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Looking for a Small Business Loan - The City of Chicago can help.

 

3 Simple Steps to Obtain a Business License
To prepare yourself before applying for a City of Chicago business license, you must first decide what type of business you are interested in starting. Prepare a business plan that will suit your short and long term goals. We encourage you to visit BACP online for more information on business planning, connecting with resources and other important information to help you in being successful.

 

A Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs
"A Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs" was created by World Business Chicago under the direction of Mayor Rahm Emanuel to leverage the the city's unique economic assets.

 

ABC's of BACP
ABC's of BACP - Learn about the Dept. of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, the various industries we regulate, consumer protection services we provide, licenses we issue, and MORE!

 

Administrative Adjustments
Administrative adjustments are intended to provide a streamlined approval procedure for minor modifications of selected zoning standards.

 

Airport Departure Tax Forms

 

Alternative Pricing System (APS)
Alternative Pricing System, or APS, is a system other than individual price marking that is designed to inform consumers of the price of particular products and exempts the retailer from the requirement of individual price marking.

 

Amusement Tax (7510)

 

Amusement Tax Forms

 

Amusement Tax: Subscribers to Paid Television Programming (7511)

 

Approved Vehicle List
Approved vehicle list for taxicabs and liveries.

 

Bicycle Messenger License
A Bicycle Messenger Service License is required for companies that operate bicycle messenger services in the City of Chicago Central Business District. The license is issued at the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection office located at 2350 W. Ogden Avenue, First Floor.

 

Boat Mooring Tax (7560)

 

Boat Mooring Tax Forms

 

Bottled Water Tax (1904, 1904IN)

 

Bottled Water Tax Form - Individuals

 

Bottled Water Tax Forms
List of Bottled Water Tax Forms

 

Business Enterprises Owned by People with Disabilities (BEPD) Initiative
The Business Enterprises Owned by People with Disabilities (BEPD) Program is a certification aimed at stimulating the utilization of small businesses owned and operated by persons with disabilities.

 

Business License Forms
Business License Forms

 

Campaign Financing Ordinance
Campaign Financing Ordinance of the City of Chicago

 

Central Area Action Plan
The Central Area Action Plan (CAAP) contains information intended to encourage the implementation of policies and projects essential for the Central Area’s effective functioning, growth and quality of life.

 

Chicago Area Clean Cities
CACC is one of 83 Clean Cities coalitions across the country. The City of Chicago coordinates CACC, whose members represent governments, businesses, educational and research institutions, fuel providers, utilities and environmental organizations.

 

Chicago Landmark Designation: Fulton-Randolph Market District

 

Chicago Landmark Designation: Marina City
The Commission on Chicago Landmarks voted in favor of a final recommendation to City Council that Marina City be designated as a Chicago Landmark.

 

Chicago Landmark Designation: Uptown Square District

 

Chicago Maps
Chicago community area and citywide maps.

 

Chicago Revealed
Chicago Revealed introduces viewers to the people and places that make Chicago what it truly is - a dynamic city with something new to discover around every corner.

 

Cigarette Tax (7506)

 

Cigarette Tax Form

 

Cigarette Tax Return - Purchaser

 

City-County Collaboration on Cigarette Investigations
City-County Collaboration on Cigarette Investigations

 

Classes of Liquor Licenses
Classes of Liquor Licenses

 

Community Meetings
The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection/Local Liquor Control Commission assists local community members and licensees in resolving these problems together by facilitating community meetings.

 

Consolidated Notices for Businesses
Tickets Issued to Corporate Vehicles

 

Contact Procurement Contract Administration
Contact information for Procurement Services Divisions.

 

Diesel Retrofit Program
The City of Chicago is retrofitting a portion of the City's diesel-powered fleet using oxidation catalysts (catalytic converters). The City plans to retrofit the entire diesel fleet over time, pending funding availability. The retrofits will improve air quality while reducing the risk of health problems related to diesel exhaust.

 

Doing Business with Sister Agencies
Information page on Doing Business with Sister Agencies.

