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PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
(225 ILCS 227/) Pyrotechnic Distributor and Operator Licensing Act.

225 ILCS 227/1

    (225 ILCS 227/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Pyrotechnic Distributor and Operator Licensing Act.
(Source: P.A. 93-263, eff. 7-22-03; 94-385, eff. 7-29-05.)

225 ILCS 227/5

    (225 ILCS 227/5)
    Sec. 5. Definitions. In this Act:
    "1.3G fireworks" means fireworks that are used for professional outdoor displays and classified as fireworks UN0333, UN0334, or UN0335 by the United States Department of Transportation under 49 C.F.R. 172.101.
    "Assistant" means an individual supervised by a lead pyrotechnic operator, who assists with the safety, setup, discharge, and removal of a pyrotechnic display.
    "BATFE" means the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
    "Consumer fireworks" means fireworks that must comply with the construction, chemical composition, and labeling regulations of the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, as set forth in 16 C.F.R. Parts 1500 and 1507, and classified as fireworks UN0336 or UN0337 by the United States Department of Transportation under 49 C.F.R. 172.101. "Consumer fireworks" does not include a substance or article exempted under the Pyrotechnic Use Act.
    "Cover licensor" means any pyrotechnic distributor, licensed under subsection (c) of Section 35 of this Act, or production company, licensed under subsection (c-3) of Section 35 of this Act, under whose pyrotechnic license a touring pyrotechnic company and its touring lead pyrotechnic operators and touring technicians provide pyrotechnic displays or pyrotechnic services, or both, in the State.
    "Cover licensor representative" means a licensed lead pyrotechnic operator, either employed by the cover licensor or insured as an additional named insured on the cover licensor's general liability and product liability insurance, as applicable, who is responsible for supervising the safety and regulatory compliance of the touring lead pyrotechnic operators and touring technicians during a pyrotechnic display or pyrotechnic service.
    "Display fireworks" means 1.3G explosive or special effects fireworks.
    "Event employee" means an individual who works under the supervision of the lead pyrotechnic operator and who assists with the safety, setup, and removal of a pyrotechnic display, but does not handle live pyrotechnic materials or charged flame equipment.
    "Facility" means an area being used for the conducting of a pyrotechnic display business, but does not include residential premises except for the portion of any residential premises that is actually used in the conduct of a pyrotechnic display business.
    "Flame effect" means the detonation, ignition, or deflagration of flammable gases, liquids, or special materials to produce a thermal, physical, visual, or audible effect before the public, invitees, or licensees, regardless of whether admission is charged in accordance with NFPA 160.
    "Lead pyrotechnic operator" means the individual with overall responsibility for the safety, setup, discharge, and supervision of a pyrotechnic display or pyrotechnic service.
    "Office" means Office of the State Fire Marshal.
    "Person" means an individual, firm, corporation, association, partnership, company, consortium, joint venture, commercial entity, state, municipality, or political subdivision of a state or any agency, department, or instrumentality of the United States and any officer, agent, or employee of these entities.
    "Production company" means any person in the film, digital and video media, television, commercial, music, or theatrical stage industry who provides pyrotechnic services or pyrotechnic display services as part of a film, digital and video media, television, commercial, music, or theatrical production in the State of Illinois.
    "Pyrotechnic display" or "display" means the detonation, ignition, or deflagration of display fireworks or flame effects to produce a visual or audible effect of an exhibitional nature before the public, invitees, or licensees, regardless of whether admission is charged.
    "Pyrotechnic distributor" means any person who distributes display fireworks for sale in the State of Illinois or provides them as part of a pyrotechnic display service in the State of Illinois or provides only pyrotechnic services.
    "Pyrotechnic service" means the detonation, ignition, or deflagration of display fireworks, special effects, or flame effects to produce a visual or audible effect.
    "Special effects fireworks" means pyrotechnic devices used for special effects by professionals in the performing arts in conjunction with theatrical, musical, or other productions that are similar to consumer fireworks in chemical compositions and construction, but are not intended for consumer use and are not labeled as such or identified as "intended for indoor use". "Special effects fireworks" are classified as fireworks UN0431 or UN0432 by the United States Department of Transportation under 49 C.F.R. 172.101.
    "Touring lead pyrotechnic operator" means an individual employed by a touring pyrotechnic company who has overall responsibility for the safety, setup, discharge, and supervision of a pyrotechnic display or pyrotechnic service.
    "Touring pyrotechnic company" means any person that performs pyrotechnic services or pyrotechnic displays in the State who lacks a license under subsections (c) or (c-3) of Section 35 of this Act.
    "Touring technician" means an individual employed by a touring pyrotechnic company who is at least 18 years of age, who is covered by his or her employer's workers' compensation, product liability, and general liability policies under Section 35 of this Act and who, under the supervision of the touring lead pyrotechnic operator, assists with the safety, setup, discharge, and removal of a pyrotechnical display.
(Source: P.A. 96-708, eff. 8-25-09; 97-164, eff. 1-1-12.)

