Renew a Business License


City of Chicago business licenses are issued for one-year or two-year terms. Businesses must renew their license(s) in order to continue operating past the license expiration date. All business license renewals must be processed online. Business owners or legal representatives of business owners can use Chicago Business Direct to renew their expiring City of Chicago business licenses. 

How to Renew Your License
Prior to the expiration of your license, a business renewal notice will be mailed to your business location. In order to renew your license via Chicago Business Direct, you will need the Business Account Number that is a part of this renewal notice. The Business Account Nmber can also be found on your Business License.   You must create a User ID and password for access to Chicago Business Direct where you will begin your license renewal(s). 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

  • Changing your Doing Business As Name: 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.
  • Changing your Business Location: If you have changed your business location, DO NOT renew your current license. Licenses are for a specific location and the same license cannot be used if your business changes location. If your business changes locations, you will need to apply for a new business license using the new location address.
  • Purchasing an Existing Business: Business licenses are non-transferable. If you are purchasing a business from an existing business owner, you will need to complete a Change of Officer application.


For any other changes, please contact 312.74.GOBIZ before renewing your license online.  

Business owners or legal representatives of business owners can also renew or apply for a license in-person by meeting with a Business Consultant in the Small Business Center (SBC). 

Chicago Small Business Center
City Hall
121 North LaSalle Street, 8th Floor, Room 800
Chicago, IL 60602

Contact Information
312.74.GOBIZ (744.6249) or 312.744.1944 for TTY.


Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday; 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM


In order to apply for a new business license, visit the Apply For a License webpage.


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