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Office of the City Clerk - Business Services
150 West Jefferson Street, First Floor 
Joliet, Illinois 60432
Phone: (815)  724-3905
Fax: (815) 724-3904

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please read the directions carefully, because in most cases additional items such as a photo-id is required to be submitted. In most cases, incomplete applications will be returned.

The City of Joliet licenses and regulates certain businesses that operate within the corporate limits under the regulations found in the City Code of Ordinances. The Office of the City Clerk – Business Services is responsible for receiving, processing, and issuing applications, licenses, and license renewals. Applications for licenses are reviewed by various city departments prior to issuance. In some cases a business may be required to have several licenses. Licenses must be approved prior to opening for business.

All Licenses are valid for one calendar year beginning January 1st of each year until December 31st. New businesses are required to obtain a license prior to opening anytime during the calendar year. The valid license must be visibly displayed at the location. All license fees are intended to cover the administrative costs associated with processing the application, and are non-refundable. Licenses are not transferable and are required for each location.

Prior to signing any lease it is strongly suggested that you contact the Community Development Department – Planning Division at (815) 724-4050 to determine if proper zoning exists on the site.

Below are the ten (10) different applications available.

Application For:
Background Check for Liquor/Tobacco License [PDF] Tobacco Dealers
Coin Operated Vending Machines and Coin Operated Amusement and Gambling Devices Business Application [PDF] Coin Operated Amusement
Coin Operated Vending
General Business License Application [PDF] Auctioneers
Billiard Halls/Pool Halls
Dry Cleaners
Food Service Establishments
Food Stores
Gasoline Stations
Massage Salons
Nursing Homes
Paint Sales/ Application
Public Garages (Auto Repair)
Tattoo Artists / Tattoo Shops
Tobacco Dealers 
Weapons Dealers
Wholesale Purveyors
Wholesale Purveyor of Meats
Junk Peddler License Application [PDF] Junk Peddlers
Mobile Ice Cream Truck or Push Cart Vendor Business License Application [PDF] Mobile Ice Cream Truck
Push Cart Vendors
Refuse Disposal Business License Application [PDF] Private Waste Collectors/Scavengers
Recycling Agents
Second Hand Dealer Application [PDF]  
Sidewalk Café Application [PDF] Dining establishment using public sidewalk for seasonal use
Taxi Cab Services Application [PDF] Chauffeurs
Express Package Delivery
Public Passenger Vehicles
Taxi Cab Companies
Transient Vendor/Itinerant Merchants Business License Application [PDF] Transient Vendor
Itinerant Merchants


If you are an alarm contractor, please contact the Joliet Police Department – Communications Center at (815) 724-3305 for information.

If you are seeking a liquor license please contact the Liquor Commissioners Office at (815) 724-3710.

If you are a trade’s contractor please contact the Community Development Department – Inspection Division at (815) 724-4070 for information. They license the following: heating and cooling & electrical contractors.

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