Village Departments


The administrative offices of the Village operate out of the Village Hall, 2500 Lake Ave.  The office hours are weekdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm.  The Village Manager is responsible for implementing the policies and procedures of the Village of Lakewood.  She oversees the Village staff, budget administration, internal controls and economic development for the Village.  


The Village of Lakewood is dedicated to ensuring the public health, safety and welfare of the community by providing review, permitting, and inspection services.  Building Permits are required prior to all construction projects.  Individual project handouts, posted right, provide the individual guidelines and requirements for each project type.  When you are ready to begin work, simply submit your Building Permit Application, along with the required documents and fees.  Please contact the Building Department at (815) 459-3025 for more information or with any questions you may have regarding the application process. 


The Village's Finance Department is responsible for overseeing the fiscal operations of the Village.  Under the supervision of the Village Manager, with the assistance of the Treasurer, department responsibilities include the recording and reporting of all financial transactions, billing and collecting all monies due to the Village, making payments to employees and vendors, management of Village funds, assisting in the preparation of the annual operating budget, and preparation of the annual financial report.  Additionally, the Finance Department manages the refuse collection and utility billing processes.


This department is headed by a full-time Chief of Police. The Village enjoys a low crime rate, largely due to the pro-active community policing philosophy and policies of the Village's own 24-hour Police Department.  Both emergency 9-1-1 and non-emergency calls are handled by McHenry County  Sheriff's Office.  During the summer months, the department also operates the boat patrol on Crystal Lake. 


Public Works is responsible for maintaining the streets, equipment, water and sewer system and public property within the Village limits.  This department is also responsible for snow plowing, brush pickup, hydrant flushing and similar services.


The department is headed by a full-time Fire Chief. Both emergency 9-1-1 and non-emergency calls are handled by Southeast Emergency Communications (SEECOM). 

You can help emergency responders locate your home more quickly by making sure your address is clearly visible from both directions on the mailbox.  Numbers at least three (3) inches high are recommended and reflective numbers are even better.