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Chicago Business Direct allows business owners, or legal representatives of the business owners, to renew their expiring City of Chicago Business Licenses. As a reminder, all business license renewals must be processed online. Things to keep in mind before you get started:
Business License Renewal Notice
You will need the Business Account Number that was mailed to you with the business renewal notice at your business location address before your renewal deadline. You must create a User ID and password for access to Chicago Business Direct where you will begin your license renewal(s). Also, you must have your Business Account Number. If you need help with your Business Account Number, please contact us at 312-74-GOBIZ (744-6249). License fees that are not paid on time will result in late fees, and may also result in interest charges, fines and penalties.
Changes to the Licensing Account
During the online Business License renewal process, you can change your Doing Business As (DBA) name by completing the online DBA Name Change Application and paying a $40 fee.
To use Chicago Business Direct, you will need a working email address. If you do not have an email address, you can get a free email account from any email service provider such as Google, Hotmail, Yahoo!, etc.
Update Your Business License Information - Notify the SBC about any changes to your business
Business Licensing: What Do I Need? - The basics of business licensing, including a fee chart
Public Way Use Permits - For items that extend onto the public way, including sidewalk cafes