17.30.020 – Use definitions

Accessory Use (G). A use that is subordinate in area, extent and purpose to the principal use on the lot, and that is customarily maintained for the benefit of a permitted principal use. Examples of accessory uses include off-street parking facilities and outdoor storage.
(Ord. 1988-Z-8 § 1.)

Adult Uses.
Adult Uses means adult bookstores, adult entertainment cabarets, adult motion picture theaters, adult novelty stores, or any combination thereof, as follows:

  1. Adult Bookstore
    An establishment having at least twenty-five percent (25%) of its sales or display area devoted to books, magazines, films and/or videos for sale or rent, or other media or publications which are distinguished or characterized by their emphasis on matter depicting, describing or relating to Specified Sexual Activities or Specified Anatomical Areas, or an establishment with a segment or section devoted to the sale or display of such materials, or an establishment that holds itself out to the public as a purveyor of such materials based upon its signage, advertising, displays, actual sales, presence of video preview or coin-operated booths, exclusion of minors from the establishment’s premises or any other factors showing the establishment’s primary purpose is to purvey such material.
    (Ord. 2011-Z-1 § 26.)
  2. Adult Entertainment Cabaret
    A public or private establishment which features topless dancers, strippers, go-go dancers, male or female impersonators, lingerie or bathing suit fashion shows, not infrequently features entertainers who display Specified Anatomical Areas or features entertainers who, by reason of their appearance or conduct, perform in a manner which is designed primarily to appeal to the prurient interest of the patron or features entertainers who engage in, or are engaged in, explicit simulation of Specified Sexual Activities.
  3. Adult Motion Picture Theater
    A building or area used for presenting materials distinguished or characterized by an emphasis on matter depicting, describing or relating to Specified Sexual Activities or Specified Anatomical Areas for observation by patrons therein or for viewing on premises by use of motion picture devices or by coin-operated means,
  4. Adult Novelty Store
    An establishment having at least twenty-five percent (25%) of its sales orstock in trade consisting of toys, devices, clothing novelties, lotions and other items distinguished or characterized by their emphasis on or use for Specialized Sexual Activities or Specified Anatomical Areas, or an establishment that holds itself out to the public as a purveyor of such materials based upon its signage, advertising, displays, actual sales, exclusion of minors from the establishment’s premises or any other factors showing the establishment’s primary purpose is to purvey such material.
    (Ord. 2011-Z-1 § 27.)
  5. Specified Sexual Activities.
    For the purpose of this Title, Specified Sexual Activities means: 1) human genitals in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal; 2) acts of human masturbation, sexual intercourse or sodomy; and 3) fondling or other erotic touching of human genitals, pubic region, buttocks or female breasts.
  6. Specified Anatomical Areas.
    For the purposes of this Title, Specified Anatomical Areas means: 1) less than completely and opaquely covered human genitals, pubic region, buttocks or female breasts below a point immediately above the top of the areola; and 2) human genitals in a discernable turgid state, even if completely and opaquely covered.
    (Ord. 2011-Z-1 § 28.)

Agriculture.
The use of land for agricultural purposes, including farming, limited to cultivation of grain crops, horticulture, floriculture and viticulture. This use does not include retail sales, such as nurseries or farm stands.

Airport.
A facility where winged aircraft may land and take off, which may include runways, hangars, facilities for refueling and repair, accommodations for passengers, air traffic control towers, communications towers and antennas, lighting for runways and other facilities, and administrative offices.
(Ord. 1960-16 § III (part).)

Alcohol or Tobacco Sales Establishment.                                                                                                 

An establishment where the primary purpose, based on floor area, is the sale of a) packaged alcoholic liquor directly to the consumer for consumption off the premises, or b) tobacco or tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, and/or shisha (flavored tobacco for hookah), as defined in Chapter 5.16 of the St. Charles Municipal Code, titled "Tobacco", directly to the consumer for consumption either on or off the premises.  An establishment that has over 50% of the total retail floor area dedicated to the sale or consumption of these items shall be considered an Alcohol or Tobacco Sales Establishment.  This use includes a Hookah Lounge as defined in said Chapter 15.6.  This use does not include Retail Sales (G), Tavern/Bar, or Restaurant (G), as defined herein.

Art Gallery/Studio.
Premises used principally for the sale, display and exhibition of art. This use may include accessory production of art products and instruction in the production of art using paint, clay, fabric or other media. This use does not include the mass production or manufacture of objects.

Artist Live/Work Space.
Floor area used, or designed to be used, as both a dwelling unit and a place of work by an artist, artisan or craftsperson, including persons engaged in the application, teaching or performance of fine arts including, but not limited to, drawing, vocal or instrumental music, painting, sculpture and writing.

Assisted Living Facility.
A facility providing residential accommodations and daily assistance for elderly or disabled residents that meets the definition of assisted living established in the Assisted Living and Shared Housing Act (210 ILCS 9/1 et seq.)
(Ord. 2006-Z-19 § II.)

