Freedom of Information Requests
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 MedallionsBusiness Complaints and Citations
- License Violations and Fines
- Consumer Fraud 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 2006 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
If you are looking for other datasets, the Chicago Data Portal hosts over 200 databases 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 made to the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection must include the following information:
1. The name, mailing address, and contact information of the requestor;
2. A detailed 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