Fire Extinguisher Training
The Fire Department offers fire extinguisher training to the business community or any other interested group. The class includes a videotaped instructional program, brief lecture, handouts, and an opportunity to extinguish a live fire. The class is available upon request and is highly recommended for all adults. A nominal fee is charged for each class to cover the cost of the program. Please contact the Fire Department at (630) 377-4458 for more information.
The Fire Prevention Bureau reviews plans for fire code compliance for new construction, additions, and remodeling/alterations of all commercial buildings and certain multi-family dwellings in the City of St. Charles. Architectural plans are submitted to the Building and Code Enforcement Division to begin the permit process. All conditions stated in the plan review must be satisfied prior to final occupancy of the building/space.
When it comes to emergency preparedness, business owners are faced with special and unique challenges. They not only need to think about the safety and security of their business and products, but also the safety of their employees. Often, some businesses are directly involved in the emergency services or supplies provided at the time of a disaster. Other businesses must consider the hazardous materials they use or work with daily and how they would be affected in the event of a disaster.
The Code Enforcement Officer works with citizens to resolve issues that impact the quality of life in St. Charles, including violations of the Zoning Ordinance and Property Maintenance Code. Enforcement is accomplished by routine inspections of commercial and residential areas, as well as by responding to citizen complaints. Typical issues addressed by the Code Enforcement Officer include:
The following fees must be paid when the application is submitted:
The purpose of building codes is to see that the buildings we live and work in are reasonably safe from fire, safety and health hazards and that they provide adequate light, air, and basic facilities such as sanitation and heat. Codes also provide for equal accessibility for disabled persons.
The Business Retention Survey has been conducted approximately every two years since 1998 to identify and manage economic development issues and to assist the City in formulating pro-business policies. By better understanding issues that are important to business owners and operators, St. Charles can maintain its reputation as a good place to do business.