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Following major storm events, contractors will arrive in a community and go door-to-door or make phone calls to try to earn your business making home repairs. While many of these businesses do fine work, some unscrupulous companies may overcharge, perform substandard work, or not complete the work at all. The Village of Oswego requires permitting of most kinds of contracted work that is needed after major storms, and also requires companies soliciting this kind of work to register with the Village.

Q: Who should I hire to fix my damage?

A: Trust your instincts and do your homework. Many companies will be trying to get your work. Take your time, ask lots of questions and check their ratings and reputation by calling references or researching them online – a simple Google search will bring up others’ experiences. Ask for a written, itemized estimate and comparison shop between contractors. If something doesn’t seem right to you, there are many other companies that can perform similar work. The Village of Oswego DOES NOT endorse any contractors, and no contractors should be advertising as endorsed by or affiliated with the Village.


Q: What work do I need to get a permit for?

 A: Permits help ensure that code standards are followed for your home improvement and are required for most types of alterations and repairs. Some examples include: roofs, siding, windows, doors, fences, decks, sheds, gazebos, air conditioners, water heaters, changes to or replacement of driveways, sidewalks, changes to or replacement of electric, gas, plumbing, and mechanical systems as well as remodeling, additions, new construction, demolition and more. See the Building & Zoning website at for applications and more information.


Q: Do I have to have a contractor?

A: No, you can do your own work on your property if you are capable. Permits and inspections are still required on projects when the work is done by the owner-occupant.


Q: Does my contractor need to be registered?

A: Yes, all contractors must be registered. Registration applications, information and requirements are available at the Building & Zoning counter at Oswego Village Hall, 100 Parkers Mill, Oswego, or on our webpage,


Q: Are permit applications available on your website?

A: Yes, most of our forms, applications, and information are available as PDFs on our webpage at


Q: Do companies need permits to sell door to door?

A: Yes. Solicitors’ permits are required to go door to door. Applications and processing are performed by the Oswego Police Department, 3355Wooley Road, Oswego. If a contractor comes to your door, you may ask to see their permit to ensure they are registered. You may report unregistered solicitors to Oswego Police at 630-551-7300.


Q: What are the specific requirements for my project and where do these requirements come from?

A: Oswego follows the 2009 International Code Council Codes with local amendments to ensure that home improvement and repair projects meet internationally recognized standards for safety. Summary handouts, which give more detailed specifications that your project must meet, are available for most of the types of permits listed above.


Q: How long will it take to get a permit?

A: Most permits are processed and approved in 10 business days or fewer. Roofs, water heaters, A/C replacement, and other minor permits may be as fast as 48 hours depending on the complexity of the project and how many permits are in process.


Q: How much does a permit cost?

A: Permit prices are set by Village Ordinance to be a sliding scale based on complexity and scope. Most permits start at $96.00 and increase from there. Combining work to be done at the same time under the same permit and review process can save you money.


Q: When do I pay for the permit?

A: You pay when the review is done and the permit is ready to be picked up.


Q: How do I know if the contractor got a permit, and what do I do if my contractor gets the permit?

A: A yellow permit card is required to be plainly visible on the property while the work is being done until the final inspection is complete. Follow up to be sure the project passed the final inspection. Your contractor should provide you with a copy of the final inspection report. If not, you may request one from the Village.


Q: Do I need a permit to put a contractor’s sign in the yard?

A: No, but there are some rules. Temporary signs must be freestanding, set back at least 10 feet from the lot line, not taller than six feet, and not illuminated. Signs can go up no earlier than three days before the project begins and must be taken down five days after the completion of the project or the expiration of the building permit. In residential lots, signs can be no bigger than 6 sq. ft., with a maximum of one sign in each yard fronting a street. In commercial lots, signs can be no bigger than 3 sq. ft. with a maximum of one sign per contractor per street frontage.


Still have questions?

Talk to a live person by calling the Building & Zoning Department at 630-551-2312. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Or visit the Building & Zoning website at


A downloadable version of this document is available here.

Historic Stone House Walking Tours

May is National Historic Preservation Month! To celebrate, join Oswego’s Historic Preservation Commission on an educational walking tour of the village’s historic stone houses to celebrate historic preservation in Oswego.

Many of Oswego’s stone houses are some of the oldest structures found in the village, most of them built between the 1840s and the 1860s, each with its own unique architectural style and history.

