Starting a Business

The Village of Berkeley is a great place to start and grow your business. If you are interested in opening or expanding your business, you are encouraged to meet with the Village Administrator at your earliest convenience. The Village Administrator can usher you through the process of opening your business from answering the simplest question or walking you through completing the TIF application.

Business License Application

There are three main steps nearly every business will need to complete before opening their business which include:
  • Obtaining a business license
  • Occupancy permit
  • Sign permit
Please visit the Building & Code Department's portion of the website to learn more about licensing and permits for your business needs. If you are locating your business on St. Charles Road, you may be eligible for TIF Funding. Please visit the TIF District Information portion of the website for more information.

Contact the Village Administrator at 708-449-8840 or vobfinance@berkeley.il.us to discuss your new business idea.