In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Chicago has joined the State of Illinois in issuing a Stay at Home order effective Saturday, March 21st at 5pm CT. In addition, City of Chicago facilities are closed to the public. Staff are prioritizing essential services to protect the health and safety of our residents and employees. As such, we may be delayed in responding to non-essential inquiries and service requests. To stay up to date on the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 response, please visit the City Coronavirus Response Center site.
City of Chicago Guide to Inspections
The 4 Main Types of Inspections:
Inspections are required for several reasons and at various times during the life a business. View common reasons that businesses fail inspections, including both NEW businesses and EXISTING businesses.
Before taking out a business loan, signing a lease, or applying for a business license, ensure that the site where you intend to operate is in an appropriately zoned area and that it complies with the current Chicago Municipal Code. The Code is frequently updated so a new owner needs to check current zoning and code regulations and not assume the previous owner's designation applies.
The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection also holds FREE business workshops the first Wednesday of every month. To download the schedule of dates and additional details please reference this page.
Visit the Small Business Center website, for information on licenses, permits, and additional resources