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Starting a Business in South Holland
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Incorporating Your Business in Illinois Business Resources

Apply For a Business License

Application For a Business License

Business License Fee Schedule

Frequently Asked Questions

Does every business need a license?
Yes ALL businesses operating in the Village of South Holland are required to have a license. This includes home businesses.

Where can I find an application for a business license?
You can find it here by selecting the link above, or select the “Government” heading in the top margin, select “downloadable forms” and then click on the business license form link. You can also obtain one by visiting Angela Harris at the Village Municipal Hall.

What does it cost for a business license?
Actual license fees depend on the type of business. Fees range from $25.00-$100.00. Please refer to the schedule of fees below. Please note that any business that is selling, preparing or storing food or food products will be subject to a Cook County health inspection. The health inspection fee is $120.00 and will be added to all applicable license fees.

What documents do I need when applying for a business license?
Along with basic information about your business, you should be prepared to provide the following:

  • If you are licensed with the State of Illinois please bring a current copy of your State License.
  • Number and type of company vehicles.
  • Illinois business or sales tax number.
  • Federal EIN (Employee Identification Number)
  • Name of your waste disposal company.
  • Name and phone number of your alarm company.
  • Name and phone number of building owner (if you are a renter).
  • Name and phone numbers of at least (2) persons to be listed as emergency contacts.

What is the approval process for a business license?
The approval process goes through the following steps after the application is completed, submitted to Angela Harris and appropriate fees are paid:

  • Director of Economic Development John Watson will call or meet to introduce and to establish himself as a resource to your efforts.
  • Application is first sent to Planning and Development Zoning Coordinator Rick Furst for zoning verification.
  • Fire Inspector Eric Bruinsma will contact you to conduct a fire inspection for life safety and adherence to village fire code (not applicable for home businesses).
  • Building inspector Brian Smith will contact you to conduct an inspection for applicable instances (not applicable for home businesses).
  • Once all inspections are satisfactorily completed, the application is sent to Director of Economic Development John Watson for final approval.
  • Angela Harris is notified of all approvals, issues your license and gives to Director John Watson.
  • Director John Watson will HAND DELIVER your license.

How long does is the approval process for a business license?
Approval will take between seven (7) and ten (10) business days, provided all inspections are satisfactorily completed.

Once I have a license do I have to complete an application each year?
RENEWAL notices will be sent each year on or before October 1 . You may be asked to update key contact information on the renewal form. A renewal fee is required annually. A new application is required only for physical moves to another location, name changes or ownership changes. No fee is required in these instances.

I have a home daycare; do I have to be licensed with the State of Illinois
in order to obtain a business license from the Village of South Holland?
Yes, a copy of your current license with the State of Illinois will be requested when submitting your application. All home day care applications should be submitted to Brian Smith in the Building Department.

Now that I have a license, what are some of the resources available
to help me grow my business?

  • Become a part of SHBA - South Holland Business Association:
    • Contact Executive Director Blevian Moore at 708-596-0065.
    • Fax SHBA at 708-596-6696.
    • Visit the SHBA website:
  • There are media options with the Village of South Holland:
    • The Community Connection Channel is a local television network that promotes community businesses, events and activities.
    • The Village Website can be accessed at The Community Connection Channel also streams live on the site.
    • The South Holland Today is a Village newspaper that is published monthly and is delivered to every resident of South Holland that provides information and news of interest to residents and businesses in the community.
  • Director of Economic Development John Watson will meet with you to explore how these and other community resources can be made available to you. He can be reached at 708-210-2903.

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