225 ILCS 227/10

    (225 ILCS 227/10)
    Sec. 10. License; enforcement. No person may act as a pyrotechnic distributor, production company, or lead pyrotechnic operator, or advertise or use any title implying that the person is a pyrotechnic distributor, production company, or lead pyrotechnic operator, unless licensed by the Office under this Act. No pyrotechnic services or pyrotechnic display shall be conducted without a person licensed under this Act as a lead pyrotechnic operator supervising the pyrotechnic display or pyrotechnic service. The State Fire Marshal, in the name of the People, through the Attorney General, the State's Attorney of any county, any resident of the State, or any legal entity within the State may apply for injunctive relief in any court to enjoin any person who has not been issued a license or whose license has been suspended, revoked, or not renewed, from practicing a licensed activity. Upon filing a verified petition in court, the court, if satisfied by affidavit, or otherwise, that the person is or has been practicing in violation of this Act, may enter a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction, without bond, enjoining the defendant from further unlicensed activity. A copy of the verified complaint shall be served upon the defendant and the proceedings are to be conducted as in other civil cases. The court may enter a judgment permanently enjoining a defendant from further unlicensed activity if it is established that the defendant has been or is practicing in violation of this Act. In case of violation of any injunctive order or judgment entered under this Section, the court may summarily try and punish the offender for contempt of court. Injunctive proceedings are in addition to all penalties and other remedies in this Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-708, eff. 8-25-09; 97-164, eff. 1-1-12.)

225 ILCS 227/12

    (225 ILCS 227/12)
    Sec. 12. Cover license.
    (a) Prior to engaging in the setup, discharge, and supervision of a pyrotechnic display or pyrotechnic service in the State, all touring pyrotechnic companies shall associate themselves with a cover licensor in accordance with this Section. Such association shall be at the discretion of the cover licensor, and a touring pyrotechnic company shall not setup or discharge a pyrotechnic display or pyrotechnic service in the State without such association.
    (b) Prior to associating itself with a cover licensor in accordance with this Section, the touring pyrotechnic company shall send the cover licensor the following pre-permitting information a minimum of 20 business days before the event:
        (1) a pyrotechnic plan for the event that meets the
    
specifications of the most current edition of NFPA 1126, Standard for the Use of Pyrotechnics Before a Proximate Audience, Sections 6.2 and 6.3 or NFPA 160, Standard for the Use of Flame Effects Before an Audience, Section 5.3, or both;
        (2) a Certificate of Insurance showing proof of not
    
less than $1,000,000 in product liability insurance and $1,000,000 in general liability insurance that both covers the pyrotechnic display or pyrotechnic service provided and naming the cover licensor as an additional insured; the product and general liability insurance coverage shall be an occurrence-based policy, or its equivalent, and it shall cover all periods of time during which pyrotechnical materials, including flame effect materials, are in the insured's actual or constructive possession, including those times when the materials are being stored, transported, handled, used, discharged, and displayed; and
        (3) proof of Illinois workers' compensation insurance
    
held by the touring pyrotechnic company for all periods of time during which the touring pyrotechnic company employees are engaged in employment-related activities in the State.
    (c) After confirming the sufficiency of the touring pyrotechnic company's pre-permitting information and agreeing to associate itself with the touring pyrotechnic company, the cover licensor shall be obligated to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal and any authority having jurisdiction over the venue or location of the State-based pyrotechnic display or pyrotechnic service with the following information a minimum of 15 days before the event:
        (1) a pyrotechnic plan for the event that meets the
    
specifications of the most current edition of NFPA 1126, Standard for the Use of Pyrotechnics Before a Proximate Audience, Sections 6.2 and 6.3 or NFPA 160, Standard for the Use of Flame Effects Before an Audience, Section 5.3, or both;
        (2) the cover licensor's own Certificate of Insurance
    
showing proof of the necessary insurance coverage as provided in Section 35 of this Act that covers the pyrotechnic service or pyrotechnic display provided and names the touring pyrotechnic company as an additional insured and proof of Illinois workers' compensation insurance;
        (3) the touring pyrotechnic company's Certificate of
    
Insurance showing proof of not less than $1,000,000 in product liability insurance and $1,000,000 in general liability insurance that covers the pyrotechnic service or pyrotechnic display, provided that each of which names the cover licensor as an additional insured;
        (4) the touring pyrotechnic company's proof of
    
