In the City of Aurora, a business license is not required to operate a business. However, there are certain types of businesses that do require a license or have specific health, zoning, and/or state requirements.
Businesses that require a license from the City of Aurora include:
- Adult Uses
- Amusement Devices (Distributor, Pool Halls, Casino Games, Arcade, Individual)
- Automatic Music (Juke Box)
- Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products
- Closing or Going out of Business Sales
- Liquor Establishments
- Pawn Dealer Shops
- Second Hand Stores
- Spray Paint Dealers
Additional Health/Zoning Requirements
Some businesses may have specific health, state or zoning requirements or require a license from another licensing body. If your business involves Food Service, Sale, and Distribution, including Ice Cream Vending, you should contact your county's health department Kane County-Aurora Only, at 630-897-1124; Kane County-Outside Aurora at 630-208-3801; Kendall County at 630-553-9100; DuPage County at 630-682-7400; and Will County at 815-727-8480.
Home-Based Day Care
Home-based Day Care Businesses must be licensed through the State of Illinois. The process begins with contacting the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services at 630-801-3400.
Businesses that involve Retail Sales, including Hotels or Motels, Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, Corporations, etc., are required to register with the Illinois Department of Revenue (wholesalers and service businesses, i.e. doctors, dentists are excluded). You may reach them toll free at 800-732-8866 or locally at 630-293-8300. Locally, they have an office at:
245 W Roosevelt Road
West Chicago, IL 60185
This office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Any work done within the public right-of-way must be done under this license. General contractors licenses issued by the Building and Permits Division do not cover work in the public right-of-way.
The application covers three types of work:
An applicant may file for any combination, but must submit a separate bond, application fee, and previous competent record for each class of work.
- General Excavation
Find the Contractor License Application Form (PDF).
The following items must be attached upon submission of the application to our office on the 4th floor of City Hall.
- $100 application fee per contractor type/application
- Original Performance and Maintenance Bond in the amount of $20,000. The bond must be valid through February 28th of the following year.
- Certificate of Insurance showing general public liability in the amount of $1 million and workman's compensation insurance.