Business License

First Time Applicants

Business license first time applicants need to obtain an occupancy permit first before applying for a business license. The Business License Application can be found here

Look up Business License

Businesses can look up their business license online.  

Renew General Business License 

There is no fee to renew the general business license. General business licenses can be renewed online. License number and PIN can be found on the renewal notice mailed to you by the City of Elgin.

Other Types of Specific 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. You can renew and pay for your 2018 business licenses online

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.


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.