Business License

Current general business license holders should expect to receive their 2018 general business license in the mail before December 31, 2017. There is no fee for this license.

Updating your information

Businesses are required to notify the city of any changes in the information contained in an application which is pending or which was the basis for the issuance of a license. Submit updated information regarding your general business license.

Business License-First Time Applicants

First time applicants need an occupancy permit and a completed form in-person to finalize the application process. Download Application 


Business licenses can be paid online with a Visa or MasterCard. License number and PIN can be found on the renewal notice mailed to you by the City of Elgin.

Other Business Licenses

If your business engages in an activity that requires a specific business license from the city (such as a food establishment license or liquor license), the annual fee for that particular license remains in effect.

**The city is currently accepting renewal payments** Renew and pay for your 2018 business license.


For any questions regarding the business license or the process outlined above, please contact the City of Elgin 311 department by dialing 3-1-1 or 847-931-6001 if outside of Elgin. You can also contact 311 by email.