Information for New Businesses

New Businesses

  1. Contact the Champaign County Clerk at 1776 E. Washington, Urbana, 384-3720 to register your business name.
  2. Contact the Illinois Department of Revenue for sales tax information.  Call their office in Springfield at 217-785-6518 or 217-782-8517
  3. Contact the City of Champaign Planning Department, 102 N. Neil, Champaign, 403-8800, for zoning information.  Also contact this department for a sign permit if you plan to put up a sign to advertise your business.
  4. Contact the City of Champaign Building Safety Division, 307 S. Randolph, Champaign, 403-6100, for building permits if applicable.
  5. If you plan to install, or there is an existing alarm system, please contact the Finance Department, 102 N. Neil Street, Champaign, 403-8940, for an application for registration.  There is a one-time registration fee of $10.00, unless you move or change alarm companies.  If the facility or premises is not registered and receives a false alarm, a $50.00 registration fee and a $75.00 fee for each false alarm occurrence is required.
  6. If your business includes the preparation and/or sale of food, please contact the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, Environmental Services Division, 201 W. Kenyon Rd., Champaign, 373-7900.  Public Health now also issues the City of Champaign Food Services Establishment license.  Liquor licenses are handled by the Mayor’s Office at 403-8720.
  7. The City of Champaign requires licenses for certain types of businesses, listed below.  Please contact the Finance Department at 403-8940 for additional information.

Business Licensing and Information