PLAN COMMISSION AND
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
Instructions for Completing A
Petition for Annexation
Into the Village of Burr Ridge
In preparing an annexation petition for the annexation of land into the Village of Burr Ridge, it is
essential that you are aware of who the exact legal owner of your property is and that you submit
ownership information to the Village so that it can be reviewed. For example, often the Village
receives annexation petitions signed by the husband and wife while the title to the property is actually
held in a land trust. Also, sometimes only one spouse signs an annexation petition, even though title
to the property is in both spouses’ names. Furthermore, at least one owner (or a beneficiary of a land
trust if title to the property is in a land trust) must verify under oath the facts set forth in the petition.
Also, it is important that the body of the annexation petition reflect whether there are any electors (i.e.
registered voters) residing on the property to be annexed. Electors may include the owners, children
of the owners, or other tenants. If there are electors residing on the property who are different than the
owners, all such electors must also sign the annexation petition.
If you own the property, but are presently renting the property to others, you would sign the petition
as owners, but it would have to be determined whether your tenants are registered to vote at the
address of your property. If they are, they must sign as electors. If they are registered to vote from
some other location or are not registered voters, they should not sign the petition.
In the event that the property is in a land trust, you need to fill out an appropriate form directing the
land trustee to sign the annexation petition on your behalf. Your land trustee will provide you with
the appropriate forms for this purpose.
When signing as individuals, it is important to sign your names exactly as they show on the title to
your property (e.g. use of middle names or initials, etc.).
Also, if there are both registered voters who are not owners, as well as owners, residing on the
property, these signature must be separately identified. For example, you could have a page to be
signed only by individuals who are owners of the property but are not registered voters. On the next
page you would have any individuals who are both owners and electors, and finally on another
separate page you could have individuals who are only electors. Note that separate pages are not
required (but may be necessary because of the number of signatures), but separate identification is
Finally, you should include the legal description of your property in the annexation petition (not the
street address) plus your permanent property index number.
Attached are examples of petition forms reflecting the above instructions. If you have any questions
regarding how to properly fill out these forms, please contact the Administration Department at (630)
654-8181. Please make certain that all petitions are sworn to before a notary public.