kayaks, that are parked and/or stored off the ground shall not be included as part of the total number of recreational vehicles allowed on a lot.
 
3.   Use. Recreational vehicles shall not be used for living, sleeping or housekeeping purposes while located within Village boundaries. Recreational vehicles shall not be connected to sewer, water, or other utilities for any period of time, except for temporary service connections for basic maintenance.
 
4.   Principal and Accessory Structures. Recreational vehicles shall not be permitted on a lot without a principal structure. Recreational vehicles shall not be used as accessory structures, but may be kept within an enclosed accessory structure provided that the accessory structure is allowed in accordance with the requirements of § 156.07.D (Accessory Structures and Uses).
 
5.   Maintenance. Recreational vehicles shall remain operable at all times and shall be parked and/or stored in a safe, secure, orderly, and well-maintained condition. Recreational vehicles shall not be permanently affixed to the ground in a manner that would prevent timely removal.
 
6.   Proprietorship. Recreational vehicles shall be owned, leased or rented by the occupant of the property on which the recreational vehicles are parked and/or stored.
 
7.   Location.
 
   a.   Recreational Vehicle Parking. Recreational vehicle parking is allowed in the front yard, interior side yard, and/or rear yard.
 
   b.   Recreational Vehicle Storage. Recreational vehicle storage is allowed in the interior side yard and/or rear yard, however for lots located adjacent to the Fox River, recreational vehicle storage is allowed in the front yard, corner side yard, interior side yard, and rear yard.
 
   c.   Right-of-Way. Recreational vehicles, including attachments and appurtenances, shall not encroach into the right-of-way.
 
   d.   Setback. Recreational vehicles, including attachments and appurtenances, shall be parked and/or stored at least one foot from the interior side lot line, except when the driveway provides shared access for two adjacent properties and at least seven and one-half feet from the rear lot line.
 
8.   Storage Area. Recreational vehicles must be parked and/or stored on a hard surface, all-weather, dustless material equal in length and width to the recreational vehicles being parked and/or stored.
 
(Am. Ord. 2019-30, passed 9-16-19)