A “Commercial Passenger Vessel” is any boat that carries passengers for hire including but not limited to a water taxi, tour boat, charter boat cruise, dinner, excursion, ferry, harbor tender, fishing or diving boats. The license is issued at the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection office located at 2350 W. Ogden Avenue, 1st floor.
For each vessel applicants must provide the following:
Read the Water Taxi/Tour Boats (Commercial Passenger Vessel) Ordinance:
Commercial Passenger Vessels are regulated under chapter 4-250-020 of the Chicago Municipal Code.
Chicago businesses must comply with all relevant federal, state, and City laws and rules. All laws and rules of the City of Chicago including the Consumer Protection Law and Rules, are accessible to the public using the following link: Municipal Code of Chicago, Illinois
$350.00 (capacity for 20 or more passengers)
$75.00 (capacity for less than 20 passengers)
May 1st - April 30th
How to Apply:
Apply in person. Bring all required documents and a completed license application form to:
Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Public Vehicle Operations Facility
2350 W. Ogden Ave., 1st floor.
Chicago, IL 60608
E-mail questions to: BACPPV@cityofchicago.org
8:00 am - 3:30 pm