Bank.
An establishment such as a bank, savings bank, or credit union that offers financial services including maintaining checking and savings accounts, and issuing loans and other credit. Investment and other financial services may be provided as part of a bank’s range of services. This use is distinct from Financial Services Institution, which does not offer checking and savings accounts.

Bed and Breakfast.
Single-family residences, occupied by owners or resident managers, which offer lodging on a temporary basis to paying guests in a room(s) without cooking facilities, and may offer breakfast or other meals to these guests. Bed and Breakfast Establishment is differentiated from a Hotel/Motel in that they typically were designed originally as a single-family residence and have a smaller number of rooms.(Ord. 1988-Z-8 § 1.)

Car Wash.
A building or portion thereof containing facilities for washing vehicles, using either automatic or manual equipment, where the vehicle washing service is available to the general public.

Carpet Store.
A carpet store is a full-service retail facility that specializes in the sale of floor coverings such as carpeting, tile, wood, etc.

Cemetery.
This use includes cemeteries for the burial of people or animals, mausoleums and memorial parks, excluding crematoriums.

Coffee or Tea Room.
A limited menu restaurant which is located in conjunction with and on the same premises as a retail use. As a permitted use, a Coffee or Tea Room need not meet the definition of an accessory use in relation to the retail use. As an accessory use, the Coffee or Tea Room must meet the definition of an accessory use in relation to the retail use.

College/University.
Public or private colleges, universities, community colleges or other institutions of higher learning that primarily teach classes that would count toward an associates, bachelor’s, masters or doctoral degree, and that may include associated dormitories. College/University shall not include Schools, Specialized Instructional, as defined herein.

Communication Antenna.
Any exterior apparatus designed for telephone, personal wireless services, broadband, radio or television communications through the sending and/ or receiving of electromagnetic waves. This use includes Small Wireless Facilities, as defined in and regulated by Chapter 13. 24 " Small Cell Wireless Facilities.

Communication Tower.
A structure designed and constructed primarily for the purpose of supporting one or more Communication Antennas, including self-supporting lattice towers, guy towers and monopole towers. This use includes radio and television transmission towers, personal communications service ( PCS), microwave towers, common-carrier towers, cellular telephone towers, and the like. This use does not include any structure erected solely for a residential, non-commercial individual use, such as television reception antennas, satellite dishes or non-commercial wireless antennas ( amateur radio). This use includes Wireless Support Structures supporting Small Wireless Facilities, as defined in and regulated by Chapter 13. 24 " Small Cell Wireless Facilities", when designed and constructed primarily for the purpose of supporting one or more Small Wireless Facilities.

Convent/Monastery.
A building where persons (such as nuns or monks) reside under religious vows.

Correctional Facility.
A facility for the detention, confinement, treatment or rehabilitation of persons arrested or convicted for the violation of a civil or criminal law. Such facilities include an adult detention center, juvenile delinquency center, jail, and prison. Temporary holding cells in police stations are not considered correctional facilities, provided they are accessory in area, extent and purpose to the police station.

Cultural Facility (G).
Facilities open to the public including, but not limited to, museums, cultural centers, and aquariums. Cultural Facility does not include Library, Place of Worship or Lodge or Private Club, as defined herein.

Currency Exchange.
A business that, for compensation, cashes checks, warrants, drafts, money orders, or other commercial paper serving the same purpose. This classification does not include a Financial Institution, as defined herein, or a Retail Goods Establishment or Personal Services Establishment where the cashing of checks or money orders is incidental to the principal use.

Day Care Center.
Any child or adult care facility, whether established for gain or otherwise, which regularly provides care for less than twenty-four (24) hours per day for more than three (3) children or adults in a facility other than a residential building, which meets the licensing requirements of the State of Illinois, Department of Children and Family Services. Day Care Center does not include programs operated by public or private elementary and secondary schools, or institutions of higher learning which serve children who are three (3) years of age or older.
(Ord. 1993-Z-4 § 1A.)

Day Care Home.

A dwelling in which a permanent occupant of the dwelling provides care for more than three (3) to a maximum of sixteen (16) children other than the resident family’s natural, adopted or foster children for gain or otherwise, that is licensed by the State as a day care home and/or night care home in accordance with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Licensing Standards for Day and Night Care Homes. This use does not include facilities that receive children from a single household or a Day Care Center, as defined herein.
(Ord. 1983-Z-1 § 1.)

Drive-Through Facility (G).
A facility or part thereof that provides goods or services to patrons while they remain in a motor vehicle. Also commonly referred to as a drive-in or drive-up facility.
(Ord. 1980-Z-2 § 1.)

Dwelling Unit, Auxiliary. 
An attached or detached dwelling unit conforming to the following provisions:

  1. Auxiliary Dwelling Unit, Attached. A dwelling unit attached to a single-family detached dwelling unit. The attached auxiliary dwelling unit may have permanent, independent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation. A separate exterior entrance to the auxiliary dwelling unit may be provided. An interior connection between the auxiliary dwelling unit and the single-family detached dwelling unit is not necessary, unless required to meet building or fire prevention code requirements.
    (Ord. 1988-Z-8 § 1; Ord. 1960-16 § III (part).)
  2. Auxiliary Dwelling Unit, Detached. A dwelling unit surrounded by open space, which is constructed on the same lot as a single-family detached dwelling unit. The detached auxiliary dwelling unit may have permanent, independent facilities for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation.
    (Ord. 1988-Z-8 § 1; Ord. 1960-16 § III (part).)