Illinois workers' compensation insurance for all periods of time during which the touring pyrotechnic company employees are engaged in employment-related activities in the State; and
        (5) the touring pyrotechnic company's contact
    
information.
    (d) Questions or concerns raised by either the Office of the State Fire Marshal or the authority having jurisdiction regarding the information submitted by the touring pyrotechnic company shall be directed to, and resolved by, the touring pyrotechnic company prior to the event.
    (e) The cover licensor representative shall be present during, and shall personally supervise, all phases of the pyrotechnic display or pyrotechnic service subject to the cover license. The cover licensor representative shall personally supervise all touring lead pyrotechnic operators, touring technicians, assistants, and event employees.
    (f) Representatives of the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the authority having jurisdiction, and the cover licensor representative each possess the authority to halt any pyrotechnic display or pyrotechnic service governed by the cover license should questions arise about failures to follow industry standards and safety guidelines, including the most current edition of NFPA 1126, Standard for the Use of Pyrotechnics Before a Proximate Audience, and NFPA 160, Standard for the Use of Flame Effects Before an Audience. Pyrotechnic displays and pyrotechnic services halted due to safety concerns shall resume only with the express written approval of both the cover licensor representative and the authority having jurisdiction.
(Source: P.A. 97-164, eff. 1-1-12.)

225 ILCS 227/15

    (225 ILCS 227/15)
    Sec. 15. Deposit of fees. All fees collected under this Act shall be deposited into the Fire Prevention Fund.
(Source: P.A. 93-263, eff. 7-22-03.)

225 ILCS 227/30

    (225 ILCS 227/30)
    Sec. 30. Rules. The State Fire Marshal shall adopt all rules necessary to carry out its responsibilities under this Act including rules requiring the training, examination, and licensing of production companies, pyrotechnic distributors and lead pyrotechnic operators. The rules of the State Fire Marshal shall be based upon nationally recognized standards such as those of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1123 guidelines for outdoor displays, NFPA 1126 for proximate audience displays, NFPA 160 for flame effect displays, and NFPA 140 for motion picture and television production studio soundstages, approved production facilities, and production locations. The State Fire Marshal shall conduct the training and examination of pyrotechnic operators and pyrotechnic distributors or may delegate the responsibility to train and examine pyrotechnic distributors and operators to the Department of Natural Resources.
(Source: P.A. 96-708, eff. 8-25-09.)

225 ILCS 227/35

    (225 ILCS 227/35)
    Sec. 35. Licensure requirements and fees.
    (a) Each application for a license to practice under this Act shall be in writing and signed by the applicant on forms provided by the Office.
    (b) After January 1, 2006, all pyrotechnic displays and pyrotechnic services, both indoor and outdoor, must comply with the requirements set forth in this Act.
    (c) After January 1, 2006, no person may engage in pyrotechnic distribution without first applying for and obtaining a license from the Office. Applicants for a license must submit to the Office the following:
        (1) A current BATFE license for the type of
    
pyrotechnic service or pyrotechnic display provided.
        (2) Proof of $1,000,000 in product liability
    
insurance.
        (3) Proof of $1,000,000 in general liability
    
insurance that covers the pyrotechnic display or pyrotechnic service provided.
        (4) Proof of Illinois Workers' Compensation Insurance.
        (5) A license fee set by the Office.
        (6) Proof of a current United States Department of
    
Transportation (DOT) Identification Number.
        (7) Proof of a current USDOT Hazardous Materials
    
Registration Number.
        (8) Proof of having the requisite knowledge, either
    
through training, examination, or continuing education, as established by Office rule.
    (c-3) After January 1, 2010, no production company may provide pyrotechnic displays or pyrotechnic services as part of any production without either (i) obtaining a production company license from the Office under which all pyrotechnic displays and pyrotechnic services are performed by a licensed lead pyrotechnic operator or (ii) hiring a pyrotechnic distributor licensed in accordance with this Act to perform the pyrotechnic displays or pyrotechnic services. Applicants for a production company license must submit to the Office the following:
        (1) Proof of $2,000,000 in commercial general
    
liability insurance that covers any damage or injury resulting from the pyrotechnic displays or pyrotechnic services provided.
        (2) Proof of Illinois Worker's Compensation insurance.
        (3) A license fee set by the Office.
        (4) Proof of a current USDOT Identification Number,
    
unless:
            (A) proof of such is provided by the lead
        
pyrotechnic operator employed by the production company or insured as an additional named insured on the production company's general liability insurance, as required under paragraph (1) of this subsection; or
            (B) the production company certifies under
        
penalty of perjury that it engages only in flame effects or never transports materials in quantities that require registration with USDOT, or both.
        (5) Proof of a current USDOT Hazardous Materials
    
