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For more information, please contact the Clerk's office at 630-554-3259.
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Recently Approved Ordinances
The Village of Oswego has in place a Code of Ordinances that regulates what is allowed and required in the Village. The Village also approves ordinances for local government including budget approval, variances, amendments, annexation of property, development plans, and disposal of Village-owned property. The complete Code of Ordinances can be found here. It can also be found on the home page of the Village's website by clicking on "Municipal Codes," located under the Popular Links section.New ordinances not yet codified will be listed at the beginning of the list under the heading “Ordinances Pending Codification.”
For more detailed information regarding the Village’s Code of Ordinances please contact the Clerk’s Office at 630-554-3259.
How to open a Business in Oswego
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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.
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
BODYWORK ESTABLISHMENTS 3-38-1
No person shall advertise, offer, engage in, conduct or carry on, or permit to be advertised, offered, engaged in, conducted or carried on, bodywork services in any establishment, or provide bodywork in return for compensation in any establishment in the Village without first having obtained a bodywork establishment license issued by the Village pursuant to the provisions of this chapter for each and every premises used for conducting or providing bodywork services for compensation.
No person shall provide or permit another person to provide massage therapy or massage services for compensation in any capacity in the Village of Oswego unless the person providing the massage therapy or massage services is a licensed massage therapist or demonstrates with appropriate proof that he or she is exempt from the Act. Exemptions from licensing and fees can be found under 3-38-4 of Village Code.
The term for licenses issued under this chapter is for one year beginning January 1, and ending on December 31, and the licenses must be renewed each year. The initial license fee and the annual license renewal fee for a bodywork establishment license are as follows:
- $100.00 for establishments for which bodywork is the primary service being provided
- $50.00 for establishments for which bodywork is not the primary service being provided
- $10.00 for a massage therapist operating as a sole proprietor
In addition to the fees, an initial applicant or licensee seeking renewal of a bodywork establishment license shall pay a background check fee of $100.00 and the fingerprint fee(s) in the amount assessed against the Village for each of the owners, supervisors and providers of bodywork services in the premises who are not exempt.
All licensed premises shall be periodically inspected by a duly authorized representative of the Village for safety of the structure and adequacy of plumbing, ventilation, heating, illumination and fire protection. In the case of an initial application for bodywork establishment license, the Building Commissioner or designee shall inspect the premises to assure that the proposed operation complies with all applicable laws, including the Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Health, Housing, Zoning, and Fire Codes of the Village, and any other regulations of the Village relating to the public health, safety and welfare.
Please refer to Village code regarding the display of licenses; registration and regulation of employees; restriction of licenses; enforcement; revocation and penalties.
Application for Bodywork Establishment License
Renewal Application for Bodywork Establishment License
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
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
FARMERS MARKETS 3-34-1
It shall be unlawful for any person or entity to operate a farmers market without first having obtained a special event permit. Each application should include a site plan designating the exact location of the farmers market on the site and the location of any garbage receptacles, washroom facilities, parking areas, and any permanent structures. Farmers markets may take place on a weekly basis for the period extending from April 1 to October 31, of the same calendar year. Uses permitted include:
- Articles for human consumption including, but not limited to, fruits, vegetables, edible grains, nuts, berries, apiary products, dairy products, eggs, cheese, meats, fish, poultry, baked goods, maple sugars, syrups and ciders
- Articles not for human consumption including, but not limited to, cut fresh and dried flowers, potted flowers, potted plants, and animal food products
- Services, artwork, and hand-crafted items, provided that vendors that offer these items and services do not make up more than twenty five percent (25%) of the total vendors at the event
Prohibited uses include:
- Live animals
- Unwholesome or spoiled food
- Items prohibited by the Kendall County Health Department
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.
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 on premises alcohol servers who sell, pour, mix, dispense, or serve alcoholic beverages, all owners, managers, or agents working on the premises and anyone whose job description entails the checking of identification for the purchasing or consuming of alcoholic beverages are required to obtain and complete BASSET (beverage alcohol sellers and servers education and training) training within one hundred twenty (120) days after the server begins employment. A certificate of training belongs to the server, and a server may transfer a certificate of training to a different employer; but shall not transfer a certificate of training to another server. A "State certified BASSET program" shall be defined as a program licensed by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission as required by 235 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/3-12(11.1) and 6-27 and title 77 of the Illinois administrative code, chapter XVI, section 2500.