Dwelling, Multiple-Family.
A building with three (3) or more dwelling units not designed as townhouses (see Dwelling, Townhouse), where each dwelling unit is provided an individual entrance to the outdoors or to a common hallway.
(Ord. 1988-Z-8 § 1; Ord. 1960-16 § III (part).)

Dwelling, Single-Family.
A detached dwelling containing a single dwelling unit. Travel trailers, housing mounted on self-propelled or drawn vehicles, tents, or other forms of temporary or portable housing are not included in this definition.

Dwelling, Townhouse.
A building with three (3) or more dwelling units arranged side-by-side, sharing common fire-resistive walls without openings, where each dwelling unit occupies an exclusive vertical space with no other dwelling unit above or below, and where each dwelling unit has at least one individual exit directly to the outdoors.

Dwelling, Two-Family.
A building containing two (2) dwelling units attached either vertically or horizontally. This use does not include Accessory Dwelling Units as defined herein.
(Ord. 1988-Z-8 § 1; Ord. 1960-16 § III (part).)

Dwelling, Upper Level.
A dwelling unit located on a floor above a nonresidential use.

Electronics Superstore.
An establishment with more than 30,000 square feet of floor area that specializes in the sale of electronic merchandise. Examples of items sold in these stores include: televisions, audio and video players and recorders; software; telephones; computers; and general electronics accessories. Major home appliances may also be sold at these facilities.

Emergency Medical Center.
A facility, other than a hospital, that provides emergency medical care and that is licensed by the State of Illinois as an emergency center under the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems Act.

Fairground.
An area wherein buildings, structures and/or land are used for the exhibition of livestock, farm products, and other goods, community events, and/or for carnival-like entertainment, by an organization established under the Illinois Agricultural Fair Act, 30 ILCS 120/1 et seq.

Financial Institution (G).
An establishment, the principal use or purpose of which is the provision of financial services including, but not limited to, mortgage companies and investment services. Financial Institution shall not include currency exchanges, banks, credit unions, and savings banks.

Furniture Store.
A furniture store is a full-service retail facility that specializes in the sale of furniture. Furniture stores are generally large and may include storage areas. Although some home accessories may be sold, furniture stores primarily focus on the sale of pre-assembled furniture. Gas Station. An establishment offering for sale at retail to the public, fuels, oils and accessories for motor vehicles, which may also offer convenience goods such as food, beverages, and other items typically found in a convenience market.

Gas Station
An establishment offering for sale at retail to the public, fuels, oils and accessories for motor vehicles, which may also offer convenience goods such as food, beverages, and other items typically found in a convenience market. Gas Station does not include Motor Vehicle Service andRepair, Minor, as defined herein. For Gas Station facilities with drive-through fast food windows, see Drive-Through Facility.

Golf Course.
Land used for playing the game of golf by the public or by members and guests of a private club, and which may include any of the following: clubhouse, meeting rooms, food and beverage services, tennis facilities, landscaping, irrigation systems, driving ranges, paths and golf greens and tees.

Group Home.
A dwelling unit where disabled individuals are provided residential care. Where a sponsoring agency of the group home is required to be licensed or certified by the State of Illinois, that sponsoring agency shall maintain a valid Illinois State license or certification to operate group homes. A group home does not include an Assisted Living Facility, Hospital, Day Care Center, or a dwelling unit or other living quarters that house persons as an alternative to incarceration for a criminal offense.

  1. Group Home, Small. A group home providing living accommodations for not more than eight (8) residents, including disabled persons and live-in staff. Visiting staff who do not reside within the group home shall not be counted for purposes of establishing the number of residents.
  2. Group Home, Large. A group home providing living accommodations for more than eight (8) residents, including disabled persons and live-in staff. Visiting staff who do not reside within the group home shall not be counted for purposes of establishing the number of residents.
    (Ord. 2001-Z-11 § 1.)

Health/Fitness Club.
An establishment that provides exercise facilities such as running, jogging, aerobics, weight lifting, court sports and swimming, as well as locker rooms, showers, massage rooms, saunas and related accessory uses.

Heavy Retail and Service (G).
A retail and/or service establishment where a) outdoor service or storage areas or partially enclosed structures are used in conjunction with the business, or b) the sale of goods or services to the general public at retail is secondary to the sale of goods or services to contractors, service professionals, and the like at wholesale. This use includes, but is not limited to, equipment rental and leasing, lumberyards and other building material and building supply establishments; auto parts establishments, commercial greenhouses and garden centers; landscape, construction and lawn maintenance contractor yards; contractor’s offices and storage; bulk materials sales and storage; swimming pool sales; deck and patio sales, playground equipment sales, and recreational vehicle and mobile home dealers. Outdoor Sales Areas and outdoor storage are permitted as accessory uses. Heavy Retail and Service does not include Home Improvement Center, Retail Sales, Personal Services, Pawn Shops, Motor Vehicle Sales and Leasing, or Adult Uses, as defined herein.

