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Licenses are typically required for individuals and businesses that provide construction industry services. This guide contains information about construction industry licensing in Illinois.

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Illinois Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

Illinois Asbestos Contractor License

More Information:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/environmental-health-protection/asbestos

Agency:Illinois Division of Environmental Health Protection - Asbestos Abatement Program
Fact Checked:5/16/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Asbestos Contractor License

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$250 application fee + $500 license fee due after the application is approved.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$500

Due:

Annually by May 15.

Notes:

Renewal applications are sent in the mail.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Illinois Electrical Contractor License

Not required



Electrical Contracting Company licensure is not required on the State level in Illinois.

Electrical contractors are licensed at the local level of government in Illinois.

Illinois General Contractor License

Not required



General Contractor Company licensure is not required on the State level in Illinois.

General Contractors are licensed at the county and city level. There is no state level license.

Initial Registration

Not required



Registration Renewal

Not required



Illinois Mechanical Contractor License

Not required



Mechanical/HVAC Contractor Company licensure is not required on the State level in Illinois.

Mechanical contractors are licensed at the local level of government in Illinois.

Illinois Plumbing Contractor Registration

More Information:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/environmental-health-protection/plumbing

Agency:Illinois Department of Environmental Health Protection - Plumbing Program
Fact Checked:5/16/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Plumbing Contractor Application for Registration or Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Plumbing Contractor Application for Registration or Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Illinois Roofing Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.idfpr.com/profs/roof.asp

Agency:Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation - Division of Professional Regulation - Roofing Contractor Program
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Illinois Roofing Contractor License

Agency Fee:

$125

Fact Checked:1/27/20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$125

Due:

By December 31 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:1/27/20

Local Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

Blue Island Contractor License

More Information:

Blue Island Contractor Licenses

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/6/20

Chicago Elevator Mechanic Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/provdrs/gen_contract.html

Agency:City of Chicago Department of Buildings (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Elevator Mechanic Contractor License

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$35

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Elevator Mechanic Contractor License Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$35

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Chicago General Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/provdrs/gen_contract.html

Agency:City of Chicago Department of Buildings (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

General Contractor License Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

Varies by Class:
 Class A - $2,000
 Class B - $1,000
 Class C - $750
 Class D - $500
 Class E - $300

Due:

Annually 90 days prior to expiration date

Fact Checked:11/4/20

Chicago Mason Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/provdrs/gen_contract.html

Agency:City of Chicago Department of Buildings - Trade Licensing Program (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Chicago Plumbing Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/provdrs/gen_contract.html

Agency:City of Chicago Department of Buildings (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Plumbing Contractor License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Trade License Renewal Form

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$60

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:12/4/18

City of Aurora Contractor License

More Information:

City of Aurora

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/6/20

City of Berwyn Contractor License

More Information:

City of Berwyn, Illinois

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/6/20

City of Darien Contractor License

More Information:

City of Darien, IL

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/6/20

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$60 Annual Fee
$30 Half Year Fee - license issued November 1 - March 15

Due:

Annually by May 1st

Fact Checked:10/22/20

City of Hickory Hills Contractor License

More Information:

The City of Hickory Hills

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/12/20

City of Naperville Electrical Contractor Registration

More Information:

City of Naperville, IL

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/13/20

City of Northlake Contractor Registration

More Information:

City of Northlake, IL

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/13/20

City of Palos Hills Contractor License

More Information:

City of Palos Hills, IL

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/13/20

City of Rolling Meadows Contractor License

More Information:

City of Rolling Meadows

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/12/20

City of Wood Dale Contractor Registration

More Information:

City of Wood Dale, IL

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/13/20

Cook County Contractor Registration

More Information:

https://www.cookcountyil.gov/service/contractor-registration

Agency:Cook County Department of Building and Zoning (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$52.50 per trade or $105.00 if adding a trade or if renewal hasn't been done in a year or longer

Due:

