Special Event Temporary Use Application
A special event held within a parking lot of a commercial business requires a Temporary Use for a Special Event permit.  A special event is allowed within the C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4, C-5, C-6 and C-7 Commercial Districts, I-1 Limited Industrial District, and the H Hospital District.  Each business shall be permitted a maximum of four (4) special event permits per calendar year.  There shall be a minimum of thirty (30) calendar days between special event permits issued for the same location.  A separate Special Event Temporary Use Application shall be submitted for each special event.  Each application for a special event shall include the following:
  • A completed special event permit application, including the purpose of the special event and contact information for the owner of the business and the sponsor of the event.
  • A site plan depicting the location of all proposed accessory structures, including but not limited to all proposed tents, stages, speakers, inflatable screens and temporary restroom facilities, and demonstrating that the proposed structures will not negatively impact the use and enjoyment of neighboring properties.  The Village may require temporary fencing or other security measures if it determines such fencing and/or security is necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare.
  • A parking plan, indicating the number of parking spaces to be lost during the duration of the special event and making reasonable accommodations for additional parking so that an adequate number of parking spaces are provided for the business and the special event.
  • A handicap accessibility plan demonstrating compliance with the Illinois Accessibility Code.
  • An explanation of the types of all activities proposed during the special event, such as outdoor entertainment, sale of alcoholic beverages, security and crowd control measures, and demonstrating that such activities will not be detrimental to the general welfare of the neighborhood.
  • The proposed hours of operation of the special event, which will not negatively impact the use and enjoyment of neighboring properties.
  • An exterior lighting plan depicting all temporary lighting fixtures, power supplies and extension cords, and showing that all lighting will be directed on the special event area and not onto adjacent properties.
  • A certificate of insurance indicating General Liability coverage in the amount of $1,000,000.00 and listing the Village of New Lenox as additionally insured.
In addition to the above items, there is a $100 review fee.  Once all items have been submitted, Village staff will review the application and accompanying documents.  If Village staff feels that the proposed special event needs further review, the application will be presented before the Zoning Board of Appeals and Village Board.  Please note that any special event that would involve the sale of alcohol is required to obtain a temporary liquor license, which must be approved by the Village Board.  In addition, if a business cannot satisfy the above requirements, such as maintaining an adequate number of parking spaces for the business and special event, the application will be required to appear before the Zoning Board of Appeals and Village Board.

It is recommended that any business proposing a special event submit the application and required documents a minimum two (2) months prior to the event to ensure adequate review time.
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