Starting a Business in Carbondale


We are happy to learn of your interest in Carbondale!

It is important to anyone contemplating a new business, or the expansion of an existing firm, to get off to a good start. This outline is designed to assist you in avoiding unnecessary delay, expense and effort.

We can be of assistance to you in the planning stages of your new venture and are here to help. A most important first step is to seek the advice of professionals in matters of law, accounting, real estate, insurance and banking. We can direct you to the information sources best qualified to assist you.

After you are established, we hope you will be joining your fellow Businesses in the Chamber of Commerce and take an active part in community efforts to make Carbondale a better place in which to live, work and play

John "Mike" Henry, Mayor
City of Carbondale

Business and Information Services

City of Carbondale
200 South Illinois Avenue
P.O. Box 2047
Carbondale, Illinois 62902-2047
Phone: 618-549-5302;
Fax: 618-457-3283
Economic Development Office
City Hall / Civic Center
2nd Floor
200 South Illinois Avenue
Carbondale, Illinois 62902-2047
Phone: 618-549-5302 ext. 286
Fax: 618-457-3224
Provides assistance with incentive programs such as the Enterprise Zone, Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts, and the Revolving and Facade Loan Programs, as well as statistics, demographics and site and resource selection..
Development Services Department
Planning Services
Building and Neighborhood Services
City Hall / Civic Center
2nd Floor
200 South Illinois Avenue
Carbondale, Illinois 62902-2047

Phone: 618-549-5302 ext. 248
Fax: 618-457-3289

Responsible for community and economic development activities, including planning, zoning, site plan and subdivision review housing rehabiltation, rental housing inspection, building inspection, code enforcement and downtown development
Carbondale Police Department
Community Resource Officer
610 East College Street
P.O. Box 2047
Carbondale, Illinois 62902-2047
Phone: 618-457-3200; ext. 428
Fax: 618-457-3204
Offers a security survey for an existing building, advise on anti-theft measures, check lighting and traffic, and advise on security at the site of a new business
Carbondale Chamber of Commerce
131 South Illinois Avenue
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
Phone: 618-549-2146;
Fax: 618-529-5063
The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce strives to advance the interests of business and to make our community a great place to live, work, visit, play and invest. We do this by promoting Carbondale, Illinois and by serving our more than 450 member organizations with programs which promote and build business, develop leaders, advocate for commercial interests and grow our local economy.
Carbondale Business Development Corporation
200 South Illinois Avenue
P.O. Box 2047
Carbondale, Illinois  62902-2047
Phone: 618-549-5302, ext. 286
Fax: 618-457-3224
Offers professional services in site selection and owns land available for development.
SIU-C Small Business Development Center
Dunn Richmond Economic Development Center
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, Illinois 62901

Phone: 618-536-2424;
Fax: 618-453-5040

Provides prospective and existing business owners with a variety of business services in order to help them launch and / or expand a successful business, including assistance with business planning and marketing,management issues, and financial counseling.
SIUC Small Business Incubator

Southern Illinois Research Park
Contact: Kyle Harfst, PhD, MBA
Executive Director
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, Illinois 62901

Phone: 618-453-3427;
Fax: 618-453-5040

Provides the guidance and consulting necessary to make sure start ups and expanding firms have the necessary tools to succeed.
SIU-C Office of Economic & Regional Development
Dunn Richmond Economic
Development Center
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, Illinois 62901

Phone: 618-536-4451

Provides access to comprehensive resources of a research university; technical and financial analysis, business plans, development, product testing & design, on-line computer searches, and more.
SIU-C Southern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center
150 East Pleasant Hill Road
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
Phone: 618-453-3805
Facilitates the interaction between entrepreneurs and existing resources, as well as, provides in depth assistance and accelerated services to enterpreneurs and promotes entrepreurial culture throughout the region.
Carbondale Public Library
405 West Main Street
Carbondale, Illinois 62901

Phone: 618-457-0354;
Fax: 618-457-0353

Offers an extensive collection of business and investment reference materials, papers, and periodicals.
Greater Egypt Regional Planning & Development Commission
300 W DeYoung Street
Suite 800-B3
Marion, Illinois 62959
Phone: 618-997-9351;
Fax: 618-997-9354
Provides information on regional population characteristics, demographics, economic indicators, and community facilities.
Carbondale Main Street
121 South Illinois Avenue
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
Phone: 618-529-8040;
Fax: 618-529-8041
Provides a wide variety of information, resources, and assistance for new and existing downtown businesses.


Carbondale does not require a general business license, but some types of businesses do require a license or a permit to operate in the City. If your contemplated business is listed below, contact the appropriate office for application forms. A complete listing of Forms and Applications is available here.

