Open a Business

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We are excited that you are interested in opening a business to Palos Heights. The city prides itself on making that process as simple as possible. For a simple, step by step Guide to Opening A New Business in Palos Heights, complete with timelines, helpful tips and link to various forms and information please view a Guide to Opening A New Business in Palos Heights (PDF).

If you have any further questions please contact the Community Development Office at 708-480-3022.

Find a Location 

The City maintains a list of available commercial properties which lists the address, owner or realtor contact information, rent rates, links to online listings (if available), and a map of each location. You can search Available Buildings , and Available Sites.

Zoning

Check the Zoning Map (PDF) and Zoning Code in order to make sure your business is permitted on that parcel of property. The city's two basic commercial zoning classifications are B Business and B-1 Restricted Business. Definitions of permitted uses can be found at:

  • Chapter 153: Zoning Code
  • Section 150 and 160 respectively
  • Title XV: Land Usage

Apply for a Business License and Commercial Occupancy Permit 

After verifying zoning but before opening a retail business you must apply for a Business License and Commercial Occupancy Permit. Some professional services are licensed by the State of Illinois and do not require a Business License.

The Commercial Occupancy Permit Application carries a $150 fee and includes up to 5 inspections along with it including Building, Fire, Plumbing, Electrical, and, if you serve and prepare food, Cook County Health. This document should be submitted to the Palos Heights Building Department, located on the west side of City Hall, along with your Business License Application. 

The Business License Application carries a fee that varies depending on the square footage of your commercial space. There may also be additional fees for businesses that prepare and sell food products. The Business License Application should be submitted to the Palos Heights Building Department, located on the west side of City Hall, along with your Commercial Occupancy Permit Application. 

Need any other Permits? 

In opening your business, you will likely be performing some type of build-out including electrical or plumbing work, erecting signage, putting up walls, demolition, and more. Performing this type of work requires that proper permits be obtained. Work should only be performed by contractors that are licensed with the Palos Heights Building Department. If you have any questions in regards to the permitting process or if you would like a list of licensed contractors, please contact our Building Department at 708-361-1804.

Open Your Doors 

Once you receive both your Business License and Commercial Occupancy Permit from the City of Palos Heights, you're ready to open your doors for business! Congratulations!

Promote Your Business 

Now that you're officially open for business, let people know about it! Palos Heights businesses can often get some free press and promotion from local news outlets including the local cable station and local news outlets including the Business of the Week as well as: