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Parking

Residential parking and driveways

Parking on grass and dirt is unsightly and causes ruts, uneven grading of yards that can result in structural damage, creates depressions for stagnant water and mosquitoes. The following rules guide residential parking and driveways, but are not exhaustive. For more information, contact Property Standards at 630-256-3770.

Acceptable Surfaces

All vehicles must be parked on cement, asphalt, or pre-existing gravel surfaces. Gravel surfaces established before 1971 at residential properties occupied by the owner are considered grandfathered and may be continued as long as they are adequately maintained. Rental properties are not included under this grandfather clause and must be a hard (cement, asphalt, or permeable pavement) surface.

New Construction

New parking spaces and driveways require a paving permit from the Division of Building and Permits, and must be constructed of cement, asphalt, or permeable pavements.

All newly-established parking spaces and driveways require a paving permit from the Division of Building and Permits and must be constructed of hard surfaces such as cement, asphalt, or permeable pavement.

Parking on grass

Parking on grass or dirt is prohibited at all properties. City fines for parking on grass or dirt range from $50 to $500 per day.

Abandoned vehicles

All vehicles parked at residential properties must be currently licensed and operable. A vehicle is deemed inoperable if the tires have been removed, if two or more tires are flat, if major vehicle parts have been removed (i.e. windshield, engine, transmission, brakes, quarter panel, etc.) or if the vehicle cannot be started and driven forward and backward.

Inoperable vehicles parked on private property can be stickered and removed by the City. Payment of a substantial tow charge is required in order to have the vehicle released.

Inoperable vehicles brought to a property by the owner or occupants are the responsibility of the property owner. However, in cases where a vehicle is abandoned at a property or left by a former tenant and the owner has no towing service contract, the City does provide a service for removal.

Violations may be reported to the City of Aurora’s Customer Service Division online or by calling (630) 256-INFO (4636).

If someone has abandoned a vehicle at your property, you may have it removed by filling out the abandoned vehicle form and mailing or delivering it to City of Aurora, Division of Property Standards, 1 S. Broadway, Aurora, Illinois, 60505.

Commercial vehicles in residential neighborhoods

Trucks with Illinois license classification of up to a “B” weight standard may be parked at residential properties unless they are panel trucks or tow trucks.

Vehicles exceeding a “B” license classification are prohibited unless they are electrical, mechanical, or plumbing contractor vehicles used for emergency, 24-hour call service.

City fines for large commercial vehicles parked in residential neighborhoods range from $50 to $200 per day.

Violations may be reported to the City of Aurora’s Customer Service Division online or by calling (630) 256-INFO (4636).

RVs

Recreational vehicles such as campers, boats, and trailers may be parked in residential neighborhoods but are subject to certain restrictions. Only one such vehicle or trailer may be parker per residential property.

Location

Recreational vehicles may not be parked in front yards or between the house and the street, except when loading, unloading, cleaning and servicing. All recreational vehicles, including boats, campers and pull-along trailers must be parked on a concrete or asphalt surface. They may be parked in interior side and rear yards but must be at least three feet from side lot lines and five feet from rear lot lines.

Size

No recreational vehicle shall exceed 25 feet in length, 8 feet in width or 11 feet in height. Trailers may be single axel only.

Screening

Screening is required for all vehicles, boats, campers and trailers that are stored or parked in the open. They may be parked in a completely enclosed garage or structure as an alternative to the screening requirement and size limitation.

City fines for non-compliant RVs range from $50 to $200 per day.

Violations may be reported to the City of Aurora’s Customer Service Division online or by calling (630) 256-INFO (4636). Please refer to the standards contained within the Aurora Zoning Ordinance for additional information.

Vehicle Repair

Minor vehicle repairs, such as oil changes, engine repair, rotating tires, and other small repairs, are permitted on a resident’s property.

Commercial vehicle repair is prohibited. Commercial vehicle repair is defined, loosely, as repairs in which money is exchanged for the repair service or in which the vehicle being repaired is not owned by the property occupant. Major vehicle repair and bodywork outside of a garage is also prohibited.

City fines for prohibited vehicle repair range from $50 to $200 per day.

Violations may be reported to the City of Aurora’s Customer Service Division online or by calling (630) 256-INFO (4636).

Parking after snowfall

Parking is prohibited on ANY City street after 2 inches of snowfall. Parked vehicles cause safety hazards for emergency vehicles and make it more difficult for snow plows to clear the streets. Parked vehicles must remain off the streets until plows have cleared snow to the curb.

Violators may be ticketed and/or towed.