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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Joan Olson (630) 407-6015 or Evan Shields (630) 407-6022

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

DuPage County Approves Adult Business Licensing Ordinance

The DuPage County Board on Tuesday voted to approve an ordinance that will establish a licensing program for adult businesses operating in the unincorporated areas.

The Ad-Hoc Adult Business Committee crafted the ordinance after interviewing community leaders and reviewing case law regarding adult businesses. Chairman Dan Cronin established the ad-hoc committee in December 2018 to mitigate the negative secondary effects adult businesses have on the community.

“I felt this was an issue that deserved the intensive scrutiny and even-handed review that the committee provided,” said Chairman Dan Cronin. “Members heard from the community, weighed the relevant issues and delivered a comprehensive licensing ordinance designed to protect our residents, employees and business owners.”

Applicants will be subject to a background check, as will all employees who work in the establishment. Facilities must meet minimum standards through the County Building and Zoning Department and will be subject to inspection by the Sheriff’s Office to ensure no illegal activity is occurring inside.

“This ordinance is the result of the tremendous work of the committee and staff. From conducting numerous interviews with local leaders, neighbors, business owners, and social service providers, to reviewing case law and studies, to crafting a narrowly drawn licensing program, we are confident the ordinance will protect our residents,” said Committee Chairwoman Julie Renehan.

The license regulates “on-premise” and “live” entertainment. Employees, including managers, bouncers, dancers, and others, will need to acquire a separate identification card issued by the County which must be worn by the employee during work hours. No alcohol will be permitted on the premises and live and on-premise entertainment will not be allowed between the hours of 2 and 6 a.m.

Licensing fees will be $200, and employee and entertainer licenses will cost $300 each. Fees will be used to defray the cost of enforcement and processing applications.