Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Article VIII - Recreation Events

The fore­go­ing rules and reg­u­la­tions shall not be applic­a­ble to any busi­ness spon­sored or sub­si­dized in whole or in part by the Coun­ty of Union nor shall it apply to any busi­ness oper­at­ed by a cor­po­ra­tion incor­po­rat­ed under the not for prof­it act of the State of Illi­nois whose prin­ci­pal place of busi­ness is locat­ed in Union Coun­ty, Illinois.

The Chair­man of the Coun­ty Board is here­by autho­rized to pro­ceed by way of injunc­tion or any oth­er form of action to stop vio­la­tion of or to enforce com­pli­ance by all appli­cants and all per­sons cov­ered by this res­o­lu­tion with the terms and require­ments here­of, and addi­tion­al terms and require­ments imposed by the Coun­ty Board and the laws, rules and reg­u­la­tions adopt­ed by fed­er­al, state or local gov­ern­men­tal agen­cies applic­a­ble to the activ­i­ty or event in ques­tion.  In any event, any license issued under this Act may be revoked by the Coun­ty Board at any time if any of the con­di­tions nec­es­sary for the issuance of or con­tained in the license are not com­plied with or if any con­di­tion pre­vi­ous­ly met ceas­es to be com­plied with.

Appli­ca­tion for license under this Act shall be made in writ­ing to the Coun­ty Board at least six­ty (60) days in advance of the assem­bly and shall be act­ed upon by the Coun­ty Board with­in thir­ty (30) days or at the next reg­u­lar­ly sched­uled meet­ing of the Coun­ty Board after receipt of said appli­ca­tion.  If such appli­ca­tion meets all of the require­ments set forth above, the Coun­ty Board may issue a license to the appli­cant.  Such license, if grant­ed, shall per­mit the assem­bly of only the max­i­mum num­ber of peo­ple stat­ed in such license.

Appli­ca­tions for the license shall be made to the Coun­ty Board by fil­ing a writ­ten appli­ca­tion, togeth­er with the license fee in the office of the Coun­ty Clerk.  The appli­ca­tion shall be deliv­ered by the Coun­ty Clerk to the Chair­man of the Coun­ty Board.  An inves­ti­ga­tion and exam­i­na­tion to deter­mine the ade­qua­cy of the appli­ca­tion and to deter­mine com­pli­ance of said appli­ca­tion with the rules and reg­u­la­tions here­in set forth shall be con­duct­ed by the Chair­man or such per­sons as he may des­ig­nate.  The Chair­man shall report his find­ings to the Coun­ty Board at the reg­u­lar meet­ing or a spe­cial meet­ing called for that pur­pose.  The license shall be issued by the Chair­man over his sig­na­ture on behalf of the Coun­ty Board, after he is giv­en author­i­ty to do so by a major­i­ty vote of the Board, and shall be dis­played by the licensee in a promi­nent place at such activ­i­ty sight.

(A) The appli­ca­tion for license shall contain:

  1. Name, date of birth, driver’s license num­ber of the appli­cant.  If the appli­cant is a part­ner­ship or cor­po­ra­tion the appli­ca­tion shall con­tain the name, date of birth and driver’s license num­bers of all part­ners, cor­po­rate offi­cers, stock­hold­ers.  If the appli­cant is a cor­po­ra­tion the appli­ca­tion shall include a cer­ti­fied copy of the arti­cles of incor­po­ra­tion and a list of the names, address­es, dates of birth and driver’s license num­bers of all per­sons direct­ly involved in the man­age­ment of such activity.
  2. The loca­tion and legal descrip­tion of the premis­es where the activ­i­ty is pro­posed to be con­duct­ed, includ­ing all lands to be used direct­ly, indi­rect­ly or inci­den­tal to the pro­posed activ­i­ty or any part there­of.  As to all such lands, there shall be attached to the appli­ca­tion cer­ti­fied copies of doc­u­ments dis­clos­ing the nature of the inter­est of the appli­cant in and to the same.
  3. The date or dates and the hours dur­ing which the activ­i­ty is to be con­duct­ed and a state­ment as to whether or not the activ­i­ty will involve a total time peri­od of more than twelve (12) hours and if so, the total time period.
  4. A detailed state­ment, con­tain­ing plans and spec­i­fi­ca­tions of the applicant’s pro­gram and plans for the activ­i­ty in its entire­ty includ­ing, but not lim­it­ed to, the man­ner in which the appli­cant pro­pos­es to meet the reg­u­la­tions, require­ments and stan­dards pro­vid­ed for else­where in this res­o­lu­tion along with what­ev­er evi­dence of such plans may be required by the Coun­ty Board, includ­ing but not lim­it­ed to copies of actu­al signed contracts.
  5. An esti­mate of the costs of pro­duc­ing the activ­i­ty and all oth­er costs relat­ed there­to which said esti­mate shall not be bind­ing upon the Coun­ty Board.
  6. An esti­mate of the min­i­mum and max­i­mum num­bers of cus­tomers, spec­ta­tors, par­tic­i­pants and oth­er per­sons expect­ed to attend the activ­i­ty dai­ly or per performance.
  7. A state­ment cer­ti­fied on penal­ty of per­jury, the cor­rect­ness of the infor­ma­tion giv­en on the appli­ca­tion and in sup­port­ing doc­u­ments, and agree­ing on behalf of the pro­posed licensee that there shall be full com­pli­ance of the licensee with all state and local laws in the con­duct of the activ­i­ties for which a license may be granted.
  8. A copy of all con­tracts involved in the total event shall be fur­nished to the Chair­man of theCountyBoard.
  9. Autho­riza­tion for inspec­tion by the Chair­man or his rep­re­sen­ta­tive and/or by the Sher­iff of Union Coun­ty or his deputies.
  10. Appli­cant shall cer­ti­fy appli­ca­tion under oath before a notary public.