Planning Services Division
City Hall / Civic Center
200 South Illinois Avenue
2nd Floor
Carbondale, Illinois

Zoning Certificate
Site Plan Review

Building & Neighborhood Services Division
City Hall / Civic Center
200 South Illinois Avenue
2nd Floor
Carbondale, Illinois

Bed and Breakfast
Bowling Alley
Demolition/Moving a Building
Mechanical Amusement
Mobile Home Park
Public Amusement
Refuse Collector

City Clerk’s Office
City Hall / Civic Center
200 South Illinois Avenue
1st Floor
Carbondale, Illinois

Peddler/Transient or
Itinerant Merchant

Police Department
Police Station
501 S. Washington Street
Carbondale, Illinois

Pawn Broker

Jackson County Health Department
415 Health Department Road
Murphysboro, Illinois

Food Handling Permit - If food, non-alcoholic and/or alcoholic beverages are to be distributed on a temporary or permanent basis, you will need approval from the Health Department.

Federal and State Forms Needed to Get Your Business Started

The first thing to do is call the Small Business Hotline, 1-800-252-2923 to receive a Business Start-up Kit. Items included in the kit are essential information and forms to start a Business in Illinois. A few key areas are highlighted below.

  • Federal Employer Identification Number, Form SS-4, can be obtained from the IRS, located at the Federal Building, 250 W. Cherry, Carbondale, IL 62901. When your SS-4 has been processed, you will receive your Employer Identification Number, your Federal Tax Deposit Slips - FTD 501 and FTD 508- and relevant information about withholding taxes. For further information, call toll free, 1-800-424-FORM (3676).
  • Illinois Certificate of Registration registers you as a Business in the State of Illinois and requires you to collect a sales tax on retail and certain other types of activities. You may be required to post bond for the first 3 months’ estimated sales tax revenue. An application can be obtained from the Illinois Department of Revenue, located at 1107 West DeYoung Street, Marion, IL 62959, 618-993-8183.
  • Assumed Name Certificate - Businesses in Jackson County are required to file an assumed name certificate with the County Clerk’s Office and have the name published in local newspapers. Forms are available from the County Clerk’s Office, located at the Jackson County Courthouse, Murphysboro, IL 62966, 618-687-7360.
  • If you plan to form a corporation through which you would conduct Business, a Business Corporation Application, Form BCA-47, must be filed by all domestic corporations with the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office. An annual report is then required by March 1 for all corporations after the initial year. Mail to: Illinois Secretary of State, Centennial Building 3rd floor - Corporations, Springfield, IL 62756, 217-782-7880.
  • Report to Determine Liability for Unemployment Insurance, Form UC1 - Every Illinois employer is required to file this report with the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Division of Unemployment Insurance, 223 S. 13th St., Murphysboro, IL 62966, 618-687-2341.



Assessor’s Office
Jackson County Courthouse
Murphysboro, Illinois 62966

Phone: 618-687-7220
website: Jackson County Assessors

Real property is assessed for taxes by the Jackson County Supervisor of Assessments. When a deed for property is recorded in your name, a copy of the deed is sent to the Assessor’s Office so that future property tax bills will be sent to you.

Illinois Department of Revenue

2309 West Main Street
Marion, Illinois 62959

Phone: 618-993-7650
website: Illinois Department of Revenue

Sales tax is levied by the State of Illinois and the City of Carbondale and must be remitted monthly to the State with form RR1A, Retailers Occupation Tax Return.

Internal Revenue Service

Federal Building
250 W. Cherry
Carbondale, IL 62901

Local Website: General Services Administration
Federal Website: Internal Revenue Service
Phone: 1-800-424-FORM (3676)

Information, forms, and publications regarding Federal Income Tax Withholding, Social Security Taxes, Unemployment Compensation, Wage and Tax Statements, W-2s, etc.

City Taxes

Finance Department - City of Carbondale
200 South Illinois Ave
P.O. Box 2047
Carbondale, Illinois 62902-2047

Phone: 618-549-5302

City taxes on Business include a 8% Hotel/Motel Privilege Tax and a 3% per gallon Motor Fuel tax.

Building and Development

The Development Services Department of the City of Carbondale is prepared to guide you through the development process. All City offices can be reached at 618-549-5302 or online at

The following is a brief overview of development issues:

  • Determine if the type of Business you plan is permitted at the location selected. This can be accomplished by contacting the City of Carbondale Planning Services Division on the second floor of City Hall at 200 S. Illinois Ave. If the site is zoned for your use, obtain a zoning certificate. If a rezoning is needed, allow eight weeks lead time because of the requirements of State law.
  • If your project involves expanding or building a new structure (other than one house or duplex on a lot) or building a parking lot for more than 4 cars, a site plan will be required and must be approved by the City. Site plan review usually occurs within one week after the site plan is submitted. Site plan requirements and applications are available from Planning Services.
  • If your project includes new construction, an addition or remodeling to a structure, a building permit is required from the City. Required electrical, plumbing, and mechanical permits are also issued by the Building and Neighborhood Services Division.
  • If your project includes signage, a sign permit is also required. Before ordering a sign, have your sign-maker check with the Building and Neighborhood Services Division to be sure the sign meets code standards.
  • If you do not have a specific location selected for your Business, time can be saved by contacting a local realtor and explaining your needs. A list of realtors can be obtained from the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce at 618-549-2146, or found in the yellow pages of the telephone directory.



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