Business & Liquor Licenses

Business Licenses
The City of Prospect Heights requires certain business types to obtain business licenses in order to operate within the municipality. Any establishment wishing to serve any form of alcoholic beverage or sell packaged alcoholic beverages must obtain a liquor license from the City of Prospect Heights and from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. Business licenses run from May 1 through April 30.

View the fee schedule for businesses that require a license.

Liquor Licenses
Any establishment wishing to sell packaged alcohol for consumption off premises or any business wishing to sell alcohol for consumption on premises is required to obtain a liquor license from the City of Prospect Heights and the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.

Rules, regulations, and license fees pertaining liquor licenses can be found in the City of Prospect Heights City Code Title 2, Chapter 3. The link to the City Code can be found at the bottom of the City website.

Application Process
New applications for a liquor license must be filled out in full and returned to City Hall with:
  • A $100 non-refundable application fee
  • A valid lease or certificate of ownership for the location at which the license will be operational
  • Certificate of liquor liability insurance
  • Copies of Basset certification for applicant and all servers or sales people who will be serving or selling alcoholic beverages
  • Two passport sized photographs of each named applicant
After a complete application is turned in, the applicant will be contacted by the Prospect Heights Police Department to schedule a time to be finger printed and for background checks to be completed. Once the background check is complete, the information in its entirety will go the Liquor Control Commissioner, who in the City of Prospect Heights is the Mayor per City Code.

Any liquor license issuance requires approval through City Council action in the form of a passage of an ordinance.

Additional Information
If you have any questions regarding a current liquor license or a new application, please contact the Deputy Clerk, Karen Schultheis at 847-398-6070 Ext. 251.