To look up permitted uses, see Table 1: Use Categories in the city’s Zoning Ordinance.
Note: To determine the permitted uses on a property, you first need to know what it is zoned. To look up a property’s zoning, use the Property Zoning Search tool.
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To look up your property’s zoning, use the My Place tool. Be sure to spell out each word of the address (i.e. 1 South Broadway).
Setback requirements vary depending on the property’s zoning. Please refer to the Zoning Ordinance, Section 5.8 Setbacks and/or the Plan Description of the Planned Development District (PDD) the property falls under. If you are unsure of whether your property is located in a PDD, please contact the Planning and Zoning Division at 630-256-3080.
The Planning & Zoning division can provide a Zoning Verification Letter upon request.
A Plat of Survey should be provided to the home owner at the time of purchase of the property. The City of Aurora does not keep records of Plats of Survey. A professional Land Surveyor must be hired.
If your property is within the city limits and is already annexed, then connecting to city water can be done through a Building Permit. Please contact the Building & Permits department.
If your property is within the city limits but not yet annexed, or if your property is outside the city limits, a connection to city water is at the discretion of the Planning & Zoning Division. In this case, a Development Services Team (DST) Meeting is recommended. You may request a DST Meeting using our online form.
To verify whether your property is located in a Historic District you may use the My Place tool. Search your property’s address and then use the information provided at the bottom of the screen. Scroll to the right to find the Historic District box.
For additional information regarding Historic Districts see the Historic District FAQ section, or visit the Historic Preservation page on our website.
One outside employee (a person who does not reside at the home) is permitted to be employed in a permitted home occupation. No retail sales, use of a detached building such as a garage or shed or business signs may be displayed. Only normal residential traffic is allowed. See Section 7.3-2 of the Aurora Zoning Ordinance for the complete Home Occupation Regulations.
A day care facility in residential zoning requires a Special Use Permit. This is a nine step review and approval process. A DST Meeting may be scheduled to answer further questions, however the City does not typically support a day care services in private homes.
No permit is required. Garage sales/yard sales may be conducted no more than 2 times per year.
The City of Aurora does not maintain or keep on file Homeowners Association documents. The Official Documents should be on file at your County Recorder's Office. The current officers of the Association should be on file with the Illinois Secretary of State's Office, you will need to know the legal name of the Association from the documents you can get from the County Recorder's Office.
No commercial vehicles above a “B” plate classification nor equipment are permitted to be parked/stored in a residential area. This will also include any tow trucks, panel trucks, dump trucks and all commercial equipment. Only one (1) commercial vehicle with a “B” plate classification is allowed per residence.
Parking of one (1) recreational vehicle for each zoning lot may take place in interior side or rear yards provided that the vehicle is set back six (6) feet from all adjoining residential structures. Recreational vehicles include trailers, boats and pop up-campers. These types of vehicles must be located in a proper setback area.
Trailer homes are not permitted to be parked on any vacant residential lots, only within the trailer parks in Aurora. Parking of any kind of trailer, trucks, other vehicles, etc. is not permitted on residential properties. Commercial zoned lots may have exceptions. Residential properties will not be rezoned as commercial for the primary use of parking.
Yes, portable pods are allowed on driveways. A permit is not required. The Aurora Zoning Ordinance limits parking of these types of objects to 48 hours.