Village Departments

Building Department

This building department coordinates plan review, permit issuance, and on-site inspection of all building projects in compliance with the Village's Subdivision, Zoning and Building Codes.

Kelly Rafferty is the Village's Building Officer, and B&F Technical services performing inspection services for the Village. Email:



The Village Engineers provide planning, design and construction services related to stormwater management, roads and other activities within the Village of North Barrington.

Health Department

The Health Department is responsible for Health & Sanitation matters within the Village and enforces all Ordinances and provisions of the Village Code for the protection of public health.

The current Health Officer is Natalie Karney who also advises the Environmental & Health Commission regarding septic variance requests. Email:


Police Department

The Village of North Barrington currently contracts 24-hour police protection services through Lake County Sheriff's Police.

The purpose of the police is to serve the community by protecting life and property, by preventing crime, by enforcing the laws and by incarcerating offenders of the laws, and by maintaining order for all citizens.

The Lake County Sheriff's Police (non-emergency #847-549-5200) is comprised of various divisions: Highway Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Court Security, Communications, Warrants, Civil Process, Records, marine Unit, Reserve Unit and Lake County Emergency Management Agency. Through the specific function in each, these organizational components enable the Sheriff's Office to accomplish the primary objective of providing effective police protection and service in a coordinated fashion to the residents of North Barrington, and many areas of the Lake County.

Fire Departments

The Village of North Barrington is protected by two fire protection districts; residents north of Miller Road are protected by the Wauconda Fire Protection District (non-emergency #847-526-2821), residents south of Miller Road are protected by the Lake Zurich Rural Fire Protection District (non-emergency #847-540-5070).

The purpose of each of the fire departments is to respond, attack, confine and extinguish fires when they occur with a minimal loss of life and property. Fire Department personnel are also trained to respond and control hazardous material situations, provide underground and underwater rescue, and to provide emergency medical services in order to stabilize the condition of the sick and injured.

Lake Zurich Fire District operates several stations within the area; the one closest to North Barrington is on Route 22, just east of Route 59. Wauconda also has several stations, with the closest to North Barrington at Route 176 and Main Street in downtown Wauconda.

The Village, along with our fire district Chief John Malcolm (LZ) and Chief MIke Wahl (Wauconda) have developed an Emergency Service Disaster Plan in case of a natural or manmade "event" in the North Barrington area.

Each district is its own taxing body, and has its own Board of Directors. Please contact either of the districts for additional information.

Forestry Department

Trees are a valuable natural resource for the Village of North Barrington, and steps have been taken to preserve them within the Village. The Village Forester, Susan Allman, reviews all building applications, and suggests measures to lessen the negative impact to trees, and to ensure compliance with all the Village codes and ordinances. Most building permits require a tree-removal permit.

HERITAGE TREE ORDINANCE. The Village has a Heritage Tree Ordinance that prohibits the removal of any tree having a diameter of twenty inches or greater. Removal of any Heritage Tree, regardless of condition, without contacting the Village Forester is prohibited and subject to violation penalties. The Village Forester may grant a permit for removal of a Heritage Tree. An application requesting removal of a Heritage Tree is available on the Village website or at the Village Hall. A certified arborist’s determination of the Heritage Tree’s health may be required. In some cases the homeowner may be required to replace the Heritage Tree.

In 2000, the Village passed its Comprehensive Tree Preservation Ordinance, and has also been awarded Tree City, USA status for the past sixteen years for its work in tree replacement, education and tree-related activities. Email:


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