Tourists and residents in search of a close-by getaway often head to the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor and nearby Illinois/Des Plaines River. State parks, forest preserves, fish and wildlife areas, hiking trails, canoe routes and more can be found along this unique river route. Joliet is a primary starting point for trips up and down the river. The communities along the canal corridor each hold annual summer festivals and outdoor events that draw visitors from across the region.
Joliet Business Licenses
The City of Joliet licenses and regulates certain businesses that operate within the corporate limits under the regulations found in the City Code of Ordinances. The Office of the City Clerk – Business Services is responsible for receiving, processing, and issuing applications, licenses, and license renewals. Applications for licenses are reviewed by various city departments prior to issuance. In some cases a business may be required to have several licenses. Licenses must be approved prior to opening for business.
All Licenses are valid for one calendar year beginning January 1st of each year until December 31st. New businesses are required to obtain a license prior to opening anytime during the calendar year. The valid license must be visibly displayed at the location. All license fees are intended to cover the administrative costs associated with processing the application, and are non-refundable. Licenses are not transferable and are required for each location.
Prior to signing any lease it is strongly suggested that you contact the Community Development Department – Planning Division at (815) 724-4050 to determine if proper zoning exists on the site.
Applications Are Needed For / Further Info on Licenses
APPLICATIONS ARE NEEDED FOR:
Background Check for Liquor/Tobacco License for Tobacco Dealers
Coin Operated Vending Machines and Coin Operated Amusement and Gambling Devices Business Application for Coin Operated Amusement and Coin Operated Vending
General Business License Application for:
Billiard Halls/Pool Halls
Food Service Establishments
Paint Sales/ Application
Public Garages (Auto Repair)
Tattoo Artists / Tattoo Shops
Wholesale Purveyor of Meats
Junk Peddler License Application for Junk Peddlers
Mobile Ice Cream Truck or Push Cart Vendor Business License Application for Mobile Ice Cream Truck
Push Cart Vendors
Refuse Disposal Business License Application for Private Waste Collectors/Scavengers and Recycling Agents
Second Hand Dealer Application
Sidewalk Café Application for Dining establishment using public sidewalk for seasonal use
Taxi Cab Services Application for Chauffeurs, Express Package Delivery, Public Passenger Vehicles, and Taxi Cab Companies
Transient Vendor/Itinerant Merchants Business License Application for Transient Vendor and Itinerant Merchants
Warehouse Licensing for Warehouses
If you are an alarm contractor, please contact the Joliet Police Department – Communications Center at (815) 724-3305 for information.
If you are seeking a liquor license please contact the Liquor Commissioners Office at (815) 724-3710.
If you are a trade’s contractor please contact the Community Development Department – Inspection Division at (815) 724-4070 for information. They license the following: heating and cooling & electrical contractors.
Illinois Chamber of Commerce
Chicago, IL 60606
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Washington, DC 20062-2000
Main Number: 202-659-6000
Customer Service: 1-800-638-6582
Will County Center for Economic Development
116 N. Chicago Street,
Joliet IL 60432
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Joliet Junior College
The Illinois SBDC offers:
One-on-one business advising
Seminars, workshops, classes and events to assist with the start-up or expansion of your business
1215 Houbolt Road (JJC Main Campus)
Joliet Il. 60431
City Center Partnership
116 N. Chicago St., Suite 101
Joliet Il. 60432
Heritage Corridor CVB
Will County Governmental League
15905 S. Frederick Street
Plainfield, IL 60586
Will County Green - Business Recycling Program
Joliet, IL 60432
Des Plaines River Valley Enterprise Zone
302 N. Chicago St.,
Joliet, IL 60432
The Illinois Small Business Resource Guide
International Trade Dept.
214 N. Ottawa St.,
Joliet, IL 60432
Joliet Region Port District
Joliet Township Office
51 N. Des Plaines St.,
Joliet, IL 60432
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Bids/Requests for Proposal
City of Joliet
Below is a list of Joliet Junior College’s upcoming bidding opportunities, which will be posted to the college’s website within the next several weeks. Detailed bidding information will be posted to our website at: www.jjc.edu/community/vendors/current-solicitations when the specifications for each bid are finalized.
· Parking Lot Improvements
· Exterior Wall Tuck-Pointing and Painting
· Fertilization & Weed Control
· Fork Lift Purchase
· Charter Bus Services
Vendors interested in registering with Joliet Junior College may click here to complete the process with our third-party e-procurement provider, ESM. A step-by-step supplier registration guide is posted to the college’s website for your reference. General supplier guides are also available on ESM’s website. If you should have any questions during the registration process, please do not hesitate to contact ESM Solutions Customer Support (877) 969-7246 Option 3.
In addition, click below for a guide used to help the community understand the purchasing process for JJC and other institutions of Higher Education in Illinois.