Heliport.
An area used or intended to be used for the landing and take-off of helicopters that is certified by the State of Illinois as such.

Home Improvement Center.
An establishment with more than 50,000 square feet of floor area that sells building supplies, construction equipment, home decorating fixtures and accessories, and related goods and services to the general public. Outdoor Sales, Permanent and Temporary, are permitted as accessory uses. Home Improvement Center is distinct from Heavy Retail and Service, as defined herein. Home Occupation (G). The conduct of a business or profession within a dwelling unit by one or more members of the family residing therein, which is incidental and secondary to the residential use.

Home Occupation (G).
The conduct of a business or profession within a dwelling unit by one or more members of the family residing therein, which is incidental and secondary to the residential use. Home Occupation includes, but is not limited to, the following: the practice of medicine, dentistry, law, engineering, architecture, and accounting; brokerage; business offices; instruction in or the practice of art, photography, music, language, or dance; computer services; hair cutting and styling; and day care homes. The following occupations, as well as others which do not have a character similar to those listed above, are specifically excluded from the definition of home occupation: restaurants, bed-and-breakfast establishments, nursing homes, mortuary establishments, and retail sales establishments with stock displayed and/or sold on the premises.
(Ord. 1983-Z-5 § 1; Ord. 1960-16 § III (part).)

Homeless Shelter.
A facility that provides temporary sleeping and/or living accommodations and meals to homeless persons and which may include counseling, accessory offices, recreational facilities for occupants.

Horse Stable,
Private. A detached accessory building for the keeping of horses owned by the occupants of the premises and not kept for remuneration, hire or sale.

Hospital.
An institution that provides emergency room and other services including but not limited to physical or mental health services, in-patient or overnight accommodations, and medical or surgical care services, that is licensed by the State of Illinois under the Hospital Licensing Act (210 ILCS 85/1 et seq.).
(Ord. 1980-Z-11 § 1.)

Hospice.
A facility licensed by the State of Illinois that meets the definition of Hospice Residence under the Hospice Program Licensing Act (210 ILCS 60/1 et seq.).

Hotel/Motel.
A building where guest rooms or suites are offered for a fee to temporary or transient guests to provide temporary sleeping and/or living accommodations. This use is distinct from Bed and Breakfast Establishment and Homeless Shelter as defined herein.
(Ord. 1960-16 § III(part).)

Independent Living Facility.
A multiple-family dwelling that is limited to occupancy by persons who are fifty-five (55) years of age or older or, if two (2) persons occupy a unit, at least one (1) shall be fifty-five (55) years or older. Such facilities may include offering congregate meals in a common dining area. This use may include incidental medical services for the convenience of residents, but is distinct from an Assisted Living Facility or Nursing Home, as defined herein.

Indoor Recreation and Amusement (G).
Indoor facilities including Health/Fitness Clubs, sports arenas, swimming pools, ice or roller skating rinks, bowling alleys, tennis, handball and other court games, sports clubs, indoor golf, paintball marking, pool, billiards, foosball, table tennis, shuffleboard, pinball machines, video games and similar recreation or amusement facilities. This use may include accessory uses such as snack bars, pro shops and locker rooms, which are designed and intended primarily for the use of patrons of the principal recreational use.

Junkyard.
An open area where waste, and/or used or secondhand materials are bought, sold, exchanged, stored, baled, packed, disassembled or handled including, but not limited to, scrap iron and other metals, paper, rags, rubber tires, and bottles. This use includes auto salvage yards, but does not include a Recycling Facility as defined herein. (Ord. 1960-16 § III (part).)

Kennel.
Any lot or premises, or portion thereof, where more than four (4) dogs, cats and other household domestic animals, over four (4) months of age, are kept, or where more than two (2) such animals are boarded for compensation. This use includes animal day care establishments, but does not include the retail sale of household domestic animals unless animals are kept or exercised out of doors.

Library.
A public or private facility where books, periodicals, recordings, and other documents are principally maintained for borrowing and use by patrons, rather than being offered for sale. This use may include the incidental sale of surplus materials and other goods.

Live Entertainment (G).
The performance of singing, playing musical instruments, spoken word, or dancing by live performers within an establishment such as a Restaurant or Tavern/Bar, or portion thereof. Live Entertainment does not include Theaters that may have live musical performances as part of a theatrical production, or Restaurants that play low volume background music. Live Entertainment is conducted indoors, while Temporary Outdoor Entertainment is subject to the use standards of Section 17.20.020 (Temporary Uses).

Lodge or Private Club.
A non-profit association of persons who are bona fide members paying dues, which owns, hires, or leases a building, or portion thereof, where the use of the premises is restricted to members and their guests.

