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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

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.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$500

Due:

Annually by May 15.

Notes:

Renewal applications are sent in the mail.

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

Initial Registration

Form:

Plumbing Contractor Application for Registration or Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$150

Registration Renewal

Form:

Plumbing Contractor Application for Registration or Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually

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

Initial Registration

Form:

Illinois Roofing Contractor License

Agency Fee:

$125

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$125

Due:

By December 31 of odd-numbered years.

Local Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

Blue Island Contractor License

More Information:

Blue Island Contractor Licenses

Agency:City of Blue Island Building & Zoning Department (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

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)

Initial Registration

Form:

Elevator Mechanic Contractor License

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$35

Registration Renewal

Form:

Elevator Mechanic Contractor License Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$35

Due:

Annually

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)

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

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)

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)

Initial Registration

Form:

Plumbing Contractor License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Form:

Trade License Renewal Form

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$60

Due:

Annually

City of Aurora Contractor License

More Information:

City of Aurora

Agency:City of Aurora Public Works Department (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

City of Berwyn Contractor License

More Information:

City of Berwyn, Illinois

Agency:City of Berwyn Collector's Office (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

City of Darien Contractor License

More Information:

City of Darien, IL

Agency:City of Darien Building Division (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

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

Due:

Annually by May 1st

City of Hickory Hills Contractor License

More Information:

The City of Hickory Hills

Agency:City of Hickory Hills Building Department (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

City of Naperville Electrical Contractor Registration

More Information:

City of Naperville, IL

Agency:Naperville City Clerk's Office (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

City of Northlake Contractor Registration

More Information:

City of Northlake, IL

Agency:City of Northlake Planning and Development Department (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

City of Palos Hills Contractor License

More Information:

City of Palos Hills, IL

Agency:City of Palos Hills Community Development-Building (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

City of Rolling Meadows Contractor License

More Information:

City of Rolling Meadows

Agency:City of Rolling Meadows Community Development (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

City of Wood Dale Contractor Registration

More Information:

City of Wood Dale, IL

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

Cook County Contractor Registration

More Information:

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

Agency:Cook County Department of Building and Zoning (IL)

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

Cook County Electrical Contractor Registration

More Information:

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

Agency:Cook County Department of Building and Zoning (IL)

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor Registration Application & Affidavit

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$105

Registration Renewal

Form:

Contractor Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$52.50

Due:

Annually by December 1.

Cook County Plumbing Contractor Registration

More Information:

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

Agency:Cook County Department of Building and Zoning (IL)

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor Registration Application & Affidavit

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$105

Registration Renewal

Form:

Contractor Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$52.50

Due:

Annually by December 1.

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)

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)

DuPage County Sub Contractor Registration

More Information:

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

Agency:County of DuPage Building & Zoning - Building Division (IL)

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)

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)

Kankakee County Contractor License

More Information:

Kankakee County

Agency:Kankakee County Building Division (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Riverside Village Contractor License

More Information:

Riverside Village, IL

Agency:Riverside Village Community Development (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Village of Arlington Heights General Contractor License

More Information:

Village of Arlington Heights

Agency:Village of Arlington Heights Village Services (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Notes:

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

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Village of Bellwood Contractor License

More Information:

Village of Bellwood

Agency:Village of Bellwood Building Department (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Bond Requirements:

$10,000 license and permit bond

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Village of Berkeley Contractor License

More Information:

Village of Berkeley

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

Village of Bridgeview Contractor License

More Information:

Village of Bridgeview

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

Village of Broadview Contractor 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

Village of Crestwood Contractor Permit

More Information:

Village of Crestwood, IL

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

Village of Dolton Contractor License

More Information:

Village of Dolton

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

Village of Evergreen Park Contractor License

More Information:

The Village of Evergreen Park

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

Village of Forest Park Contractor License

More Information:

Village of Forest Park

Agency:Village of Forest Park Building/Community Development (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Village of Frankfort Contractor License

More Information:

Village of Frankfort

Agency:Village of Frankfort Development Services Department (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Village of Glen Ellyn Contractor Registration

More Information:

Village of Glen Ellyn

Agency:Village of Glen Ellyn Building Division (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Village of Hanover Park General Contractor License

More Information:

Village of Hanover Park

Agency:Village of Hanover Park Inspectional Services Division (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Village of Harwood Heights Contractor License

More Information:

Village of Harwood Heights

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

Village of Hillside Contractor License

More Information:

The VIllage of Hillside

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

Village of La Grange Park Contractor License

More Information:

Village of La Grange Park

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

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

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

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

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Village of Midlothian Contractor License

More Information:

Village of Midlothian, IL

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

Village of Oak Park Contractor Registration

More Information:

Village of Oak Park, IL

Agency:Village of Oak Park Development Customer Services Department (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Village of Palos Park Contractor Registration

More Information:

Village of Palos Park, IL

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

Village of Park Forest Contractor License

More Information:

Village of Park Forest

Agency:Village of Park Forest Building/Community Development (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Village of River Grove Contractor License

More Information:

Village of River Grove, IL

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

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.

Bond Amount:

$10,000

Village of Riverdale Contractor Registration

More Information:

Village of Riverdale

Agency:Village of Riverdale Inspectional Services Department (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Village of South Holland Contractor Registration

More Information:

Village of South Holland

Agency:Village of South Holland Building and Code Department (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Village of Thornton Contractor Registration

More Information:

Village of Thornton, IL

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

Village of Westmont Contractor Registration

More Information:

Village of Westmont

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

Westchester City Contractor License

More Information:

City of Westchester, IL

Agency:Westchester City Building Department & Code Enforcement (IL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

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

Initial Registration

Form:

Apprentice Plumber License

Agency Fee:

$100

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

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Professional Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos Professional Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by May 15.

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

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Worker Application

Agency Fee:

$25

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.

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

Initial Registration

Form:

Plumber?s License: Application for Examination

Agency Fee:

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

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$175

Due:

Annually by April 30.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Chicago Supervising Electrician License

Agency:City of Chicago Department of Buildings (IL)

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.

Cook County Crane Operator Registration

More Information:

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

Agency:Cook County Department of Building and Zoning (IL)

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National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies
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