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Amusements Licenses

General & Mechanical License

An annual license expiring on January 31st.

This license applies to all mechanical devices used by the public for amusement and entertainment.  The devices may be operated by inserting a coin, slug, token, plate, disc, or card into the device.  Such devices include, but are not limited to, juke boxes, skill ball, video games, mechanical grab devices, pin ball machines, lottery games, and all coin-operated machines and games.  This license also applies to all billiard and pool tables used by the public for amusement and entertainment.  The tables may be coin operated or paid for based on time used.  See Code sections 5.219 through 5.224.

To obtain a license, complete the General and Mechanical Amusement License Application and return it with the appropriate fee to the Payment Center at City Hall.  The license will be issued upon the approval of the application
Compliance with all laws, ordinances, and regulations of the City of Rockford, including all building, zoning, and fire regulations as well as all State of Illinois statutes applicable to such a licensed business or device, is mandatory.

General and Mechanical Amusements License Application

Bowling Alley License

An annual license expiring on January 31st.

This license applies to all bowling facilities used by the public for amusement and entertainment.  See Code sections 5.219 through 5.224.

To obtain a license, complete the Bowling Alley License Application and return it with the appropriate fee to the Payment Center at City Hall.  The license will be issued upon approval of the application.

Compliance with all laws, ordinances, and regulations of the City of Rockford, including all building, zoning, and fire regulations as well as all State of Illinois statutes applicable to such a licensed business or device is mandatory.

Bowling Alley License Application

Movie Theater License

An annual license expiring on May 31st.

This license applies to all movie theaters used by the public for amusement and entertainment.  See Code sections 5.219 through 5.224.

To obtain a license, complete the Movie Theater License Application and return it wil the appropriate fee to the Payment Center at City Hall.   The license will be issued upon approval of the application.

Compliance with all laws, ordinances, and regulations of the City of Rockford, including all building, zoning, and fire regulations as well as State of Illinois statutes applicable to such a licensed business or device, is mandatory.

Movie Theater License Application

Skating Rink License

An annual license expiring on January 31st.

This license applies to all (ice, roller, and skate board) skating facilities used by the public for amusement and entertainment.  See Code sections 5.219 through 5.224.

To obtain a license, complete the Skating Rink License Application and return it wil the appropriate fee to the Payment Center at City Hall.  The license will be issued upon approval of application.

Compliance with all laws, ordinances, and regulations of the City of Rockford, including all building, zoning, and fire regulations as well as all State of Illinois statutes applicable to such a licensed business or device, is mandatory.

Skating Rink License Application

Video Gaming Permit

The City of Rockford Video Gaming Permit ordinance was instituted in conjunction with the State of Illinois Video Gaming regulations to permit establishments with a valid City Liquor License to operate up to 5 video gaming machines on the establishment’s premises.  To register your gaming machines, complete the Video Gaming Permit application, attach a copy of the State of Illinois Video Gaming License and return it with the correct fee to the City of Rockford Customer Service Center.  The application will be processed and a permit for each machine will be mailed to you.

Video Gaming Permit Application