Registration Number, unless:
            (A) proof of such is provided by the lead
        
pyrotechnic operator employed by the production company or insured as an additional named insured on the production company's general liability insurance, as required under paragraph (1) of this subsection; or
            (B) the production company certifies under
        
penalty of perjury that it engages only in flame effects or never transports materials in quantities that require registration with USDOT, or both.
        (6) Identification of the licensed lead pyrotechnic
    
operator employed by the production company or insured as an additional named insured on the production company's general liability insurance, as required under paragraph (1) of this subsection.
    The insurer shall not cancel the insured's coverage or remove any additional named insured or additional insured from the policy coverage without notifying the Office in writing at least 15 days before cancellation.
    (c-5) After January 1, 2006, no individual may act as a lead operator in a pyrotechnic display without first applying for and obtaining a lead pyrotechnic operator's license from the Office. The Office shall establish separate licenses for lead pyrotechnic operators for indoor and outdoor pyrotechnic displays. Applicants for a license must:
        (1) Pay the fees set by the Office.
        (2) Have the requisite training or continuing
    
education as established in the Office's rules.
        (3) (Blank).
    (d) A person is qualified to receive a license under this Act if the person meets all of the following minimum requirements:
        (1) Is at least 21 years of age.
        (2) Has not willfully violated any provisions of this
    
Act.
        (3) Has not made any material misstatement or
    
knowingly withheld information in connection with any original or renewal application.
        (4) Has not been declared incompetent by any
    
competent court by reasons of mental or physical defect or disease unless a court has since declared the person competent.
        (5) Does not have an addiction to or dependency on
    
alcohol or drugs that is likely to endanger the public at a pyrotechnic display.
        (6) Has not been convicted in any jurisdiction of any
    
felony within the prior 5 years.
        (7) Is not a fugitive from justice.
        (8) Has, or has applied for, a BATFE explosives
    
license or a Letter of Clearance from the BATFE.
        (9) If a lead pyrotechnic operator is employed by a
    
political subdivision of the State or by a licensed production company or is insured as an additional named insured on the production company's general liability insurance, as required under paragraph (1) of subsection (c-3) of this Section, he or she shall have a BATFE license for the pyrotechnic services or pyrotechnic display provided.
        (10) If a production company has not provided proof
    
of a current USDOT Identification Number and a current USDOT Hazardous Materials Registration Number, as required by paragraphs (5) and (6) of subsection (c-3) of this Section, then the lead pyrotechnic operator employed by the production company or insured as an additional named insured on the production company's general liability insurance, as required under paragraph (1) of subsection (c-3) of this Section, shall provide such proof to the Office.
    (e) A person is qualified to assist a lead pyrotechnic operator if the person meets all of the following minimum requirements:
        (1) Is at least 18 years of age.
        (2) Has not willfully violated any provision of this
    
Act.
        (3) Has not been declared incompetent by any
    
competent court by reasons of mental or physical defect or disease unless a court has since declared the person competent.
        (4) Does not have an addiction to or dependency on
    
alcohol or drugs that is likely to endanger the public at a pyrotechnic display.
        (5) Has not been convicted in any jurisdiction of any
    
felony within the prior 5 years.
        (6) Is not a fugitive from justice.
        (7) Is employed as an employee of the licensed
    
pyrotechnic distributor or the licensed production company, or insured as an additional named insured on the pyrotechnic distributor's product liability and general liability insurance, as required under paragraphs (2) and (3) of subsection (c) of this Section, or insured as an additional named insured on the production company's general liability insurance, as required under paragraph (1) of subsection (c-3) of this Section.
        (8) Has been registered with the Office by the
    
licensed distributor or the licensed production company on a form provided by the Office prior to the time when the assistant begins work on the pyrotechnic display or pyrotechnic service.
(Source: P.A. 96-708, eff. 8-25-09; 97-164, eff. 1-1-12.)

225 ILCS 227/40

    (225 ILCS 227/40)
    Sec. 40. Fingerprint card; fees. The Office may require each applicant to file with his or her application a fingerprint card in the form and manner required by the Department of State Police to enable the Department of State Police to conduct a criminal history check on the applicant.
    The Office may require each applicant to submit, in addition to the license fee, a fee specified by the Department of State Police for processing fingerprint cards, which may be made payable to the State Police Services Fund and shall be remitted to the Department of State Police for deposit into that Fund.
(Source: P.A. 93-263, eff. 7-22-03.)

225 ILCS 227/45

    (225 ILCS 227/45)
    Sec. 45. Investigation. Upon receipt of an application, the Office shall investigate the eligibility of the applicant. The Office has authority to request and receive from any federal, state or local governmental agency such information and assistance as will enable it to carry out its powers and duties under this Act. The Department of State Police shall cause the fingerprints of each applicant to be compared with fingerprints of criminals filed with the Department of State Police or with federal law enforcement agencies maintaining official fingerprint files.
(Source: P.A. 93-263, eff. 7-22-03.)

