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Residential Occupancy Standards
Overview
Whether you live in an apartment, condominium, duplex or single-family house, your home is probably the most important place in the world to you. It is where you raise your family and keep your belongings. In many cases, it represents one of the greatest investments you will ever make.

One way you can protect the value of your home and enhance the quality of life for the people that live there, is to follow to the City's occupancy standards.

Minimum Standards
The City of Elgin has adopted nationally-accepted minimum standards as a guide to determine proper occupancy limits. Only immediate family members may live in a dwelling unit plus, if desired, up to two unrelated persons.

The national standards also provide requirements for the number of people that may live in certain sized areas. The minimum space requirements per number of occupants are shown on the following chart.

Living Space

Space

Minimum Area Requirements 

Number of Occupants

Sleeping Area Required

1-2
Occupants

3-5
Occupants

6 or More
Occupants

Living Room

None

120 sq. ft.

150 sq. ft.


1 70
Dining Room None 80 sq. ft. 100 sq. ft.
2 100
Kitchen 50 sq. ft. 50 sq. ft. 60 sq. ft.
3 150
Bedrooms Section 404.4 Section 404.4 Section 404.4
4 200
Contact
If you have questions or need more information, contact the Code Compliance Division at (847) 931-5920 or 311 and ask for your area Code Compliance Officer.

Why Should I Observe Occupancy Limits?
By following the occupancy limits, you will rid your home of conditions that may compromise your family's well being.

5

250

 

6

300

 

7

350

 

8

400

 

9

450

 

10

500

 

11

550

 

12

600

Overcrowding and/or additional dwelling units can create serious problems, i.e. disease may spread more easily, lost privacy, mental health is affected and buildings are subject to more abuse and wear. Overcrowding and/or additional dwelling units can have a destructive effect on a block or neighborhood.

Basement sleeping without proper egress is prohibited. If in doubt of the safety of your loved ones, please contact the Code Compliance Division for a determination. A site visit may be required.