 

Electricity Infrastructure Maintenance Fee (7576)

 

Electricity Infrastructure Maintenance Fee Forms

 

Electricity Use Tax (7578)

 

Electricity Use Tax Forms

 

Electricity Use Tax Forms - Distributors of Electricity Use Tax

 

Emergency Telephone System Surcharge - Landline

 

Emergency Telephone System Surcharge - Landline (2908)

 

Emergency Telephone System Surcharge - Wireless (2906)

 

Emergency Telephone System Surcharge - Wireless Tax Forms

 

Employers' Expense Tax (7540)

 

Employers' Expense Tax Forms

 

Enterprise Zone Program
The Enterprise Zone Program provides state and city incentives to help local businesses expand. Enterprise zones are geographic areas designated by the city and certified by the state of Illinois to receive various tax incentives and other benefits.

 

Enterprise Zone Tax Exemptions, Credits and Deductions
A glossary of terms and contacts for City- and State-related Enterprise Zone Incentives

 

Environmental Rules and Regulations
CDPH enforces the Rules and Regulations in cooperation with other City departments where applicable

 

Food Establishment Signs, Regulations & Forms
Food Establishment Signs, Regulations and Forms

 

Foreign Fire Insurance Tax (7505)

 

Foreign Fire Insurance Tax Forms

 

Fountain Soft Drink Tax (7590)

 

Fountain Soft Drink Tax Forms

 

Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions about Driveway Permit

 

Gas Use Tax (7574)

 

Gas Use Tax Forms

 

General Contractors License
Information on General Contractors License

 

Gift Restrictions - A Plain English Guide
Before they accept any gift, City employees and officials should consider not only whether the law permits them to keep the gift, but whether accepting it may create the perception that their independent judgment will be compromised.

 

Governmental Ethics Ordinance
Chapter 2-156 (Prior Code §26.2) of the Municipal Code of Chicago as amended, effective November 1, 2012

 

Ground Transportation Tax (7595, 7595EZ, 7595US)

 

Ground Transportation Tax - Underserved Areas

 

Ground Transportation Tax Forms

 

Ground Transportation Tax Forms - Short Form For Four Cabs or Less

 

Horse Drawn Carriages
A Horse Drawn Carriage License is required for carriages or any device where a person is or may be transported or drawn upon the public way, designed to be or capable of being driven by a horse.

 

Hotel Accommodations Tax (7520)

 

Hotel Accomodation Tax Forms

 

Intergovernmental Links
Listing of intergovernmental links

 

Investigation of Discrimination Complaints
The Commission on Human Relations receives, investigates, and rules on discrimination complaints filed under the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance and Chicago Fair Housing Ordinance.

 

Job Order Contracts (JOC) Sub-Order Releases
Various City Department's Job Order Contracts (JOC) Sub-Order Releases

 

Lake FX
Lake FX is the region’s largest FREE conference for artists, creative professionals and entrepreneurs.

 

Late Hour Liquor License Application Process
Businesses wishing to remain open beyond the regular time of closing may obtain a Late Hour Liquor License if they meet certain criteria and follow the application process.

 

License Application Requirements Information
Information resource for standard business license application requirements.

 

License Reform Information
Information resource list for the business license reform ordinance.

 

Liquor License Eligibility
The City of Chicago’s liquor license application process is designed to ensure that liquor licenses are issued only to persons who meet the eligibility requirements of the Chicago Municipal Code and the Illinois Liquor Control Act.

 

Liquor License Inspections
Liquor License Inspections

 

Liquor License Restrictions and Special Regulations
Liquor License Restrictions and Special Regulations

 

Liquor Tax (7573)

 

Liquor Tax Forms

 

Lobbying FAQ's
The following is representative of situations where a person is NOT lobbying.

 

Lobbyist Definitions
Definition of a Lobbyist.

 

Lobbyist Filing Requirements
The Governmental Ethics Ordinance requires persons who lobby City government to register with the Board of Ethics and regularly file activity reports (or termination notices, where appropriate).

 

Lobbyist Forms
Please note that anyone may print or download these blank forms and the filing instructions that accompany them, but the Board of Ethics will not accept for filing any form that is returned to the Board's offices electronically. Only those forms delivered to the Board in person or by mail that contain hand-written signatures can be accepted by the Board of Ethics for filing in compliance with the relevant provisions of the City's Governmental Ethics Ordinance.