The stan­dards applic­a­ble to the afore­said event shall include the fol­low­ing, to-wit:

(A) Park­ing facil­i­ties, off pub­lic road­ways, shall be pro­vid­ed to ful­ly serve all rea­son­able antic­i­pat­ed require­ments at the rate of no more than one hun­dred (100) pas­sen­ger cars per usable acre or eighty (80) bus­es per usable acre.

(B) Privy con­struc­tion and loca­tion shall not con­sti­tute a threat to sur­face of under­ground water pol­lu­tion.  Such facil­i­ties shall be designed to ful­ly serve all rea­son­able antic­i­pat­ed require­ments at a rate of no more than one hun­dred (100) per­sons per toi­let seat and one hun­dred (100) per­sons per lava­to­ry.  Sealed con­tain­ers for toi­let waste are acceptable.

(C) One (1) pint of potable water per per­son, per hour, at the max­i­mum esti­mat­ed hourly atten­dance, shall be pro­vid­ed, and shall meet the approved water sup­ply stan­dard of the Unit­ed States Pub­lic Health Ser­vice as applied to inter­state traf­fic.  Inter­nal water dis­tri­b­u­tion shall meet the require­ments of the State ofIll­i­nois Plumb­ing Code.

(D) Inter­nal cov­ered stor­age and col­lec­tion of refuse shall be pro­vid­ed and shall not con­sti­tute a threat to sur­face or under­ground water pol­lu­tion.  A refuse dis­pos­al site approved by the State of Illi­nois Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health shall be pro­vid­ed; the premis­es and imme­di­ate sur­round­ing prop­er­ties shall be cleaned with­in forty-eight (48) hours after an event.

(E) Enclosed and roofed emer­gency first-aid facil­i­ties or shel­ters and food ser­vice arrange­ments includ­ing manda­to­ry dis­pens­ing of liq­uids in plas­tic, paper or sty­ro­foam cups, shall be pro­vid­ed to ful­ly serve all rea­son­able antic­i­pat­ed require­ments.  In addi­tion, the spon­sor, orga­niz­er or man­ag­er of such event shall pro­vide one (1) ambu­lance at the scene for every ten thou­sand (10,000) peo­pleone (1) reg­is­tered nurse for every ten thou­sand (10,000) peo­pleone (1) licensed physi­cian for every twen­ty thou­sand (20,000) peo­ple and one (1) first-aid tent for every ten thou­sand (10,000) peo­ple.

(F) Ampli­fy­ing equip­ment shall con­trol the noise lev­el at the perime­ter of the site to no more than sev­en­ty (70) deci­bels on the A scale of a sound lever meter which meets the spec­i­fi­ca­tions of the Amer­i­can Nation­al Stan­dards Institute.

(G) The site shall be pro­vid­ed with ade­quate light to illu­mi­nate the site at all times with a min­i­mum of five (5) can­dle pow­er.  All light­ing shall be con­trolled so as not to reflect on any area beyond the bound­ary of such site.