225 ILCS 227/50

    (225 ILCS 227/50)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-848)
    Sec. 50. Issuance of license; renewal; fees nonrefundable.
    (a) The Office, upon the applicant's satisfactory completion of the requirements imposed under this Act and upon receipt of the requisite fees, shall issue the appropriate license showing the name, address, and photograph of the licensee and the dates of issuance and expiration. The license shall include the name of the pyrotechnic distributor or production company employing the lead pyrotechnic operator or insuring the lead pyrotechnic operator as an additional named insured on the pyrotechnic distributor's product liability and general liability insurance, as required under paragraphs (2) and (3) of subsection (c) of Section 35, or insuring the lead pyrotechnic operator as an additional named insured on the production company's general liability insurance, as required under paragraph (1) of subsection (c-3) of Section 35. A lead pyrotechnic operator is required to have a separate license for each pyrotechnic distributor or production company who employs the lead pyrotechnic operator or insures the lead pyrotechnic operator as an additional named insured on the pyrotechnic distributor's product liability and general liability insurance, as required under paragraphs (2) and (3) of subsection (c) of Section 35, or insures the lead pyrotechnic operator as an additional named insured on the production company's general liability insurance, as required under paragraph (1) of subsection (c-3) of Section 35.
    (b) Each licensee may apply for renewal of his or her license upon payment of the applicable fees. The expiration date and renewal period for each license issued under this Act shall be set by rule. Failure to renew within 60 days of the expiration date results in lapse of the license. A lapsed license may not be reinstated until a written application is filed, the renewal fee is paid, and the reinstatement fee established by the Office is paid. Renewal and reinstatement fees shall be waived for persons who did not renew while on active duty in the military and who file for renewal or restoration within one year after discharge from the service. A lapsed license may not be reinstated after 5 years have elapsed except upon passing an examination to determine fitness to have the license restored and by paying the required fees.
    (c) All fees paid under this Act are nonrefundable.
    (d) A production company licensed under this Act shall pay all applicable licensing fees for each lead pyrotechnic operator it employs or insures as an additional named insured on the production company's general liability insurance, as required under paragraph (1) of subsection (c-3) of Section 35.
(Source: P.A. 96-708, eff. 8-25-09; 97-164, eff. 1-1-12.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-848)
    Sec. 50. Issuance of license; renewal; fees nonrefundable.
    (a) The Office, upon the applicant's satisfactory completion of the requirements imposed under this Act and upon receipt of the requisite fees, shall issue the appropriate license showing the name, address, and photograph of the licensee and the dates of issuance and expiration. The license shall include the name of the pyrotechnic distributor or production company employing the lead pyrotechnic operator or insuring the lead pyrotechnic operator as an additional named insured on the pyrotechnic distributor's product liability and general liability insurance, as required under paragraphs (2) and (3) of subsection (c) of Section 35, or insuring the lead pyrotechnic operator as an additional named insured on the production company's general liability insurance, as required under paragraph (1) of subsection (c-3) of Section 35. A lead pyrotechnic operator is required to have a separate license for each pyrotechnic distributor or production company who employs the lead pyrotechnic operator or insures the lead pyrotechnic operator as an additional named insured on the pyrotechnic distributor's product liability and general liability insurance, as required under paragraphs (2) and (3) of subsection (c) of Section 35, or insures the lead pyrotechnic operator as an additional named insured on the production company's general liability insurance, as required under paragraph (1) of subsection (c-3) of Section 35.
    (b) Each licensee may apply for renewal of his or her license upon payment of the applicable fees. The expiration date and renewal period for each license issued under this Act shall be set by rule. Failure to renew within 60 days of the expiration date results in lapse of the license. A lapsed license may not be reinstated until a written application is filed, the renewal fee is paid, and the reinstatement fee established by the Office is paid. Renewal and reinstatement fees shall be waived for persons who did not renew while on active duty in the military and who file for renewal or restoration within one year after discharge from the service. A lapsed license may not be reinstated after 5 years have elapsed except upon passing an examination to determine fitness to have the license restored and by paying the required fees.
    (c) All fees paid under this Act are nonrefundable.
    (d) A production company licensed under this Act shall pay all applicable licensing fees for each lead pyrotechnic operator it employs or insures as an additional named insured on the production company's general liability insurance, as required under paragraph (1) of subsection (c-3) of Section 35.
    (e) An applicant who is 21 years of age or older seeking a religious exemption to the photograph requirement of this Section shall furnish with his or her application an approved copy of United States Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Form 4029. Regardless of age, an applicant seeking a religious exemption to this photograph requirement shall submit fingerprints in a form and manner prescribed by the Office with his or her application in lieu of a photograph.
(Source: P.A. 97-164, eff. 1-1-12; 98-848, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 227/55

    (225 ILCS 227/55)
    Sec. 55. Insufficient funds checks. Any person who on 2 occasions issues or delivers a check or other order to the Office that is not honored by the financial institution upon which it is drawn because of insufficient funds on account shall pay to the Office, in addition to the amount owing upon the check or other order, a fee of $50. If the check or other order was issued or delivered in payment of a renewal fee and the licensee whose license has lapsed continues to practice without paying the renewal fee and the $50 fee required under this Section, an additional fee of $100 is imposed for practicing without a current license. The Office may revoke or refuse to issue the license or licenses of any person who fails to pay the requisite fees.
(Source: P.A. 93-263, eff. 7-22-03.)

