Chicago City Council today approved an ordinance that lessens the amount of time needed to obtain certain business license types by eliminating unnecessary or redundant city inspections without compromising public safety.
The changes streamline and update regulatory requirements for new businesses so that starting a business in Chicago is simpler and growth is encouraged.
“One of the biggest complaints from businesses, especially small businesses, is the amount of time it takes to issue a license and the numerous inspections they receive from various city departments,” said Mayor Emanuel. “We are on the right track for change by alleviating some of the unnecessary burdens that small businesses face without compromising public safety.”
The announcement focuses on improving City licensing and inspection processes. The ordinance changes were the result of a review of the City’s business license inspection requirements that showed a number of departments conducted on-site inspections—or multiple inspections—mandated by city ordinances but duplicative in nature or unnecessary to maintain public health and safety.
This ordinance change eliminates 16 unnecessary inspections across 5 departments. These license inspection improvements impacts nine (9) different business license types: Accessory Garage, Bed & Breakfast; Electronic Equipment; Filling Station; Hospital; Hotel; Manufacturing Establishment; Massage Establishments; Motor Vehicle Repair (Class III).
While the vast majority of business licenses are issued in less than three days and do not require on-site inspections, those that do create opening delays for new businesses. Some of the outcomes include:
Some examples of improvements include:
Other changes remove redundant license inspections that are conducted on an ongoing basis and are mandated by city, state and federal requirements. An example: