New Business License Application Form

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Email complete application and all supporting documentation to


Submit $150 application fee

New Business License Application Summary:

All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted electronically at – HARD COPIES ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTED.

The following documentation must be included with the application for review:

  • Business Owner Valid Photo ID
  • Emergency Contact Valid Photo ID
  • Illinois Secretary of State Certificate of Good Standing
  • Copy of Illinois Sales Tax Certificate (Certificate of Registration)
  • Copy of Tentative Lease Agreement
  • Copy of Certificate of Insurance
  • Any other required certificates or licenses (e.g., barbershop, beautician, etc.)

A $150.00 application processing fee must be submitted with your application and all required documentation for review. Click here to access the secure Payment Portal. This fee is non-refundable.

Failure to complete any portion of the application or failure to submit all required documentation including the processing fee will result in delay or denial of the application.

If a section is not applicable, please indicate as such. Do not leave blank.

Business owners are required to provide an email address to be used for communications with the City.

If the business license application is approved, the business license certificate fee shall be due within 7 days of notice of the approval. The City will notify you via email upon approval.

No business is authorized to operate until a business license has been issued by the City.

Failure to obtain a current business license while operating your business will result in penalties and /or closure of the business.