(H) Pub­lic lia­bil­i­ty and prop­er­ty dam­age insur­ance shall be fur­nished by the appli­cant at the rate of One Hun­dred Thou­sand Dol­lars ($100,000.00) per inci­dent and Five Hun­dred Thou­sand Dol­lars ($500,000.00) per occur­rence.  An umbrel­la pol­i­cy shall be pro­vid­ed in the fol­low­ing amounts:

Class 1 & 2                        $1,000,000.00

Class 3                             $2,000,000.00

Class 4                             $3,000,000.00

Class 5                             $4,000,000.00

Class 6                             $6,000,000.00

(I) Secu­ri­ty enforce­ment, includ­ing pre­ven­tion of the unlaw­ful use of alco­hol, nar­cotics, or dan­ger­ous drugs at the site, and meth­ods for lim­it­ing the size of the pro­posed func­tion to the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants for which the license has been grant­ed shall be employed by the appli­cant.  Secu­ri­ty enforce­ments shall include the exter­nal as well as the inter­nal crowd con­trol and suf­fi­cient secu­ri­ty per­son­nel for crowd con­trol and secu­ri­ty enforce­ment shall be pro­vid­ed.  One (1) secu­ri­ty guard shall be fur­nished for each five hun­dred (500) per­sons attend­ing any site.  Each guard shall be licensed pur­suant to the require­ments of 225 ILCS Sec. 446/1 et seq.

(J) At least three thou­sand (3,000) square feet shall be made avail­able for each trail­er or tent locat­ed at the site of the event.

(K) Appli­cant shall sub­mit, with his appli­ca­tion, proof of his finan­cial resources suf­fi­cient to exe­cute his plans, as sub­mit­ted and shall give such fur­ther assur­ances as may be required by the Coun­ty Board as a part of the license issued.  In addi­tion, appli­cant shall sub­mit with his appli­ca­tion, a per­for­mance bond guar­an­tee­ing against dam­age to the pro­posed site and dam­age to neigh­bor­ing prop­er­ty own­ers in the fol­low­ing amounts:

CLASS 1 & 2                                $50,000.00

Class 3                                    $100,000.00

Class 4                                    $150,000.00

Class 5                                    $200,000.00

Class 6                                    $250,000.00

(L) No enter­tain­ment activ­i­ty gov­erned here­by shall be locat­ed with­in five hun­dred (500) feet of any adja­cent prop­er­ty line or one thou­sand (1,000) feet from any occu­pied dwelling unless:

(1) The Coun­ty Board deter­mines that the area to be spe­cial­ly used by the activ­i­ty is ade­quate­ly buffered from all res­i­dent devel­op­ment; or

(2) A writ­ten waiv­er has been filed by the Coun­ty Board by own­ers of all adja­cent prop­er­ty with­in five hun­dred (500) feet of the pro­posed activ­i­ty area or the appli­cants of any dwelling with­in one thou­sand (1,000) feet of the pro­posed activ­i­ty area except­ing such dwelling as found by the Coun­ty Board to be ade­quate­ly buffered;

(3) All enter­tain­ment activ­i­ties shall be dis­con­tin­ued at the fol­low­ing times:

Class 1 & 2                        Midnight

Class 3, 4, 5 & 6                11:00 P.M.

All activ­i­ties cov­ered by this Arti­cle are required to be licensed by the Union Coun­ty Dis­trict Board, Union Coun­ty, Illi­nois, before they are per­mit­ted to trans­act busi­ness.  No phase of any such activ­i­ty shall be com­menced or con­tin­ued with­out a prop­er license.  Appli­ca­tion for license will be made in accor­dance with Sec­tion 7–8‑3 and 7–8‑4 here­of.  The license fee for the use of the Coun­ty ofU­nion in the man­ner here­inafter spec­i­fied shall be:

License Class  -> Dai­ly Atten­dance -> License Fee 

Class 1  -> Under 5,000 -> $500.00

Class 2 -> 5,000 to 10,000 -> 1,500.00

Class 3 -> 10,000 to 20,000 -> 3,000.00

Class 4 -> 20,000 to 30,000 -> 5,000.00

Class 5 -> 30,000 to 50,000 -> 10,000.00

Class 6 -> Over 50,000 -> 15,000.00

License fees for the sec­ond and sub­se­quent day shall be fifty per­cent (50%) of the fee for the first (1st) day.

All busi­ness­es, includ­ing not for prof­it busi­ness­es, engaged in the hold­ing or pro­vid­ing large group recre­ation or enter­tain­ment, includ­ing, but not lim­it­ed to car­ni­vals, cir­cus­es, fairs, fes­ti­vals, music fes­ti­vals, rock fes­ti­vals, and oth­er amuse­ment in Union Coun­ty, Illi­nois, out­side the lim­its of any city, vil­lage, or incor­po­rat­ed town, except­ing estab­lished com­mu­ni­ty orga­ni­za­tions and church­es so long as the antic­i­pat­ed or pro­ject­ed dai­ly atten­dance is less than five thou­sand (5,000) per­sons and so long as the estab­lished com­mu­ni­ty orga­ni­za­tion or church event is not linked in any way with an out­side busi­ness, includ­ing a not for prof­it busi­ness, and so long as the event is a recur­ring event hav­ing been in exis­tence pri­or to Jan­u­ary 1, 1984, shall be sub­ject to the con­di­tions in this Article.