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.

Annual Report

2017 Community Development Department Annual Report (PDF)

Building Department Window

Hen & Beekeeping Programs

The Village of Riverside allows the keeping of hens and beekeeping. The Village will only allow 15 licenses for either program at any given time. A building permit application and fee is required in addition to a new license application.

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.

Vacation Rental Application and Regulations

Bed and Breakfast License

The Village approved the bed and breakfast license ordinance in 2013. The license is valid for one year from the date of issuance. The license allows the owner/operator to provide sleeping accommodations in up to five (5) guestrooms without cooking facilities, and breakfast. No alcoholic liquor shall be sold or otherwise provided for use or consumption by registered guests on the licensed premises. Bed and breakfasts are permitted in business districts. They are a Special Use in residential districts and require additional approval from the Board.

Bed and Breakfast Application and Regulations

Façade Improvement Grant Program 

The Village is accepting applications for façade improvement grants for 2018. In the hopes that many businesses will take advantage of this opportunity, the Village has budgeted for $15,000 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 $500.

 Facade Improvement Grant Program Application