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Everything you need to know about the new Cook County General Business License


By March 1, 2011, all businesses in unicorporated Cook County will be required to hold a General Business License, or GBL.  The purpose of the GBL is to ensure businesses operating in Unincorporated Cook County, are in compliance with public health and public safety standards, as well as with all other County ordinances. This will prevent illegal businesses from negatively influencing legitimate commerce and protect consumers from bad business practices.

Cook County Government has made applying and paying for the license as easy as possible, in this digital world.  Business owners can apply and pay for the license online.  Click to view the video below for a step-by-step overview of how to apply for the Cook County General Business License:

Click here for the main General Business License information page

Click here if you’re a first-time applicant and are ready to apply for the GBL

Click here if you’ve started an application and are returning to complete it