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Joe Aiello - Sangamon County Clerk

 

For displays in Sangamon County Only
(Outside all incorporated city, town and village limits)

Permits will only be issued to an adult individual that will have a lead pyrotechnic operator conducting the display that is licensed by the Illinois State Fire Marshal pursuant to the Pyrotechnic Operating Licensing Act. For more information, contact the Illinois State Fire Marshal at (217) 785-0969.

Where can you get an application?

  • Click the following link for a printable application (PDF File) - Permit Application

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  • The County Clerk’s Office, located in Room 101 of the Sangamon County Building, 200 South Ninth Street.
    Hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. M-F.
  • Call the County Clerk’s Office at 753-6670 and request one or e-mail by clicking here.

Who may apply?

  • Any adult individual that will have a lead pyrotechnic operator conducting the display that is licensed by the Illinois State Fire Marshal pursuant to the Pyrotechnic Operating Licensing Act.

What information is required on the application?

  • The name, address and phone number of the individual sponsoring the display
  • The name, address and phone number of the individual who will conduct the display
  • The place, date and time the display will be held
  • Attach proof of pyrotechnic license
  • Attach proof of liability insurance of not less that $1,000,000.00
  • Attach proof that proposed display site has been inspected and approved by the fire department having jurisdiction over the site

How much does it cost and when will you receive the permit?

  • A fee of $25.00 per display date must be accompanied with the application
  • Upon approval, the permit will be promptly mailed to the individual authorized to conduct the display

Do you have to have a bond?

  • Applicants are required to show proof of liability insurance of not less than $1,000,000.00

What is the deadline for turning in the application?

  • The deadline is always fifteen (15) days in advance of the pyrotechnic display date. The deadline to display on Saturday, July 4, 2009 is Friday, June 19, 2009 by 5:00 p.m.

Are there any restrictions?

  • No pyrotechnic display shall be conducted within the setback requirements established by the Illinois State Fire Marshal
  • No pyrotechnic display shall be conducted within 600 feet of any hospital, asylum, infirmary, nursing home, convalescent home or retirement facility.

No Permit Necessary for Novelty Fireworks which include:
Sparklers, snakes, smoke devices, trick noisemakers, toy pistols, toy canes, toy guns, or other devices in which paper or plastic caps containing twenty-five hundredths grains or less of explosive compound are used, provided they are so constructed that the hand cannot come in contact with the cap when in place for the explosion.


Fireworks Classifications

Fireworks Regulations (PDF File)

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  1. Novelty Fireworks – No Permit Necessary
    Sparklers, snakes, smoke devices, trick noisemakers, toy pistols, toy canes, toy guns, or other devices in which paper or plastic caps containing twenty-five hundredths grains or less of explosive compound are used, provided they are so constructed that the hand cannot come in contact with the cap when in place for the explosion.

  2. Approved Consumer Fireworks – Must have a valid pyrotechnic display permit
    A. Cones including Showers of Sparks, Fountains, and Repeaters (also known as Cakes)
    Single tube fountains must not contain more than 75 grams total of pyrotechnic composition. Cone fountains must not contain more than 50 grams total of pyrotechnic composition. Multiple-tube fountains must not contain more than 200 grams total of pyrotechnic composition.

    B. Mines, Comets, Tubes, Shells, Fancy Florals and Parachutes
    These items are firework devices designed to produce low-level aerial effects, which are propelled into the air by a lift charge. Shells will burst at the peak of flight to create a display of stars, reports or other effects or leave a trail of sparks until exhausted. These items contain a maximum of 40 grams of chemical composition and no more than 20 grains of lift charge.

  3. Prohibited Consumer Fireworks
    Prohibited Consumer Fireworks include, but are not limited to, the following: hand held fireworks, bottle rockets, firecrackers of any size or type, sky rockets, roman candles, chasers, buzz bombs, ground items other than those identified as Approved Consumer Fireworks, helicopters, missiles, planes and pin wheels or any other twirling device whether on the ground or mounted above the ground.

 


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