Illinois Business License

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General Business License Requirements for Illinois.

Business licenses are often required of business entities, regardless of their products and services. This page provides an overview of business license requirements in Illinois.

Illinois General Business Licenses

Illinois Business License

Not required



General Business License licensure is not required on the State level in Illinois.

Illinois does not have a general business license at the state level, but local licenses are often required.

Local General Business Licenses

Chicago Business License

Agency:City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection - Small Business Center (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Naprapaths, and Osteopaths
  • Architects
  • 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 Psychologists
  • 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)
  • Geologists (Professional)
  • Landscape Architects
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapist Assistants
  • Optometrists
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Physicians and Physician Assistants
  • Podiatrists
  • Private Detectives, Private Alarm Companies, and Security Guards
  • Real Estate Brokers
  • Respiratory Care Practitioners
  • Shorthand Reporters
  • Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
  • Surgical (Assistants and Technologists)
  • Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians
  • Wholesale Drug Distributors
  • ATMs not owned by financial institutions
  • Check Printers
  • Mortgage Bankers and Brokers
  • Savings and Loan Associations
  • Savings Banks
  • State Chartered Banks
  • Trust Companies
  • Credit Unions
  • Currency Exchanges
  • Money Transmitters
  • Title Insurance Companies
Notes:
  • 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. 

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Vary by business activity. See this page for detailed information.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Vary by business activity. See this page for detailed information.

Due:

Biennially

City of Columbia Business License / Occupancy Permit

Agency:City of Columbia (IL)
Law:

City of Columbia IL Municipal Code

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Notes:
  • The application nformation (which includes the Business License/Occupancy Permit Application and the Communications Emergency Contact List must be completed and submitted to the Building & Zoning Office at Columbia City Hall prior to opening business. Submitting this application does not represent City approval to open proposed business.
  • Inspection of Business/Occupancy Location: After application has been reviewed by the appropriate staff at City Hall, inspections of the proposed business location will be scheduled with the business representative and property owner. This process is to confirm the proposed location is meeting all code requirements regarding zoning, building, fire and electrical, as well as ensuring sufficient parking for employees and customers will be provided.
  • Approved/Denied Business License/Occupancy Permit: After all inspections have been completed, you will be contacted by the City Clerk’s office and informed of the permit status. If a business license has been approved, the Clerk’s Office will inform the applicant of the appropriate fees.
  • Approved Permit: If approved, the City Clerk’s Office will mail the Business License/Occupancy Permit and an invoice for the Business License Permit to the Permit Holder.
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Email info@columbiaillinois.com or communitydev@columbiaillinois.com

Agency Fee:

$40, payments can be done online. 

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Registration Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Email info@columbiaillinois.com or communitydev@columbiaillinois.com

Agency Fee:

$25, payments can be done online. 

Due:

Annually by April 30. 

City of Elgin Business License

More Information:

City of Elgin

Agency:City of Elgin Community Development Department
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Annually by December 31st

Elk Grove Village Business Application

Agency:Elk Grove Village Finance Department (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

Fees determined by business type. 

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Registration Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

Fees determined by business type. 

Due:

Annually by May 1. 

The Village of Elmwood Park Business License

More Information:

The Village of Elmwood Park, IL

Agency:The Village of Elmwood Park Businesses (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Village of Broadview Business License

More Information:

Village of Broadview, IL

Agency:Village of Broadview Building Department (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

Determined by business type.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Registration Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

Determined by business type. 

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Village of Elmwood Park Business License

More Information:

The Village of Elmwood Park, IL

Agency:Village of Elmwood Park Business Section (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Village of Oswego Business Registration

Agency:Village of Oswego (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business Registration Application (online) 

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Home Fee = $25, Commercial Fee = $50, Not-For Profit = $0

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business Registration Renewal Application (online)

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Home Fee= $25, Commercial Fee= $50, Not-For-Profit Fee= $0

Due:

Annually by December 31. 

Penalties:

$55 fine. 

Village of Schaumburg Business License

Agency:Village of Schaumburg Finance Department (IL)
Law:

Title 11, Chapter 110 of the Village Code

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Determined by business type. See fee schedule

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Determined by business type. See fee schedule

Due:

Annually by December 31. 

Village of Streamwood Business License

Agency:Village of Streamwood Village Clerk's Office (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

Determined by business type. 

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Registration Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

Determined by business type. 

Due:

Annually by December 31. 

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