It shall not be a violation for wait staff eighteen (18) to twenty (20) years of age to deliver alcoholic beverages to the tables of customers in restaurants, provided that said wait staff shall not draw, mix or pour alcoholic beverages.
All licensees may sell or offer for sale, at retail, alcoholic beverages to be sold on or in the licensed premises, between the hours of:
- Monday through Thursday, 6:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
- Friday and Saturday, 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
- Sunday, 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
- On the days before the holidays of: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day, 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
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 seventy-five dollars ($75.00) 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
Temporary Liquor Hour Variance Application
MOBILE FOOD VENDORS LICENSE 3-33-1
It shall be unlawful for any person or entity to operate as a mobile food vendor on Village roads without having first obtained a license from the Village Clerk. Each applicant shall pay a two hundred dollar ($200.00) application fee per application. The application fee covers the first mobile food vehicle/truck or pushcart. Additional mobile food vehicles/trucks or pushcarts will be one hundred dollars ($100.00) each. All fees are nonrefundable. No application fee shall be charged of a mobile food vendor sponsored by or working for a religious, educational, or charitable organization where such organization is entirely a nonprofit organization and who can furnish the village with a "tax exempt number" and written proof of its "tax exempt status". A criminal background fingerprint check will be performed by the police department for all applicants, drivers and operators. All licenses issued shall expire on December 31 of each year. A mobile food vendor shall not conduct business from a stationary public location for more than ninety (90) minutes.
It shall be unlawful for any person or entity to operate as a mobile food vendor on private property without having first obtained a registration from the Village Clerk. Each registrant shall pay a twenty five dollar ($25.00) registration fee for the first vehicle or pushcart, and a ten dollar ($10.00) fee for each additional vehicle or pushcart. All fees are nonrefundable. No registration fee shall be charged of a mobile food vendor sponsored by or working for a religious, educational, or charitable organization where such organization is entirely a nonprofit organization and who can furnish the village with a "tax exempt number" and written proof of its "tax exempt status". The registration requirement for mobile food vehicles/trucks or pushcarts is waived for all permitted special events.
Sale of food from mobile food vehicles/trucks or pushcarts shall be prohibited:
- On Main Street from Jefferson Street to Tyler Street; Washington Street from Parkers Mill to Route 71
- Within two hundred feet (200') of any school property between seven o'clock (7:00) A.M. and four o'clock (4:00) P.M. or when school is in session unless the mobile food vendor possesses written permission from the school district that contains a date and time range that they are authorized to operate as a mobile food vendor on school district property
- In any park, or on park district property within the Village unless the mobile food vendor possesses written permission from the Park District
- In any area where the operation impedes vehicular or pedestrian travel as determined by the Chief of Police or his designee
Mobile food vendors may conduct business from six o'clock (6:00) A.M. to eight thirty o'clock (8:30) P.M., Sunday through Saturday, including holidays unless such business is located on private property or as part of a permitted special event. Mobile food vendors are not licensed to conduct business door to door.
Mobile Food Vendor on Public Property Application
Mobile Food Vendor Registration
PAWNBROKERS AND SECONDHAND DEALERS LICENSE 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. An application for a license and license fee of two hundred dollars ($200.00) shall be made in writing to the Village Clerk or their authorized designee. Every applicant for a license shall file with the Village a license and permit bond in the penal sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00).
The Police Chief or any Officer designated by him shall have general supervision over all pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers, and shall also have power to inspect their respective places of business. In the event that a person seeking to sell or pawn any item presents to the owner/operator/employee of a pawn or secondhand shop what is reasonably believed to be a false/fictitious/forged/altered ID card, a representative of that business shall notify the Police Department of the incident while the person is still present in the business if safe to do so, or otherwise as soon as the person has left the business. Every pawnbroker or secondhand dealer who shall receive or be in possession of any goods, articles or things under circumstances which would lead a reasonable person to conclude that they have been lost or stolen, or which have been alleged or supposed to have been lost or stolen shall immediately notify the Police Department of such receipt.
Pawnbroker and Secondhand Dealer License 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.
Private Special Events Permit Application
Public Special Events Permit Application
Park & Ride Reservation 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
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.
Refer to instructions on how to apply for a video gaming license and corresponding application forms provided below. For additional information, please contact the Village Clerk at (630) 554-3259.
How to Apply for Video Gaming
Pre-Qualification for Video Gaming License Application