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Business Licenses
To inquire about the status of your business license application please send an email to Jaime Litjens.

Reminder: All business licenses expire on January 31. Courtesy renewal notices are mailed Dec 20.

What is a Business License?
A Business License serves the following purposes: i) promote, protect and safeguard the public health, safety and welfare, ii) provide a tool for the City to monitor economic development within Highwood, and iii) assist with the maintenance of accurate records for businesses and commercial activities within the City. 

Who Needs a City of Highwood Business License? 
Any person, but not limited to, an individual, partnership, corporation or sole proprietor who wishes to conduct either directly or indirectly, any business within the City of Highwood, must secure a business license certificate. The City ordinance states that it is unlawful for any person to commence, transact, engage in, or carry on any business in the city without first having obtained a valid license and paid the license fee.

**This Business License requirement is in addition to other license requirements such as restaurant licenses, liquor licenses, vehicle licensing, etc. which may also be applicable to your business.** 

Before You Apply 
In addition to obtaining the business license certificate, you must also comply with all the city, county, state, and federal regulations for zoning, building, health and safety, as well as any others which may directly apply to your type of business.

Business License Fees 
The annual fees is $50. If a business has non-profit status or is exempt from municipal licensing with the State of Illinois, fees may be waived. Proof must be provided with the application.

All fees should be payable to the City of Highwood. Please be aware that we accept Cash, Check, and Credit Cards (American Express, Discover, VISA and MasterCard).

Where Do I Go To Get My Business License? 
Business licenses are processed at front counter located at City Hall, 17 Highwood Avenue.

What Do I Need To Do To Get My Business License? 
You will need to complete a City of Highwood Business License Application.

Business License Renewal 
Once you have obtained a business license certificate, a courtesy renewal notice will be mailed to you approximately three weeks before the expiration date. Licenses which expire on January 31 must renew by January 31 to avoid a penalty. If you do not receive a renewal notice, please contact the business license coordinator at (847) 432-1924 or by email (link). Failure to receive a renewal notice does not relieve the business owner's responsibility to renew the business license.

Exempt Businesses

Accountants Nursing Home Administrators
Architects Occupational Therapists
Athletic Trainers Operators of Automated Teller Machines 
Attorneys Optometrists
Barbers and Cosmetologists1 Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics
Blasting Operations Perfusionists
Business Schools Pesticides 
Carrier and Racing Pigeons Pharmacists
Certified Shorthand Reporters Physical Therapists and Physical Therapists Assistant
Clinical Psychologists Physician Assistants
Crematories Physicians
Dairy Farms Plumbers
Dentists Podiatrists
Detectives and Detective Agencies Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Alarm or Locksmith
Dietitians and Nutrition Counselors Professional Boxers and Wrestlers
Doctors Professional Counselor and Clinical Professional Counseling
Electrologists Psychologists
Engineers Real Estate Appraisers
Environmental Health Practitioners Real Estate Broker
Geologists Respiratory Care Practitioners
Health Practitioners Riverboat Gambling
Home Inspectors Social Workers
Home Medical Equipment and Services Provider Structural Engineers
Illinois Speech Language Pathology and Audiologists Taking of Wildlife
Insurance Brokers Time Share Estates
Interior Designers and Residential Interior Designers Title Insurance
Land Surveyors2 Type
Landscape Architects Underground Gasoline Storage Tanks
Lie Detector Operator Underground Utility Facilities
Marriage and Family Therapists Veterinarians
Massage Therapy Vocational Schools
Milk Products Water Well and Pump Installation Contractors
Nurses Wholesale Drug Distributors