In September 2019, Schaumburg officials voted to repeal the ban on video gaming and have created a new ordinance that includes village-imposed regulations that will apply to businesses interested in providing video gaming as part of their operations.
View Schaumburg’s local ordinance.
Video gaming has been operating without significant consequences in most of the communities that surround Schaumburg. Hoffman Estates, Streamwood, Hanover Park, Roselle, Rolling Meadows, and Mount Prospect all have video gaming and have reported no major concerns or issues. Schaumburg officials voted to repeal the ban so that Schaumburg restaurants would not experience a competitive disadvantage because some patrons want the option to dine, drink and game all in one location. In addition, village officials received feedback from residents who said they visit establishments in other towns to participate in gaming.
Under Schaumburg’s new ordinance, effective January 1, 2020, existing full-service restaurants, hotels and other establishments that hold an eligible liquor license will be able to apply for a supplemental “Class V” license to allow for video gaming in their establishment. Questions regarding requirements or the local application process can be directed to the village’s Liquor Commissioner by email at email@example.com or by phone at (847) 923-4402.
From January 1st, 2020, to December 31st, 2020, only existing Village of Schaumburg Liquor License holders that have held a liquor license for at least one (1) year without incident are eligible to seek a Class V Liquor License with Video Gaming.
Before beginning the Video Gaming Liquor Licensing process with the Village of Schaumburg, please ensure the establishment meets all requirements of the Illinois Video Gaming Act as well as the requirements of the Village of Schaumburg ordinance.
The State of Illinois Video Gaming Location License must be obtained before a Village of Schaumburg Liquor License will be issued; however, you may choose to Get Started prior to receiving your State license.
View the map of areas where video gaming is strictly prohibited.
1. Submit an online Video Gaming Notification of Intent form for initial review.
a. Preliminary floor plans or other supporting documentation for building modifications are required to be included in the Notification of Intent form.
Please note: Establishments must be found in good financial standing with the village; any outstanding fees, fines, penalties, taxes, etc. must be paid in full to become eligible to move on to the next steps in the process. If you have questions concerning your financial standing with the village, please contact the Finance Department at (847) 923-4532.
2. Upon a determination of eligibility, you may begin the process to acquire your Illinois Gaming Location License from the Illinois Gaming Board.
Please note: Schaumburg Video Gaming Liquor licenses will not be physically issued to the business until proof of State Video Gaming Location license is presented to the Village of Schaumburg. (see step 4 below)
3. Apply for the Video Gaming Alteration permit from the Village of Schaumburg Community Development Department for building modifications needed to accommodate video gaming. Consult the Resource Guide to obtain information that is required as part of this process. For questions regarding floor plan requirements or the building permit process, please contact Community Development at (847) 923-4420.
4. Once the Video Gaming Alteration permit process is completed, you will receive a Certificate of Gaming Alteration Completion. The Village of Schaumburg will contact the establishment and set up an appointment at the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center for payment and issuance of the Video Gaming Liquor License. At that time the establishment will be required to bring the following:
a. Illinois Video Gaming Location License
b. Certificate of Gaming Alteration Completion
c. Current, original Village of Schaumburg Liquor License
i. The license will be exchanged for a Liquor License that allows you to host video gaming.
d. Payment of $1,000 for video gaming license and $500 for each terminal hosted (maximum of 6)
Upon proper submittal of all of the above and a final verification that the establishment is currently in good standing with the village, a Video Gaming Liquor License will be issued by the Village President/Liquor Commissioner's Office.
Provided that good standing is maintained, 2021 Video Gaming Liquor Licenses will be renewed so there will be no need to reapply.
Prospective businesses will be able to apply for a Class A-V, Class C-V, F-1-V, or Class F-2-V liquor license on January 2, 2021. Additional information regarding this process will be available in 2020.
Video gaming cafes or lounges are considered businesses whose primary function is to offer gaming and not food and beverages. Individuals interested in opening a video gaming cafe will need to apply for a Class Q-V liquor license. Additional information regarding this process will be available in 2020.