Code Enforcement in the City of Lake Geneva

Welcome to the City of Lake Geneva.  We would like to make this site a location for you to obtain information regarding our municipal code regulations.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Code Enforcement Officer at (262) 249-4090.


City of Lake Geneva Common Code Violations

  • No structure or part thereof shall be located, erected, moved, reconstructed, extended, enlarges, converted or structurally altered without a zoning permit, except minor structures.
  • All exterior lighting must be shielded, except incandescent fixtures of 150 watts or less.
  • No illuminated flashing signs. (May not change more than once every 60 seconds).
  • All vehicle parking shall be on a hard paved surface. No parking on the lawn.
  • Bulk Garbage may not be placed out sooner than 12 hours before scheduled pick-up.
  • All new fences need a permit.
  • All swimming pools greater than (1 ½) feet located above or below ground must have a permit.
  • All swimming pools must be fenced.
  • All building must display their street number on the street side of building, visible from street.
  • It is unlawful to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, move, or convert any sign without first obtaining a permit.
  • No off-premise advertising signs are permitted within the City.
  • No fluttering, undulating, swinging, rotating, or moving signs or decorations are permitted.
  • Window signs shall not exceed 15% of the area of the window.
  • Only 2 garage sales are permitted per year without a permit.
  • Only sign allowed for a garage sale is on the property of the garage sale.
  • Only one temporary sign may be displayed on a property at any one time.
  • Bicycles and skateboard are not allowed on the downtown business district sidewalks. (Sec. 74-223)
  • No more than two (2) Boats, recreational vehicles or trailers may be parked or stored outside a fully enclosed structure in the rear yard. If rear of lot is not accessible through driveway, a Boat, recreational vehicle or trailer may be parked long term on the side yard as long as no portion extends past the plane of the house which abuts a public Right of Way other than an alley way.
  • A recreational vehicle may be parked or stored in a front or side yard on an existing driveway, from Memorial Day until Labor Day, as long as it is on a concrete, asphalt, or paving brick surface.

Lawn Fertilizer Regulations

Municipal Code Section 82-3 restricts use of Phosphorus Fertilizer.  See the City Ordinances for regulations.
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