Village of Shorewood Common Code Violations

The following is a limited listing of areas of the Village Code that our code enforcement officers have found problems with due to lack of knowledge, confusion, or misunderstanding. Depending on the issue, the goal of the Village is to obtain compliance. If education does not work or there are repeated occurrences of violations, then and only then will monetary or other penalties be assessed.

The most common reason for penalties being assessed is failure to obtain the proper permit before beginning a construction project. It is always best to call the Village before beginning a project to determine whether or not a permit is needed.

This list is only meant to be a quick reference guide and in no way replaces or supplants the Official Village Code of the Village of Shorewood. Any person, firm or corporation affected by any of the ordinances listed herein are encouraged to read the entire ordinance, which is listed below in parenthesis at the end of each entry. The Official Village Code can be accessed on the Village website’s homepage, at the Village Hall or at the Shorewood-Troy Public Library. Copies of the 2012 International Residential Code and the 2012 International Property Maintenance Code can be accessed at the Village Hall or purchased via the International Code Council website at


Noisy Dogs – It is unlawful to keep or harbor any dog that disturbs the peace by loud noises at any time of the day or night. (Ord. 5-2-8)

Number of Animals Allowed – Residents are allowed to keep or harbor no more than three animals. (Ord. 10-2-1)

Cats & Other – There are no ordinances for cats or other domestic animals.



Any person engaged in the construction, repair or alteration of any building or structure, including homeowners attempting to make improvements at their personal residence, must first acquire the proper permit from the Village for the work they are performing. (2012 International Residential Code – R105.1)



Any person who engages in the construction, repair or alteration of any building or structure within the Village of Shorewood, for which a permit is required, is presumed to be a contractor and must be licensed hereunder unless such presumption is rebutted.

A homeowner engaged in constructing, altering or repairing his personal residence or lot shall not be considered a contractor for purposes of this section, but must provide proof of homeowner’s liability insurance prior to receiving a building permit.

No person shall act or perform any service as a general or subcontractor within the Village without first having obtained a contractor’s license. (Ord. 3-1-16)



16-17 Years of Age – Sun-Thur: 11:00PM-6:00AM, Fri-Sat: 12:00AM-6:00AM

15 Yeas of Age and Under – 10:00PM-6:00AM, Seven Days a Week (Ord. 5-7-2)



An owner may conduct no more than two (2) garage sales during any twelve (12) consecutive months. Participation in the villagewide garage sale is permitted in addition to the two (2) garage sales. No permit is required to conduct a garage sale in the Village of Shorewood. (Ord. 3-11-1)



No refuse is to be at the curb more than 24 hours prior to collection day and no container is to remain at the curb or alley 24 hours after collection. (Ord. 4-1-5)



On vacant lots, grass and weeds growing above fifteen inches (15”) in height is prohibited and must be cut by the owner. (Ord. 4-4-3)

All premises and exterior property shall be maintained free from grass and weed growth in excess of ten inches (10”). (2000 International Property Maintenance Code – 302.4)



Abandoned and inoperable motor vehicles are considered a nuisance and may not be kept or stored on public or private property. (Ord. 4-7)


It is unlawful to make or cause to be made any loud, unnecessary or unusual noise that disturbs others (Examples include: blowers, defective vehicle, exhaust, horns, firecrackers, loudspeakers, etc. (Ord. 4-6-1)

Construction Hours – Mon-Fri, 7AM-7PM and Sat, 7:30AM-7PM and Sun,
8:30AM-7PM (Ord. 8-1-9)

Bug Zappers – Bug Zappers have been declared a nuisance between 12:01AM-6AM (Ord. 4-6-2)



Burning is prohibited in the Village of Shorewood. It shall be unlawful to burn any material, including, but not limited to, “Landscape Waste” and “Municipal Waste”. (Ord. 4-3-1)

Landscape Waste: All accumulations of grass or shrubbery, leaves and all other materials accumulated in the care of lawns, shrubbery and vines.

Municipal Waste: Garbage, general household and commercial waste, industrial lunchroom of office waste, landscape waste and construction or demolition debris. (Ord. 4-3-2)



Boats, Snowmobiles on Trailers, RV’s - may only be stored in an interior side yard, rear yard or fully enclosed building or structure and must be screened in such a manner to prevent viewing from the street. They may also be located no closer than five feet (5’) to any rear or interior side lot line. These types of vehicles are allowed in the driveway for 72 hours (for loading and unloading purposes). Guests may park there for 14 days within a 30-day period. (Ord. 10-3-7)

Snow – All Parking on the street is prohibited after 2 inches of snowfall. (Ord. 11-1311)

Business Trucks – Business trucks over three-quarter (3/4) ton are not allowed to be parked on the street at anytime (Ex: “Smith Construction”, “Fred’s Dog Grooming”, etc.). (Ord. 10-3-20)

Parking Across a Sidewalk - No person shall impede pedestrian traffic by stopping, standing or parking a vehicle across any sidewalk. (Ord. 11-1303)



No alcoholic beverages are permitted on park property at any time. (Ord. 1-9-9)



Skateboards are prohibited on any street, sidewalk, public way or private property without the permission of the owner. (Ord. 5-3-2-4)



Solicitors must be licensed and registered with the Village. Solicitation hours are 10:00AM to 8:00PM. (Ord. 3-1-13)



The hanging, posting or displaying of signs is not permitted on any public right of way, on public utility poles, or on any public property without first obtaining a permit. (Ord. 10-10-3 through 10-10-12)



In-Ground Swimming Pools: All in-ground outdoor private residential swimming pools shall be completely surrounded by a fence of not less than five feet (5’) in height, separated at least six feet (6’) from the pool and of sufficient strength to prevent access to the pool.

Aboveground Swimming Pools: Aboveground private residential swimming pools with self-provided fencing standing at least three feet (3’) above the pool deck will be allowed without separate additional fencing: provided, that the self-provided fencing is of sufficient strength and required height to prevent access other than through a gate or door. (Ord. 8-5-5)