Permits & Licenses

Commercial Occupancy Permits and Business Licenses are available through the Economic Development Department. 
  
Building Permits and Home Occupancy Permits are available through the Health, Housing and Building Department.

All other Permits and Licenses are available through the office of the City Clerk, including the following:

Garage & Yard Sale Permits

Permits are required for Garage Sales & Yard Sales within the corporate city limits of Belleville. To obtain a Garage & Yard Sale Permit, please visit the office of the City Clerk, Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

Regulations can be found in Chapter 113.060 of the City's Code of Ordinances which is summarized below. 

  • Permits cost $5 each
  • Permits are only good for the premises shown on the permit
  • Permit holders must be the occupant of the premises
  • Permits are non-transferrable
  • Permits must be posted in a visible location
  • Permit holder is allowed a maximum of three (3) permits per year
  • Permits are limited to 3 consecutive days from 7:30am to 5:00pm
  • Permits will not be issued if applicant is indebted to the City

Home Kitchen Operation

The City of Belleville passed Ordinance 8024-2017 on March 21, 2017 to allow for Home Kitchen Operations as adopted from the provisions of the Good Handling Regulation and Enforcement Act (410 ILCS 625/1 et seq.).  All Applicants must follow Section 4 of the Act for the direct sale of baked goods as described.  Additionally, all applicants must obtain an annual Food License and Home Occupation License..

City of Belleville Ordinance 8024-2017

House Bill 5354

St. Clair County Health Department Fact Sheet

City of Belleville Business License Application

Home Occupation Application

Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act

Itinerant Merchant License

The City of Belleville currently permits Itinerant Merchants to operate within the city as stated in  Ordinance 8068-2017. This vendor must be on private property, not on any public property (sidewalk, street, or park), and must be in a building or enclosed structure.  

This license will require an annual Commercial Occupancy Permit ($100.00) and an Itinerant Merchant License ($100.00).

View the City's Itinerant Merchant Application and Regulations and Ordinance 8068-2017, which includes the requirements for submitting an application and the associated fees.

Individuals interested in applying for a mobile vendor permit should contact the City Clerk's Office at (618) 233-6510.

Mobile Vendor License

The City of Belleville currently permits mobile food vendors and mobile boutique trucks to operate on private property and on property outside of the special service area (downtown), according to Ordinance 8068-2017. Before applying for a permit, mobile vendors must contact the St. Clair County Health Department at (618) 233-7769.

View the City's Mobile Vendor Application and Regulations and Ordinance 8068-2017 regarding the requirements for applying for a Mobile Vendor License.

Non-Highway Vehicle Permit

The City of Belleville can authorize the operation of certain qualified non-highway vehicles on City street for residents within the corporate city limits of Belleville, as explained in Ordinance 8209-2018.   To apply for a permit:

  1. Complete the Non-Highway Vehicle Permit Application, Inspection Form, and Hold-Harmless Indemnification Agreement
  2. Contact the Belleville Police Department's Traffic Division to schedule an appointment for a non-highway vehicle inspection, and to submit the completed forms. Call 618-234-1212, x1768.
  3. Submit the completed forms, proof of insurance, a copy of the vehicle operator's drivers license, and $30.00 for each permit to the City Clerk's office for final approval.

Peddlers/Solicitors Licenses

In order to engage in the activity of a peddler, solicitor, or itinerant merchant, an application for a license must be completed and submitted to the office of the City Clerk.

View the City's Peddlers/Solicitors Application and Regulations, Background Authorization Form and Ordinance 8068-2017, which includes the requirements for submitting an application and the associated fees.

View the City's Approved Solicitors.

Queen of Hearts Raffle Licenses

Organizations wanting to operate a Queen of Hearts Raffle in the City must obtain a license and comply with the city code regarding raffles. Completed applications should be returned to the office of the City Clerk.

View the City's Queen of Hearts Raffle License Application and Regulations.

Raffle Licenses

Organizations wanting to operate a raffle in the City must obtain a license and comply with the city code regarding raffles. Completed applications should be returned to the office of the City Clerk.

View the City's Raffle License Application and Regulations.

Video Gaming Terminal License

Any establishment within the City which is licensed to sell alcohol and has obtained a license to operate a video gaming terminal from the Illinois Gaming Board at such premises shall be required to obtain a video gaming license sticker from the city for each video gaming terminal. 

Annual city video gaming license sticker fees are $200 for each video gaming terminal at the premises; provided, however, that such fee shall increase to $250 for each video gaming terminal at the premises, effective April 1, 2019.  All licenses expire on April 30th.

Video Gaming Terminal Operator License

Any terminal operator of video gaming terminal(s) shall apply for an annual video gaming terminal operator license on an application form provided and pay a fee of $500 for each establishment where such video gaming terminal(s) is/are located. All licenses expire on April 30th.

View the City's Video Gaming Terminal Operator Application.