Contractor Licensing & Requirements

All contractors on a building permit must have a Wilmette contractors’ license before a building permit will be issued.  The contractors’ license is effective for a calendar year and must be renewed annually.  In addition to the completed application form and license fee of $80, the following contractors must provide the following additional information.

  • Electrical contractors must provide a current copy of their local or City of Chicago electrical license.
  • Plumbing contractors, while exempt from the annual $80 fee, must provide a current copy of their state or City of Chicago Journeyman Plumbers License and State of Illinois Certificate of Registration.
  • Sewer contractors must provide a current copy of their state or City of Chicago sewer license, $10,000 bond, and certificate of insurance.
  • Lawn sprinkler contractors must provide a current copy of their Illinois Department of Health Certificate, $10,000 bond, certificate of insurance, and state or City of Chicago Journeyman Plumbers License.
  • Roofing contractors must provide a current copy of their state roofing license.
  • Any contractor who will be working in the public right of way must provide a certificate of insurance listing the Village of Wilmette as additional insured. Click here to view a sample certificate of insurance. Click here to email a copy of the certificate of insurance or questions regarding the necessary documentation.

Click hereto print a copy of the contractors’ license application.

To check on the status of a contractor’s license, call the Finance Department at 847-251-2700.

To verify the contractor listed on a permit, call Community Development at 847-853-7550.

Click here for tips for selecting a contractor.

EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Law: Effective April 22, 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child-care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified by the USEPA and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

For more information, click here to be directed to the EPA’s web site on this law.