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City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection - Small Business Center (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?
Exemption Eligible Organizations:
Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Naprapaths, and Osteopaths
Athletics (i.e. Professional Boxers, Boxing Managers, Referees,
Timekeepers, Judges, Boxing Promoters and Seconds)
Cemetery (Authorities, Managers, and Customer Service Employees)
Certified Public Accountants
Clinical Social Workers and Social Workers
Counselors (Professional and Clinical Professional)
Cosmetology Schools and similar establishments
Detection of Deception Examiners
Dentists, Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists
Dietitians and Nutrition Counselors
Engineers (Professional and Structural)
Environmental Health Practitioners
Funeral (Directors and Embalmers)
Marriage and Family Therapists
Nursing Home Administrators
Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapist Assistants
Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants
Physicians and Physician Assistants
Private Detectives, Private Alarm Companies, and Security Guards
Real Estate Brokers
Respiratory Care Practitioners
Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Surgical (Assistants and Technologists)
Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians
Wholesale Drug Distributors
ATMs not owned by financial institutions
Mortgage Bankers and Brokers
Savings and Loan Associations
State Chartered Banks
Title Insurance Companies
Many business activities regulated by the state of Illinois, through the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR), are exempt from the requirement to obtain a Chicago Business License.
If additional business activities are offered in the establishment/facility, which are not covered by the State of Illinois license, then a Chicago Business License may be required.
Filing fees depend on your individual situation. We do our best to calculate your filing fees
upfront and collect those fees today so we can get started. Your specialist will determine your
exact filing fees and invoice additional fees if required.
When processing government applications or disbursing filing fees, we may add an order processing fee to cover our administrative expenses.