The Historic Stone House Walking Tour will provide a unique opportunity to learn about these historic structures through a brief video screening at the Little White School Museum followed by a guided walking tour of five nearby stone houses and including opportunities to enter a few of the homes and listen to stories and lessons from the property owners themselves.

This tour is perfect for Oswego residents that currently live in historic homes and are interested in preservation and restoration, history and architecture enthusiasts, and preservation students and professionals.

Register online at  

This event is free but registration is required and space is very limited. Given the historic nature of the homes, not all homes on the tour will be ADA accessible. Walking is required to get to the tours sites, and participants will be asked to sign a waiver in order to participate. Participants under 18 are invited to attend, however, a parent or guardian must sign a waiver and is responsible for the participant. Parking is available at the Litter While School Museum.


Questions? Contact Natalie Zine, Community Development Planner, at 630-551-2332 or


Clean-up efforts are continuing throughout this week following widespread storm damage that occurred on Memorial Day throughout the Village of Oswego.

Storms on Memorial Day weekend caused downed trees and localized flooding throughout Oswego. Public Works crews will be working extra shifts throughout this week to clear felled trees and debris, and the Village will be deploying additional equipment from assisting agencies. In addition, crews from other communities have been deployed to help clear debris from the hardest-hit areas of town.

Brush collection

Crews will be taking down damaged trees and collecting brush throughout the week. Because of the extensive damage in some parts of town, crews will concentrate on the hardest-hit areas first.  The work is expected to continue through the following week, when regular brush collection is scheduled to resume. All Oswego residents should place their brush at the curb as they clean up from this weekend’s storms and crews will collect it over the next few weeks.

Leaves and Roadway Flooding

A streetsweeper is being deployed to conduct an additional sweep of roadways and gutters. With additional rain expected this week, residents can assist in preventing additional roadway flooding by using a rake or shovel to clear leaves from clogged storm drains. Pile excess leaves away from the street to prevent the clog from recurring.

Leaves may be bagged and stickered for collection on your regular garbage day, or composted. No special leaf pick-up is scheduled as crews remain focused on clearing felled trees and other debris.

Felled trees

The Village cannot accept tree removal waste generated by a contractor. If you hire a tree service to remove a damaged or felled tree from your property, the contractor is required to haul any waste generated.

Need assistance?
To report a damaged Village-owned tree, major flooding, or other issue, you have two options:

  • The Village of Oswego’s Click N Fix app is available for iPhone and Android, or on the Village’s website at You’ll be prompted to enter the location and details about the issue, you can take a photo, and you can receive notification when the issue is resolved.
  • To talk to a live person, call Public Works at 630-554-3242 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.


More storms predicted this week

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for north central and northeast Illinois that predicts additional thunderstorms Tuesday evening with a possibility of additional hail, winds up to 60 m.p.h., and additional flooding. Residents should remain alert and check forecasts. Additional storms are expected on Thursday, and scattered showers and storms may occur throughout the week.

A flood warning is in effect for the area though Saturday, June 1. 


Movies in the Park start Thursday, June 6

 Love catching a movie in the great outdoors? Oswego’s Movies in the Park series returns starting Thursday, June 6, with outdoor movie experiences that are fun for the whole family.

Thanks to a partnership with the City of Yorkville, Oswego residents will have the regular Movies in the Park season, plus the opportunity to see Incredibles 2 at Raging Waves Waterpark and a retro drive-in movie showing of The Greatest Showman at the Park N Ride lot.

Movies in the Park is free to residents, and food or treat vendors will be selling snacks most dates. Films begin at dusk, approximately 8 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are welcome.

Parking is free, based upon availability.

The 2019 Movies in the Park season includes:

  • Thursday, June 6: Incredibles 2 at Raging Waves.  The Incredibles hero family takes on a new mission, which involves a change in family roles: Mr. Incredible must manage the house while his wife Helen, a.k.a. Elastigirl, goes out to save the world. Rated ages 8+ by Commonsense Media. Location: Raging Waves Water Park. Pre-film activities begin at 6:30 p.m. Please note: No outside food or beverages are allowed at this location, however, the Hungry Croc Restaurant will be open for service.
  • Thursday, June 20: The Secret Life of Pets. The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes. Rated ages 6+ by Common Sense Media. Location: Oswego Village Hall, 100 Parkers Mill.
  •  Thursday, July 18: Mary Poppins Returns. Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives. Rated ages 6+ by Common Sense Media. Location: Oswego Village Hall, 100 Parkers Mill.
  •  Thursday, August 8: The Greatest Showman at the Dine N Drive. This musical biopic about the life of PT Barnum celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Rated ages 10+ by Common Sense Media. Location: Oswego Park N Ride, Station Drive.  There is limited visibility in some locations; lawn chairs recommended.

