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Business License Renewal

Online License and Weighing and
Measuring Device Renewal System

Use this online application to renew your City of Chicago Business License and Weighing and Measuring Device. 

Please click on the "Get Started Online" button below to begin your Online Business License Renewal process.

 

All Business License Renewals Must Be Processed Online

We are confident that you will find the online license renewal process to be fast, easy and secure! 

Things to keep in mind before you get started:

  • Business License Renewal Notice

You will need your Account Number and Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to access the Online Business License Renewal System.  This information is provided to you in the business license renewal notice mailed to your business location address prior to your renewal deadline.

If you need assistance with your Account Number and PIN, please contact us at 312.74.GOBIZ / 744.6249.

Sample City of Chicago Business License Renewal Notice

  • Outstanding Debt

If you owe the City money, you may still renew your business license online, however the license certificate will not be mailed to you until all debt holds are resolved.  License fees not paid on time will incur late fees, and may be subject to interest charges.

  • Changes to the Licensing Account

If you have changed your business legal entity or officers/owners, you are required to report the changes to us within 60 days.  These changes should be filed before you renew your license(s).

If you have changed your business location, do NOT renew your current license.  Licenses are specific to a location and are not transferable.  You will need to apply for a new a business license at your new address.

Please make an appointment with one of our business consultants online, or by calling 312.74.GOBIZ, in order to process your change request(s). 

  • E-mail Requirement

In order to use the Online Business License Renewal System, you will need a valid e-mail address.  You may obtain a free e-mail account from any e-mail service provider such as Google, Hotmail, Yahoo!, etc.

 



Supporting Information

Assistance for Spanish-speaking business owners

For Spanish-speaking business owners, the Little Village Chamber of Commerce (LVCC) is providing their State Farm Computer Lab to assist in facilitating the business renewal process in Spanish.

The LVCC staff will walk business owners through the City of Chicago's business license renewal process by conducting tutorials for walk-ins and/or appointments.  The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM.  Same day appointments are available.

Please contact Vanessa Alvarez for your appointment at 773.521.5387, or via e-mail at valvarez@lavillitachamber.org.  The LVCC office is located at 3610 W. 26th Street, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL  60623.

Department Main Office

Business Affairs and Consumer Protection