The City of Chicago is currently in Phase Four: "Gradually Resume." Many City services have adjusted hours or locations and may require health screens prior to entering their physical spaces. Please call ahead or visit any department's website to get additional details, or visit chicago.gov/covid-19.
Due to COVID-19, effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, all Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) licensing and permits will be conducted virtually/online and offices will be closed to the public until further notice. This includes the following locations:
Business Licenses with an expiration date between March 15, 2020, and September 30, 2020 will be considered active until October 30, 2020. Licensees will have until October 30th to renew without paying a late fee.
BACP will continue processing business licenses and public way use permits, where applicable, online or over the phone. Please visit www.chicagobusinessdirect.org or call 312-74-GOBIZ. Learn more about how to use Chicago Business Direct. For public way use permits, please email email@example.com and click here to learn how to obtain a Sidewalk Cafe Permit.
Public passenger chauffeur and vehicle licenses with an expiration date between March 15, 2020, and September 30, 2020 will be considered active until October 30, 2020. Licensees will have until October 30th to renew without paying a late fee. BACP staff will continue to work servicing public vehicle licensees during closure to the public. BACP staff will be available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public vehicle inspections scheduled at the BACP Public Vehicle Inspection Facility will be rescheduled. An updated inspection list will be posted on the Public Vehicles page, and BACP will notify taxicab affiliations and license managers via e-mail of updated public vehicle inspection dates.