Manufacturing, Heavy (G).
Activities or processes that may involve the storage of large volumes of highly flammable, toxic matter or explosive materials needed for the manufacturing process, andmay involve outdoor operations. Typical heavy manufacturing uses include, but are not limited to: concrete batch plants, concrete, tile or brick manufacturing, automobile, truck and tire assembly, ammonia or chlorine manufacturing, metal casting or foundries, grain milling or processing, metal or metal ore production, refining, smelting or alloying, petroleum or petroleum product refining, boat, pool and spa manufacturing, slaughtering of animals, glass manufacturing, paper manufacturing, and wood or lumber processing. The assembly, fabrication or processing of goods and materials using processes that ordinarily have greater than average impacts on the environment, or that ordinarily have significant impacts on the use and enjoyment of adjacent property in terms of noise, smoke, fumes, odors, glare or health and safety hazards, are considered Heavy Manufacturing.

Manufacturing, Light (G).
The assembly, fabrication, or processing of goods and materials using processes that ordinarily do not create noise, smoke, fumes, odors, glare, or health or safety hazards outside of the building or lot where such assembly, fabrication or processing takes place.

Medical Cannabis Cultivation Center.
A facility operated by an organization or business that is registered by the State of Illinois Department of Agriculture to perform necessary activities to provide only registered medical cannabis dispensing organizations with usable medical cannabis.
(Ord. 2014-Z-8 § 5.)

Medical Cannabis Dispensing Organization.
A facility operated by an organization or business that is registered by the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to acquire medical cannabis from a registered cultivation center for the purpose of dispensing cannabis, paraphernalia, or related supplies and educational materials to registered qualifying patients.
(Ord. 2014-Z-8 § 5.)

Medical/Dental Clinic.
A medical or dental office or clinic offering professional medical or dental services primarily on an out-patient basis. Such services may include examination and consultation, treatment, surgery, radiology, MRI, on-site testing laboratories, physical therapy, diagnostic services, training, administration, and other services to patients provided by licensed medical or dental professionals. This use includes facilities licensed by the State of Illinois as ambulatory surgical treatment centers. This use does not include a Hospital as defined herein or a facility licensed by the State of Illinois as an emergency center under the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems Act.

Mini-Warehouse.
A structure or group of structures used for the purpose of renting or leasing individual storage spaces to different tenants who are to have access to such spaces for the purpose of storage and removing property. A mini-warehouse may include one (1) dwelling unit on the premises for use only by a watchman, caretaker or manager.
(Ord. 1987-Z-16 § 3.)

Model Airplane Facility.
An outdoor facility for displaying and flying model aircraft, including paved or unpaved runways and taxiways, shelter structures, seating such as benches or bleachers, parking facilities for participants and spectators, and unpaved areas for temporary event parking. The nature and extent of these facilities may be specified in an ordinance granting or amending a special use. The area encompassed by the use shall include all flight paths and flyover areas.
(Ord. 2004-Z-8 § 1.)

Motor Vehicle Display, Outdoor. 
The outdoor display of new or used motor vehicles offered for sale or lease, which do not carry permanent motor vehicle registration tags, but may be temporarily registered with “dealer” plates for purposes of test drives, transfer of vehicles between sales locations, use by sales personnel, and similar limited uses. Outdoor Motor Vehicle Display is permitted only in conjunction with an allowable Motor Vehicle Sales and Leasing use.

Motor Vehicle Rental.
An establishments that offers motor vehicles, trucks, vans, recreational vehicles, trailers, or other similar motorized transportation vehicles for rent to the general public.

Motor Vehicle Sales and Leasing.
An establishment licensed by the State of Illinois where the principal use is the sale or lease of new or used automobiles, trucks, vans, trailers, boats or motorcycles, or other similar motorized transportation vehicles. A Motor Vehicle Sales and Leasing establishmentmay maintain an inventory of the vehicles for sale or lease on-site. Secondary support uses may also exist upon the same site, such as maintenance, repair, and service areas, indoor parts storage areas, and financial services areas. Motor Vehicle Display, Outdoor, is permitted as an accessory use; Vehicle Service and Repair, Major and Minor, as defined herein, are permitted as accessory uses or as additional principal uses.

Motor Vehicle Service and Repair, Major.
otor Vehicle Service and Repair, Major includes, but shall not be limited to, establishments involved in major reconditioning of worn or damaged motor vehicles or trailers, engine rebuilding, towing and collision service, including body, frame or fender straightening or repair, and overall painting of motor vehicles. Such establishments often require the storage of vehicles to be repaired. Vehicle towing establishments, with or without repair facilities, are included in this category.

Motor Vehicle Service and Repair, Minor.
An establishment which performs minor repairs and service to any motor vehicle, including repairs and replacement of cooling, electrical, fuel and exhaust systems, brake adjustments, brake relining and repairs, wheel alignment and balancing, repair and replacement of shock absorbers, touch up work for paint chips and windshields, engine repair and service, and transmission repair and service which is, conducted entirely within an enclosed building. Such use may include the incidental sales of motor oil, lubricants or motor vehicle accessories. This use does not permit the storage of repair vehicles on the site for more than five (5) days and does not include the services and activities of Motor Vehicle Service and Repair, Major, as defined herein.
(Ord. 2010-Z-9 § 2.)

