Community Development

The Community Development Department is responsible for issues related to land use and development: administering the Village’s codes and standards as set forth in the Municipal Code and the CMAP Central Business District Plan; conducting long-range planning projects; reviewing development proposals; and implementing Village policies related to economic development, historic preservation, and land use; enforcing the building codes; issuing permits; conducting inspections of all phases of construction to ensure that building and fire regulations are being met to protect the safety, health and welfare of residents; and responding to questions about drainage. The Department also conducts annual business life safety inspections in conjunction with the Fire Department. The Department serves as the liaison for the Planning & Zoning Commission, the Preservation Commission, and  the Economic Development Commission.

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Hen & Beekeeping Pilot Programs


The Village of Riverside has approved a pilot program for 2017 to allow the keeping of hens and beekeeping. The village will begin accepting applications for a license for keeping hens or bees. The Village will only be issuing 15 licenses for beekeeping and 15 licenses for keeping of hens. On January 1, 2017 the Village will begin to accept applications, if the number of applications exceed 15 by January 15, 2017 a lottery will be used to determine the order the applications will be considered by the Village.

Beekeeping Application and Regulations

Keeping of Hens Application and Regulations

Vacation Rental License

The Village of Riverside approved the vacation rental license ordinance in 2016. The license is valid for one year from the date of issuance. A vacation rental differs from a bed and breakfast in that a rental period may not exceed thirty (30) consecutive days, and there is a maximum rental period of sixty (60) days per calendar year. A bed and breakfast may not have guests staying longer than fifteen (15) consecutive days, but there is no maximum days of operation in a calendar year. Bed and breakfasts are a Special Use in residential districts and require additional approval from the Board.

Vacation Rental Application and Regulations

Façade Improvement Grant Program

The Village is accepting applications for façade improvement grants for 2017. In the hopes that many businesses will take advantage of this opportunity, the Village has budgeted for $30,000 for the program this year. Exterior improvements include new signs, awnings, tuckpointing, window/door replacement, and other similar work. The Village will reimburse 50% of the costs up to a maximum of $5,000, with a minimum job value of $1,000.
Facade Improvement Grant Program Application