Office of the City Clerk - Business Services
150 West Jefferson Street, First Floor
Joliet, Illinois 60432
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Business Services Division of the Office of the City Clerk has three primary functions that both the residents and business owners utilize. Those functions include the issuance of business licenses, the collection of certain sales tax and the processing and issuing of special permits.
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. 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. All business licenses are valid for one calendar year beginning January 1st and expiring on December 31st. Licenses are not transferable and are required for each location.
The City of Joliet requires registration of all businesses with the exception of home based businesses and any business that holds a current business license from the City of Joliet. All business registrants shall have a continuing obligation to provide the city with any change in information previously provided to the city. Any new business that is subject to registration shall provide the necessary registration information within thirty (30) days of the commencement of business.
Collection of City Sales Tax
Business Services collects and processes taxes that are collected by certain businesses that are required to be filed and paid directly to the City of Joliet.
Joliet Sales Tax Rates
Sales tax paid within the City of Joliet differs between the sales location taking place in Will or Kendall Counties.
Business Services is responsible for the receiving, processing, and issuing of special permits that are utilized by both the residents and in some cases a Joliet business owner. The special permits include:
- Charitable Raffle License Application [PDF]
- Not-for-Profit Solicitation of Business and Contributions on Highways and Streets Application (Tag Days) [PDF]
- Sound Amplification Application [PDF]
Taxi Cab Fares and Rates
Beginning June 6, 2011, the individual taxi cab company is responsible for setting their fares and rates. Any changes to the posted rates and charges must be submitted to the City of Joliet – Business Services a minimum of thirty (30) days before the change can occur.
Technical Assistance in Starting a New Business
A list of helpful resources when starting a new business. Please note that the list of resources is not all encompassing and additional organizations and information may be needed to start a business. It is your responsibility as a business owner to follow all Federal, State and Local laws.