Beginning Monday, November 2, residents may begin to pay their City of Evanston wheel tax and purchase residential parking permits for 2016. On Wednesday, October 28, preprinted renewal notices will be mailed to residents with an online renewal ID and instructions. The deadline to pay the wheel tax and purchase parking permits is Tuesday, December 15.
All vehicles registered through the Illinois Secretary of State to an Evanston address are required to pay an annual wheel tax. Compliance will be checked by License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology, which stores the license plates of all vehicles registered to an Evanston address, as the City no longer issues vehicle stickers to prove payment of the wheel tax. Failure to pay the wheel tax may subject drivers to parking tickets.
Residents are strongly encouraged to submit the wheel tax payment early, either online at cityofevanston.org/wheeltax or by mail. There is no additional fee to pay online; instructions are available regarding required documentation for verification and processing. Those who wish to pay in person but do not receive a preprinted notice or the information is not current/correct on the notice may pick up an application in the Collector’s Office at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., starting November 2.
Wheel tax payments may be made in-person at the Levy Senior Center, Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, Evanston-based currency exchanges, and the Morton Civic Center’s Collector’s Office. The Levy Center is located at 300 Dodge Ave. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center is located at 1655 Foster Street. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Morton Civic Center’s Collector’s Office will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and for extended hours on Wednesdays, November 4, November 11, November 18, December 2 and December 9, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The office will also be open on Saturdays, November 14 and December 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The cost for a regular passenger car vehicle sticker is $75. A penalty may be added to all applications received or postmarked after December 15. For rates for other vehicle types, senior discounts, and disabled veteran and active-duty personnel programs, visit cityofevanston.org/wheeltax or call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.