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To prepare yourself before applying for a City of Chicago business license, you must first decide what type of business you are interested in starting. Prepare a business plan that will suit your short and long term goals.
We encourage you to visit BACP online for more information on business planning, connecting with resources and other important information to help you in being successful.
Join us in celebrating Chicago Small Business Week by supporting our local businesses and/or starting your own! Starting on April 30th, through May 4th, we will be highlighting the following businesses: Monday - Restaurants and other Retail Food establishments; Tuesday - General Retail Stores; Wednesday - Home Improvement technicians; Thursday - Bars and Breweries; and Friday – Emerging Businesses. Please follow us on social media, with #ChiBizBlooms, on Facebook (/ChiSmallBiz) and Twitter (@ChiSmallBiz).
The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) is pleased to present the draft of its newly updated Filling Station Rules and Regulations. This document consolidates and modernizes the three sets of rules that have been in effect over the past several decades.
The City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection relies on feedback from our customers to improve services. We take customer satisfaction seriously and measure our performance based on your input.
A pedicab is a human pedal-powered public passenger vehicle used to transport passengers for hire. A pedicab chauffeur is the person that drives or peddles and controls the direction and steering of the pedicab.
A “Pharmaceutical Representative” (MCC 4-6-310) – is a person who markets or promotes pharmaceuticals to health care professionals while both are within the City of Chicago for more than fifteen calendar days per year. Exemptions include: Medical Science Liaisons, Wholesale Distributors, and pharmaceutical representative managers or supervisors who do not interact directly with health care professionals while in the City of Chicago.
Find information on Retail Tobacco Dealer. “Retail Tobacco dealer” means any person selling, offering for sale, exposing for sale or keeping with the intention of selling or exchanging at retail, tobacco products or tobacco accessories in the City of Chicago.
The consumer protection campaign is geared towards equipping the riding public with the important information they need when riding in one of the city’s licensed taxicab, pedicab, livery, rideshare, or horse-drawn carriage vehicles.
Listing of currently permitted sidewalk cafés in the City of Chicago. Sidewalk Café Permits are issued by the Public Way Use Unit of BACP at the Small Business Center (SBC) located in City Hall, 121 North LaSalle Street, Room 800. To obtain a public way use permit, please contact us at 312.744.6249 (744-6249).
“Wholesale Tobacco dealer” means any person making, manufacturing or jobbing cigars, or selling, offering for sale, exposing for sale, or keeping with the intention of selling or exchanging or delivering at wholesale, any tobacco, snuff, cigars, cigarettes or cigarette papers, including leaf tobacco or any preparations containing tobacco.