We are thrilled you have chosen to do business in the best municipality in Illinois, which is home to more business in the State than any other community outside of Chicago. Schaumburg was recently ranked the Best Place to Live in Illinois by MONEY Magazine, in part due to the village's strong economic and manufacturing foothold in the region as well as many amenities that are available to the public. This page contains information on some of the most commonly asked topics for new businesses. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact the village by dialing 311.
The Village Code requires individuals and companies to display a valid license for a variety of activities.
- Business License- to operate a business in Schaumburg or when a business changes ownership, names, or location.
- Annual Entertainment License - to hold concerts, exhibitions, outdoor sales, outdoor parties, tent events and other similar program throughout a calendar year period.
- Home Based Business License- to operate a business out of your home.
- Alcohol- to sell, distribute or serve alcohol in Schaumburg.
- Other Licenses
For questions regarding licensing, call 847-895-4500.
Before you begin a construction project, call the Community Development Department at 847-923-4420 to determine if you need a permit. Visit our Licenses and Permits page for more information. Here are just a few of the things that require a permit or license.
- Building Alteration
- Temporary and Permanent Signs
- New Business Construction
- Parking Lot/Site Maintenance
- Special Events
Water and Sewer – Contact the Water Billing Division at 847-923-4520 to set up your water account or with water bill questions. Contact Public Works at 311 with any questions regarding water quality or service problems.
Phone, Cable, and Internet – Schaumburg is proud to offer a choice of three primary communications companies for phone, cable, and internet. These are AT&T (1-800-244-4444), Comcast (1-866-594-1234), and Wide Open West (1-866-496-9669).
Electricity – ComEd (1-800-334-7661)
Natural Gas – Nicor Gas (1-888-642-6748)
The village offers a variety of Transportation options to help you get around Schaumburg and the greater Chicagoland region.
- Dial-A-Ride Transportation (DART)
- Senior Citizen Transportation
- Schaumburg Metra Train Station
- Pace Bus Routes
- Woodfield Trolley
Local Taxes and Assessments
Taxes and fees are the primary way the village pays for the various services that it provides to its residents and businesses. Businesses often have questions about the taxes below, but a full list of Taxes and Fees is on the village's website.
- Property Tax – If you have any questions about your property tax bill or assessment, contact Schaumburg Township at 847-884-0030.
- Sales Tax – Administered on the purchase of goods and merchandise and remitted directly to the State of Illinois.
- Food and Beverage Tax – Administered on the purchase of prepared food and drinks and remitted directly to the village.
All businesses are required to implement a recycling program of at least one or more of their waste product materials such as paper, glass, plastic, metal and organics. All garbage, recycling storage areas, and grease storage containers must be screened by an enclosure. Maintenance of the enclosure is the responsibility of the property owner, and a permit is required to construct the enclosure.
The local immigration office is located at 101 W. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60065 For information and to schedule an appointment visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.
Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (GCAMP) – A group of manufacturers and toolmakers trying to change the perception of manufacturing and promoting manufacturing careers.
Small Business Development Center – Illinois SBDC at Harper College helps businesses start, grow and expand.
Schaumburg Business Association (SBA) – The SBA aims to improve the quality of life and economic vitality of the Schaumburg Area. The local chamber of commerce connects its members to each other and to the community and serve as the primary advocate for businesses in the region.
Next Level Northwest – Business accelerator program supporting local businesses through collaborative and innovative initiatives to help grow the economy.