225 ILCS 227/57

    (225 ILCS 227/57)
    Sec. 57. Training; additional lead pyrotechnic operators. No pyrotechnic distributor or production company shall allow any person to act as a lead pyrotechnic operator until the person has obtained a lead pyrotechnic operator's license from the Office. Nothing in this Section shall prevent an assistant from acting as a lead pyrotechnic operator under the direct supervision of a licensed lead pyrotechnic operator for training purposes.
(Source: P.A. 96-708, eff. 8-25-09; 97-164, eff. 1-1-12.)

225 ILCS 227/60

    (225 ILCS 227/60)
    Sec. 60. Conditions of renewal; change of address; duplicate license; inspection.
    (a) As a condition of renewal of a license, the Office may require the licensee to report information pertaining to the person's practice in relation to this Act that the Office determines to be in the interest of public safety.
    (b) A licensee shall report a change in home or office address within 10 days of the change.
    (c) The licensee shall carry his or her license at all times when engaging in a pyrotechnic service or pyrotechnic display activity.
    (d) If a license or certificate is lost, a duplicate shall be issued upon payment of the required fee to be established by the Office. If a licensee wishes to change his or her name, the Office shall issue a license in the new name upon satisfactory proof that the change of name was done in accordance with law and upon payment of the required fee.
    (e) Each licensee shall permit his or her facilities to be inspected by representatives of the Office for the purpose of administering this Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-708, eff. 8-25-09.)

225 ILCS 227/65

    (225 ILCS 227/65)
    Sec. 65. Grounds for discipline. Licensees subject to this Act shall conduct their practice in accordance with this Act and the rules promulgated under this Act. A licensee is subject to disciplinary sanctions enumerated in this Act if the State Fire Marshal finds that the licensee is guilty of any of the following:
        (1) Fraud or material deception in obtaining or
    
renewing a license.
        (2) Engaging in dishonorable, unethical, or
    
unprofessional conduct of a character likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public in the course of professional services or activities.
        (3) Conviction of any crime that has a substantial
    
relationship to his or her practice or an essential element of which is misstatement, fraud, dishonesty, or conviction in this or another state of any crime that is a felony under the laws of Illinois or conviction of a felony in a federal court, unless the licensee demonstrates that he or she has been sufficiently rehabilitated to warrant the public trust.
        (4) Performing any service in a grossly negligent
    
manner or permitting any lead pyrotechnic operator or assistant to perform a service in a grossly negligent manner, regardless of whether actual damage or damage to the public is established.
        (5) Addiction to or dependency on alcohol or drugs or
    
use of alcohol or drugs that is likely to endanger the public at a pyrotechnic display.
        (6) Willfully receiving direct or indirect
    
compensation for any professional service not actually rendered.
        (7) Having disciplinary action taken against his or
    
her license in another state.
        (8) Making differential treatment against any person
    
to his or her detriment because of race, color, creed, sex, religion, or national origin.
        (9) Engaging in unprofessional conduct.
        (10) Engaging in false or misleading advertising.
        (11) Contracting or assisting an unlicensed person to
    
perform services for which a license is required under this Act.
        (12) Permitting the use of his or her license to
    
enable an unlicensed person or agency to operate as a licensee.
        (13) Performing and charging for a service without
    
having the authorization to do so from the member of the public being served.
        (14) Failure to comply with any provision of this Act
    
or the rules promulgated under this Act.
        (15) Conducting business regulated by this Act
    
without a currently valid license in those circumstances where a license is required.
(Source: P.A. 93-263, eff. 7-22-03; 94-385, eff. 7-29-05.)

