Licenses and Permits
Certain licenses and permits are required in the Village. Below is a list of the most commonly pulled licenses and permits for businesses.
Required for commercial building projects in Winnetka.
Owners and employees of brick and mortar businesses in the Elm Street, Hubbard Woods, and Indian Hill Business districts are asked to park in designated Zone A parking spaces during working hours.
Businesses intending to sell or serve food and/or drink items are subject to compliance with health and sanitation requirements.
The Village has developed specific guidance to assist restaurants and other specialty food businesses with permitting, inspection and approvals.
Businesses which intend to sell or serve beer, wine, or liquor are required to obtain a liquor license and are subject to compliance with the Village’s liquor control requirements.
Civic, fraternal, service, or charitable not-for-profit organizations seeking to sell or serve beer, wine, or liquor at special events are required to obtain a liquor license and are subject to compliance with the Village’s liquor control requirements.
An Illinois licensed liquor retailer seeking to sell or serve beer, wine, or liquor at a special event is required to obtain a liquor license and is subject to compliance with the Village’s liquor control requirements.
Required to use of the public right-of-way for outdoor seating.
Required to install a sign or awning on any commercial, multi-family, or institutional building or site. Application materials include reference to applicable Design Guidelines, meeting calendar and submittal deadlines.
If you are planning to host a special event that requires closing a public street or sidewalk, or requires Village resources, you must secure a special event permit from the Winnetka Police Department.
Certain business types are now allowed by right to open in the commercial district and must secure a Special Use Permit. There are two types of Special Use Permits – one for businesses located within the C2 Commercial Overlay District, and one for businesses located outside of the C2 Commercial Overlay District.
Required for any food service operating for a temporary period of time, not to exceed 14 days in connection to a special event with food service and sales, such as the Winnetka Farmers’ Market.