Coal Tar Sealant Ban
On Monday, April 2, 2018, the Deerfield Village Board approved an ordinance that bans the use and sale of coal tar pavement sealants and regulates the licensing of pavement sealant professionals. The ordinance took effect on May 1, 2018.
Pavement sealant professionals are required to fill out an online license application with the Village. This license must be renewed annually in the amount of $100.
Similar ordinances banning the use of coal tar exist in several neighboring communities including Highland Park, Wilmette, Winnetka, Vernon Hills, South Barrington and Evanston.
Asphalt based sealants are a readily available alternative to coal tar based sealants and numerous studies by the United States Geological Survey, amongst other governmental entities have shown that asphalt based sealants have significantly lower concentrations of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) and lower potential for contributing harmful organic material into the environment.
A list of currently licensed pavement sealant professionals can be obtained by calling the Building Division at 847.719.7484.
For more information, view frequently asked questions below.
- How is coal tar regulated by the Village?
- What is the purpose of the ban?
- Who does the ban affect?
- When does the ban take effect?
- What is coal tar?
- What are PAHs?
- What is coal tar used for?
- What’s the problem with coal tar sealants?
- What can I use instead of coal tar sealants?
- What if I want to pave my driveway myself and not hire a pavement sealant professional?
- How do I know if a paver uses coal tar sealants?
- Do I need to be licensed to professionally pave driveways in the Village of Deerfield?
- How do I get a pavement sealant professional license?
- How much does a pavement sealant professional license cost?
- What is the penalty for violating the ordinance?
- Who can I contact if I have questions?