Emerging Business Permit Paves Way For Parking App Company To Operate In Chicago
Permit Targets Innovative Businesses Outside the Current License Structure
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) today announced “Luxe” is the latest company to join the growing list of Emerging Business Permit (EBP) license holders.
Luxe, an on-demand valet parking and car services mobile app offers consumers pick-up and delivery of their vehicle to and from consumer designated locations. Luxe parks vehicles in secure licensed parking lots and also offers other services such as vehicle washing, fueling and oil changes. The new EBP permit is part of a two-year pilot program for new business activity and targets innovative businesses that don’t fall under the current license structure. The two-year pilot license costs $250.
“This is an example of the kind of business we want to encourage to consider applying for the emerging business permit,” BACP Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek said. “The EBP is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to take their ideas to the next level and become legally licensed business owners.”
This year mobile boutique operators were licensed under an emerging business permit. The first permit was issued to North & Hudson.
"As a new business seeking to simplify car ownership by making parking and maintenance an affordable and convenient experience, the formal support of the City allows us to more easily forge new partnerships, expand our business and provide additional peace of mind to our customers," Chris Marshall, Chicago General Manager, Luxe
said. "At Luxe we are always proactive in working with cities to understand requirements and be the best partner. We thank Mayor Emanuel for having the vision and providing support which allows services like ours to operate."
The Emerging Business Permit was created during licensing reform efforts in 2012. The new permit is intended to support and encourage new mobile businesses that don’t fall under the existing license structure.