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Liquor License Information and Applications

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Liquor Licenses Required:

  • It is unlawful to sell, manufacture, bottle, blend, possess on the premises, or offer for sale in the City of Evanston any alcoholic liquor without having a liquor license.

  • This includes one-day events on private property. Any exchange of money relative to alcohol being offered for consumption is considered a “sale”.  This includes fundraisers, entrance fees, and ticket sales. Applicants should complete a Z1 or Z2 license application. 

  • This includes one-day events on city-owned property at which alcohol will be served. Applicants should complete a Z3 or Z4 license application. 


City of Evanston Liquor Licensing
2100 Ridge Avenue, Suite 4400
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847.448.8097  Fax: 847.448.8093 Brian George

If you wish to meet in person, please call or email ahead of time to set up an appointment.

City Liquor Control Code and Illinois State Resources

Liquor License Applications

One-Day Liquor Licenses:

Annual Liquor Licenses:

Fundraiser Notification Form

  • For use by Class C-1 licensees only that are hosting fundraisers at their place of business

  • Fundraiser Class C-1 Notification Form (Only for use by Class C-1 Licensees Hosting Fundraisers)


Home Rule Taxes/Liquor Tax

  • A 6% tax is levied by the City on the privilege of purchasing alcoholic liquor from a lawfully licensed liquor dealer.
  • Tax worksheets are due on the 20th day of the calendar month succeeding the end of the monthly filing period. A late fee of 10% per month delinquent is added for late payments. They can be filed online, in person or by mail.

  • Worksheets and payments should be remitted to The Revenue Office. Copies of worksheets and further information can be found on the Home Rule Tax webpage.

  • Please direct all questions and concerns to the Revenue Office at (847) 448-8203

Changes in Site Manager/Corporate Structure

General Information:

  • Any changes in Site Managers or partnerships, officers, directors, persons holding directly or beneficially more than five (5) percent of the stock or ownership interest, of establishments licensed under this Chapter, shall be reported in writing to the local liquor control commissioner within ten (10) days of the change. 

  • Site Managers and each shareholder owner with 5% or greater interest in the business is required to complete a background form and submit for fingerprints. Below are links to the necessary forms.

  • You must complete both fingerprinting and background form


  • Fingerprinting Process Fees may be paid online via this link. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions on how to schedule a fingerprint appointment. The email should advise you of the following:   

  • After you have paid online, you should schedule a fingerprinting session by contacting the Evanston Police Department at (847) 866-5020 and anyone there can assist you with getting scheduled for a fingerprinting session. The Evanston Police Department is located at 1454 Elmwood Ave, Evanston, IL 60201. 

Background Form:

  • Shareholder/Site Manager Background FORM

Change of shareholders/Corporate Structure

  • Any change in shareholder (5% interest or more) requires a revised CORPORATION INFORMATION FORMUse ONLY for Changes in partnerships, officers, directors, shareholder or owners

  • Please submit within ten (10) days of change taking place.


BASSET Training Information

  • All Owners, Managers, and Servers must be BASSET trained 

  • BASSET training courses are offered online and in-person by state-certified trainers

  • The alcohol sellers/server (BASSET certified) course is approved by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission

  • For more information please visit the Illinois Liquor Control Commission's BASSET page found here

  • For a list of  BASSET certified courses, please click here.