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is the Police Station located?
Police Station is at
410 Green Bay Road
, just north of
, and approximately one block south of the Winnetka Village Hall. It is
immediately south of the Winnetka Fire Department. The Police Station is open 24 hours every day.
How can I appeal a parking ticket?
If you feel a parking ticket you received was issued in error you may fill out an Appeal Form and return it with the ticket before the Due Date on the citation. Police Supervisors will review the citation and determine if it was indeed issued in error. If so, the citation will be voided and you will be notified. If the supervisor determines that the citation was issued properly it will be returned to you and the due date extended to allow payment or court appeal. Citations will only be voided if the officer issued it in error. If you disagree with the citation after an appeal was denied you may request a hearing in traffic court. This must be done in person at the Police Station.
Can I have or use Pellet, Paintball, Air-soft, CO2 or BB guns in Winnetka ?
You may not discharge any such device on public property or allow the projectile to leave your property. They also may not be possessed by anyone under the age of 13.
should I call 9-1-1?
9-1-1 for emergency police, fire or paramedic service, as well as any time that
you need a police car dispatched. When you call 9-1-1 please stay on the line
with the dispatcher if possible.
can motorized scooters be operated?
operation of motor driven scooters and other "mini motorcycles"
or mini bikes on anything other than private property is prohibited by the Illinois
Vehicle Code. Additionally, the Cook County Board has enacted an ordinance
banning motor driven scooters in
only are motorized scooters and mini bikes dangerous due to their small size and
limited power, but unless they can be licensed by the State as motor driven
cycles or motor vehicles, they cannot be legally operated on any public highway,
street, sidewalk, alley or on the public way. Persons operating these
devices can be ticketed. Visit the Cook
County Sheriff's Department Web Site for more information.
is the curfew for juveniles?
State Statutory curfew for young people under the age of 17 is 11 p.m. Sunday through
Thursday, and 12 midnight on Friday and Saturday year around.
is construction activity allowed?
is unlawful for any person to permit or engage in any construction activity, or
to operate or permit the operation of power equipment such as any pile driver,
power shovel, pneumatic hammer or derrick, or to operate or permit the operation
of any motor vehicle in relation to any such activities at any location in the
Sundays and holidays,
9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. on Saturdays, or
7 a.m. and after 7 p.m. on all other days.
bicycles be registered with the Police Department?
are encouraged to register their bicycles with the Winnetka Police Department
for easy identification in the event they are lost or stolen. Bicycles can be
registered at the Police Station (
410 Green Bay Road
) or by completing and submitting to the department, the application form that
is available on line. If submitting a registration application by mail we will
return your registration sticker by mail. There is no charge for bicycle
I let the police department know that I will be out of town?
making vacation plans, and whenever a house will be unoccupied for a period of
time, residents are urged to contact the Winnetka Police Department at
847-501-6034 to request that their home be placed on its "House Watch
it possible to schedule a tour of the Police Station?
of the Winnetka Police Station can be arranged for youth and school groups by
calling 847-501-6034. Due to operations needs, tours for parties and other
private functions cannot be accommodated.
can I do to ensure that my home/business is secure?
the Winnetka Police Department's Investigations Unit at 847-501-6034 and request
a security survey of your residence or business. There is no charge for this
about the wildlife in
animals are considered to be indigenous to our area and generally are beyond the
responsibility of the Village animal control program. However, the Winnetka
Police Department will provide assistance on those occasions when wild animals
enter the living space of a residence and pose a threat to persons.
animals in eaves, walls, under decks, in garages, etc. are not considered to be
a threat and, according to Village policy, cannot be handled by the Police. When
their presence in these areas poses a problem, members of the Police Department
will gladly provide information and suggestions for relocating them but it is
the homeowners' responsibility to deal with the animals or contract with a
private pest control company.
For more information click on Living with Wildlife in Illinois.
there restrictions on the use of leaf blowers?
, the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers - whether backpack-mounted,
wheel-mounted or hand held - is restricted by Village Ordinance. This ordinance also applies to gasoline powered generators used to power electric blowers.
October 1 through May 31, Monday through Friday inclusive, gasoline-powered leaf
blowers may not be used before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m. On Saturdays, Sundays and
holidays they may not be used before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
June 1 through September 30, the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers is
prohibited at all times.
you employ landscapers, please make sure that they are aware of
leaf blower ordinance. Violators will be ticketed.
leaf blower restrictions do not apply to golf course lawn upkeep activities, to
employees of the Village working on road maintenance, or to electric leaf
blowers plugged into normal electric outlets.
Asked Questions about False Burglar or Fire Alarms
is a False Alarm?
Village Ordinance # 8.04: "False alarm" means the erroneous activation
of an alarm system through mechanical failure, malfunction, improper
installation, or the mistake of the alarm system user or the user's agents, but
excluding the activation of an alarm system by such natural or violent
conditions as tornadoes, earthquakes, fire or lightning.
are the False Alarm Fees?
by Village Ordinance # 8.04, levies fees for false burglar alarms. The fees
are assessed for false alarms within a 12 month period. The period restarts on
January 1 of every year.
fees are assessed as follows:
Alarms # 1 & 2
Alarms 3 thru 5
50.00 each alarm
Alarms 6 thru 9
Alarms 10 and above
Fire Department for Fire Alarm fees and billing.
am I getting a bill when there is no fee charged?
Winnetka Police Department Records Section sends out notices after responding to
all received false alarms, including those that do not result in a False Alarm
Fee. The first two false alarms of each 12-month period (Restarting on January 1
of each year) are not charged. The Police Department still sends out invoices
notifying you of the responses, even though you do not owe money for them. This
way, if you receive an invoice for the 3rd or 4th alarm in the billing period
you will be aware of prior calls.
didn’t know the Police responded to my home or business.
Officers and/or Dispatchers make efforts to contact the owner or keyholder upon
responding to all alarms but their efforts are not always successful. Check with
your alarm company to make sure that your contact list is up-to-date. If your
alarm comes directly to the police department panel make sure that contact
information is kept current. Officers will leave notes at the
residence if no one could be contacted otherwise or if a door was found open.
do I pay Alarm Invoices?
address all invoice payments to the
and send to the Village Hall at
510 Green Bay Road.
Please write the invoice number on the check so that your account is credited
do not need to return an invoice that shows no fee assessed (“Fee Assessed:
do I call if I have questions about False Alarms?
you have any questions, please feel free to call the Winnetka Police Records
section at 847-501-6034, press option # 2.
410 Green Bay Road