Property Maintenance and Resale Inspections

Property Maintenance

The Village regularly conducts property maintenance inspections to protect the health, safety, and appearance of the property as well as nearby areas.  You may receive a “hang tag” or notice from one of our inspectors informing you of a property maintenance violation.  If you receive a “hang tag,” please make arrangements to correct the code violation within the given time frame.  Contact the inspector if you have questions.

If you do not correct your property maintenance violation or contact the inspector with your questions, you will receive a ticket to report to the Village Hall for an Administrative Adjudication Hearing.  An administrative hearing is a civil, not criminal, proceeding.  Cases filed in adjudication are punishable by fines and can only be appealed in the 4th District Circuit Court of Cook County.  You may pay your fines online or in person at Village Hall.

In extreme cases when fines accumulate unpaid, the Village may place liens on properties for repeat offenders.

The following are common property maintenance violations that the inspectors find during inspections.  If any of these conditions exist in your home, please try to proactively correct them.

  1. Failure to properly display address on front of house and on garage at alley
  2. Outdoor storage of materials or equipment
  3. Outdoor storage of inoperable vehicles
  4. Accumulation of trash, garbage, brush, or construction materials
  5. Overgrown bushes or hedges over walkways or public ways
  6. Grass grown over 8 inches in height and/or overgrowth of weeds
  7. Building or fence in disrepair
  8. Clogged or dirty gutters
  9. Missing or damaged handrails or balusters
  10. Peeling and chipping paint
  11. Broken or cracked windows on house or garage
  12. Parking on an unimproved surface

Permits may be required to correct certain property maintenance violations.

The Village of Brookfield adopted the 2015 International Property Maintenance code with local amendments.  The Code is available for purchase at the Village of Brookfield or through the International Code Council, and is also available for viewing at the Brookfield Public Library or Village Hall.

You may report property maintenance violations to the Community and Economic Development Department’s inspectors by calling 708-485-1412.  Please be sure to provide the address of the property in violation.

Resale Inspections

Resale Inspections are required to be conducted within 60 days prior to any transfer of ownership.  The resale inspection is the seller’s responsibility to apply for, pay for, and schedule.  A closing may not take place until the property has passed resale inspection.

The resale inspection pertains to commercial structures and residential building with 4 or more units.  Persons selling a 1-3 unit residential building are not required to obtain an inspection from the Village.  Instead, persons buying a 1-3 unit home must certify in writing that they have obtained a private inspection from a licensed home inspector.  Please visit the Forms section ( ) to download the Resale Inspection Application form or certification form.

If you are selling your property, plan ahead so you have time to make any repairs required as a part of your resale inspection.  If you are buying a property in Brookfield, ask your realtor for the status of your resale inspection.