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44 E Downer Pl
Aurora IL 60505
(630) 256-3070
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City of Aurora, IL - Building Department Information

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Building and Related Codes and Amendments

Last updated on 12/7/2017

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2009 International Code Council Series Adopted.

A certain document, three (3) copies of which are on file in the office of the Building Code Official of the City of Aurora, Illinois, being marked and designated as:

  • 2009 International Building Code - including Appendix Chapters ( A, B, E, F, K);
  • 2009 International Plumbing Code - including Appendix Chapters ( E, F & G);
  • 2009 International Mechanical Code - including Appendix Chapter ( A );
  • 2009 International Fuel and Gas Code - including Appendix Chapters (A, B, C, D);
  • 2009 International Energy Conservation Code;
  • 2009 International Residential Code - including Appendix Chapters ( E, F, G, J, K, M, O, P);
  • 2009 International Existing Building Code - including Appendix Chapters (A, B);
  • 2009 International Fire Code - including Appendix Chapters (A, B, C, D, F, H, I, J).

as published by the International Code Council, Inc., and adopted as the building code of the City of Aurora, Illinois in the State of Illinois; for the control of buildings and structures as herein provided; and each and all of the regulations, penalties, conditions, and terms of said 2009 International Codes are hereby referred to, and amended in part hereof as if fully set out in this article, with the additions, insertions, deletions, and changes, prescribed in section 12-17.1 through 12-17.8 of this article. Nothing in this article or in the Aurora Building Code hereby adopted shall be construed to affect any suit or proceeding impending in any court, or any rights acquired, or liability incurred, or any cause or causes of action acquired or existing, under any act or ordinance hereby repealed as cited in section 12-17.1 through 12-17.8 of this article; nor shall any just or legal right or remedy of any character be lost, impaired or affected by this article.

Furthermore the following code standards are adopted as modified:

  • Illinois State Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators consisting of the following American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American National Standards (ANSI), and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) standards, and any newer or additional references required by the State of Illinois.
  • Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators (ASME A17.1-2005), A 17.1 (a)-2005, and A17.1(s)-2005.
  • Guide for Inspection of Elevators, Escalators, and Moving Walks (ASME 17.2-2004).
  • Safety Code for Existing Elevators and Escalators (ASME A17.3-2005).
  • Safety Standard for Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts (ASME A 18.1-2005).
  • Standard for the Qualification of Elevator Inspectors (ASME QEI-1-2004).
  • Safety Requirements for Personal Hoists and Employee Elevators (ANSI A10.4-2004).
  • Automated People Mover Standards (ASCE 21-2000).
  • State of Illinois Life Safety Code for existing buildings (Portions of NFPA#101 plus Annex A & B) as adopted and required by the State Fire Marshal's Office.
  • 2008 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) as amended by Article III. Electricity Sec. 12-32 of the Aurora Code of Ordinances.


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Licensing Information

Business Licenses

In the City of Aurora, a business license is not required to operate a business. However, there are certain types of businesses that do require a license or have specific health, zoning, and/or state requirements.

Businesses that require a license from the City of Aurora include:

  • Adult Uses
  • Amusement Devices (Distributor, Pool Halls, Casino Games, Arcade, Individual)
  • Automatic Music (Juke Box)
  • Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products
  • Closing or Going out of Business Sales
  • Junk/Scavengers
  • Liquor Establishments
  • Pawn Dealer Shops
  • Second Hand Stores
  • Spray Paint Dealers
  • Taxicabs

Additional Health/Zoning Requirements
Some businesses may have specific health, state or zoning requirements or require a license from another licensing body. If your business involves Food Service, Sale, and Distribution, including Ice Cream Vending, you should contact your county's health department Kane County-Aurora Only, at 630-897-1124; Kane County-Outside Aurora at 630-208-3801; Kendall County at 630-553-9100; DuPage County at 630-682-7400; and Will County at 815-727-8480.

Home-Based Day Care
Home-based Day Care Businesses must be licensed through the State of Illinois. The process begins with contacting the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services at 630-801-3400.

Retail Sales
Businesses that involve Retail Sales, including Hotels or Motels, Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, Corporations, etc., are required to register with the Illinois Department of Revenue (wholesalers and service businesses, i.e. doctors, dentists are excluded). You may reach them toll free at 800-732-8866 or locally at 630-293-8300. Locally, they have an office at:
245 W Roosevelt Road
West Chicago, IL 60185

This office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Contractor Licensing

Any work done within the public right-of-way must be done under this license. General contractors licenses issued by the Building and Permits Division do not cover work in the public right-of-way.

The application covers three types of work:

  • Concrete
  • General Excavation
  • Paving
An applicant may file for any combination, but must submit a separate bond, application fee, and previous competent record for each class of work.

Find the Contractor License Application Form (PDF).

Required Items
The following items must be attached upon submission of the application to our office on the 4th floor of City Hall.

  • $100 application fee per contractor type/application
  • Original Performance and Maintenance Bond in the amount of $20,000. The bond must be valid through February 28th of the following year.
  • Certificate of Insurance showing general public liability in the amount of $1 million and workman's compensation insurance.

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