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

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

 

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Inspections, Permitting, and Licensing

Information for homeowners, builders/developers/contractors, business owners, and more!

 

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City of Chicago's Guide to Inspections

The 4 Main Types of Inspections:

  1. Permits (inspections to achieve a permit)
  2. Annual / Quarterly (inspections to maintain status)
  3. Business License (required inspections to obtain new licensing)
  4. Complaints (inspections prompted by a complaint)

Common Reasons for Failing an Inspection

Inspections are required for several reasons and at various times during the life a business.  View common reasons that businesses fail inspections, including both NEW businesses and EXISTING businesses.

 

Important Steps Before You Start a Business:

Before taking out a business loan, signing a lease, or applying for a business license, ensure that the site where you intend to operate is in an appropriately zoned area and that it complies with the current Chicago Municipal Code.  The Code is frequently updated so a new owner needs to check current zoning and code regulations and not assume the previous owner's designation applies.

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection also holds FREE business workshops the first Wednesday of every month.  To download the schedule of dates and additional details please reference this page.

 

Construction / Renovation

Construction / Renovation

Make streets, sidewalks, schools, and parks safe for all residents. Helping Chicago protect quality of life by adding new resources for preventing and controlling crime and supporting community capacity.
Contractor / 3rd Party Certification

Contractor / 3rd Party Certification

Addresses the most pressing capital needs of CDOT, CTA, and other agencies, including reconstruction, resurfacing, repair, and rail improvements.
Signs

Signs

This link provides information regarding requirements and permits for signs that hang over the public way or require Department of Buildings or Zoning approval.

Alerts (Inspections, Permitting, and Licensing)

High Alert Jun 19, 2017 New Debt-Check Process for Self-Certification Architects

Most Recent News (Inspections, Permitting, and Licensing)

Sep 06,2017 Chicago One of First Major Cities to Align with the 2017 National Electrical Code
Jul 26,2017 Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Department of Buildings Introduce Update To Chicago Electrical Code To Support Sustainability, Safety And Savings For Residents
Jul 17,2017 City Launches New Pharmaceutical Representative License
Jun 21,2017 DOB Update: June 2017
Jun 07,2017 The City of Chicago Reminds Residents Window Safeguards Are Vital To Child Safety

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