Start/Grow Your Business

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The City of St. Charles has worked to make the process of opening or expanding your businesses as streamlined as possible.  The Community & Economic Development Department creates a true one-stop shopping experience.  Our staff will work with you from start to finish and offer guidance with site selection, incentives requests, entitlements, building permit processes, and inspection services.

For more information about starting or expanding your business here in St. Charles, Contact the St. Charles team at:

Rita Tungare, AICP – Director of Community and Economic Development
Phone : (630) 377-4443
Email: rtungare@stcharlesil.gov

Matthew O’Rourke, AICP  – Economic Development Division Manager
Phone : (630) 377-4443
Email: morourke@stcharlesil.gov

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Zoning

The staff of the Planning Division is ready to assist you in determining the best site for your business.   Whether this entails verifying permitted zoning uses on an existing property or working through complex development approvals.

For Zoning Related Questions Contact:

Russell Colby – Planning Division Manager
Phone : (630) 377-4443
Email: rcolby@stcharlesil.gov

Click the following link to discover detailed information about the City’s zoning and development processes: Planning Division

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Building Permits

The Building & Code Enforcement Division administers the City’s permit processes.  These permits range  from special events to large industrial and commercial buildings. Our staff is available to provide guidance and review services for all facets of your potential projects.  This Division shepherds your permit through the process from start to finish with in-house plan reviews and inspections.

For Building, Permit, and/or Code Enforcement Related Questions Contact:

Bob Vann – Building & Code Enforcement Division Manager
Phone: (630) 377-4406
Email: bvann@stcharlesil.gov

Click the following link to discover detailed information about the City’s Building Code, Permitting, and Code Enforcement processes: Building & Code Enforcement Division

Business License?

Click here to learn more about St. Charles’ requirements for licenses.

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City Utilities

The City of St. Charles provides the majority of utilities that service your business including water, sewer, and electric.  The City boasts reliable utilities and competitive rates.  To inquire about setting up your business’s utilities, contact the Utility Billing Division at:
Phone: (630) 377-4426

For standard utility rates, click on the following links:

Other Utilities:


Partner Organizations

The City’s active partner organizations are here to provide marketing, networking, tourism, and business growth assistance.


St. Charles Chamber of CommerceThe Chamber of Commerce helps grow your business by providing a variety of networking, marketing, and business recognition opportunities.

Contact:
www.stcharleschamber.com
Phone: (630) 584-8384


Downtown St. Charles Partnership

The Downtown St. Charles Partnership, Inc. (DSCP) is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to the growth and preservation of Downtown St. Charles.  Their efforts bring people to shop, dine, and engage in the downtown.

Contact:
www.downtownstcharles.org
Phone: (630) 443-3967


St. Charles Convention and Visitors BureauThe Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau’s mission is to enhance the economic impact of tourism through promotion of the St. Charles area as a destination for leisure tourists, conventions, sports events, and meetings.

 

Contact:
www.visitstcharles.com
Phone: (800)777-4373


Need Help Business Planning?score-logo

Fox Valley SCORE is a volunteer organization of current and former business owners.  They offer free confidential business counseling.  In addition, counselors offer low-cost business workshops in a wide variety of topics to provide guidance in starting your business.

 

Contact:
www.scorefoxvalley.org
Phone: (630) 375-6026