5.20.080 – Issuance and Denial of Licenses

  1. The Local Liquor Control Commissioner shall act to approve or deny an application for a license under this chapter within a reasonable period of time, and in no event shall the Local Liquor Control Commissioner act to approve or deny the fully completed license later than 60 days from the date that the application was accepted by the City.
  2. In the case of an application for massage business license, the Building Official shall cause the premises to be licensed to be inspected to assure that the proposed operation complies with all applicable laws, including the building, electrical, plumbing, health, housing, zoning, and fire codes of the City, and any other regulations of the city relating to the public health, safety and welfare.  The Director of Community and Economic Development and the Building & Code Enforcement Division Manager shall make written verification to the Local Liquor Control Commissioner concerning compliance with the codes and ordinances of the City.
  3. Upon receipt of a properly completed application for massage business license, the Local Liquor Control Commissioner shall submit the completed application to the Chief of Police for an investigation into the applicant’s personal and criminal history.
  4. The Local Liquor Control Commissioner, with the advice and consent of the City Council, shall either issue a license, or notify the applicant in writing that the application has been denied.  The license shall be denied if the applicant fails to comply with the requirements of this chapter or with the requirements of any other provision of this code which is applicable to the business and/or activities of the applicant.  In addition, no license shall be issued to any applicant if:
    1. The proposed operation does not comply with all applicable laws, including, but not limited to, the building, electrical, plumbing, health, housing, zoning and fire codes of the City; or
    2. The applicant, if an individual; or any of the officers, directors or any other person owning directly or beneficially more than 10% of the stock of the corporation, if the applicant is a corporation; or any of the partners, including limited partners, if the applicant is a partnership; and the manager, assistant manager or any other person principally in charge of the operation of the business; has been:
      1. Convicted of a felony under the laws of the state of any other state, or under the federal laws of the United States, within five years of the date of the application;
      2. Convicted of sex offense as defined in ILCS Ch. 720, or any equivalent law of any state; or
      3. Convicted of a violation of any provision of this chapter.
    3. The applicant has had a massage business, massage therapist or similar license denied, suspended or revoked by the City, by a state  or by a unit of local government within five years of the date of the application; or
    4. The applicant has knowingly made false, misleading or fraudulent statements of fact in the license application or in any document required by the City in conjunction with the license application.
  5. In the event that the license is denied for failure to comply with the requirements of this chapter, the Local Liquor Control Commissioner shall immediately notify the applicant in writing or by telephone of the reasons for the proposed denial.  If the failure is not cured within ten days after the date on which the Local Liquor Control Commissioner denies the issuance of the license, the denial shall become final.
  6. The Local Liquor Control Commissioner is authorized to make any rules and regulations necessary to implement this chapter which are not inconsistent with or prohibited by this chapter.
(2016-M-31: § 3; 2014-M-42: § 1)