Video Gaming License

Service Information

COVID-19 Update

The business community and residents of Cook County are facing many challenges due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  In an effort to alleviate some of the burden on our video gaming license holders, the fee for a video gaming license application received during 2021 is reduced from $500 to $250.  Additionally, the per terminal license fee for licenses issued on 2021 applications are reduced from $1,000 to $500 per terminal. Please click here to see these and other measures being taken to provide relief.  For a complete list of the Cook County Financial Relief Package please click here.


Video Gaming

Cook County now allows establishments licensed to sell alcohol for on-site consumption to install up to 6 video gaming terminals for the purpose of video gambling. Businesses must be licensed by the Illinois Gaming Board in order to be licensed by Cook County.

 Video Gaming License Requirements

All applicants must submit a completed Video Gaming License Application.  
  Applications should also include copies of the following:

  • Illinois Gaming Board Application
  • Illinois Gaming Board License
  • Cook County Liquor License

Businesses may apply and pay for the Cook County Video Gaming License while undergoing certification from the state of Illinois. However, the Cook County gaming license will not be released or delivered until all required documents have been submitted.



All license fees are paid annually as part of the establishment's business license renewal.

  • Video Gaming  Application Fee:    $250.00
  • Video Gaming License Fee:   $500.00 per terminal
    • Limit of 6 terminals per establishment

To inspect the ordinance for detailed regulations or view the fee determination, click on the related ordinance link.

Building Permits

All Video Gaming installations will require a Building Permit. Please visit the website Building and Zoning for more information.