Doing Business in Morton Grove

Morton Grove is home to more than 700 businesses. These include small “mom and pop” type of stores and service providers, local entrepreneurs, national retailers, and international corporations. The Department of Community and Economic Development will work with your business during each step of the development process, from site selection to occupancy.

The Village provides the following programs and services to help your business thrive in Morton Grove:

  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Redevelopment Districts
  • Commercial Facade Improvement Program
  • Sales Tax Sharing Agreements
  • Industrial Revenue Bonds
  • An Updated Unified Development Code
  • CoStar Property Search Assistance

Business Licensing

All industrial, commercial, and home-based businesses and non-residential uses located in the Village of Morton Grove are required to maintain an active business license. This license does not regulate the manner in which you do business, but verifies that your business is in compliance with all local zoning, building, health, and fire codes and other applicable Village regulations.

The annual fee for this license is based on the size of your business operation. The minimum fee is $100. Additional fees are accessed for vending machines and other automated devices, such as coin-operated games and ice cube machines. An additional license is also required for the sale of tobacco products and the sale or dispensing of liquor. The licensing period extends from January 1 to December 31. Existing business licenses must be renewed annually.

Acceptance of a business license is an acknowledgement of the business owner’s responsibility to comply with all Village ordinances, including the maintenance of the public right-of-way immediately adjacent to the place of business.

Title 4, Chapter 1 of the Municipal Code establishes business licensing requirements.

For additional information on business licensing, contact the Department of Community and Economic Development at 847-663-3042 or by email at [email protected].

Business Signage

Business signage is subject to the requirements of Municipal Code, Title 10, Chapter 10. The installation of any permanent signage on private property requires a Sign Permit, which may be obtained by submitting a Sign Permit Application. The installation of any temporary signage requires advance notice to the Village Administrator, which may be made by submission of a Notice of Temporary Signage of Private Property.

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