225 ILCS 227/75

    (225 ILCS 227/75)
    Sec. 75. Formal charges; hearing.
    (a) The Office may file formal charges against a licensee. The formal charges, at a minimum, shall inform the licensee of the specific facts that are the basis of the charge to enable the licensee to defend himself or herself.
    (b) Each licensee whose conduct is the subject of a formal charge that seeks to impose disciplinary action against the licensee shall be served notice of the formal charge at least 30 days before the date of the hearing. The hearing shall be presided over by the Office or a hearing officer authorized by the Office in compliance with the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act. Service shall be considered to have been given if the notice was personally received by the licensee or if the notice was mailed certified, return requested, to the licensee at the licensee's last known address as listed with the Office.
    (c) The notice of a formal charge shall consist, at a minimum, of the following information:
        (1) The time and date of the hearing.
        (2) A statement that the licensee may appear
    
personally at the hearing and may be represented by counsel.
        (3) A statement that the licensee has the right to
    
produce witnesses and evidence in his or her behalf and the right to cross-examine witnesses and evidence produced against him or her.
        (4) A statement that the hearing can result in
    
disciplinary action being taken against the license.
        (5) A statement that rules for the conduct of these
    
hearings exist and that it may be in the licensee's best interest to obtain a copy.
        (6) A statement that the hearing officer authorized
    
by the Office shall preside at the hearing and, following the conclusion of the hearing, make findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations, separately stated, to the Office as to what disciplinary action, if any, should be imposed on the licensee.
        (7) A statement that the Office may continue the
    
hearing.
    (d) The Office or the hearing officer authorized by the Office shall hear evidence produced in support of the formal charges and contrary evidence produced by the licensee, if any. If the hearing is conducted by a hearing officer, at the conclusion of the hearing, the hearing officer shall make findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations, separately stated, and submit them to the Office and to all parties to the proceeding. Submission to the licensee shall be considered as having been made if done in a similar fashion as service of the notice of formal charges. Within 20 days after the service, any party to the proceeding may present to the Office a motion, in writing, for a rehearing. The written motion shall specify the particular grounds for the rehearing.
    (e) The Office, following the time allowed for filing a motion for rehearing, shall review the hearing officer's findings of fact, conclusions of law, recommendations, and any motions filed subsequent to the hearing. After review of the information the Office may hear oral arguments and thereafter issue an order. The report of findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations of the hearing officer shall be the basis for the Office's order. If the Office finds that substantial justice was not done, it may issue an order in contravention of the hearing officer's findings.
    (f) All proceedings under this Section are matters of public record and a record of the proceedings shall be preserved.
(Source: P.A. 93-263, eff. 7-22-03; 94-385, eff. 7-29-05.)

225 ILCS 227/80

    (225 ILCS 227/80)
    Sec. 80. Sanctions.
    (a) The Office shall impose any of the following sanctions, singularly or in combination, when it finds that a licensee or applicant is guilty of any offense described in this Act:
        (1) revocation;
        (2) suspension for any period of time;
        (3) reprimand or censure;
        (4) place on probationary status and require the
    
submission of any of the following:
            (i) report regularly to the Office upon matters
        
that are the basis of the probation;
            (ii) continue or renew professional education
        
until a satisfactory degree of skill has been attained in those areas that are the basis of the probation; or
            (iii) such other reasonable requirements or
        
restrictions as are proper;
        (5) refuse to issue, renew, or restore; or
        (6) revoke probation that has been granted and impose
    
any other discipline in this subsection (a) when the requirements of probation have not been fulfilled or have been violated.
    (b) The State Fire Marshal may summarily suspend a license under this Act, without a hearing, simultaneously with the filing of a formal complaint and notice for a hearing provided under this Section if the State Fire Marshal finds that the continued operations of the individual would constitute an immediate danger to the public. In the event the State Fire Marshal suspends a license under this subsection, a hearing by the hearing officer designated by the State Fire Marshal shall begin within 20 days after the suspension begins, unless continued at the request of the licensee.
    (c) Disposition may be made of any formal complaint by consent order between the State Fire Marshal and the licensee, but the Office must be apprised of the full consent order in a timely way.
    (d) The Office shall reinstate any license to good standing under this Act, upon recommendation to the Office, after a hearing before the hearing officer authorized by the Office. The Office shall be satisfied that the applicant's renewed practice is not contrary to the public interest.
    (e) The Office may conduct hearings and issue cease and desist orders to persons who engage in activities prohibited by this Act without having a valid license, certificate, or registration. Any person in violation of a cease and desist order entered by the Office is subject to all of the remedies provided by law, and in addition, is subject to a civil penalty payable to the party injured by the violation.
(Source: P.A. 93-263, eff. 7-22-03.)

