Want to get your contractor’s license in Illinois but not sure where to start?
There’s a lot of information to sort through, especially online. Plus, every state handles licensing differently. So if you used to work in a neighboring state, you’ll need to follow a different process in Illinois.
Feeling confused? You’re not alone. It can be tough to sort through the forms and paperwork. To help, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide for getting your license in Illinois and Chicago. Check it out and let us know your questions in the comments section.
Getting a “stamp of approval” is good practice and the law. Most cities and counties in Illinois require contractors to carry licenses before they can do work, but it depends on where you live. If you’re unsure, check with your local municipal department first.
So you want to obey the law. But, there are a lot of other good reasons to get a license too. Here are a few:
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It’s not as overwhelming as you might think. For some licenses, you’ll go to the Illinois Department of Public Health. But, for the majority of contractor’s licenses, you’ll head to your local municipal department.
We’ll break it down for you.
Head over to the Illinois Department of Public Health if you’re a contractor who works with:
They can help you secure your license. For everyone else, start the licensing process by:
Then, you’ll go to your local department to get an Illinois contractor’s license there. We can’t break down the process for every city and county in Illinois. But, since it’s the biggest city in the state, we’ll talk about how licensing works in Chicago.
If you live and work in the Windy City, you can get your business license through the City of Chicago Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Department . It’s a fairly simple process, but it does take some time. Next, apply for your contractor’s license with the City of Chicago Department of Buildings . In your application, you need to include:
The City of Chicago Department of Buildings also offers additional licenses for contractors who manage electrical work, plumbing, masonry, cranes, and private alarms. If you have questions about what licenses you need, call 1-800-359-1313 or email [email protected]
Not ready to get your contractor’s license today? Explore getting business insurance first. Buying a top-notch insurance plan is one of the first steps toward becoming official. General liability insurance and worker’s compensation will protect you, your employees, and your property, like vehicles and equipment, in the event of a loss or injury. Plus, it makes you appear professional and official in the eyes of your customers.
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