Permits: Permit information is available here.
Codes & Documents: Complete information pertaining to Codes and Documents, including Sign Regulations, Historic Preservation, and more can be found here.
The City of Geneva Economic Development Department has compiled a Business Resource Guide on City Departments you will work with when opening your business in the City of Geneva. Services include – Help identifying your best location; Planning & Zoning; Building Inspection & obtaining your “Certificate of Occupancy;” Public Works programs & utility connections; Fire & Police services; business licensing; and more. In addition to City services you will find a list of county, state, township, and federal resources. Our Community Profile, Business Resource Guide, Demographics Report, Retail Market Potential Report, Traffic Count Map, and Available Sites Inventory will help you with your business planning. Expanding business will also find these resources helpful. These are available here.
Liquor Licensing: Certain types of liquor licenses are granted with the consent of the City Council; all types are reviewed by the Geneva Police Department and Liquor Commissioner. Liquor Licensing information can be found in Title 4, Chapter 2 of the City Municipal Code found at www.geneva.il.us. If you wish to sell Alcohol in your place of business, please start the application process as soon as possible as not all elements of approval such as background checks are under the City’s control; avoid delays – apply early. Special Event application permit application and the general license application are found here. Contact the City Administrator’s Office at (630) 938-4544 with questions.
Business Licensing: City license requirements for restaurants and food establishments are found in Title 4, Chapter 6 of the City Municipal code found at www.geneva.il.us. Contact the City Administrator’s Office at (630) 938-4544 with questions.
Building Permits: A building permit and/or Change of Tenant permit is required for occupancy of all structures within the City of Geneva.
Information on applicable building codes and the Building Division is found here. The City Building Code can be found online here.
Information on the City’s Fire Prevention Bureau and links to the Fire Prevention code are here.
Information on City Building Permits and the actual applications are found here.
Historic Preservation Review: A significant portion of Downtown Geneva is within a Historic Preservation District. A map is found here.
External changes to Commercial properties within the District are reviewed by the City’s Historic Preservation Commission.
Information on the City’s Historic Preservation program is found here.