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For questions about all city services or to report a problem, you may call our main phone number, 630-454-2000. During normal business hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday), our receptionist will answer your call and direct it to the appropriate department. To report a power outage, water main break, or other issue that requires urgent attention outside of normal business hours or on a holiday, you may call the Police Department non-emergency number at 630-454-2500.
The City of Batavia has an overnight parking ordinance that prohibits parking on all City streets between the hours of 1:00 AM and 6:00 AM. Realizing that there are situations when citizens may need a temporary exemption, a process has been developed for residents to request a permit.
Residents seeking a permit for three nights or less for a typical passenger car or pickup truck are encouraged to complete the electronic overnight permit application. For additional time or special circumstances, please call the Police Department at 630-454-2500. To apply for the permit, we require the vehicle's license plate number, the location in Batavia where it will be parked, and contact information for the person who is responsible for the vehicle.
Yes, a Water Conservation Ordinance is in effect year-round. Batavia follows the "odd/even" system; residents with odd-numbered house addresses may water on odd-numbered days, and similarly, even-numbered addresses may water on even-numbered days. Watering may be done between 6 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. on those days. For more information, see the Water Conservation page.
If you have a permanently-installed yard sprinkling system, it must be equipped with a backflow valve to prevent contamination of the city water system. Your system must be registered with the city, and the backflow valve must be inspected annually. Contact the Water Department at 630-454-2450 for more information.
You may apply for a sod / seed permit at any time for watering newly-installed seed or sod. Contact the Water Department at 630-454-2450 to apply.
In general, the city owns and maintains the trees in the parkway. Trees are inspected and pruned when necessary during the winter months. We ask that residents help out by watering the trees when they are new or during drought conditions. If there is a problem with a tree in the parkway, please call the Public Properties and Services Division at 630-454-2400.
The city has a Parkway Tree Program that allows residents to request the planting of new trees in the parkway in front of their residence. The city offers several different varieties of trees each year, and the cost of the tree is split 50/50 between the city and the homeowner.
If you would like to plant a tree on your own in the parkway, or if you need to remove a tree in the parkway, you will need a permit from the city.
The Batavia ESDA meets monthly, in person, and there are multiple training sessions throughout the year. Volunteers attend calls when they happen. Time commitment varies from 1 hour to several hours a month.
Yes, on a points system and is paid at the end of the year. Volunteers receive points for answering calls.
You will receive a page or a text from the Batavia ESDA Manager.
No, the city provides municipal vehicles to use, which are housed at the Batavia Fire Station Number 2, 1400 Main Street (west side station).
When there's a need for extra lighting, or when there is a known situation or a call that will take an extended length of time. ESDA will take control to relieve the police of traffic control duties. Examples are downed power lines, serious vehicle accidents, structure fires, and disasters.
A 32-gallon can with a maximum weight of 50 pounds is the maximum size.
Items like furniture or mattresses may be placed at the curb on service day with one refuse sticker. Construction debris should be contained in bags or bundles less than 50 pounds, no more than 4 feet in length, and no more than 2 feet in diameter with one refuse/yard waste sticker per bag or bundle. Advance notice is not required.
No, but any excess recyclables beyond the confines of the provided recycling cart must be placed in a resident-owned container designated for recycling and weigh no more than 50 pounds. Residents who consistently generate recyclables in excess of their cart capacity may be asked to either get a larger cart or an additional cart.
Items such as refrigerators (doors removed), hot water heaters (drained), and dishwashers may be disposed of by calling Waste Management/Advanced Disposal at 630-587-8282 at least 1 day prior to service. The call alerts the hauler that there is an item which likely exceeds the normal 50-pound limit so they can schedule a different truck for collection. Each appliance requires one refuse sticker.
Disposal of water softeners: Unit must be completely drained of water from tanks, and all salt must be removed from the unit. Call Waste Management/Advanced Disposal at least 1 day prior to service to schedule a special collection, which still requires only one refuse sticker.
Latex paint cans should be put in regular trash; lids can go in recycling cart. If paint remains, it must be in a solidified form. For small amounts of paint, just add kitty litter or oil dry to absorb the paint. For larger amounts, pour paint over kitty litter or oil dry into a large pan to solidify. Do not place cans of paint in liquid form in regular trash, as the cans will leak paint on the street. Latex paint is also accepted for a fee at certain Kane County recycling events.
Oil-based paint can be disposed of at the City of Naperville Household Hazardous Waste drop off site located at 156 Fort Hill Drive in Naperville (just east of Route 59), on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This facility is open and available to all residents of Illinois. Business waste is not accepted. Oil-based paint is also accepted for a fee at certain Kane County recycling events.
