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A Certificate of Appropriateness of Design must be issued by the Design Review Board prior to any external architectural feature changes, including awnings, storefronts, painting, landscaping, and certain signage for commercial, multi-family or institutional buildings. Single-family homes are not required to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness. Email Christopher Marx or call at 847-716-3587 with any questions regarding certificate of appropriateness applications.
Except for temporary real estate or contractor signs, commercial signs are not permitted in residential areas. No sign may be placed on the public right-of-way, which is generally the area between the curb and sidewalk. For commercial property signs, a sign permit application must be submitted and approved by the Design Review Board. Email Christopher Marx in the Community Development Department or call at 847-716-3587 with any questions.