Annually by December 31

Fact Checked:10/22/20

Cook County Electrical Contractor Registration

More Information:

https://www.cookcountyil.gov/service/contractor-registration

Agency:Cook County Department of Building and Zoning (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor Registration Application & Affidavit

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$105

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Contractor Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$52.50

Due:

Annually by December 1.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Cook County Plumbing Contractor Registration

More Information:

https://www.cookcountyil.gov/service/contractor-registration

Agency:Cook County Department of Building and Zoning (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor Registration Application & Affidavit

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$105

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Contractor Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$52.50

Due:

Annually by December 1.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

DuPage County General Contractor (No Trades) Registration

More Information:

https://www.dupageco.org/EDP/Building_Permitting/1635/

Agency:County of DuPage Building & Zoning - Building Division (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

DuPage County General Contractor w/Trades Registration

More Information:

https://www.dupageco.org/EDP/Building_Permitting/1635/

Agency:County of DuPage Building & Zoning - Building Division (IL)
Fact Checked:5/3/18

DuPage County Sub Contractor Registration

More Information:

https://www.dupageco.org/EDP/Building_Permitting/1635/

Agency:County of DuPage Building & Zoning - Building Division (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Evanston General Contractor Registration

More Information:

https://www.cityofevanston.org/government/departments/community-development/building-inspection-serv

Agency:City of Evanston Building and Inspection Services (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Evanston Trade Contractor Registration

More Information:

https://www.cityofevanston.org/government/departments/community-development/building-inspection-serv

Agency:City of Evanston Building and Inspection Services (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Kankakee County Contractor License

More Information:

Kankakee County

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/12/20

Riverside Village Contractor License

More Information:

Riverside Village, IL

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/12/20

Village of Arlington Heights General Contractor License

More Information:

Village of Arlington Heights

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Notes:

Not required for electrical, plumbing, and fire alarm contractors.

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/6/20

Village of Bellwood Contractor License

More Information:

Village of Bellwood

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Bond Requirements:

$10,000 license and permit bond

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/6/20

Village of Berkeley Contractor License

More Information:

Village of Berkeley

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/6/20

Village of Bridgeview Contractor License

More Information:

Village of Bridgeview

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/6/20

Village of Broadview Contractor License

More Information:

Village of Broadview, IL

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/6/20

Village of Crestwood Contractor Permit

More Information:

Village of Crestwood, IL

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/13/20

Village of Dolton Contractor License

More Information:

Village of Dolton

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/6/20

Village of Evergreen Park Contractor License

More Information:

The Village of Evergreen Park

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/6/20

Village of Forest Park Contractor License

More Information:

Village of Forest Park

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/12/20

Village of Frankfort Contractor License

More Information:

Village of Frankfort

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/8/20

Village of Glen Ellyn Contractor Registration

More Information:

Village of Glen Ellyn

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/12/20

Village of Hanover Park General Contractor License

More Information:

Village of Hanover Park

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/8/20

Village of Harwood Heights Contractor License

More Information:

Village of Harwood Heights

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/12/20

Village of Hillside Contractor License

More Information:

The VIllage of Hillside

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/12/20

Village of La Grange Park Contractor License

More Information:

Village of La Grange Park

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/12/20

Village of Libertyville Electrical License

Agency:Village of Libertyville Community Development Department - Building Division (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:

Electrical contractors must have a certificate of insurance with Village of Libertyville listed as the certificate holder and worker's compensation insurance.

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/13/20

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$60 exam fee + $40 license fee due after passing the exam.

