5.08.070 – License – Application Requirements

  1. Applications for a local liquor dealer's license shall be made to the Local Liquor Control Commissioner, in writing, signed by the applicant, if an individual, or by a duly authorized agent thereof if not an individual, verified by oath or affidavit, and shall contain the following statements and information:
    1. In the case of an individual, the full name, age and address of the applicant; in the case of a co-partnership, the persons entitled to share in the profits thereof; in the case of a corporation, the objects for which it is organized, the names and addresses of the officers and directors, and if five percent or more in interest in the stock of such corporation is owned by a person or his nominee or nominees, the name and address of each such person or persons;
    2. The citizenship of the applicant, his date and place of birth and, if a naturalized citizen, the time and place of his naturalization;
    3. The character of business of the applicant;
    4. The length of time said applicant has been in business of that character;
    5. The amount of goods, wares and merchandise on hand at the time application is made;
    6. The location and description of the premises or place of business which is to be operated under such license;
      1. If a leased premises, a copy of the lease shall be provided as required and shall be for a term of sufficient length to encompass the period of the license sought.
      2. The name and address of the owner or owners of the premises and the names and addresses of all the owners of the beneficial interest of any trust if said premises is held in trust;
    7. A statement whether applicant has made similar application for a similar other license on premises other than described in this application, and the disposition of such application;
    8. A statement that applicant has never been convicted of a felony, or a misdemeanor opposed to decency or morality, and is not disqualified to receive a license by reason of any matter or thing contained in the laws of the state or the ordinances of the City;
    9. Whether a previous license by any state or subdivision thereof or by the federal government has been issued; if so, where and when; or if any such license has been revoked, the reason therefor;
    10. The date of incorporation if an Illinois corporation, or the date of becoming qualified under the Illinois Business Corporation Act to transact business in Illinois if a foreign corporation;
    11. A statement that the applicant will not violate any of the laws of the state, or of the United States, or any ordinance of the City in the conduct of his place of business;
    12. Any applicant for a newly created city liquor license is to be fingerprinted whether said applicant is an individual or a partnership.  Should the applicant be a corporation, the Local Liquor Control Commissioner may, within his discretion, require the following to be fingerprinted:  the officers, manager or director thereof, or any stockholder or stockholders owning the aggregate of more than five percent of the capital stock of said corporation.  The City police department shall do all such fingerprinting.  There shall be a fingerprint fee of fifty ($50) dollars per application to be paid at time of application and non-refundable.
  2. The Local Liquor Control Commissioner shall issue a written acceptance or rejection of such application within sixty days of its receipt by the Local Liquor Control Commissioner or city clerk in his behalf with the advice and consent of the City Council.
  3. There shall be an application fee of two hundred ($200) dollars, which shall be non-refundable and if a license is granted applied to the first license fee. BYOB and Special Event license application fees shall be the cost of the license. Any outstanding fines and fees related to said licensure owed to the City by the licensee, its officers, directors or shareholders, shall be satisfied before a license is granted or renewed. All monies paid to the City shall be delivered via a certified bank check, or cash. The City will not accept credit cards or personal checks. At the discretion of the City Clerk, corporate checks may be accepted.


Any license that is issued in advance of the completion of the fingerprint background investigation may be rescinded by the Liquor Commissioner if the results of the investigation do not comply with section 5.08.080 of this Code.

(2020-M-40: § 4; 2015-M-14: § 1; 2014-M-4: § 1; 2010-M-29: § 1; 2004-M-12: § 1; 1999-M-21: § 1; 1980-M-25: § 1(a); 1976-M-5: (part); Prior code: § 24.004)