Burning of Landscape Waste

Village Ordinance prohibits the open burning of landscape waste and leaves.

Grass Clipping Disposal

Please dispose of grass clippings properly.  Clippings that are allowed to collect in the street and gutters clog storm sewers and prevent effective drainage.

Street Sweeping

Spring-Fall: Street sweeping is completed every Friday morning from 4:00-6:00 a.m. in the Downtown Business District area. Street sweeping is completed in subdivisions 2-3 times per year.

Water Use/Lawn Sprinkling (year-round)

The Village of Plainfield year round ordinance for outside water use follows:
Lawn sprinkling for even numbered addresses on even numbered calendar days is permitted between the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and/or 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Lawn sprinkling for odd numbered addresses on odd numbered calendar days is permitted between the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and/or 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The watering of gardens, trees, shrubs, and flowers (by use of a handheld hose or watering can) is permitted anytime.
If there are any questions concerning water restrictions, please call Public Works at 815-436-3577.

Watering of New Sod or Seed

The first day sod or seed is placed, the property owner may water sod or seed for any eight (8) hours.
For the next nine (9) days, the property owner may water the sod or seed every day between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Following the first ten (10) days, the odd/even watering restrictions will apply.

Weed & Grass Ordinance

The Weed and Grass Ordinance states that all premises and exterior property shall be maintained free from weed or plant growth more than 8 inches in height.  Any property that violates this ordinance will be notified.  After five (5) days of noncompliance, the property is subject to a lien until it is brought into compliance.  This ordinance is enforced throughout the growing season, May 1-November 15.

Snowplowing Information: Snow & Ice Removal Standard Operating Procedures

Salting Operations
The Village’s snow and de-icing crews are on alert and standing by when a minor (dusting to less than 2 inches) snow or ice event is forecast.  Once the precipitation, snow or ice, begins to accumulate salt trucks begin applying salt to the primary/main traffic routes.  These are dealt with first for safety issues due to higher speed limits and heavier traffic volume.  We try to clear these routes before rush hour whenever possible.   The timing of the storm can cause delays for the plowing crews, residents, and normal traffic flow.  Upon completion of the primary roads, salting of major collector streets begins; these are main streets through subdivisions, roads that link with main roads, and streets with schools.   We then begin salting of residential side streets, dead ends, and cul-de-sacs.   A simple salting operation can take four to six hours.

Plowing Operations
When snow reaches two or more inches, the Village begins a plowing operation.  A secondary group is called out to help with the plowing in addition to the salt shift.   As salt trucks continue to work on plowing their primary and arterial streets, other snowplow trucks begin to work on side streets.   Alleys, cul-de-sacs, and dead ends are done towards the end of the storm due to low traffic volume.   The last task is pushing back corners, cleaning up areas where cars may have been parked, and one last check through the entire route to re-salt and plow where necessary.  This operation will last about 14 to 18 hours after the last of the snow has fallen.   It is important to remember that excessive amounts of snow, extreme drop in temperatures, heavy wet snow, blowing and drifting snow, and equipment breakdowns will increase this time frame.

Follow the Village's Public Works Department on Facebook (Plainfield, IL Public Works) and/or Twitter (@PlainfieldILPW) for the latest snowplowing updates!  The Village also has a hotline for snowplowing updates: (815) 609-6145.  The hotline is updated regularly as conditions change.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.  If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at (815) 436-3577 or (815) 230-2031.

Helpful Shoveling Hints

Shovel driveway aprons only after the roadway is completely cleared. This will eliminate the need to shovel them more than once.
Pile all the snow away from the edge of the road, on the left side of the driveway as you face the house. Should the snowplow pass by again, after you have shoveled, this will prevent the plow from pushing the snow back into your driveway.
Do not push snow into or across the street. This may result in that same snow being deposited in your neighbor's driveway, if the snowplow should make an additional pass.
Clear snow and ice from the walk adjacent to your property. This makes pedestrian travel safer and easier.
Clear snow away from fire hydrants to permit easy access, in case of an emergency.