Licenses & Garage Sale Permits

Can I have a business in my home?

Home occupations are permitted as long as they meet certain criteria. Registration forms for home occupations are available from the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall and online by clicking on the Forms button on the homepage and going to the City Clerk’s Section. Home occupations must follow these required conditions:

  • No stock-in-trade other than products manufactured on the premises.
  • May not exceed 500 square feet.
  • No outdoor storage of supplies or equipment.
  • No external alteration of the dwelling is allowed.
  • No business signs are allowed.
  • No one other than a resident of the dwelling shall be employed in the business.
  • Shall not create pedestrian, automobile, or truck traffic.

Please contact the City Clerk’s office at (815) 654-5034 for further information.

How do I obtain a business license?

Business license applications are available from the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall and online by clicking on the Forms button on the homepage and going to the City Clerk’s section.

How do I obtain a garage sale permit?

Garage sale permits are available at the Clerk’s Office. They must be applied for in person. There is no charge. Garage sales are allowed twice per year for up to 3 days at a time.  The application is online by clicking on the Forms button on the homepage and going to the City Clerk’s section.