Using the Chicago Business Direct platform, you can renew your City of Chicago Business Licenses.
Things to keep in mind before you renew:

  • Outstanding Debt - If you owe the City money, you may still renew your business license online, however the license certificate will not be mailed to you until all debt holds are resolved.  License fees not paid on time will incur late fees, and may be subject to interest charges. 
  • Changes to the Licensing Account - If you have changed your business legal entity or officers/owners, you are required to report the changes to us within 60 days.  These changes should be filed before you renew your license(s).
    If you have changed your business location, do NOT renew your current license.  Licenses are specific to a location and are not transferable.  You will need to apply for a new a business license at your new address.