Frequently Asked Questions

A list of questions most often asked by residents. For more information, visit our Resident Guide

Our waste haulers are MDC (815-568-7274). The fee is approximately $27.00 per month billed quarterly. Trash & recycling are picked up Wednesday mornings. Pickup after major holidays is the day following the normal pickup. Garbage cans can be put out the night before pickup and must be removed by Wednesday evening. There is unlimited garbage and recycling. Cans can be rented or you can use your own cans. One large item a week can be put out without a call or sticker. You must call for appliance pickup and a sticker will be required. It is illegal and dangerous to leave unused appliances in your yard. There are two leaf pickups in the fall. You put your leaves at the front of your yard and MDC vacuums the village. You will be notified as to the dates of the vacuuming. If you would like to clean your yard in the spring and summer and discard the yard waste, the yard waste stickers are available for $2.45 each and the waste must be put in paper yard waste bags purchased separately.
The Village of McCullom Lake accepts online payments for: Sewer Bills, Boat Permit, Vehicle Stickers, Parking Tickets, Ordinance Violations, Hall Rental, and Tow Fees. Visit our payment portal, EPay Illinois.

Monthly Bill & Information: In 2003, our village completed the public sanitary sewers. All property owners with a 'stub' to their property are assessed a monthly fee. At this time, they are as follows: $39.00 for Debt Reduction (this is collected and sent to pay off the debt the village incurred to build the sewers). $11.00 for operation and maintenance (there is routine maintenance that must be performed, as well as operating costs). If the home is connected to the sewer, there are also sewer treatment charges, which are collected and passed on to the City of McHenry per our intergovernmental agreement. Those charges are dependent on the number of people in the home. Billing is done on the 5th of each month, and is due the 25th of the same month at 4:00 pm.

Sewer: Late Fees: In order to avoid late fees, payments must be received in our office by 4:00 pm on the 25th.  Any payment received after that time is considered a late payment. If the 25th due date falls on a holiday or weekend, then the sewer bills are due at 4:00 pm on the first business day after the holiday or weekend. There is a drop box outside the front door. You can drop payments any time of day or night. A $5.00 late charge will be added to all payments received after 4:00 pm on the 25th or payment due date. This $5.00 late fee will also be added to all accounts past due on the 25th of the month after 4:00 pm.

ONLINE SEWER PAYMENT

Our Village ordinance requires that a building permit be obtained for all changes or alteration made to a structure or property, new or existing, in the Village. For details on Village building requirements, see the the "Code of Ordinances" section. Please follow these procedures to obtain a building permit:

1. Obtain a Permit Application - these are available at the Village Office or you can request that one be mailed to you. (This is a tri-copy form, so it can not be downloaded).

2. Complete the Permit Application

3. Call the Village Building Inspector to set up an appointment - Rich Lindquist can be reached on his cell phone at: 815-791-1438. (Please note that he has full time employment and cannot always be reached immediately). Leave a message with your name, address, phone number and the type of improvement you are interested in. He will call you back with his availability to assess the work to be done. Please have the form filled out BEFORE Rich arrives. Rich will complete the form and leave you with the pink completed copy. Rich will give you an approximate day that the permit will be ready for payment and pick-up at the Village office.

4. Pay for and pick up the official permit at the Village office - the amount of the permit will depend on the work being done. We accept cash, checks or credit cards at time of permit pick up.

5. Display official permit in a window or door visible to the street for the duration of the project applied for.

Permit Rules: Any vehicle that needs to be parked on the street must have a permit. Permits must be applied for no less than 24 hours in advance of need. There is no charge for a Village parking permit. All vehicles to be parked along our streets must be 18” off-road. No overnight parking on the grass. Permits are now required for on-street parking. Permits must be requested 24 hours in advance from either the Police Department or the Village Office. All permits expire at midnight on their valid date. Vehicles parked on the street without a permit will be ticketed and/or towed. Please contact the Village Office or the Police Department for additional information. Riding mowers, dirt bikes, four wheelers, motorized scooters or other similar vehicles are not allowed on Village roads.

PARKING PERMIT APPLICATION

* Please return the completed form to the Village office via email, fax, mail or in person. Residents with a permit must have their guests park their vehicles on the same side of the road as the residence. No vehicle can be parked in a way that restricts road access, either to regular traffic or emergency vehicles. There is no parking at any time within twenty (20) feet of an intersection. Permits expire at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) on the valid date. Permits are only valid for residential properties within the Village. Permits are issued on a first-come, first served basis. If a permit has been issued for a residence on the same street a second permit cannot be issued. Multi-day permits may be issued for special circumstances. Multi-day permits are subject to the same rules stated above. There is no parking on the roads at any time when two (2) inches of snow or more has fallen. Any vehicle, regardless of whether covered by a permit, that parks in such a way to break any of these rules is subject to a ticket and/or towing at the owner’s expense

New stickers are available as of the first of the year. All vehicles housed in the Village must display a current sticker within 30 days of moving into this Village. There are no exceptions to this law. Current year vehicle stickers must be displayed by March 31st.
Sticker Fees Cars: $20.00; Trucks with B $25.00; "C" & "D" plates: $50.00; Over "D" $100.00 and with board approval only; Seniors and residents with a permanent handicapped placard or plate: $15.00; Motorcycles: $8.00; A late charge of $10.00 begins April 1st and increases $5.00 monthly thereafter.
NOTE: A vehicle requires a village sticker if it is in the village any 14 out of 20 days. These days need not be consecutive days. Regardless of where the vehicle is registered, a village sticker is required.