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Visit the Small Business Center website, for information on licenses, permits, and additional resources.

Visit the Small Business Center website, for information on licenses, permits, and additional resources.

Businesses & Professionals

Existing Businesses

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There are close to 100,000 different businesses licensed in the City of Chicago as diverse as retail or grocery stores, bars, restaurants, public vehicles, taxicabs, manufacturing and industrial plants.  The City provides the business community business guides and information about the laws you need to comply with through online tools, free workshops and one-on-one counseling.

Understanding the rules of the road is key to operating a business responsibly.  Thousands of businesses and public vehicles are inspected to ensure compliance with City laws and regulations.

Alerts (Existing Businesses)

Severe Alert Dec 14, 2015 2015 Taxicab Drivers Excellence Award Nominations Being Accepted
High Alert Jan 21, 2016 Taste of Chicago Food Vendor Applications Now Available
High Alert Dec 29, 2015 City Festivals Request for Proposals (RFP)
Low Alert Dec 11, 2015 New building permits fees are in effect as of January 1, 2016. Any building permits issued on or after January 1, 2016 will be subject to the new building permit fees.

Most Recent News (Existing Businesses)

Jan 05,2016 City Announces New Incentive For Businesses That Complete Start-Up Certificate Program
Dec 22,2015 New Liquid Nicotine Product Tax Effective 1/1/16
Dec 11,2015 URPO Ruling 5 Effective 1-1-2016: Mandate of on-line tax filing
Nov 19,2015 November 2015 Transaction Tax Information Bulletin
Nov 18,2015 November 2015 Nontitled Use Tax Information Bulletin

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