Licenses and Permits

General Business License

In the City of Elgin, all persons who conduct, engage in, maintain, operate, carry on or manage a business, either through such person or through an agent, employee or partner, shall obtain by February 1 of each year a general business license for said business.

A separate license shall be required for each separate place of business. The requirement of a general business license shall be in addition to any other licenses and fees required by law.

Other 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. 

Looking to open a business in Elgin?

You will need to complete the Application for Business Occupancy and Business License Application


For any questions regarding the business occupancy and license applications or the process outlined above, please contact the City of Elgin Community Development Department at 847-931-5920 or email us.