Motor Vehicle Storage, Permanent.
The outdoor storage of motor vehicles, trucks, vans, recreational vehicles, trailers, or other similar motorized transportation vehicles, when not accessory to any principal use on the same lot.
(Ord. 2008-Z-24 § 23.)

Motor Vehicle Storage, Temporary.
The temporary outdoor storage of motor vehicles, trucks, vans, recreational vehicles, trailers, or other similar motorized transportation, when not accessory to any principal use on the same lot, conforming to the limits provided herein for Temporary Motor Vehicle Storage.
(Ord. 2008-Z-24 § 23.)

Nursing Home.
An institutional facility that meets the definition of a nursing home as established in the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act (210 ILCS 45/).
(Ord. 1960-16 § III (part).)

Office, Government (G).
An office of a local, State or Federal government organization. This use is distinct from a Public Service Facility, as defined herein.

Office, Business or Professional (G).
An office used for business, professional or administrative uses, which may or may not offer services to the public, and is engaged in the processing, manipulation or application of business information or professional expertise. This use may include as accessory uses, facilities not available for use by the general public such as meeting facilities, employee amenities such as exercise rooms, and food service. This use does not involve the fabricating, assembling, warehousing, or repair of physical products, and does not include Medical/Dental Clinics, Financial Institutions or Professional Training Centers.

Outdoor Amusement.
Outdoor facilities including stadiums, outdoor theaters, go-cart courses, raceways, rodeos, outdoor music arenas, theme parks, amusement parks, and privately owned water parks. Outdoor Amusement may include accessory uses, such as snack bars, which are designed and intended primarily for the use of patrons of the principal use. Outdoor Dining. The serving of food and/or beverages in an outdoor space with seats and/or tables accessory to a restaurant or other food service establishment.
(Ord. 2003-Z-13 § 2.)

Outdoor Entertainment.
An outdoor show, performance or the playing of recorded or amplified sound.
(Ord. 2003-Z-13 § 2.)

Outdoor Recreation (G).
Active outdoor recreational facilities available to the general public, including lighted ball fields, lighted ball courts, driving ranges, miniature golf courses, batting cages, skateboarding courses, archery ranges, outdoor aquatic facilities owned and operated by a park district such as swimming pools, splash parks and water slides, and other similar uses. This use may include accessory uses such as snack bars that are designed and intended primarily for the use of patrons of the principal recreational use. Outdoor Recreation does not include Model Airplane Facilities, Golf Courses, or Outdoor Amusement.

Outdoor Sales, Permanent.
The sale or display for sale at retail of goods, or the provision of services, out of doors in conjunction with or accessory to a principal use, where the sale, display or provision of services exceeds the time limits provided herein for Temporary Outdoor Sales.

Outdoor Sales, Temporary.
The sale or display for sale at retail of goods, or the provision of services, out of doors in conjunction with or accessory to a principal use, where the sale, display or provision of services conforms to the limits provided herein for Temporary Outdoor Sales. Temporary Outdoor Sales shall be limited to the
provision of services or sale of products regularly offered by the principal use on the property and seasonal products limited to Christmas trees and landscape plants and related landscape materials.

Outdoor Storage.
The storage of any goods, material, merchandise or equipment outside of an enclosed building. Outdoor Storage does not include the display of goods for sale at retail or temporary storage of refuse, nor does it include outdoor refuse dumpsters, recycling containers, compacting equipment, pallet storage, baled cardboard, and other refuse and recycling materials.

Park, Neighborhood.
Public or private open space maintained in a natural state or improved with amenities for passive or active recreation, including but not limited to ball fields and ball courts without lighting for night play. This use does not include facilities categorized as Outdoor Recreation or Outdoor Amusement.

Parking Garage/Structure.
Public or private structures, or portions thereof, composed of one (1) or more levels or floors used exclusively for the parking of motor vehicles, whether public or private, but not including a private garage as defined herein. A parking structure may be totally below grade (as in an underground parking garage), or either partially or totally above grade, with those levels being either open or enclosed.
(Ord. 1996-Z-25 § 1.)

Parking Lot, Private.
A parking lot used for parking of motor vehicles that is not within a parking garage/structure and is not within or under a building. This use is distinct from “Motor Vehicle Display, Outdoor”, “Motor Vehicle Storage”, and “Parking Lot, Public.”
(Ord. 2008-Z-24 § 23.)

Parking Lot, Public.
A parking lot used for parking of motor vehicles that is not within a parking garage/structure, is not within or under a building, and is available for public use for at least a portion of the day. The lot may provide off-street parking for multiple uses and lots in the vicinity. The lot may be accessory to a building and may be publicly or privately owned. This use is distinct from “Motor Vehicle Display, Outdoor”, “Motor Vehicle Storage”, and “Parking Lot, Private.”
(Ord. 2008-Z-24 § 23.)

