Be A Good Neighbor
Follow these hints to keep your residence well-maintained. Know your city’s standards and property ordinances.
15 Ways To Be A Good Neighbor
- Keep your swimming pool inaccessible to children.
- Register all dogs and cats with the city to obtain a pet license. Clean up after your pet. Keep pets from roaming loosely or barking excessively.
- Be sure you have working smoke detectors. Replace batteries regularly.
- Check if building permits are required for remodeling or construction. Obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness if working within the historic districts or the downtown.
- Respect your neighbors. Keep your music from disturbing them.
- Remove all seasonal decorations no later than 60 days after the holiday.
- Be sure your address number is readable and well lit so emergency personnel can find you if necessary.
- Keep the exterior of your house in good repair. Report and remove graffiti immediately.
- Do not park/store commercial or undriveable vehicles or conduct major repairs on them. Park campers or RVs in side or rear yards on approved surfaces.
- When parking, do not block the public sidewalk.
- Keep tree branches and shrubbery trimmed.
- Zoning and occupancy disclosure forms must be signed by buyers and sellers for residential real estate closings. Know occupancy standards before renting or buying.
- Regularly mow your lawn. Keep your property clean. Do not park vehicles on the grass.
- Place trash by the curb AFTER 7 p.m. on the evening before pickup. Store containers out of view from the street.
- Before constructing a fence, have your property surveyed. A fence permit is required.
Many of the standards on this page are contained within local ordinances—local laws adopted by your elected City Council. If you have any questions, call (630) 256-INFO (4636). Citations can be issued when there are violations. If you live in a Historic District or a neighborhood governed by an association, you may have additional rules and guidelines to follow.
Zoning And Occupancy Standards Information
The following are occupancy standards from the Aurora Property Maintenance Code.
Minimum Occupant Requirements
|Space||1-2 Occupants||3-5 Occupants||6 or More|
|Living Room||No requirements||120||150|
|Dining Room||No requirements||80||100|
|Bedrooms||Please see below or call the Division of Property Standards at (630) 256-3770 for more detailed information.|
- Bedrooms for one person must be a minimum of 70 square feet.
- Bedrooms for two or more persons must be a minimum of 50 square feet for each person.
- Property zoned single family may not have apartments added.
- Apartments may not be established in the basement or attic of any residence.
- Street or alley maintenance, potholes, overgrown vegetation and trees, damaged or dead trees?
- Streetlights out or damaged?
- Removal of graffiti?
- Violations of property standards on private property? (Reports confidential as part of the inspection process)
- Financial and technical services for qualified rehabilitation projects in historic districts and the downtown.
The Historic Preservation Commission (630) 256-3110
Property Standards Division (630) 256-3770.
- Planning on making improvements at your property? Find out if you need a permit first. Permits are required for fences, driveways and parking areas.
- Unstickered trash at the curb or trash placed before pickup day?
- Report loud music, cars parked over the sidewalk, cars being repaired in the street or vehicles parked longer than forty-eight hours in the street
Police Department (630) 256-5000.
- Did you know that the City of Aurora will pay building owners to reduce the number of dwelling units in their houses or buildings?
Division of Neighborhood Redevelopment (630) 256-3320