The immediate and long‐term benefits of home rule is the ability to raise different types of revenue through sources other than property tax and to self‐govern via programs like the crime‐free housing program. The ability to create different types of revenue allows for the tax burden to spread outside of the community by collecting taxes from people who shop and dine in our City.
In addition, the City has the ability to issue debt fairly quickly and easily. Being home rule saves on interest costs that taxpayers ultimately pay.
Home Rule does not affect projects that are approved or budgetary spending except for that it allows for revenue options to provide for spending. The main difference in home rule aside from revenue options is the property tax cap which was mentioned previously, which limits increases and the way in which debt is issued. A non‐home rule community must put general obligation bonds to referendum and alternate revenue bonds through a back‐door referendum process. Debt along with a request for non‐home rule sales tax and an increase over the property tax cap are generally the only times that a referendum would be put to vote by a non‐home rule community.
No. Home rule does not provide spending authority. The budget provides the annual spending authority. The City Council approves resolutions for contracts and large purchases.
No, a referendum is not needed with or without home rule. The budget provides spending authority each year. Salaries are also authorized via union contracts and a Wage and Salary Ordinance for non‐union employees.
Although we continually run the street sweeper as well as have three scheduled pickups during the 6-week leaf pickup program, we cannot be everywhere at the same time. Any weather event could cause the leaves in the street to clog the storm sewers causing flooding and other issues. Residents should rake their leaves out to the front grassy parkway, in a long narrow row instead of one large pile, by 6 a.m. Monday of their scheduled leaf pickup.
Most leaves, regardless of the type of tree, fall by the end of November. Starting the program in mid-October helps us run curbside collection three times, while also making sure we have equipment prep time for snowplowing operations prior to December.
In short – winter weather. We use the same dump trucks for snowplowing and salting as we do leaf collection, so we need those trucks ready to go out on the road. It takes a full week to pull off all the leaf collection equipment and add on plow blades, salt, etc. In six of the last eight years, our first major snowfall or ice event, which required all plow trucks to treat streets and make them safe for drivers and police and fire vehicles, took place the first week in December or sooner.
During winter weather, roads must be treated immediately to ensure the safety of drivers – be them our first responders making their way to calls or the general public. Because we use the same trucks for snow removal and de-icing as we do leaf collection, it’s not safe or practical to have anything less than our full fleet ready for winter operations.
If the City ran dual fleets, we would need at least $1.5 million in equipment up front and $100,000 annually to fund additional personnel, maintenance and overhead. That is a significant additional cost to our community.
No. Curbside leaf collection is one of several; options for leaf disposal each year, and each option compliments the others. We also offer a free bagged leaf program, which runs the entire month of December, and you can also mulch or compost your leaves, which is healthiest for your yard and the environment. No one option is intended to pick up all the leaves that fall; instead, it’s the combination of options that clears the most leaves.
Leaves have several healthy uses in the yard, such as serving as mulch or a covering for vegetable gardens and providing nutrients for trees. They also can help to improve soil quality. Composting or mulching your leaves on your property also decreases the volume of leaves that must be transported for disposal. Fewer leaves to haul means cleaner waterways and storm drains, as well as fewer collection trucks on the road, which helps lower emissions.
We do! Each year, Public Works considers the age of our trees, previous spring/summer drought conditions, and fall weather patterns and outlooks to create the most effective collection route for the specific leaf season. Also, staff continues to look at predicted weather and how many leaves have fallen throughout the program to determine if additional services can be performed beyond the scheduled three pickups prior to Thanksgiving. All these decisions are variable, weather-dependent and cannot be guaranteed up front. As a result, the City encourages residents to use all of the available options to dispose of the leaves on their property.
We understand that the potential for pesticide exposure concerns many. And, we know many individuals are generally sensitive to chemicals, whether they’re from a perfume or a pesticide, and take steps to limit exposure whenever possible. However, mosquito control treatments, applied correctly, using EPA-registered products, will not harm humans or pets. That said, we do offer residents the ability to sign up for advance notification of scheduled applications, so they can plan accordingly.
Residents can receive notification by text or email notification in advance of adulticide aerial spraying by going to the Clarke portal. Select Register at the bottom of the form, select I am a Resident, and complete the form. Create your own password, and you will receive a confirmation email. Once you open that email you will be able to log in and choose your notification preferences.
Plants and garden beds do not need to be covered or harvested before a treatment. Just use the same practice that should be followed with grocery or market produce, and rinse with water and a mild detergent before consuming.