Pawn Shop.
An establishment where loans are offered on the security of personal property and where unclaimed property is sold.

Personal Services (G).
An establishment where personal services are provided directly to the customer. This use includes, but is not limited to, barber shops, beauty parlors, laundry and dry cleaning establishments, funeral homes/mortuaries, tanning salons, tailors, domestic pet grooming, shoe repair shops, and the like. This use may include incidental retail sales of goods. Tattoo Parlors, Currency Exchanges, Motor Vehicle Rental and Adult Uses are not permitted as Personal Services establishments.

Personal Services, Limited.
A subset of the Personal Services use category limited to barber shops and beauty salons (including: hair treatments, facial treatments, pedicures, and finger nail treatments, tanning salons). All limitations on the Personal Services use category shall also apply to Personal Services, Limited.
(Ord. 2013-Z-6 § 2.)

Pet Care Facilities.
A building, structure or portion thereof designed or used for the retail sale of pet products and food, grooming, boarding, training, daycare or overnight boarding of dogs, cats or other household domestic animals. The overnight boarding area of the establishment shall not exceed 50% of the total Gross Floor Area of the business. An establishment that only provides overnight boarding services, or an establishment where this service exceeds 50% of the Gross Floor Area, shall be considered a Kennel, not a Pet Care Facility.
(Ord. 2014-Z-5 § 5)

Place of Worship.
A church, temple, synagogue, mosque or other religious place of assembly, which may or may not include schools and/or meeting facilities and accessory uses such as a parish house, recreational facilities and other non-profit operations that serve members of the religious organization.

Planned Unit Development.
A special use that is reviewed and approved according to the standards and procedures of Sections 17.04.400, 17.04.410, 17.04.420, and 17.04.430, and other relevant provisions of this Title.
(Ord. 1967-14 (part); Ord. 1960-16 § III (part).)

Police Firearms Training Range.
A firearms range used exclusively for training and practice by law enforcement personnel.

Private Garage.
An accessory building, or an accessory portion of the principal building, which is intended and used for storing the private passenger vehicles of the family or families residing upon the premises.

Professional Training Center.
A training center with classrooms, administrative offices, food preparation and service, residential accommodations for trainees, and recreational facilities.

Post Office.
A facility with service windows for mailing packages and letters, post office boxes, postal service offices, postal vehicle storage areas and sorting and distribution facilities for mail.

Public Service Facility.
A facility owned and operated by a governmental entity used to provide a public safety or public service, including but not limited to police and fire stations, public works facilities for road or utility maintenance, vehicle maintenance garages, workshops, storage, offices, communications and dispatch, school bus maintenance and storage, and park maintenance facilities.

Recreational Cannabis Dispensing Organization.                                                                                        A facility operated by an organization or business that is licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to acquire cannabis from licensed cannabis business establishments for the purpose of selling or dispensing cannabis, cannabis-infused products, cannabis seeds, paraphernalia, or related supplies to purchasers or to qualified registered medical cannabis patients and caregivers, per the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. A facility that only acquires and dispenses medical cannabis to registered medical cannabis patients shall be considered a Medical Cannabis Dispensing Organization, as defined herein.

Recreational Cannabis Cultivation Center.                                                                                                  A facility operated by an organization or business that is licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture to cultivate, process, transport, and perform other necessary activities to provide cannabis and cannabis-infused products to licensed cannabis business establishments, per the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.

Recreational Cannabis Craft Grower.                                                                                                            A facility operated by an organization or business that is licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture to cultivate, dry, cure and package cannabis and perform other necessary activities to make cannabis available for sale at a dispensing organization or use at a processing organization, per the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.

Recreational Cannabis Infuser Organization or Infuser.                                                                               A facility operated by an organization or business that is licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture to directly incorporate cannabis or cannabis concentrate into a product formulation to produce a cannabis-infused product, per the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.

Recreational Cannabis Processing Organization.                                                                                         A facility operated by an organization or business that is licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture to either extract constituent chemicals or compounds to produce cannabis concentrate or incorporate cannabis or cannabis concentrate into a product formulation to produce a cannabis product, per the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.

Recreational Cannabis Transporting Organization.                                                                                     An organization or business that is licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture to transport cannabis on behalf of a cannabis business establishment or a community college licensed under the Community College Cannabis Vocational Training Pilot Program, per the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.

Recycling Facility.
A facility where newspapers, magazines, books and other paper products, glass, metal cans and other products are received, sorted, reprocessed and/or treated as part of a process to return such products to a condition in which they may be used again as a raw material in finished products. This use does not include a junkyard as defined herein.

Research and Development Use (G).
Facilities for laboratory research in scientific, medical or technology intensive fields such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, genetics, plastics, polymers, resins, coatings, fibers, fabrics, films, heat transfer and radiation research, but not facilities for the manufacture or sale of products, except as incidental to the main purpose of the laboratory or research facility.
(Ord. 1960-16 § III (part).)

