Annual Business Licenses are required for the following:

  1. Automatic Amusement Machine/Juke Box
  2. Fee: Varies on use and amount

    Municipal Code Reference:
    Chapter 10, Article III

    To Apply:  Amusement Machine License Application (PDF)

    (This form is fillable; open the PDF, download to your computer, click in the fields, and type your information. When you are finished, print and return to the address listed at the bottom of the application.)

    For More Info Contact: Finance Department, 847-599-7500

  3. Bath or Massage Establishment
  4. Fee: $1,000 / establishment; $200 / auxiliary establishment 

    Municipal Code Reference:
    Chapter 22, Article IV

    To Apply:
     Bathing and Massage License Application
    (This form is fillable; open the PDF, download to your computer, click in the fields, and type your information. When you are finished, print and return to the address listed at the bottom of the application.)

    For More Info Contact: Finance Department, 847.599.7500
  5. Body Modification/Tattoo
  6. Fee: $1,000.00 / establishment

    Municipal Code Reference:
     Chapter 22, Article V

    To Apply: Body Modification Tattoo License Application

    For More Info Contact: Finance Department, 847.599.7500
  7. Charitable Solicitation
  8. Fee: No charge 

    Municipal Code Reference:
     Chapter 50 (Peddlers and Solicitors)

    To Apply: Application not available online; please call 847.599.7050.

    For More Info Contact: Police Administration, 847.599.7050
  9. Commercial Refuse Hauler (Scavenger)
  10. Fee: $1,500.00 per year

    Municipal Code Reference: 
    Chapter 62, Solid Waste Collection and Regulations

    To Apply: Not available online, please call

    For More Info Contact: Finance Department, 847.599.7500
  11. Commercial Solicitation
  12. Fee: $10.00 

    Municipal Code Reference:
     Chapter 50 (Peddlers and Solicitors)

    To Apply: Download the "Application for Commercial Solicitation Permit" and bring the completed application along with the $10 fee to the Gurnee Police Department at 100 N. O'Plaine Road, Gurnee, IL 60031. 

    For More Info Contact: Police Administration, 847.599.7050
  13. Food Delivery Vehicles
  14. Fee: $10 per vehicle

    Municipal Code Reference:
     Chapter 22, Article III

    To Apply: Not available online, please call

    For More Info Contact: Police Records, 847.599.7070
  15. General Business License
  16. Annual Fees: 
        
    • 0-9,999 sq ft:                              $150
    • 10,000-19,999 sq ft:                   $300
    • 20,000+ sq ft:                             $600
    • Non-Profit:                                  $0
    • Temporary General Business
      Licenses (30 days or less):        $50

    *Note: If a business' initial operations occur after July 1st, the fee is reduced by 50%.

    Municipal Code Reference: Chapter 22

    To Apply for a General Business License or Temporary Business License:
    The following applications are fillable forms. Open the PDF, download to your computer, click in the fields, and type your information. When you have finished, print, and return to the Finance Department at the Village Hall. 
        
        
    Download the General Business License Application (PDF)
       
        Download the Temporary Business License Application (PDF)
     
    To Renew:
    Go Online to https://eservice.gurnee.il.us/css/citizens/BusinessLicenses/Default.aspx


    Questions? Contact the Finance Department at 847.599.7500.

  17. Hawker or Peddler
  18. Fee: $100.00/cart per year; $25/cart per month; $10/cart/per day 

    Municipal Code Reference:
     Chapter 50 (Peddlers and Solicitors)

    To Apply: Not available online, please call

    For More Info Contact: Police Administration, 847.599.7050
  19. Junk Yard
  20. Fee: $100 per year

    Municipal Code Reference:
     Chapter 58

    To Apply: Not available online, please call

    For More Info Contact: Finance Department, 847.599.7500
  21. Liquor Sales
  22. Annual Fees: Varies on class of license issued

    Municipal Code Reference: Chapter 6, Article II

    To Apply: Download the Liquor License Application (PDF)

    For More Info Contact: Police Department, 847.599.7000
  23. Taxi Drivers License / Taxi Company
  24. Fee: Varies on type of license issued

    Municipal Code Reference:
     Chapter 90

    To Apply:
    Not available online, please call 

    For More Info Contact: Police Records, 847.599.7070
  25. Tobacco Licenses
  26. Individuals interested in applying for a Tobacco License are required to complete the Tobacco License Application available below.  Completed applications should be returned to Village Hall, 325 N. O’Plaine Road.

    Once the application is returned to Village Hall, it will be forwarded to the Gurnee Police Department for processing. From time of submittal to the Gurnee Police Department, applicants should expect 30 to 45 days for the application to be processed and a recommendation forwarded to the Village Board. Once the Police Department forwards a recommendation, the issue will be placed on a Regular Village Board Meeting agenda. Regular Village Board meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.  At the meeting, the Board will approve or deny the issuance of a license. If approved, the applicant will receive a signed license for display at the establishment. If denied, the applicant will be notified in writing of the denial.

    It is recommended that applicants review the Village of Gurnee Municipal Code Ordinance 2022-05: "An Ordinance Regulating and Licensing Tobacco and Alternative Nicotine Product Retailers" prior to completing the application form.

    For information regarding the processing of Tobacco License, please contact Finance at 847-599-7500.

    The following applications are fillable forms. Open the PDF, download to your computer, click in the fields, and type your information. When you have finished, print, and return to the Finance Department at the Village Hall. 

    Annual Fees: $200
    Municipal Code Reference:
    Ordinance 2022-05
    To Apply for a License: Download the Tobacco License Application (PDF)
    To Apply for a License Renewal: Download the Tobacco License Renewal Application (PDF)
    For More Info Contact: Finance Department, 847.599.7500