Village Ordinances and Policies
Burning: Open burning is prohibited within the Village of Spring Grove except as permitted:
- Campfires, less than 4 feet in diameter, less than 2 feet in height.
- Grills and barbecues.
- Clean untreated, dried wood or paper, in a pit or other enclosure, maximum 6 feet in diameter, dawn to dusk.
- Leaves, brush, and yard waster – April, May, October, November, dawn to dusk WEEKENDS ONLY
- Must be attended at all times by a responsible person, capable of extinguishing the fire should the need arise.
- Must be at least 30 feet from any structure, except that grills and barbecues may be closer than 30 feet provided that care must be taken to prevent spread to any structure.
- Must not be ignited on any Village street or walkway.
- Must not be ignited or fueled with any highly flammable, explosive or hazardous material.
Peddlers/Solicitors: It shall be unlawful for any solicitor to engage in soliciting or any peddler to engage in peddling upon any public right-of-way or property within the village without first having obtained a license to do so from the village.
Vehicle Stickers: All residents of the Village of Spring Grove are required to purchase a vehicle sticker annually for each car, truck and motorcycle operated and/or housed in the city overnight. Vehicle stickers must be purchased and displayed by October 1 to avoid a late penalty. Persons just moving into the Village during the year have thirty days to purchase their vehicle stickers.
Weeds: Grass & weeds should not exceed 8 inches on improved property and 12 inches on unimproved property (i.e. vacant lot).
Overnight parking regulations: Parking is not allowed on any Village street between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. In emergencies and for overnight visitors, please notify the Police Department prior to overnight parking so permission can be granted to avoid issuance of tickets.
Dog Tags: Although the Village does not issue tags, McHenry County Animal Control requires that pets be registered and wear tags. Tags can be purchased at 2200 N. Seminary Road in Woodstock. Their phone number is 815-459-6222. Village Ordinance stipulates that a dog must be leashed when not on the owner’s property and must be under the owner’s direct control. Please report any presence of stray animals to the Police, especially if you experience a threatening encounter or notice strange behavior. Any violation is subject to the penalties including a citation and a $25.00 fine for each separate violation. The McHenry County Animal Control can pick up stray dogs and investigate registration, charging the owner for this procedure. For the safety of all Village residents, as well as your pet, please comply with this ordinance.
Inoperable Vehicle or Junk Car: “Inoperable motor vehicle” means all motor vehicles which, in their present state or condition, cannot be driven on a public street or highway in full compliance with all provisions of the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/1-101,et.seq.) and ordinances of the Village of Spring Grove and which have remained in such a state or condition for a period of 7 consecutive days.
Emergency Warning Siren: The first Tuesday of every month the Village will test the Outdoor Weather Warning System. The system will be activated at approximately 10:30 a.m. and will sound a solid blast siren for 3 minutes. Any questions about the system please call the Police Department at 815-675-2596.
Curfew: It is unlawful for a person less than 17 years of age to be present at or upon any public assembly, building, place, street or highway at the following times unless accompanied and supervised by a parent or legal guardian or other responsible companion at least 18 years of age approved by a parent or legal guardian or unless engaged in a business or occupation which the laws of the State authorize a person less than 17 years of age to perform:
- Between 12:01 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.Friday, Saturday and Sunday and;
- Between 11:00 p.m. on Sunday to Thursday, inclusive, and 6:00 a.m. on the following day
Legal Drinking Age: The legal drinking age in Illinois is 21 for all alcoholic beverages.