Restaurant (G).
An establishment in which the primary activity is prepared food service, provided for consumption on the premises or for carry-out. Live entertainment is permitted as an accessory use within completely enclosed areas; and outdoor dining, including service to patrons seated outdoors, is permitted as an accessory use on the premises. This use is distinct from a Tavern/Bar where the primary purpose is the sale of alcoholic beverages, or snack bars or refreshment stands that are accessory to recreational or amusement facilities. For restaurants with drive-through windows, see Drive-Through Facility; for restaurants with outdoor live entertainment, see Outdoor Entertainment.
(Ord. 2011-Z-1 § 29.)

Restaurant, Carry-Out Only.
A restaurant establishment in which the primary activity is prepared food service provided for carry-out or delivery only, and no food is consumed on the premises.
(Ord. 2011-Z-1 § 30.)

Retail Sales (G).
An establishment where the primary purpose is the sale of physical goods, products or merchandise directly to the consumer. This use includes, but is not limited to, stores that sell groceries, hardware, clothing, auto parts, electronics, appliances, jewelry, antiques and shoes. This use also includes Carpet Stores, Electronics Superstores, and Furniture Stores. This use does not include Heavy Retail and Service, Home Improvement Center, Pawn Shops, Adult Uses, or Alcohol or Tobacco Sales Establishments, as defined herein.

Schools, Primary or Secondary.
Public, private or parochial institutions primarily engaged in academic instruction for all, or part of, grades Kindergarten through 12th, and recognized or approved by the State of Illinois. This use may include accessory day care centers for children over the age of three (3).

School, Private Boarding.
An elementary, junior high or high school that provides lodging for students on the same property.

School, Specialized Instructional (G).
A private for-profit or non-profit establishment where the primary business is providing specialized instruction not necessarily limited by age, such as, but not limited to, driving, trade, specialized academic, vocational, art, music and dance schools.

Tattoo Parlor.
An establishment whose principal business activity, either in terms of operation or as held out to the public, is the practice of placing of designs, letters, figures, symbols or other marks upon or under the skin of any person, using ink or other substances, which result in the permanent coloration of the skin by means of the use of needles or other instruments designed to contact or puncture the skin.

Tavern/Bar.
An establishment primarily engaged in serving alcoholic liquor for consumption on the premises. This use may also include accessory sale of prepared food. Live entertainment is permitted as an accessory use in completely enclosed areas. This use does not include Outdoor Dining, unless permitted as a Special Use.

Temporary Outdoor Entertainment.
The performance of live music outside of an enclosed building in an outdoor space as part of a community festival or an event hosted by the City, Park District, School District, or other governmental body, or as a temporary accessory use to a business. (See Chapter 17.20 for time restrictions and other standards.)
(Ord. 2008-Z-24 § 22.)

Theater.
An indoor establishment where live performances, motion pictures, or other recorded media are offered for public viewing, where admission is charged. This use does not include any Adult Use, as defined herein.
(Ord. 1981-Z-7 § 1 (part); Ord. 1980-Z-12 § 1.)

Transportation Operations Facility.
A facility which may include outdoor facilities and buildings, where buses, trains, taxicabs or other livery vehicles are stored and/or dispatched, where loading and unloading of passengers and freight may be carried on regularly. This use is distinct from a Public Service Facility, as defined herein.

Utility, Community/Regional.
Infrastructure services that serve a larger area than those defined herein as Utility, Local and which may have employees normally present at the site. This includes electrical substations, telephone equipment buildings, cable television head-end facilities, aboveground natural gas transmission facilities, municipal wastewater treatment facilities, water supply treatment facilities, and similar large-scale utility equipment and buildings.

Utility, Local.
Infrastructure services that need to be located in the area where the service is provided, and which generally do not have employees at the site. This includes overhead electric and communications lines and poles; electric utility towers; electric transformers and switchgear; traffic signals and controllers; street lighting; wastewater lift stations; fire hydrants and standpipes; water supply wells, reservoirs and towers; stormwater drainage and underground gas, electrical, telephone, communications, water distribution, wastewater collection, and drainage facilities. This use does not include the facilities included under Utility, Community/Regional as defined herein.

Veterinary Office/Animal Hospital.
Any building, or portion thereof, designed or used for veterinary examination, observation and treatment of domestic animals, and may include euthanization of domestic animals. This use does not include Kennels or any keeping of animals out of doors, except that one animal at a time may be taken out of doors by one or more employees of the Veterinary Office/Animal Hospital; see also Kennels and Horse Stables, Private.

Warehouse/Distribution.
This use includes structures or areas, or a portion thereof, used principally for the storage or distribution of goods and merchandise to retailers, non-residential users, or to other wholesalers. This use shall not include Manufacturing, Light/Assembly, as defined herein.

(2019-Z-19: & 5; 2019-Z-8: § 2; 2019-Z-2: § 2; 2018-Z-22: § 7; 2016-Z-5: § 4 & 5)