Make a splash at a discounted rate, then see Incredibles 2

Join the Village of Oswego and the City of Yorkville for a whole day of fun, with discounted tickets to Raging Waves Waterpark. Purchase general admission (over 48 inches) tickets to Raging Waves for Thursday, June 6, for just $15.99 then stay for the movie, and get a free bag of popcorn. Purchase discounted tickets at using code INCREDIBLES19. This special cannot be combined with any other promos or discounts. The ticket and popcorn voucher are only valid on Thursday, June 6.

Movie-goers who do not purchase Raging Waves tickets can enter the park for free at 6:30 p.m. for pre-movie entertainment including a bounce house, DJ, and more. Enter at the southwest gate from the parking lot.

Dine N Drive at the Park N Ride

Oswego and Yorkville will also host a retro drive-in movie experience at the Park N Ride lot, on Station Drive in Oswego, for The Greatest Showman. Bring the whole family to watch the film from your car, plus enjoy food from area food trucks, and pre-movie family-friendly activities, beginning at 7 p.m.

For more information, including a full calendar of family-friendly events happening all summer long in Oswego, visit

Community Garage Sale this weekend!

The 2019 Oswego Community Garage Sale is this weekend, Friday and Saturday, May 17-18. 

Garage sales will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Please note that some sales are only on one of the two days. Those will be noted on their locations on the map. Please be courteous and do not stop in Friday for a Saturday-only sale. 

For a complete interactive Google map of all garage sale locations, click here: 

Participating garages, by neighborhood:

335 Persimmon Lane
406 Terrace Lane

418 Arboretum Way
235 Ashcroft Lane
137 Linden Drive
239 Liszka Lane
675 Vista Drive

507 Crystal Court
491 Treasure Drive*

157 Concord Drive South
217 Concord Drive South+
230 Concord Drive South

31 Beau Meade Road
39 Beau Meade Road
43 Sherwick Road
58 Springdale Road*

229 Hickory Street

17 Orchard Avenue

812 Baden Avenue
706 Bohannon Circle
610 Ebony Drive
209 Julep Avenue*

205 Carlisle Court
537 Danbury Drive*
500 Sudbury Circle
454 Windsor Drive

437 Deerpath Drive

73  E. Benton Street*
177 Franklin Street*
179 Franklin Street
107 E. Jackson Street*
168 Madison Street
415 Monroe Street
2094 Route 25
12 W. Van Buren Street

205 Thornbury Drive

393 Kensington Drive

400 Badger Lane
206 Deerpath Drive
233 Fox Chase Drive North
286 Fox Chase Drive North
292 Fox Chase Drive North*
231 Whitetail Crossing
121 Willowwood Drive North
133 Willowwood Drive North

605 Arbor Court
513 Arbor Lane
121 Pineridge Drive South
203 Willowwood Drive
227 Willowwood Drive

454 Barnaby Drive
505 Heritage Drive
555 Heritage Drive
450 Newport Circle
618 Salem Circle*

4638 McLaren Drive

516 Northgate Circle
111 Prairieview Court
401 Prairieview Drive

600 Lincoln Station Drive
648 Lincoln Station Drive

222 Angela Circle
409 Anthony Court
241 Ashley Court
412 Joseph Circle
648 Pearces Ford*
214 Stonemill Lane
338 Stonemill Lane
608 Pearces Ford Road

384 Wolverine Drive

523 Chestnut Drive*
597 Chestnut Drive

76 Brock Way
113 Northampton Drive
209 Northampton Drive

14 Primrose Lane
435 Raintree Drive+
702 N. Sparkle Court*
104 Waterbury Circle*
113 Waterbury Circle*
151 Waterbury Circle*
157 Waterbury Circle

630 Manhattan Circle
660 Manhattan Circle

654 Hawley Drive

500 Clearwater Lane
500 Coventry Court
443 Greenview Lane*
604 High View Drive
432 Stonewater
350 Whitewater Lane

109 Kevin Lane
117 Laurie Lane
110 Mary Street

775 Bohannon Circle
625 Queen Drive

11 W. Merchants Drive
35 Royce Road

129 Eisenhower Drive
130 Eisenhower Drive
136 Eisenhower Drive

323 Barnaby Drive

+Indicates Friday only.   *Indicates Saturday only. 

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