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Liquor Licenses

Liquor Licenses

To apply for a Sangamon County Liquor License you must be in the unincorporated area of the County and must have proper zoning. If you need clarification on these qualifications for a license, please call the Sangamon County Department of Zoning and Building Safety at (217) 753-6760.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO APPLY FOR A COUNTY LIQUOR LICENSE - CLICK HERE

1. SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT

  • You will need to fill out a background questionnaire from the Sheriff's Office. Click here to download one now.
  • You will need to be fingerprinted in the Sheriff's Office. A $15 fee will also be required once you are printed (7-10 a.m., 7 days a week).
  • You then need to turn in your background questionnaire and fingerprint card to the Sangamon County Zoning & Building Safety Office, Sangamon County Complex, 200 S. Ninth Street, Room 213, Springfield, IL.

2. COUNTY ZONING DEPARTMENT

  • Check with Zoning to ensure your establishment is zoned correctly and is located within the unincorporated areas of the County. The Zoning Office is located in Room 213 of the County Building and can be contacted at (217) 753-6760.

3. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

  • A health permit from the Department of Public Health will need to be obtained. They are located at 2501 N. Dirksen Parkway and can be contacted at (217) 535-3100.

4. ZONING AND BUILDING SAFETY OFFICE

  • You will need to fill out a liquor license application. Click here and here to download now.
  • Upon turning in your completed application, you will need to pay a $50 non-refundable application fee. This fee must be paid by cash, cashier's check, or a company business check. Completed applications may be returned to the Sangamon County Zoning and Building Safety Office, Sangamon County Complex, 200 S. Ninth Street, Room 213, Springfield, IL.
  • With your completed application, you will need to attach a surety bond in the amount of $500 and provide proof of insurance.
  • A purchase agreement or lease will need to be attached with your application, if you do not own the property.
  • If you are a corporation, you will need to attach a copy of your Articles of Incorporation.
  • Once your completed application has been turned in, it will be forwarded to the Sangamon County Liquor Commission for review. It is strongly encouraged that you attend the meeting at which they review your application. The commission meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 5:15 pm in Room 201. For a list of meeting dates, click here. For a list of Sangamon County Liquor Commission members, click here.
  • Upon approval or denial, you will be notified.
  • For more information, please call (217) 753-6760.

5. DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE

  • Applicant will need to apply for an Illinois State Sales Tax Number at the Department of Revenue on 101 West Jefferson. For more information on the Department of Revenue, click here.

6. STATE OF ILLINOIS LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION

  • If you are approved, you will then be responsible for obtaining an Illinois State Liquor License. For more information regarding the State of Illinois Liquor Control Commission, click here.

HOW DO I OBTAIN A TEMPORARY LIQUOR LICENSE

  • You will first need to fill out a Temporary Liquor License Application and Sheriff's background check. Click here to download one now.
  • Upon turning in completed application to the Zoning and Building Safety Department, application will be reviewed by the County Liquor Commission.
  • You will be notified upon approval or denial.
  • If approved, the required fee must be paid upon pick-up. This fee must be paid by cash, cashier's check or by a company business check.
  • If approved, you will then be responsible for obtaining an Illinois State Liquor License. For more information regarding the State of Illinois Liquor Control Commission, click here.
  • For more information, please call (217)753-6760.

Click here for a listing of Sangamon County Liquor Establishments (Available in PDF format)
Click here and here to download Sangamon County Liquor Applications.
Click here to download an Authority to Release Information for the Sheriff's Department.
Click here to download an application for a Temporary Liquor License

The following permits can only be obtained by holders of the indicated liquor license classes:

Click here to download an application for a Beer Garden Permit (1AA, 1BB, 1WW, 2AA, 3AA or 1GG)
Click here to download an application for a Drive-Up Window Permit (1AA, 1FF or 3AA)
Click here to download an application for a Package Liquor Permit (1AA, 1BB, 1GG, 2AA or 3AA)
Click here to download an application for an Additional Bar Permit (1AA, 1BB, 1GG, 2AA, 3AA or 1WW)
Click here to download an application for a Special Event Permit (1AA, 1BB, 3AA or 1WW)
Click here to download an application for a State Fair Permit

For more information, please call (217) 753-6760 or come to Room 213 of the Sangamon County Complex, 200 S. Ninth Street, Springfield, IL 62701.