Public Right of Way

Business Licenses
 The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) issues over 70 different types of business licenses in the City of Chicago and regulates industries as diverse as retail, food establishments, day care centers, manufacturing facilities and motor vehicle repair shops.  BACP also regulates the sale of retail liquor in Chicago. 

Most types of business licenses can be applied for online,or in person. When in person- a BACP Business Consultant will  help determine what licenses or permits you need, process your application and also connect you with business resources. We are located in City Hall,  121 N. LaSalle St.,  Room 800.  Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  You can request an appointment with a business consultant here or by calling 312-74-GOBIZ (744-6249).

Public Way Use Permits

In addition to issuing business licenses, BACP is the department which handles General Grants of Privilege for the use of the public way. If your business has a sign, canopy, awning, bench, or anything that extends over, under or is on the public way, it may require a public way use permit. There are several different types of public way uses including sidewalk cafés

You can apply for a public way use permit unit in City Hall,  121 N. LaSalle St.,  room 800.  Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  You can request an appointment with a business consultant here or by calling 312-74-GOBIZ (744-6249).

 

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http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/city/en/depts/bacp/provdrs/bus.html

 




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