Leave the A/C on! Windows may also remain open. Decades ago, this was a common recommendation but as application technology and chemistries have evolved, this is no longer a necessary measure.
Insecticides are not one size-fits all, and treatments to reduce mosquito populations will not work on ticks. Why? Mosquitoes are flying; ticks are crawling. AND they are a completely different type of insect, with a different body size. Tick applications need to be made at ground-level where they crawl, and with significantly greater doses of product that required for mosquito control.
This one gets tricky and can be very product specific, but generally, the answer is, have no fear! Yes, certain active ingredients in pesticides may be toxic to beneficial insects upon direct exposure. But when it comes to mosquito control, four key things reduce this risk:
1. We don’t spray just the active ingredients. We use highly-refined formulations, most of which are made with less than 5% of an active ingredient.
2. ULV treatments deliver a very, very small amount of product optimized to control mosquitoes--usually about 1 tablespoon or less to treat an acre (which is rouhly four typical suburban home lots or a football field). Why so little? Because the dose is specific to mosquitoes, which are much smaller in weight than most beneficial insects. For reference, mosquitoes weigh between 2 and 10 mg each. A firefly weighs at least 20 mg.
3. Next, that very small amount of product is delivered in super-tiny droplets--think 15 droplets on a pin head. The droplets float through the air and work by making physical contact with adult mosquitoes in-flight.
4. And lastly, we spray at night when mosquitoes are active and other beneficial insects are not.
Mosquito spraying and bees--this is another sensitive issue and one that everyone in public health mosquito control takes very seriously. Firstly, the same protective measures followed to protect other beneficial insects also apply to bees. There has also been a lot of field work and research published by very reputable academic institutions, such as Louisiana State University and Rutgers, which demonstrate that ULV treatments for mosquito control do not harm bees, even in cases of direct spray applications.
Less--and quieter--is better! ULV spray technology has evolved quite a bit since the days of DDT fogger treatments. Modern chemistries, more advanced, quieter spray equipment, and variable weather conditions mean the spray cloud is not always visible or audible--but that doesn’t mean it’s not working.
Every Clarke application truck is equipped with two pieces of technology that ensure spray effectiveness and safety. First is a monitoring system called SmartFlow. This equipment adjusts spray volume as vehicle speed changes to ensure a uniform treatment rate. So, whether we are driving 5 or 15 mph, the right application rate is being dispersed. The second technology used is called GeoTab , which is a GPS-based application that tracks vehicle locations, vehicle speeds, and spray activity (on/off) in real-time.
The timing of spray treatments is always closely coordinated with the communities Clarke serves, and dependent upon the makeup of their mosquito control program and budget. To determine spray requirements, we look at data from surveillance traps in the area, and combine it with insights from predictive software, resident calls, and resource availability to time adult mosquito treatments to deliver the most relief.
Last but not least, ULV spray treatments followed by rain are usually still effective, as long as there were adult mosquitoes in flight at the time of treatment. However, the lasting power of barrier treatments sprayed on plant foliage can be compromised by weather.
1. Always use a good quality repellent, especially at dawn or dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
2. Eliminate any areas where standing water can collect for more than seven days including are old tires, children’s pools, buckets, and clogged gutters.
3. Change water in birdbaths frequently.
4. When mowing the lawn, do not direct grass clippings into the street. The grass will wash into the street storm sewers, providing the perfect breeding environment for mosquitoes that commonly carry the West Nile Virus.
The Batavia Zoning Map depicts each zoning district within the city. Each district is defined and regulated under Title 10 of the City Code, entitled Zoning Code. Each district has a list of permitted and conditional use along with other regulations regarding the built form. Copies of the Zoning Code may be reviewed at the Community Development Office or on the City's website.
The City Zoning Map indicates the current city limits. Properties that are not in the City limits do not show a zoning designation. Any property outside of the city limits is under the jurisdiction of Kane County. A Batavia mailing address does not necessarily mean your property is incorporated. Most fire district addressed properties are unincorporated.
The City of Batavia has 2 active TIF districts that generally cover the downtown area. A map of these districts is available on the city's maps webpage. TIF Districts will also appear on your property tax bill. If you would like additional information about the TIF districts contact the Community Development Department at 630-454-2700.
The City of Batavia has an overnight parking ordinance that prohibits parking on all City streets between 1 a.m. and 6: a.m. If you need a temporary exemption for three nights or less for a typical passenger car or pickup truck please complete the electronic overnight permit application. For additional time or special circumstances, please call the Police Department at 630-454-2500.
