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Beginning on September 1st, 2010, Certain First-time Licensing Applicants will be Processed by Continental Testing Services

These improvements will increase both the speed and efficiency with which the Department processes first-time license applications for the following trades:

  •     Supervising Electricians
  •     Electrical Contractors
  •     Apprentice and Journeyman Plumbers
  •     Bonded Plumbing Contractors
  •     Mason Contractors

First-time license applications must be sent to the address shown below:

City of Chicago
(Insert the name of the particular discipline for your type of license here!)
P.O. Box #388249
Chicago, Illinois  60638-8249

To make the process easier for our customers, forms and instructions for first-time applicants may be downloaded from the list below

For tradesmen already holding a City license, renewal of your existing license will continue to be performed online at the Department of Buildings' website, at the Trade Licensing Renewal page.

Should you have any questions regarding first-time applications for these trades, please call (1-800-359-1313) or email

List of First-time License Applications:

Department Main Office