File a Business Affairs and Consumer Protection FOIA Request
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a state law that provides citizens with access to public records.
The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection maintains the following categories of records:
- Business Licenses
- Public Vehicle Licenses
- Public Way Use Permits
- Public Chauffeurs
- Taxi Medallions
- Business Complaints
- Liquor License Violations
- Business Citations
- Consumer Fraud and Retail Complaints
- Cable Complaints
Please note: all records listed on this page may not be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
*Please note that the following data is now available online in the City’s Data Portal:
The direct link to Business Licenses Issued Since 2002 is http://data.cityofchicago.org/Community-Economic-Development/Business-Licenses/r5kz-chrr
The direct link to Current Business Licenses is http://data.cityofchicago.org/Community-Economic-Development/Business-Licenses-Current-Active/uupf-x98q
The direct link to Business Owners is http://data.cityofchicago.org/Community-Economic-Development/Business-Owners/ezma-pppn
The direct link to Current Liquor and Public Place of Amusement Licenses is http://data.cityofchicago.org/Community-Economic-Development/Business-Licenses-Current-Liquor-and-Public-Places/nrmj-3kcf
The direct link to Public Chauffeurs is https://data.cityofchicago.org/Community-Economic-Development/Public-Chauffeurs/97wa-y6ff
The direct Link to Public Passenger Vehicle Licenses is https://data.cityofchicago.org/Community-Economic-Development/Public-Passenger-Vehicle-Licenses/tfm3-3j95
The direct link to Public Passenger Vehicle Licenses - Taxis Only is https://data.cityofchicago.org/Community-Economic-Development/Public-Passenger-Vehicle-Licenses-Taxis-Only/gcze-gasw
If you are looking for other datasets, the Chicago Data Portal hosts over 200 datasets presented in easy-to-use formats about City departments, services, facilities and performance. The catalog list datasets alphabetically and links back to each set on the portal.
All Freedom of Information requests submitted to City of Chicago departments must include the following information:
- The name, mailing address and contact information of the requester;
- A description of the records that are being requested.
Please note that all FOIA requests are posted online. FOIA requests are public information, and when you submit a FOIA request, your name and information about the request will be made available on the City’s website. To view the BACP log click here: http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/city/en/depts/bacp/dataset/foialog.html