Starting Your Business

Start Your Business

Businesses in West Chicago thrive because of the rich network of partner organizations and resources available to new and established businesses alike. This includes the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce—located in the City’s historic downtown, the West Chicago Public Library District—offering free business roundtable events and small business workshops, and Choose DuPage, the region’s economic development alliance partner, are available to assist your business succeed.

To help make sure that establishing your business runs as smoothly as possible, we would like to take this opportunity to advise you of several requirements that must be met prior to taking occupancy in one of our business districts.

It is recommended that all prospective businesses seeking to locate in the City of West Chicago follow the steps listed below:

1. Contact our Business Development Coordinator

Schedule an initial consultation with our Business Development Coordinator to discuss your business plan, site selection, incentives request, entitlements, building permit processes and inspection services. Please contact (630) 293-2200 x157, or email bregistration@westchicago.org.

2. Check Zoning

Check the zoning of your property before buying or signing a lease. Please reference the 2018 Zoning Map to determine the zoning classification of a particular property and check the Municipal Code (Appendix A - Article X) to determine permitted uses. To obtain City zoning approval for your business, please submit a Zoning Approval Application (.pdf - 160k).

If ready to purchase an existing property, the selling agent must present to the City a Deed Certification Form (.pdf – 74k)

3. Permitting

Obtain a Certificate of Occupancy

Once the use is approved through approval of the zoning application, City and Fire District staff must inspect the building you move into to make sure that it is in compliance with the building code. The City will coordinate the inspection with Fire District staff. There is a fee for this inspection; the fee structure is located in our Municipal Code section.

Schedule an inspection by calling the Community Development Department at (630) 293-2200 x131.

Any code violations must be addressed prior to occupancy, so please leave adequate time for the City and Fire District to inspect the property and conduct a re-inspection after any corrections are made. Once you have fully satisfied the inspection requirements, the Community Development Department will issue a Certificate of Occupancy. The Certificate must be obtained before the building is occupied.

Building Permits

Depending on the renovations and repairs to be executed, a building permit may be required. Before erecting a sign, remodeling, or beginning any construction, please call (630) 293-2200 x131 to determine if a building permit is required. If so, staff can provide direction on submittal requirements.

4. Registration

All businesses within the corporate limits of West Chicago are required to complete a Business Registration Application. The fee for a new business registration is $55 and the required annual registration renewal is $30. Complete and submit a Business Registration Application found through the link below:

Business Registration Application 

5. Other Business Requirements

A Water Usage Survey (pdf - 123k) must be completed and submitted.

Additional Licenses

Additional licenses are required for certain categories of business. The following list below notes such businesses. Please contact the Administrative Services Department at (630) 293-2200 x171 for further information and the applicable forms.

  • Coin Operated Amusement Vending Games on Premises
  • Auctions & Auctioneers
  • Currency Exchanges
  • Day and Temporary Labor Agencies
  • Hotels & Motels w/Sleeping Accommodations for More than  20
  • Landscape Waste Transfer Station
  • Liquor (Sales & Serving)
  • Massage Establishments & Therapists
  • Money Changers
  • Peddlers (weekly)
  • Peddlers
  • Scavengers
  • Solicitor
  • Tag Day - (Public Street, Alley, Sidewalk or Other Public Place)
  • Tattoo and Body Piercing Establishments
  • Taxicab (License)
  • Taxicab (Per Vehicle)
  • Tobacco (Vending Machine on Premises)
  • Tobacco Sales (Over the Counter Sales)

Partner Organizations

Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce
The purpose of the Western DuPage Chamber of Chamber is to promote economic development, develop, preserve and coordinate the private enterprise efforts of the business and professional communities in working toward a growing, viable, and prosperous business climate, and to serve as an axis around which the business, educational, industrial, governmental and professional people work to improve the business climate and the quality of life in the Western DuPage County regional area.

West Chicago Public Library District
The  West  Chicago  Public  Library  District  promotes  lifelong  learning  by providing  materials,  programs,  and  services  that  are  inspiring,  enriching, and  engaging  to  individuals  of  every  age,  economic  status,  and  cultural background to meet the recreational and informational needs of the residents of the District.

Choose DuPage
Choose DuPage is the public/private nonprofit countywide economic development organization that promotes DuPage County as a premier business location. In the face of regional and global competition for business investment, Choose DuPage has championed critical and visionary leadership from the public and private sectors of DuPage County, partnering with the 39 communities, including West Chicago.

DuPage County Workforce Development
The workNet DuPage Career Center works to develop the DuPage County workforce and bring job seekers and employers together.

Fox Valley SCORE
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than fifty years.

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
DCEO administers a wide range of economic and workforce development programs, services and initiatives designed to create and retain high quality jobs and build strong communities.