 

MPEA Airport Departure Tax (8500)

 

Mayor Emanuel's Industrial Corridor Modernization Initiative
The Department of Planning and Development is initiating a process in spring 2016 to refine its land use policies for continued growth and private investment in the City’s Industrial Corridor system.

 

Millennium Park - Private Events
The sky’s the limit when hosting an event in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Located in the heart of the City, Millennium Park is easily accessible to all major hotels, restaurants and transportation hubs and is the perfect location for your high profile events.

 

Minimum Wage
Minimum wage information.

 

Mobile Food Truck Licenses
Mayor Emanuel introduced an ordinance passed by the City Council to expand mobile food vehicle operations in neighborhoods across Chicago.

 

Motor Vehicle Lessor Tax (7575)

 

Motor Vehicle Lessor Tax Forms

 

Natural Gas Occupation Tax Forms

 

Navy Pier Kiosk License
A Navy Pier Vendor license is required for businesses located at Navy Pier engaged in sales of merchandise or food on indoor and/or outdoor pushcarts/kiosks, which are stationary and in the designated space as per the vendor's lease agreement with Navy Pier.

 

Nomination: Chicago Park Boulevard System Historic District
The Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Planning and Development is preparing a nomination of Chicago’s historic Park Boulevard System to the National Register of Historic Places. The City’s park boulevard system is one of Chicago’s finest historic resources.

 

Nomination: West Loop-La Salle Street Historic District
The Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Planning and Development is preparing a nomination of Chicago’s historic West Loop to the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Non-Retail Transfer of Motor Vehicles Tax (8405)

 

Non-Retail Transfer of Motor Vehicles Tax Forms

 

Occupation Tax - Natural Gas Distributor and Reseller (7571)

 

Office of the Zoning Administrator
Information for sending correspondence to the Office of the Zoning Administrator

 

Ordinance, Publications and Additional Chicago Landmark Information
A list of landmark-related publications by Commission on Chicago Landmarks, including the Landmarks Ordinance, Permit Review schedule and guidelines, and the "U.S. Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings."

 

Other Public Vehicle Applications / Information
Other Public Vehicle Applications / Information

 

Overview of the Contracting Process
This page contains information on the Contracting Process

 

Paid Sick Leave
The Chicago City Council unanimously approved a new paid sick leave ordinance that will require every employer in the city to provide at least some paid time off to employees for sick leave purposes

 

Parking Lot and Garage Operations Tax Forms

 

Parking Tax (7530)

 

Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax

 

Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax (7550)

 

Pharmaceutical Representative Licensing
A “Pharmaceutical Representative” (MCC 4-6-310) – is a person who markets or promotes pharmaceuticals to health care professionals while both are within the City of Chicago for more than fifteen calendar days per year. Exemptions include: Medical Science Liaisons, Wholesale Distributors, and pharmaceutical representative managers or supervisors who do not interact directly with health care professionals while in the City of Chicago.

 

Plan Examination
The Department of Planning and Development reviews building permit applications to ensure plans are in compliance with the Chicago Zoning Ordinance.

 

Post Employment Restrictions
The Governmental Ethics Ordinance, Chapter 2-156 of the Municipal Code of Chicago, contains post-employment restrictions that apply to all former employees and officials of the City.

 

Procurement Fundamentals
The City of Chicago's Guide to Procurement Fundamentals

 

Real Property Transfer Tax (7551)

 

Recursos sobre discriminación en español / Discrimination Resources in Spanish
La Comisión de Relaciones Humanas publica información en español sobre las Ordenanzas de Discriminación en la Ciudad de Chicago y como se hacen cumplir. Usted puede descargar información usando el link que aparece abajo.

 

Recycling
There are many opportunities for recycling in Chicago. Find out how you can start recycling.

 

Recycling in Commercial Offices
Information about recycling in commercial office spaces

 

Recycling in Commercial/Retail Spaces
2017 Updated Chicago Recycling Ordinance

 

Resolution to Amend the Rules and Regulations of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks
Resolution to Amend the Rules and Regulations of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks information.

 

Restaurant Tax (7525)

 

Restaurant Tax Forms

 

Retail Tobacco Dealer Requirements
Find information on Retail Tobacco Dealer. “Retail Tobacco dealer” means any person selling, offering for sale, exposing for sale or keeping with the intention of selling or exchanging at retail, tobacco products or tobacco accessories in the City of Chicago.

