Starting a Business

The Village of Wilmette is a great place to start and grow your business. If interested in opening or expanding your business you are encouraged to meet with the Business Development Planner at your earliest convenience. The Business Development Planner can usher you through the process of opening your business whether it’s answering questions like, “How do I apply for a building permit,” or “Where can my employees park.”

There are three main steps nearly every business will need to complete before opening their business which include:

  • Obtaining a business license
  • Occupancy permit
  • Sign permit

Please refer to the detailed sections on the left hand column for opening either your retail or restaurant business.


Name Job Title Phone Contact
Adler, John Director of Community Development 847-853-7528