Opening a New Business in Palatine

Every business within the Village of Palatine is required to obtain a Village Business License (unless exempted by State law).  The business license process ensures that the health, safety, and welfare of business owners, employees, customers, and the general public are protected.  In addition, it ensures that a business complies with the Village's applicable rules and regulations.  If you are interested in opening a business in the Village of Palatine, please review the steps below.  

In addition, the Village has created a guide to assist those looking to open a new business.  The guide can be found by clicking on the following link: New Business Resource Guide


Zoning Verification

Prior to submitting a Business License Application, it is recommended that you contact the Village's Planning & Zoning Division, at (847) 359-9046, to confirm that your business is permitted at the proposed location. 

Applying for a Business License

Following confirmation that your business is permitted in the proposed location, you can then submit a Business License Application.  Applications may be submitted in person and by mail.  If you have any questions regarding the Business License Application please feel free to contact our office at (847) 359-9042.

Depending on your proposed business, you may also be required to apply and/or register for the following:

  • Food Dealer Permit: Please contact the Environmental Health Department at (847) 359-9090.
  • Food and Beverage Tax: Please contact the Finance Department at (847) 359-9088.
  • Liquor License: Please contact the Village Manager's Office at (847) 359-9031.
  • Fire Inspection: Please contact Fire Prevention at (847) 359-9029.

Business License Fee

The Business License fee will vary based on the type of license(s) you are applying for.  Prior to the Village issuing a Business License, the applicable fee must be paid.  For more information please review the Business License Fee Schedule (PDF).

License Approval

Certain types of businesses require the establishment to undergo and pass an inspection from one or more of the Village of Palatine Departments. Common inspections are conducted by the Departments of Building & Inspections Services, Fire Prevention, and Environmental Health. In the event that the business did not pass any or all of the inspections, it is imperative that any outstanding issues are resolved before your license is issued.  After inspections are completed and approved, licenses are issued by the Village and mailed to the business location, unless otherwise instructed. Business license(s) must be posted in a conspicuous location within the business establishment.

Operating a Business Without a License

The Village's Code of Ordinances requires that no business activity take place without first obtaining the required license(s).  A pending business license application does not allow you to operate. 

Renewing Your Business License

On December 31, 2023, your existing Village of Palatine 2023 Business License will expire.  You will receive a renewal notice from the Village in the mail in early January, 2024.  Following receipt of your renewal notice you are encouraged to renew your business license on-line, in person at Village Hall, or by mail by no later than Wednesday, January 31, 2024.  Be sure to renew prior to February 1, 2024, to avoid an additional 50% penalty fee.