Village of Oswego
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The Village Clerk’s Office is the official keeper of the records for the Village which includes but is not limited to intergovernmental agreements, Village project files, ordinances, resolutions, minutes of Board meetings and all other legal documentation in regards to the actions of the Village of Oswego. Records retention, storage and destruction are functions of the Village Clerk. The Clerk is also appointed as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Open Meetings Act (OMA) officer for the Village.

Please use the links to the right to locate information pertaining to the Clerk's Office.

For more information, please contact the Clerk's office at 630-554-3259.

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Recently Approved Ordinances

 

How to open a Business in Oswego

Address Change Request Form

ALARM REGISTRATION: 6-12-1

All businesses, including those operating from a private residence, using any type of alarm system within the Village of Oswego shall register annually to operate said alarm system. The words “alarm system” means any assembly of equipment, mechanical or electrical, arranged to signal the occurrence of any illegal entry to any premise, safe or vault, hold-up or panic button, or other activity requiring urgent attention and to which police personnel are expected to respond.

Alarm systems used at a private residence where no business is also operated shall not be registered. Though not subject to registration, residential alarm systems are subject to the penalties for false alarms contained in Section 6-12-5.

Businesses subject to registration and operating an alarm shall register as part of its annual business registration.

The registration shall be issued for one calendar year from January 1 through December 31.

BUSINESS REGISTRATION: 3-1-1

All persons conducting any type of business within the village shall register annually to operate said business. The word "person" means any individual person, firm, corporation, partnership or association which operates or maintains any type business within the village.

Any application for registration to conduct a family daycare home, group daycare home or daycare center shall be accompanied by a license issued by the state for the operation of such business.

The initial registration fee for any and all commercial businesses shall be fifty dollars ($50.00); the annual renewal registration fee shall be twenty five dollars ($25.00).

The initial registration fee for any home occupation business shall be twenty five dollars ($25.00); the annual renewal registration fee shall be ten dollars ($10.00).

The registration shall be issued for one calendar year from January 1 to December 31.

The registration issued shall be posted in a prominent location on the business premises.

Business and Alarm Registration and Renewal Application

 

BED AND BREAKFAST LICENSE: 3-10-1

It shall be unlawful to engage in the business of operating a bed and breakfast establishment in the village without first having secured a license.

The fee for such license shall be fifty dollars ($50.00) per year and shall not be prorated. Licenses shall be for a period of one year from May 1 through April 30.

Bed and Breakfast Application and Renewal Application

 

BILLIARD, POOL HALLS; BOWLING ALLEY LICENSE: 3-3-1

No person shall operate, maintain or conduct a billiard, pool, bagatelle or pigeonhole table open to the public without having first obtained a license.

The annual fees for any pool hall license shall be ten dollars ($10.00) for each table. The annual fee for a bowling alley shall be twenty five dollars ($25.00) for each lane or alley.

License shall be for a period of one year year from January 1 to December 31.

The license shall be posted in a prominent location on the business premises.

Businesses not classified as a “Billiard / Pool Hall” but offer the use of billiard / pool tables to customers must obtain a Coin Operated Amusement Device License for each table.

Pool Table License Application and Renewal Application

 

COIN OPERATED AMUSEMENT DEVICE LICENSE: 3-18-1

It shall be unlawful for any person to distribute, sell, lease, have, keep for use or suffer to permit to be used, any amusement device without first obtaining a license.

The term “Coin Operated Amusement Devices” means any machine which upon the insertion of a coin or other currency may be operated by the public generally for use as a game, entertainment or amusement. It shall include, but not be limited to, such devices as marble machines, pinball machines, skill ball, mechanical grab machines, pistol ranges, baseball games, basketball games, dart games, bowling games, tennis games or any electronic devices utilizing a television like screen and any and all devices referred to as arcade equipment and all other games, operations and tables, similar to under whatever name may be indicated. The term amusement devices shall not include mechanical devices commonly known as kiddie rides designed for child amusement or music machines.

The village shall issue a license authorizing the keeping, conducting or operating of a billiard table, pool table, pinball machines or other coin operated devices as described above.

The annual fee for any license shall be one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each machine and shall not be prorated. This license fee shall be waived for any not-for-profit corporation that has obtained a state gaming license from the state.

