The Village staff and employees strive to provide the best service possible to our residents, while keeping your property taxes as low as possible.


Your local government – made up of dedicated elected officials and highly qualified staff – works hard to ensure that Addison continues to grow and thrive.  Village services are consistently praised, while being provided with a reasonable tax rate.

More than 36,000 people call the Village of Addison home.  Whether you are new to our community, or have lived here for years, here is some of the information you need to know.  

Addison has been extremely successful at attracting and retaining industry and business within the village due to the proactive and forward-thinking actions of its elected officials. To encourage business and industrial development and facilitate the expansion of existing sites, the village offers a wide variety of economic incentives that are molded to the needs of each individual business seeking a home in Addison.

Whether you are considering calling Addison home, or just visiting for day for pleasure or business, here are some links you might find useful.

                                                                                                        

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Operating a Business in the Village

Operating a Business in the Village

Business License FAQs

Q: WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO GET A LICENSE?
A:  All applications are done online. Once the application is received, Zoning approves the type of business is acceptable at that location. There is a background check. The zoning and background run at the same time and take about two weeks. After the approvals come back you are good to open and operate.  Once you are up and running, the business inspector comes with the fire department to make sure everything is up to code. Once the inspection is approved a license is issued.

Q: HOW LONG IS A LICENSE GOOD FOR?
A: The license renews annually and is valid from January 1 through December 31.

Q: HOW MUCH DOES A BUSINESS LICENSE COST?
A: The fee is based on the square footage of the business.  

Q: IS THERE AN APPLICATION FEE?
A: There is a non – refundable fee of $150 due at the time of submittal. For every additional owner there is a $50 fee.

 Q: IF MY BUSINESS NAME ONLY IS CHANGING DO I NEED TO REAPPLY?
A: No, as long as the owners and business process is not changing you would just need to update the name of the business.

 Q: IF OWNERS ARE CHANGING DO I NEED TO REAPPLY?
A: Yes.  Every new owner must apply for a new license.

Q: CAN I OPEN A BUSINESS OUT OF MY HOUSE?
A: The Village does not issues licenses for or regulate at home businesses.

 Q: CAN I OPEN A FOOD TRUCK?
A: Food and Ice cream trucks are permitted in the Village and have a separate license. There are only 6 trucks allowed within the Village at a time.

Q: WHO DO I TALK TO TO OPEN A NEW RESTAURANT OR LIQUOR STORE?
A: Mary Heneghan in Administration handles all NEW liquor applications.

 Q: I AM OPENING A SECOND LOCATION DO I NEED TO START PROCESS ALL OVER?
A: A new application would need to be filled out however as long as it is the same business and owner, the background check does not need to be renewed.

Q: I AM MOVING MY BUSINESS IN ADDISON DO I NEED TO REAPPLY FOR THE LICENSE?
A: A new form will need to be filled out for the license no new background check needed.

 

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