Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

Empowering Businesses and Protecting Consumers
The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) ensures a fair and vibrant marketplace for businesses, workers and consumers in the City of Chicago. BACP licenses businesses and public vehicles, regulates business activity, protects consumers from fraud, enforces Chicago’s labor laws, partners with business service organizations and provides education and resources for businesses.

Featured Services and Programs

Small Business

Apply for or Renew a Business License

Public Way Use Permits

Apply for a Renew Sidewalk Cafe, Sidewalk Sign, Expanded Outdoor Dining and Other Permits

Public Vehicles

Public Chauffeur Licenses for Taxicab, Ride-hail, WAV, Livery and More

Business Compliance and Enforcement

Business Compliance, Weights and Measures, Tobacco and APS

Business Support Tools

Business Service Organizations, Free Webinars, Expos and Business Resources

Office of Labor Standards

Information on Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Leave, Domestic Care Workers and more

Consumer Protection

Information on Consumer Fraud and How to File a Complaint

Hearings and Meeting

Community Meetings, Administrative Hearings and MLDC Hearing information

All BACP offices are open to members of the public. Learn more about BACP’s operations

Rules and Regulations Portal

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