To apply for the permit, we require the vehicle's license plate number, the location in Batavia where it will be parked, and contact information for the person who is responsible for the vehicle.
Exemptions to the ordinance will be considered only if the resident does not have enough space within their garage and driveway to accommodate all their vehicles or guests' vehicles. There are no permanent exemptions. If there are unpaid ordinance violations associated with the vehicle, an overnight parking exemption will not be granted.
By local ordinance vehicles cannot park on the street between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. This is a City-wide ordinance. Signs are posted throughout the City. Should you need to park on the street overnight, please complete the overnight parking permit application online. If you are unable to complete the form online, please contact the Police Department at 630-454-2500. Typical reasons for overnight parking include: driveway construction, overnight guests, medical-related reasons, etc. There is a limit to how often and how long you may receive overnight parking approval so be sure to include your reason for parking on the street overnight. Please contact the Police Department directly if your reasons for parking on the street overnight will be for an extensive period of time and/or involves a larger vehicle.
Accident Reports - If you are an involved party in an accident report, you may come to the Police Department and purchase the accident report for $5 (cash, check or credit card). The Batavia Police Department is open 24/7/365 for your convenience. Accident reports may also be purchased from LexisNexis at Buycrash.lexisnexisrisk.com.
General Police Case Reports -- These may be obtained by completing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that specifies the information for which you are seeking. Please note that the FOIA process may take up to five business days to process a request. Processing time may be extended for qualified exemption. Normally, there is no cost for a General Case Report obtained through FOIA.
You may purchase and download a copy of an Illinois Accident Report taken by the Batavia Police Department for accidents that occurred on or after January 1, 2009. Visit the following website if you are an individual involved in an accident or are with an insurance company. You will need the date of the accident, operator's last name, crash report number and the agency name to obtain the report.
Ordinance violation tickets may be paid via mail, in-person or over the phone with a credit card. Checks should be made payable to the City of Batavia, cash and credit cards are also accepted. Be mindful that ordinance ticket fines increase after 10 days from the issue date.
You may look up your traffic ticket online at the Kane County Clerk's Office website. Please bear in mind that it may take 1-2 week for the ticket information to be available online.
Yes. Please complete the Block Party Permit Request form online 7 to 10 days before the date of the event in order to be reviewed and processed. For questions, call 630-454-2500.
Please complete the Bicycle Registration form online.
The Police Department does provide a fingerprinting service to residents of the City of Batavia as well as employees of businesses within the City limits. The cost for fingerprinting is $35.00 and may be paid by check, cash or credit card. Fingerprinting is done by appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Please contact the Police Department at 630/454-2500 to schedule an appointment.
Fingerprinting for Access & Review is also provided by the Police Department. At this time, the Police Department will fingerprint any individual for Access & Review from any of the neighboring communities. Appointments are still required for Access & Review printing. Please contact the Police Department at 630/454-2500 to schedule an appointment.
- Outdoor amplification of sound is prohibited from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. (4-4-5)
- Animals causing a high and/or prolonged level of noise can be ruled as a disturbance. Any person in possession of such an animal can be charged with disturbing the peace. (5-4B-5).
To report nuisance noise during non-business hours, please contact the Batavia Police Department at 630-454-2500.
The contractor makes a natural progression through the city removing and replacing sidewalk. Since there are over a few hundred locations that need work each year, the City does not allow the contractor to schedule locations for certain dates.
Although sidewalk replacement occurs throughout the construction season (April-November), work at any one location typically only takes a few weeks to complete.
The progression of construction generally follows the steps below:
1. The sidewalk and curb identified for replacement are removed and barricades are placed in the construction area. If any portions of the adjacent driveway need to be removed for construction, they may also be removed at this time.
2. The contractor then installs wood forms, pours and “finishes” the new concrete.
3. Within a day or two, when the concrete has hardened, the forms are removed.
4. Asphalt repairs to the driveway and street are then completed.
5. Any disturbed parkway areas are then restored with topsoil and seed.
6. If any part of the work does not pass City inspection, the contractor must come back to correct the deficiency.
If sidewalk or curb is replaced across your driveway, you will not be able to use your driveway during the process. Access to your driveway will be unavailable for at least 10 to 14 days.
If construction occurs to the sidewalk or curb through your driveway, the City may need to remove a small patch of the driveway adjacent to those areas in order to perform the necessary construction. The driveway apron is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain; therefore the City will only replace the portion removed to perform construction.
The City will only replace curb that has been deemed substandard. Sometimes only half the curb through a driveway is substandard so that portion is replaced.
