Running Your Business

Thank you for doing business in Chicago. We appreciate your role in making Chicago an economically strong and vibrant city. Please see the information below to learn more about City services and business support opportunities to help you sustain and grow your business.


Renew Your Business License
Renew your business license online

Public Way Use Permits
For items that extend on, over, or under sidewalks and streets

Check the zoning of your property before opening a new location or re-locating

Tax Information
File your City taxes online and view other common taxes for small businesses

Loading Zones
Explanations and application processes for loading zones, standing zones, and valet parking

Update Your Business License Information
Make changes when you buy or sell your business, change owners, move locations, add business activities and more

Building Permits
Permits for new building construction, renovations and repairs

Commercial Driveway Permits
Instructions and fees for Commercial Driveway Permit applications

Business License Inspections
Required inspections for your business activity

Water, Recycling & Sanitation
Pay your water bill online and follow Chicago's recycling and sanitation regulations

Disciplinary Hearings
Instructions for resolving legal issues


City Contract Opportunities
Do business with the City
M/W/DBE Certification
State of Illinois, Cook County, Chicago Housing Authority, Chicago Public Schools

Financial Assistance Resources
Listings of loans, grants, tax credits, and financial education programs

Find Neighborhood Resources
See how a local chamber of commerce, Special Service Area provider, or other support agency could assist you.


Business Education
Small Business Center workshops and other opportunities to improve your business skills

Hiring & Training Resources
Organizations and financial resources to help you hire and train employees

Bike Parking
Find out if your business is eligible for a free on-street bike rack


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