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Does the City have a business license requirement?

Where can I find information about the laws of the City?
When does the City Council meet?
How can I speak in front of the City Council? Do I need to fill out a form?
Where do I go to request information?
Where can I go to register to vote?
What percentage of eligible Granite City residents are registered to vote?

Does the City have a business license requirement?
Yes, per Title 5 of the Municipal Code, the City requires a wide array of businesses to receive a business license.

In general, businesses that require a state certification do not need to obtain a business license. To determine whether or not your business needs a license, please review Title 5 of the Municipal Code, or you may call Building & Zoning at 618.452.6218.

Business licenses expire each year on December 31st and must be renewed annually by January 1st if you wish to continue in business. New business licenses are administered by the Building & Zoning Department, while renewed business licenses are administered by the City Clerk’s Office.

You may request the application for a new business license from the Building & Zoning office or you may click here for the online version.

Where can I find information about the laws of the City?
The Clerk’s office has all City ordinances on file. You may come into the office and search the Code of Ordinances or view the Code of Ordinances by clicking here.

When and where does the City Council meet?
The City Council meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. You may view a “live” telecast on Channel 993 Charter Cable.

How can I speak in front of the City Council? Do I need to fill out a form?
Members of the public can address the City Council under the “presentation of communications and petitions” portion of the Council meeting.

In order to be scheduled to speak during this time, however, one must first fill out and turn in an Application to Address the City Council to the City Clerk’s Office by 3:00 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the Council Meeting.

A copy of this form may be obtained from the City Clerk’s office, or may be found online by clicking here.

Presenters are limited to three minutes in front of the City Council, unless granted an extension of time from the Council at the meeting.

Where do I go to request information?
You may obtain Freedom of Information request forms from the Clerk’s office or click here for the online version. The City will respond within seven (7) to fourteen (14) days of the request.

Where can I go to register to vote?
You can register to vote at the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall. The office hours are Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The following requirements must be met in order to be eligible to register to vote:

     1. Must be a citizen of the United States. 
     2. Must be eighteen (18) years old by Election Day. 
     3. Must be a resident of the precinct for thirty (30) days as of the next election.

Note: Registrations cannot be taken within 30 days prior to an election.

Registering to vote:
You must provide two forms of identification, one with the current street address and an identification with a picture.

Transfer of voter registration:
A voter who is already registered within their County under his/her current name and who has moved from one address to another within the same county, may transfer that registration to the new address by completing the new information on the back of the voter registration card and sending it to the County Clerk’s office which is imprinted on the back of the voter registration card.

What percentage of eligible Granite City residents are registered to vote?

According to Madison County records as of April 2007, approximately 48.6% of Granite City’s population age 18 and over is registered to vote.

In April 2007, there were a total of 28,661 residents age 18 and up living in the City.