To serve you better, we've assembled a list of our residents' most frequently asked questions. If you don't find your answer here, feel free to contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions


How long does it take to get a library card?

Our librarian will be able to supply you with a new library card the same day you apply.

Are electronic books available?

YES!  Just ask at the library how you can sign up and get started!

Does the Library have activities for young children?

We do offer "story time" for young children!  Give us a call at 815-938-2624 if the current schedule is not posted.

Village Hall

What hours is Village Hall open?

Village Hall is open from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

We are CLOSED Saturday and Sunday. 

Building Permits & Inspections

What is the process for getting a building permit?

Take a moment to read all required information provided. Then print and fill out the building permit application form and return to city hall.  Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to give us a call or send us an email.  We will be happy to help you.

Do I need a permit for a fence?

Yes, you must submit a Building Permit for a fence.  Please read and complete both sides of the  BUILDING PERMIT and submit it to Village Hall.  Fence permits cost $50 and must be approved by the Village Board of Trustees before construction begins.

Do I need a permit for a shed?

Yes, even temporary structures require a Building Permit.  Please complete both pages of the BUILDING PERMIT and return it to Village Hall.  Building fees for sheds are calculated by the square footage of the shed.  

Water Utilities

How could I have used this much water?

The Village of Forreston updated all meters a few years ago.  Our meters read via radio signal so there is no human error in reading. You could possibly have a leaky toilet or faucet that is difficult to detect. We recommend you check all faucets, toilets, and your water softener.  If you wish, a Village employee can come with a hand held reader to double check your meter.  We request an adult be home to verify no water is running in the house while we read the meter.  Please understand, Village employees are not plumbers.  They are not there to fix a problem, only to help locate it if possible. Call the office and we will work with you to help you solve the problem.

Why do I have a previous balance when I know I sent in my payment?

We may have received it after the due date or we may not have received it at all. Call our office and we will help you solve the problem.

New Resident Resources

How do I sign up to receive Alerts and News & Notices?

Simply click the "Sign Up for Alerts" button located ……fill out the brief form with your preferred contact information and click submit

Where do I go to vote?

All elections are conducted by Ogle County.  If you need to register to vote you do so at Village Hall.   If you would like to vote early, you will need to go to the Ogle County Court house.  Please contact them for early voting hours (815-732-1110).  Elections for Forreston Pricinct 1, Forreston Precinct 2, and Baileyville are held at the Forreston Township building (104 E State St - the corner of North Walnut and E State Street). Voting hours are 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Election Day.