License shall be for a period of one year year from January 1 to December 31.

The license shall be posted in a prominent location on the business premises.

Coin Operated Device Application and Renewal Application

 

FIREWORKS PERMIT: 5-2-1

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, co-partnership or corporation to knowingly possess, offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail or use or explode any display fireworks, flame effects or consumer fireworks.

Pyrotechnic displays shall only be conducted after first obtaining a permit from the village.

Each applicant for a pyrotechnic display permit shall submit a completed application form at least fifteen (15) days in advance of the date of the pyrotechnic display.

All pyrotechnic displays require the services of a licensed lead pyrotechnic operator and a licensed pyrotechnic distributor. A licensed lead pyrotechnic operator shall be present during any pyrotechnic display and shall personally supervise all assistants, including all phases of the pyrotechnic display. The lead pyrotechnic operator must be in possession of and able to produce his or her license upon request at all times during the delivery, setup and performance of the display.

Fireworks Permit and Fireworks Requirements

 

LIQUOR LICENSE: 3-7-1

It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or offer for sale at retail in the corporate limits of the village any alcoholic liquor without having a retailer's license issued by both the village and the state of Illinois.

All applications shall be accompanied by a two hundred fifty dollar ($250.00) nonrefundable application fee. The application fee shall include fingerprinting for the first person named in an application.  All applicants, including individuals, partners or shareholders of corporations and members of LLCs shall submit fingerprints as a part of the application and shall pay a one hundred dollar ($100.00) fee for processing said fingerprints.

All licenses issued shall be from May 1 to April 30.  All license fees shall be effective for fiscal year beginning May 1 and the first installment for renewal licenses shall be paid by April 15.

No license shall be renewed unless principal owner or manager has attended and completed a mandatory yearly training session.

Every licensee shall cause his license or licenses to be framed and hung in plain view in a conspicuous place on the licensed premises.

All licensees may sell alcoholic liquors between the hours of six o'clock (6:00) A.M. and one o'clock (1:00) A.M., on the day following, except on Fridays, Saturdays, and the days before the holidays of: Memorial Day, the Fourth Of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's, when the licensee may sell alcoholic liquor until two o'clock (2:00) A.M. on the succeeding morning. It shall be unlawful, however, to sell any alcoholic liquor between the hours of two o'clock (2:00) A.M. and ten o'clock (10:00) A.M. on Sundays.

Temporary License

The local liquor control commissioner shall have power to issue a temporary permit for the sale of alcoholic liquor at a banquet, picnic, bazaar, fair or similar private or public assembly where food and drink is sold, served or dispensed. Such temporary permit shall be issued only to:

a)   a political subdivision or authority, in accordance with section 6-15 of the Illinois liquor control act of 1934;

b)   a nonprofit club, society or fraternal or benevolent organization for the sale of alcoholic liquor to be consumed on the premises;

c)   a winery for the sale of its wine or microbrewery for the sale of its crafted beer; or

d)   for a license holder in good standing of a class A, C, D, E, G, or I village of Oswego liquor license to allow sales off premises in conjunction with a special event.

(A) A temporary permit shall be for a period of not more than four (4) days. Not more than one temporary permit shall be granted to any one political subdivision, club, society, organization, winery, microbrewery or class A, C, D, E, G, or I license holder in good standing in any one period of sixty (60) days. A fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) shall be assessed for the issuance of each temporary permit. (Ord. 14-07, 2-4-2014)

(B) A tamperproof wristband shall be placed on the wrist or nontransferable ink stamp shall be placed on the back of the hand of each person eligible to purchase alcoholic liquors, beer or wine prior to that person being given access to the licensed premises. (Ord. 11-61, 9-6-2011)

Liquor License Checklist

Liquor License Application or Liquor License Renewal or Temporary Liquor License Application

New Manager Application - Liquor

 

PAWNBROKER AND SECONDHAND DEALER: 3-32-1

No person, either as owner, manager, lessee, officer or agent, or in any other capacity, shall operate or permit to be operated as a pawnbroker or secondhand dealership without first having obtained a license from the village to do so.

Each license shall commence on January 1 and shall terminate on December 31 next following the date of issuance.

The applicant for a pawnbroker or secondhand dealer license required by this chapter shall pay the village clerk at the time of filing an application a license fee of two hundred dollars ($200.00) per calendar year or part thereof.

