Contractor Licensing & Bonding Requirements


The Village of Winnetka does not maintain a contractor licensing program; rather the Village accepts licenses issued by the State of Illinois (i.e, plumbing, irrigation and roofing contractors) or licenses issued by other municipalities which test licensees (electricians).

Electrical, plumbing, irrigation and roofing contractors must have on file, or supply prior to permit issuance, a copy of current licenses.

Contractor Bonds

Prior to the issuance of any permit, all contractors and subcontractors identified on the application for building permit must file a License and Permit Bond with the Department of Community Development in the amount of $20,000.

Helpful Documents

Step-by-Step Guidance for Approved Permit Holders

The Village of Winnetka places a high priority on working proactively with contractors in order to help you complete your project in a timely manner. At the same time, the Village asks all contractors and subcontractors to be sensitive to the needs of surrounding property owners and take all appropriate steps to maintain a clean job site, and minimize safety, noise, parking and pollution impacts. 

The following are steps that can be taken after acquiring permits"

  1. New single family residence
  2. Addition or major remodel
  3. Interior remodel
  4. Site work, or other

Permit holders should also consult the Village’s Construction Site Management Requirements for more detailed information on that topic.

Helpful Resources

If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact the Permit Desk at 847-716-3520, or the Code Enforcement Desk at 847-716-3521.