BUSINESS LICENSES

Thank you for choosing the City of Alton to locate your business. The business community is a vital ingredient in the continued growth of our City. Under normal circumstances, the business licensing process takes approximately 14-21 days to complete. Building, zoning, and/or fire code inspections may add to this time frame. I’ve enclosed information that you may find useful. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. If your business is located within the Appearance Review District boundaries you are required to have all signage and exterior changes approved by the Appearance Review Commission. Façade Grant funds are available for up to 25% of eligible exterior repairs and improvements. For Façade Grant information, please contact the Department of Development & Housing at 618.463.3801. The sales tax rate for businesses located outside of our business district is 7.85% for retail and 8.35% for restaurants. Businesses located inside the Alton Square Mall Business District are subject to a 1% Business District tax. The sales tax rate for those businesses is 8.85% for retail and 9.35% for restaurants. For specific questions related to Business Licensing or if you choose to no longer operate a business in Alton, please notify the Treasurer’s Office in writing at 101 E Third, Suite 102, Alton, Il 62002 or e-mail: businesslicensing@cityofaltonil.com.

Once again, thank you for choosing Alton.

Cameo C. Holland
Alton City Treasurer

CLASS A – $50

Examples

  • Most Retail Business
  • Handbills
  • Taxi (plus $50.00 per cab)
  • Massage Business/Therapist

CLASS B – $100

Examples

  • Special Events (no longer than 7 consecutive days)
  • Auction House
  • Dangerous Weapons
  • Ambulance
  • Pet Shop/Kennels

CLASS C – $200

Examples

  • Outdoor Advertising
  • Nursing Home, Shelter Care
  • Restaurants (unless alcohol is sold if selling alcohol see Liquor Commissioner)
  • Hotel
  • Mobile Home Court
  • Shooting Galleries
  • Liquid Petroleum (selling, dispensing, dealing, peddling, or delivering)
  • Sale of Foodstuffs

CLASS D – $400

Examples

  • Fortune Telling
  • Lumber Yard

CLASS E – $600

Examples

  • Pawnbroker
  • Vending Machines-$20 decal per machine

*Business examples are not inclusive.

REGISTERING A BUSINESS

Please contact the Madison County Clerk’s Office to register your business by calling 618.692.6290 or by clicking here.

Businesses must also register with the Illinois Department of Revenue by clicking here.

Contact Us

CAMEO C. HOLLAND

City Treasurer E: cholland@cityofaltonil.com

SUZY MCNELLY

Deputy Treasurer E: smcnelly@cityofaltonil.com

BECKY BRUNAUGH

Accounting Clerk III E: bbrunaugh@cityofaltonil.com

ERICA THOMPSON

Accounting Clerk I E: ethompson@cityofaltonil.com

TREASURER'S OFFICE

101 E. Third Steet Alton, IL  62002 P: 618.463.3540 FAX: 618.463.3520

OFFICE HOURS

Monday - Friday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.