Different types of Business Licenses
According to mycompanyworks.com, the city of Chicago holds a population of 8.865 million as of 2020, making it the third-most populous city in the United States.
If you are thinking of starting a business, keep reading to find out a few of the different types of licenses that could be federal, state, or local that you might need.
Local Licenses and Permits
You might not need all of these licenses, however, it’s worth going through all just in case.
1. Local Business Operating License
This is the first step. It is important that before requesting it, you have a location/zone. This license will reflect the business address.
2. Zoning and Land Use Permits
After completing your application, the city will check if your type of business goes under the local zoning codes, especially if your business requires parking space.
3. Building Permits
This local permit depends on if you are planning on doing some changes to the structure like building, renovating, installing new utilities or appliances. It is to ensure that you are in line with safety codes and regulations.
4. Fire Department Permit
Without this permit, you can’t open your business to the public, especially necessary if it uses flammable materials, like a restaurant.
5. Health Licenses and Permits
If the nature of your business is serving the public, you will probably need a health permit.
6. Signage Licenses and Permits
Some cities and counties have restrictions on how the business’s sign should be. For example, size, location, visibility, and lighting.