Chicago Business Licensing
Apply for a Recently Legalized Sidewalk Sign
Expedited Restaurant Licensing (ERL) Pilot Program
Single-Use Foodware Ordinance
Information on the business licenses issued by BACP and the requirements for those licenses.
Every business license, location expansion and change of location application needs to be reviewed and approved by Zoning before a business license application can be processed.
Public Way Use Permits
Information on permits issued by BACP for any items (e.g. signs, canopies, awnings, benches, sidewalk cafes, etc.) that extend out (i.e. over, under, or on) to the public way from their business locations.
Short-term residential rental activity is regulated by BACP. Use this link for information on how to register your residence as a shared housing unit.
Public Vehicle Licensing
Information on licenses issued by BACP for taxicabs, Transportation Network Providers, charter buses, chauffeurs, and other public vehicles.
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121 North LaSalle Street, 8th Floor, Room 800
Chicago, IL 60602
Monday through Friday; 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
312.74.GOBIZ (744.6249) or 312.744.1944 for TTY