Opening a Business
If you are considering potential locations for your business, the Village can assist you in this process. The Available Properties map (LINK) provides links to properties listed for sale or lease in La Grange. If you don't see something that matches your needs, please contact the Community Development Department at (708) 579-2320 to discuss. Please be sure to check the zoning of any property you are considering; permitted uses vary by zoning district.
All new for-profit businesses and not-for-profit organizations operating within La Grange need to secure a business license or registration before opening. If you are unsure whether your business or organization requires a license or a registration please contact the Administration Department at (708) 579-2300 ext. 501.
To apply for a business license or registration please complete the business license and registration application (PDF). The completed business license and registration application and all supporting documentation should be submitted to the Administration Department on the first floor of Village Hall.
Once received, a business license and registration application will be reviewed by the necessary Village staff who will contact you directly if additional documentation is required. The business license or registration will not be issued until a certificate of occupancy request has been approved (see below).
The fee for most business licenses is $50; restaurants and other types of businesses have different fees as detailed in the business license application (PDF). The business license fee is not due at the time of application; fees are paid at the time the approved license is issued.
All business licenses and registrations are renewed annually. Renewal paperwork is mailed directly to licensed and registered businesses.
Certificate of Occupancy or Building Permit
A certificate of occupancy is required for all new businesses and not for profit organizations opening in La Grange.
If you are planning to improve or modify your building or tenant space, you may need a building permit. A summary of the types of work requiring a permit (LINK) is available on the Village website. You can also contact the Community Development Department at (708) 579-2320 with questions. The building permit application form (PDF) is available on the Village website. If you apply for and receive a building permit, a certificate of occupancy will be provided as part of the building permit and no separate application is required.
Certificates of Occupancy
If you will not be doing work requiring a building permit, you will need to complete an application for a certificate of occupancy (PDF). The completed certificate of occupancy application, supporting documentation, and $50 fee should be submitted to the Community Development Department on the first floor of Village Hall.
The certificate of occupancy request requires inspections from both the Community Development Department and the Fire Department. Once the inspections are approved, Village staff will contact you that the certificate of occupancy and business license or registration are ready for pick-up. Please note that business license fees are paid at the time of pick-up.
Food Service Establishments
La Grange is proud to be home to many diverse food service establishments. If you plan to open a restaurant or other food service establishment, please contact the Community Development Department at 708-579-2300 ext. 106 to schedule a pre-application meeting. The Village of La Grange offers these pre-application meetings at no charge to help businesses navigate the health code, building code, business licensing, liquor code, zoning code and other considerations related to new food service businesses.
Quick Links / FAQs
Where can I file for an assumed business name (DBA)?
The Cook County Clerks Office accepts applications and issues DBA certificates. For more information contact: Assumed Business Names Unit at 312-603-5652
Where can I apply for a sales tax identification number?
The Illinois Department of Revenue accepts applications for tax ID numbers.
Where can I register my business or corporation
The Illinois Secretary of State processes applications for corporations and partnerships.