225 ILCS 227/85

    (225 ILCS 227/85)
    Sec. 85. Subpoena; production of evidence; records; administrative review; license suspension; revocation.
    (a) The Office has the power to subpoena and bring before it any person in this State and to take testimony either orally or by deposition, or both, with the same fees and mileage and in the same manner as is prescribed by law for judicial proceedings in civil cases. The State Fire Marshal, the Office, and the hearing officer approved by the Office, have the power to administer oaths at any hearing that the Office is authorized to conduct.
    (b) Any circuit court, upon the application of the licensee, the Office, or the State Fire Marshal, may order the attendance of witnesses and the production of relevant books and papers in any hearing under this Act. The court may compel obedience to its order by proceedings for contempt.
    (c) The Office of the State Fire Marshal, at its expense, shall provide a stenographer or a mechanical recording device to record the testimony and preserve a record of all proceedings at the hearing of any case in which a license may be revoked, suspended, placed on probationary status, or other disciplinary action taken with regard to the license. The notice of hearing, complaint, and all other documents in the nature of pleadings and written motions filed in the proceedings, the transcript of testimony, the report of the hearing officer and the orders of the State Fire Marshal shall constitute the record of the proceedings. The Office shall furnish a transcript of the record to any interested person upon payment of the costs of copying and transmitting the record.
    (d) All final administrative decisions of the Office are subject to judicial review under the Administrative Review Law and the rules adopted under that Law. Proceedings for judicial review shall be commenced in the circuit court of the county in which the party applying for review resides; but if the party is not a resident of Illinois, the venue is in Sangamon County. The State Fire Marshal is not required to certify any record to the court or file any answer in court or otherwise appear in any court in a judicial review proceeding, unless there is filed in the court with the complaint a receipt from the Office acknowledging payment of the costs of furnishing and certifying the record. Those costs shall be computed at the cost of preparing the record. Exhibits shall be certified without cost. Failure on the part of the licensee to file the receipt in court is a ground for dismissal of the action. During all judicial proceedings incident to a disciplinary action, the sanctions imposed upon the accused by the Office remain in effect, unless the court feels justice requires a stay of the order.
    (e) An order of revocation, suspension, placing the license on probationary status, or other formal disciplinary action as the State Fire Marshal may consider proper, or a certified copy of the order over the seal of the Office and purporting to be signed by the State Fire Marshal, is prima facie proof that:
        (1) the signature is that of the State Fire Marshal;
        (2) the State Fire Marshal is qualified to act; and
        (3) the hearing officer is qualified to act on behalf
    
of the Office.
    The proof specified in paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) may be rebutted.
    (f) Upon the suspension or revocation of a license issued under this Act, a licensee shall surrender the license to the Office and upon failure to do so, the Office shall seize the license.
    (g) The Office, upon request, shall publish a list of the names and addresses of all licensees under the provisions of this Act. The Office shall publish a list of all persons whose licenses have been disciplined within the past year, together with such other information as it may consider of interest to the public.
(Source: P.A. 93-263, eff. 7-22-03.)

225 ILCS 227/90

    (225 ILCS 227/90)
    Sec. 90. Penalties. Any natural person who violates any of the following provisions is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor for the first offense and a corporation or other entity that violates any of the following provisions commits a business offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $5,000; a second or subsequent offense in violation of any Section of this Act, including this Section, is a Class 4 felony if committed by a natural person, or a business offense punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 if committed by a corporation or other business entity:
        (1) Practicing or attempting to practice as a
    
pyrotechnic distributor or production company, or lead pyrotechnic operator without a license;
        (2) Obtaining or attempting to obtain a license,
    
practice or business, or any other thing of value by fraudulent representation;
        (3) Permitting, directing, or authorizing any person
    
under one's direction or supervision to work or serve as a licensee if that individual does not possess an appropriate valid license.
    Whenever any person is punished as a repeat offender under this Section, the Office may proceed to obtain a permanent injunction against the person under Section 10. If any person in making any oath or affidavit required by this Act swears falsely, the person is guilty of perjury and upon conviction may be punished accordingly.
(Source: P.A. 96-708, eff. 8-25-09; 97-164, eff. 1-1-12.)

225 ILCS 227/95

    (225 ILCS 227/95)
    Sec. 95. Display Reports. A lead pyrotechnic operator shall file an Illinois Display Report, which shall include the names and signatures of all lead pyrotechnic operators and assistants participating in the pyrotechnic display or pyrotechnic service and the name, department, and signature of the fire protection jurisdiction, with the Office within 30 days following any pyrotechnic display or pyrotechnic service. The fire protection jurisdiction shall sign the Illinois Display Report if the information therein is true and correct.
(Source: P.A. 96-708, eff. 8-25-09; 97-164, eff. 1-1-12; 97-813, eff. 7-13-12.)

225 ILCS 227/97

    (225 ILCS 227/97)
    Sec. 97. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-708, eff. 8-25-09. Repealed internally, eff. 7-1-11.)

225 ILCS 227/905

    (225 ILCS 227/905)
    Sec. 905. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 93-263, eff. 7-22-03; text omitted.)

225 ILCS 227/910

    (225 ILCS 227/910)
    Sec. 910. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 93-263, eff. 7-22-03; text omitted.)

225 ILCS 227/99

    (225 ILCS 227/99)
    Sec. 99. (Renumbered).
(Source: Renumbered by P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

225 ILCS 227/999

    (225 ILCS 227/999) (was 225 ILCS 227/99)
    Sec. 999. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)