 

Service Animals
Service animals are animals that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling wheelchairs, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, or performing other tasks.

 

Settlement and Mediation of Discrimination Cases
The Commission on Human Relations receives, investigates, and rules on discrimination complaints filed under the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance and Chicago Fair Housing Ordinance.

 

Shared Housing and Accommodations Licensing

 

Steps in the Liquor License Application Process
Steps in the Liquor License Application Process

 

Subscribers to Paid Television Programming Tax Forms

 

Tax Application and Affidavit Forms
Forms used to correspond with the Tax Division

 

Tax Audit Information
Information about tax audits conducted by the Tax Division of the Department of Finance

 

Tax Increment Financing Program

 

Tax Information - EN ESPANOL
Información sobre los impuestos de Chicago

 

Tax Information Bulletins
Information Bulletins regarding various tax issues

 

Tax List
List of taxes enforced by the Tax Division of the Department of Finance

 

Tax Preparer Business Information
Tax Preparation businesses are required to prepare and submit a Disclosure Form pursuant to Municipal Code 4-44-030[1].

 

Tax Reasonable Cause Guidelines for Penalty Waiver Requests
Reasonable Cause Standards to Abate Late and/or Failure to File Penalties

 

Tax Returns
Effective 1/1/2016, in accordance with URPO Ruling #5, tax collectors and taxpayers must file their tax returns electronically.

 

Tax Rulings
List of tax rulings released by the Department of Finance

 

Taxicabs in Chicago Video
Click here to watch a video on The Chicago Taxi Industry " Keeping Taxicabs Safe, Reliable and Available to the Public."

 

Telecommunications Tax (7501)

 

Telecommunications Tax Forms

 

Temporary Animal Exhibition Permits
Effective January 1, 2013, all Animal Exhibitions, 30 days or less, will no longer require an Animal Care License issued by the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. Instead, Temporary Animal Exhibitions will require a permit issued by the Chicago Commission on Animal Care and Control (CACC)

 

The Flagged Business List
The Flagged Business List is an initiative to target “problem” businesses in Chicago’s neighborhoods. The list is a data driven list that isolates businesses with two or more violations pled liable over the past twelve months.

 

Tire Fee (BA94)

 

Tire Fee Forms

 

Top Tips for Liquor Licensees
Top Tips for Liquor Licensees

 

Use Tax For Non-Titled Personal Property - Contractors

 

Use Tax Return for Non-Titled Personal Property - Business

 

Use Tax Return for Non-Titled Personal Property - Individuals

 

Use Tax Return for Non-Titled Personal Property - Retailers

 

Use Tax Return for Titled Personal Property

 

Use Tax Return for Titled Personal Property - Retailers

 

Use Tax for Non-Titled Personal Property (8402B, 8402CO, 8402IN, 8403)

 

Use Tax for Titled Personal Property (8400, 8400R)

 

Vehicle Fuel Tax (7577)

 

Vehicle Fuel Tax Forms

 

Vendor Helpful Tips
To ensure a better chance of successful bidding please see the below tips.

 

WIA Workforce Center for Business Locations
The Workforce Centers for Businesses focus on assisting employers with their workforce development and staffing needs. The centers target employers representing industries including manufacturing, hospitality and tourism, retail and a range of customer service operations. Center staff will assess the employer’s workforce needs, including the identification of skill gaps or critical skills shortages in their current workforce.

 

Water Bill Rates & Charges
Please see below the Water and Sewer Rates Voted on and approved by the Mayor and Chicago City Council of Chicago.

 

What to Expect During A Tobacco Investigation
Find information on what to expect during a tobacco investigation including what an investigator checks to ensure that the business is in compliance with all the tobacco-related ordinances.

 

Who is CCHR?
The Commission on Human Relations promotes appreciation of Chicago's diversity and works to eliminate prejudice and discrimination. Commissioners, advisory councils, and staff conduct pro-active programs of education, intervention, and constituency building to discourage bigotry and bring people from different groups together.

 

Your Business Is Certified, Now What?
Department of Procurement Services Newly Certified Booklet

 

ZBA Resolutions - 1982-Present
An archive of decisions made by the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Department of Planning and Development from 1982 to the present.