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New Domestic Chicken Pilot Program

The City of Oak Park is implementing a new pilot program that will allow up to five households to maintain a maximum of three hen (female) chickens. Chickens may be kept as family pets or to lay eggs for personal consumption, only. Residents wishing to participate in the program must meet the following qualifications:

  • Live in a single family, detached home.
  • Maintain a fully enclosed or fenced enclosure in the rear yard of the home to house the chickens.
  • Obtain permission in writing from all residential neighbors adjacent to the home.
  • Complete a permit application from the Department of Technical and Planning.
  • Schedule an inspection with the Department of Municipal Services within 30 days of permit issuance.
A maximum of five permits will be issued to qualified applicants on a first come, first serve basis. Permits shall be valid for up to one year and non-transferrable. For a printable permit, please Click Here. To view the Chicken Breed Chart and Coop Samples, please Click Here.

Notice to all Property Owners

Attention Oak Park Property Owners

Notice is hereby given to all persons occupying or owning any property within the City of Oak Park that pursuant to Chapter 18, Article VIII as amended of the City Code of Ordinances.  It shall be the duty of such owners or occupants to keep grass and weeds below a height of eight (8) inches on improved properties and all grass and weeds below a height of sixteen (16) inches on unimproved properties. All such properties shall include the abutting street right-of-way laying between the curb and sidewalk or the drainage course paralleling the street where there is no curb abutting such properties. If the provisions of this ordinance are not complied with, the City shall cause such weeds and grass to be cut or destroyed.  The actual cost of such cutting or destruction, plus fifteen (15%) percent for inspection and/or other additional costs in connection therewith, shall be charged to the property owner and if necessary, collected as a special assessment against said property.




The Department of Municipal Services is comprised of four divisions: Building Division, Code Enforcement Division, Engineering Division, and most recently, Economic Development and Planning. The overall focus of this Department's jurisdiction is to maintain the character, appearance and physical standards of the community of Oak Park. The Department publishes many brochures available on the city web site to assist residents and business owners in understanding and complying with the City Ordinances.

Building000070781137dt100x80Building Division
The Building Division is responsible for reviewing construction drawings to ensure code compliance, issuing residential and commercial permits, and performing related inspections. These are necessary steps designed to protect the health, safety and welfare of Oak Park residents and business owners. The Division, which is comprised of several inspectors, performs a wide variety of inspections on a daily basis. These inspections include new business license inspections, rental housing inspections and new construction plumbing, mechanical, electrical and building inspections. To learn more, visit Building Division.

Code000062251584dt100x80Code Enforcement Division
The Code Enforcement Division is responsible for the investigation of alleged City Ordinance and City Code violations related to City parking lots, signs, nuisances, offensive conditions, blight, garbage and rubbish containment, weeds, rodent control, dog pound, animal control, and certain types of parking offenses.  To learn more, visit Code Enforcement Division.

Engrg000059235796100x80Engineering Division
The Engineering Division is responsible for matters relating to the construction of all physical properties of the City’s infrastructure. This includes the planning, design, and construction management of the City’s streets, water mains, and sewers. The Division also oversees any construction in the right-of-way, along with major land improvements. The Division regularly designs, bids, and administers such projects as sidewalk replacement, water main replacement, sewer cleaning and televising, sewer replacement and repairs, concrete repairs from water main and sewer breaks, joint and crack sealing street maintenance, and street construction. To learn more, visit Engineering Division.

istockphoto-1046374400-612x612Economic Planning and Development
The dedicated Economic Development staff works with new and current business owners from conception through development to meet business timelines, provide market research data, site selection, and site plan process and provide the best customer service from beginning to end. In 2015, Oak Park voters passed the law to allow for class “C” liquor licenses to become available in our community for the first time. With over 20 licenses available at a minimal cost, it is an amazing opportunity for new restaurants to locate in Oak Park.

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