Pawnbroker and Secondhand Dealer Application

 

RAFFLE LICENSE: 3-4-1

A license to operate a raffle shall be issued only to bona fide religious, charitable, labor, fraternal, educational, or veterans' organizations, that operate without profit to their members and which have been in existence continuously for a period of five (5) years immediately before making application for a license and which have had during that entire five (5) year period a bona fide membership engaged in carrying out their objects.

Any raffle in which the aggregate value of the prizes is less than five hundred dollars ($500.00) shall be considered automatically licensed without necessity of an application.

Raffle license fees are as follows:

Aggregate Prize Value             Fee

Less than $500                          None

$501 - $5,000                           $5.00

$5001 and over                         $25.00

Raffle License Application

 

SPECIAL EVENT PERMITS: 3-2-1

It shall be unlawful to conduct or operate any special event which is open to the public, without having first secured a permit.  The term “special event” includes, but not limited to, festivals, block parties, concerts, rallies, races, parades, marches, walk-a-thons, dances, public shows, circuses, carnivals, and other special events in the village.

The special event permit fee shall be twenty five dollars ($25.00) for each application processed. The application fee is separate from other fees or costs which may be incurred as a result of specific services provided by the village.

Special event applications shall be completed and returned with the application fee and other required information at least eight (8) weeks prior to the proposed date of the event.

Special Event Permit Application

 

TATTOO AND BODY PIERCING LICENSE: 3-5-1

It shall be unlawful for any person firm or corporation to maintain and operate a tattoo establishment, with or without body piercing, or a body piercing establishment without first having obtained a license.

Applications shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable filing fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00). The license fee shall be one hundred dollars ($100.00) per year.

The registration shall be issued for one calendar year from January 1 to December 31.

Each licensee shall display a valid current license in a conspicuous place within the licensed establishment so that the same may be readily seen by persons entering the establishment.

Tattoo License Application or Renewal Application

 

TAXICAB LICENSE: 3-11-1

It shall be unlawful to operate a taxicab or engage in the business of operating a taxicab, solicit or accept passengers for hire in the village without first having secured a license.

The license period begins May 1 and expires on April 30 of each year. The renewal applications shall be considered late if submitted after April 15.

The village clerk shall issue suitable tags or stickers for each cab covered by license. Such tag or sticker shall be displayed in a prominent place on each taxicab.

Taxi License Application 

 

TOBACCO LICENSE: 3-19-1

All persons or entities selling, offering for sale, giving or delivering tobacco products in the village will be required to hold and maintain a valid tobacco license from the village. A separate license shall be required for each point of sale.

The term "tobacco products" shall include, but not be limited to, tobacco in all its forms and any paraphernalia designed for the smoking or ingestion of tobacco.

The fee for a new or renewed license shall be fifty dollars ($50.00).

The license period shall be from May 1 to April 30.

Tobacco License Application or Renewal Application

 

VIDEO GAMING: 3-31-1

No person, either as owner, lessee, manager, officer or agent, or in any other capacity, shall operate or permit to be operated any video gaming terminal as defined in the video gaming act, 230 Illinois Compiled Statutes 40/1 et seq., at any premises within the village of Oswego without first having obtained a license valid in that calendar year. The license provided shall permit a licensee to operate video gaming terminals. A separate license shall be required for each video gaming terminal. No license shall be issued unless the applicant holds a valid class A, C, D, E or G retail liquor license.

The applicant for a license under this chapter shall pay the village clerk, prior to filing the application, a nonrefundable fee of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) for the first video gaming terminal and fifty dollars ($50.00) for each additional video gaming terminal per license year.

Every license issued under this chapter shall, at all times during the period for which it is effective, be posted in a conspicuous place at or near the principal entrance to the premises for which the license is issued.

There shall be no more than ten (10) locations in the village at any time where licenses are issued.

Upon the alienation, sale, transfer, assignment or donation of the business to any third party or person other than the licensee, the video gaming license shall automatically become void and the number of available licenses as authorized by the corporate authorities shall automatically and immediately be reduced by one.

For information on how to obtain a video gaming license, please contact the Village Clerk at (630) 551-2341.

 

Contact:

Village Clerk
Tina Touchette
630-554-3259

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