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:
· BACP Administrative Offices, 121 N. LaSalle St. Room 805
· Small Business Center, 121 N. LaSalle St. Room 800
· Public Vehicle Licensing Center, 2350 W. Ogden Ave. 1st Floor
· Public Vehicle Inspection Facility, 2420 W. Pershing Ave.
BACP will continue processing business licenses, 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. Please allow for extra time as BACP staff are working hard to keep City services going under this disruption.
The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) issues business licenses in the City of Chicago and regulates industries as diverse as retail, food establishments, day care centers, manufacturing facilities and motor vehicle repair shops. BACP also regulates the sale of retail liquor in Chicago.
Most types of business licenses can be applied for online, or in-person. When applying in-person, a BACP, Small Business Center (SBC), Business Consultant will help determine what license(s) or permit(s) you need, process your application, and also connect you with business resources. To request an appointment to meet with a Business Consultant, please call our Business Contact Center at 312.74.GOBIZ (744.6249).
Please select the appropriate button above to review important information about the NEW business license type(s) before applying for a business license. Shared Housing and Pharmaceutical Representative business license applications are processed by the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, Small Business Center, either online via Chicago Business Direct, or in-person at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 800.
In addition to issuing business licenses, BACP is the department which handles General Grants of Privilege for the use of the public way. If your business has a sign, canopy, awning, bench, or anything that extends over, under or is on the public way, it may require a public way use permit. There are several different types of public way uses including sidewalk cafés.
You can apply for a public way use permit, at the BACP-SBC Public Way Use Unit, in City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Room 800. Please call our Business Contact Center at 312.74.GOBIZ (744.6249) to request an appointment to meet with a Public Way Use Representative.
Small Business Center
121 N. LaSalle St., Rm. 800, Chicago, IL 60602
|Hours:||Mon. - Fri.; 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM|