All businesses located within the City of Rolling Meadows
must have a current business license. License fees for Rolling Meadows-based businesses are calculated based on the type of business and square footage of the premises. Rolling Meadows based business licenses run on a calendar year. Renewals are sent out in October and payment must be received by December 31st. A 100% late fee will apply for payments postmarked after December 31st.
New this year - click the link below to renew your business license. You must contact the Business License/Registration Department (or Community Development Department) at (847) 506-6030 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any revisions to your business license/registration renewal or your contractor business license prior to making your payment.
Payment for Business or Contractor's License Renewal Online
Amusement devices, vending machines and other coin-operated devices require a license, as do amusements like carnivals, pool tables, video games, pinball, etc. Peddlers and solicitors require a permit and a photo ID before they can knock on any of our resident's doors.
Contractors working in the City require a Rolling Meadows business license even if a permit is not required. Exceptions include state licensed plumbers and electrical contractors registered with an approved municipality.
Contractor licenses are valid for one (1) year from the date they are purchased but renewal notices are not mailed to the licensee. A contractor is required to have a current, valid license and a certificate of insurance before we can issue a permit for their work. Some types of work will also require a bond.
A home occupation is an accessory use (or special use) within a dwelling unit carried on by the occupant(s) residing on the premises. The use is clearly incidental and secondary to the use of the dwelling unit for residential purposes and does not change the character of the residence or adversely affect the residential character of the neighborhood.
Some of the permitted home occupations include office, babysitting, day care home, clerical, computer and telephone work, music and dance instruction, painting, and other arts and crafts. Some prohibited occupations include hair cutting and styling, catering services, kennels, restaurants, vehicle repair and vehicle painting.
The area of the premises that is devoted to the home occupation must not exceed 300 square feet. Not more than one (1) truck of not more than one-ton capacity shall be associated with the business. There can be no employees on premises other than immediate family members that reside in the home.