Fact Checked:11/6/20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:11/6/20

Village of Midlothian Contractor License

More Information:

Village of Midlothian, IL

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/13/20

Village of Oak Park Contractor Registration

More Information:

Village of Oak Park, IL

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/13/20

Village of Palos Park Contractor Registration

More Information:

Village of Palos Park, IL

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/13/20

Village of Park Forest Contractor License

More Information:

Village of Park Forest

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/13/20

Village of River Grove Contractor License

More Information:

Village of River Grove, IL

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/8/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Contractor's license Application

Filing Method:

Paper

Agency Fee:

$125 General Contractor

$100 Subcontractor

Due:

Annually by April 30th

Before you Apply:

1. Certificatet of Insurance required for each permit application ($1,000,000
minimum liability). Village of River Grove listed as certificate holder.
2. $10,000 permit bond for each contractor and subcontractor.
3. Village of River Grove Contractor's license required for all contractors and subcontractors.
4. Plumbing and roofing contractors also require a copy of state license.
5. Electrical contractors also require a copy of registration from licensing municipality.

Fact Checked:11/4/20

Village of Riverdale Contractor Registration

More Information:

Village of Riverdale

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/12/20

Village of South Holland Contractor Registration

More Information:

Village of South Holland

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/13/20

Village of Thornton Contractor Registration

More Information:

Village of Thornton, IL

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/13/20

Village of Westmont Contractor Registration

More Information:

Village of Westmont

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/12/20

Westchester City Contractor License

More Information:

City of Westchester, IL

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:10/12/20

Individual Licenses

Illinois Individual Construction and Contracting Licenses

Illinois Apprentice Plumber License

More Information:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/environmental-health-protection/plumbing

Agency:Illinois Department of Environmental Health Protection - Plumbing Program
Fact Checked:5/16/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Apprentice Plumber License

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Not required



Apprentice plumber licenses expire on the date that the licensed plumber sponsor of such licensed apprentice plumber severs his or her sponsor status with the licensed apprentice plumber.

Illinois Asbestos Professional License

More Information:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/environmental-health-protection/asbestos

Agency:Illinois Division of Environmental Health Protection - Asbestos Abatement Program
Fact Checked:5/16/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Professional Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos Professional Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by May 15.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Illinois Asbestos Worker License

More Information:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/environmental-health-protection/asbestos

Agency:Illinois Division of Environmental Health Protection - Asbestos Abatement Program
Fact Checked:5/16/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Worker Application

Agency Fee:

$25

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos Worker Application

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by February 1.

Notes:

A refresher course shall be completed annually to maintain accreditation and licensure.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Illinois Plumber's License

More Information:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/environmental-health-protection/plumbing

Agency:Illinois Department of Environmental Health Protection - Plumbing Program
Fact Checked:5/16/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Plumber?s License: Application for Examination

Agency Fee:

$175 (Illinois); $225 (Chicago or out of state)

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$175

Due:

Annually by April 30.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Local Construction and Contracting Individual Licenses

Chicago Apprentice Crane Operators License

More Information:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/provdrs/gen_contract.html

Agency:City of Chicago Department of Buildings - Trade Licensing Program (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Chicago Crane Operators License

More Information:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/provdrs/gen_contract.html

Agency:City of Chicago Department of Buildings - Trade Licensing Program (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Chicago Elevator Mechanic License

More Information:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/provdrs/gen_contract.html

Agency:City of Chicago Department of Buildings - Trade Licensing Program (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Chicago Journeyman Plumber License

More Information:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/provdrs/gen_contract.html

Agency:City of Chicago Department of Buildings (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Chicago Plumber's Apprentice License

More Information:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/provdrs/gen_contract.html

Agency:City of Chicago Department of Buildings (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Chicago Supervising Electrician License

Agency:City of Chicago Department of Buildings (IL)
Fact Checked:7/12/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Supervising Electrician License - Application for Examination

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

Exam Application Fee: $70

Notes:

Exam is only offered two times per year, and must be taken in person in Hillside, Illinois.

Fact Checked:7/12/19

Cook County Crane Operator Registration

More Information:

https://www.cookcountyil.gov/service/contractor-registration

Agency:Cook County Department of Building and Zoning (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

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National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies
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