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As thousands of Chicago businesses continue to deal with the significant impact of the COVID-19 crisis, the City has moved to give further relief to businesses by extending critical relief efforts and renewal dates into 2021.

As a part of these measures, all existing Sidewalk Cafes will be now be able to operate until May 1, 2021 without needing to renew or pay a renewal fee.

All business and public vehicle licenses with an expiration date between March 15, 2020 and June 15, 2021 will be considered active and will not need to pay a renewal fee until July 15, 2021.

Licensees will have until July 15, 2021 to renew without paying a late fee.  

The Chicago City Council passed Ordinance 2020-5783, a COVID-19 emergency-related measure to extend regulatory relief for businesses due to COVID-19.

As part of this ordinance, licenses issued by the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (“BACP”) under Title 4 or Title 9 of the Municipal Code of Chicago (“MCC”) with an expiration date between March 15, 2020, and June 15, 2021 will hereby be considered active until July 15, 2021.

Note that this ordinance does not change the fee for renewal nor prorate any fees paid for renewal of a license, nor change the future renewal date of a license.

Within 30 days following the repeal of the ordinance on June 15, 2021, impacted licensees will be expected to pay the full fee associated with their license in order to renew.

City of Chicago Business Affairs and Consumer Protection
121 N. LaSalle St., Room 805 Chicago, IL 60602

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