Approximately 2 to 5 days prior to the start of construction in your neighborhood, the City will contact you by letter and/or a door tag with more detailed information.
The City advertises its program to concrete contractors in the area. Interested contractors are given a map showing all the locations, an estimate of quantities for the project and specifications for construction work. All qualified bidders submit sealed bids with the lowest bid being sent to City Council for approval.
Although only qualified contractors perform the work, the City also has its own staff to monitor construction. The city staff ensures that construction is being performed according to the contract specifications. The specifications for the project are equal to or better than industry-wide accepted standards used throughout the country.
Multiple construction crews perform work in the program. Below is a basic outline of how work is performed:
If eligible, property owners have the option of hiring a private contractor to repair their faulty sidewalks. In order for a section of sidewalk to qualify for the city’s Sidewalk Replacement Program, one of the following conditions must exist:
If eligible, property owners have the option of hiring a private contractor to repair their faulty sidewalks. To qualify for reimbursement property owner must comply with the following:
1. Prior to beginning any work, property owners must call 630-454-2750 to schedule an inspection to confirm if one of the conditions listed above exists.
2. The inspector will leave a door hanger stating whether or not the sidewalk meets the conditions for reimbursement.
3. If sidewalk meets the criteria for reimbursement, the hired contractor must obtain the necessary permits to perform the work in the public right-of-way.
4. Upon completion of the work, the property owner must submit a copy of their paid invoice to the city for reimbursement. The invoice must have a square footage amount of sidewalk work completed and a unit price of cost per square foot for the sidewalk. The invoice must be marked “PAID” or a copy of the processed check must be included. 5. When the invoice is processed, the city will conduct an inspection of the completed work to ensure that it meets city standards. The processing period typically takes 3-4 weeks.
In general, for single family homes the property owner will be reimbursed a maximum of 50 percent of the cost that the City of Batavia would have paid for the work under the city’s program. In cases where the property owner obtains a price less than what the city would have paid, the City of Batavia will reimburse 50 percent of the lower costs.
For questions related to the sidewalk removal and replacement program, please contact the City of Batavia engineering department at 630-454-2752.
The fee is 10 cents for any non-reusable bag provided by a retail establishment in Batavia that is larger than 5,000 square feet.
No. The following types of bags are excluded from the fee:
A reusable bag means one with handles that are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple re-uses and is made of cloth, fiber, or other machine-washable fabric.
Each retail establishment that collects the fee retains 4 cents from the 10-cent fee. The remaining 6 cents are remitted to the City of Batavia.
You may bring your prescription and over-the-counter medications to:
Batavia Police Department
100 N Island Avenue
The Batavia Police Department is open 24/7 year round.
You will need to check in at the Police Department window in order to drop off your medication.
Before bringing medication to the PD: Please empty your pill containers into Zip Lock type bags, quart size bags or smaller are preferred. Multiple prescriptions can be put into the same bag. Leave the pill bottles at home, they will not fit into our medication receptacle. Please see "What Medicine is not accepted?"
This program is open to everyone.
You may put empty inhalers in your regular recycling bins, since they are made of plastic and aluminum. Inhalers that are not empty may have to wait for the yearly county disposal event. You may also contact Kane County for alternative disposal sites.
Before bringing medication to the PD: Please empty your pill containers into Zip Lock type bags, quart size bags or smaller are preferred. Multiple prescriptions can be put into the same bag. Leave the pill bottles at home, they will not fit into our medication receptacle. If you have liquid medication, leave it in the bottle, but seal the lid with tape. Put sealed liquid medication bottles into a separate baggie. Please see "What Medicine is not accepted?"
Batavia employs meter readers to walk the neighborhoods each month and gather water meter and electric meter readings. The meter readers carry electronic reading devices that are automatically downloaded with the addresses. All meter readings are automatically downloaded into the city’s billing software program.
Low water pressure can be caused by several factors. (1) Someone has closed, or partially closed the main water valve where the water enters the building. (2) The city has partially, or totally shut down the water main for a major water main break or leak repair. (3) There is a break or leak on the water service line to your residence. (4) The water softener is malfunctioning and causing a reduction in water flow. Most softeners are equipped with a manual bypass valve. To check your softener, bypass it manually and re-check your pressure. If the pressure improves, the softener may be the problem.
Call us and we will come out to help determine the cause.
It is a State of Illinois Plumbing Code requirement to have the back flow prevention devices tested on an annual basis. This includes devices on lawn irrigation systems, fire sprinkler systems and any other plumbing hazard employing a back flow device.