Starting or Expanding a Business

Welcome to Brookfield! We want to help you become as successful as possible. This section provides everything you need to start or expand your business.

A business owner needs:

  • A Business License to operate (Business establishments serving alcohol or operating gambling (gaming) must contact the Village Manager’s office for special handling)
    • A Building Permit is NOT required…
      • If you are simply renewing your business license
      • If you are taking over an existing space that is zoned for your type of business (i.e., your “use” is permitted per the Zoning Code)
    • A Building Permit is required if the building is
      • Expanded
      • Improved
      • Newly constructed

What is needed to obtain a business license?

  • Submit form and payment
    • Building safety inspection needed for new businesses
    • License valid for one year

Site Selection

When you are starting to consider sites, we can help.  We often know about individual sites and the history associated with the sites.  We can also coach you through the process of building permit reviews and site analysis.  For each site, we can tell you about taxes, traffic data, past tenants/past uses, zoning and other factors.

Business Support Services

Our mission to provide excellent customer service and our well-trained, knowledgeable staff will listen to your concerns and point you in the right direction.  We strive to be a responsive team, not a bureaucracy, and provide a predictable process.  We strive to provide a clear, logical process for getting your permits and licenses. You don’t necessarily need lawyers and consultants, as our staff can walk you through the process.

Our goal is to have your business up and running as soon as possible, as time IS money.  Your early success determines our long-term success as a community and we want you to achieve a positive return on your investment.

If you have questions about business licenses, contact Scott Bernacki, sbernacki@brookfieldil.gov, 708 485-1406.