Illinois Enterprise Zone Program

The Illinois Enterprise Zone Program is designed to stimulate economic growth and neighborhood revitalization in economically depressed areas of the state through state and local tax incentives, regulatory relief and improved governmental services.  Businesses located or expanding in an Illinois enterprise zone may be eligible for the following state and local tax incentives:

State Incentives and Exemptions

  • Exemption on retailers’ occupation tax paid on building materials
  • An investment tax credit of 0.5% of qualified property
  • Expanded state sales tax exemptions on purchases of personal property used or consumed in the manufacturing process or in the operation of a pollution control facility
  • An exemption on the state utility tax for electricity and natural gas
  • An exemption on the Illinois Commerce Commission’s administrative charge and telecommunication excise tax

Exemptions are available for companies that make minimum statutory investments that either create or retain a certain number of jobs.  These exemptions require a business to make application to, and be certified by, the Illinois Department of Commerce. 

Local Incentives and Exemptions

In addition to state incentives, each zone offers local incentives to enhance business development projects.  Each zone has a designated local zone administrator responsible for compliance and is available to answer questions.  To receive a Certificate of Eligibility for Sales Tax Exemption, you must contact the local zone administrator of the zone into which purchased building materials will be incorporated.

More information regarding Illinois Enterprise Zones is available by clicking on the links below:



Enterprise Zone Administrators and Contacts

Zone Administrator's Email Contact

Enterprise Zone Board Public Notices

Enterprise Zone Program Incentives

Illinois Enterprise Zone Map

Interactive Illinois Enterprise Zone Map

Individual Enterprise Zone Maps

City of Chicago GIS Enterprise Zone Maps

Illinois Enterprise Zone Act

Illinois Enterprise Zone JCAR Administrative Rules

Zone Termination Date List

2016 Enterprise Zone Fee Schedule

2014 Enterprise Zone Annual Report

2013 Enterprise Zone Annual Report

2012 Enterprise Zone Annual Report



GENERAL NOTICE - Submission Notice of Enterprise Zone Designation Applications

Information for Enterprise Zone Applicants

08.16.2015 - Press Release



GENERAL NOTICE - Submission Notice of Enterprise Zone Designation Applications

01.26.2016 - Press Release



To submit your application electronically go to

To submit your application manually, access the application and appendixes below.

2016 Enterprise Zone Application (PDF)
2016 Enterprise Zone Application (Word)
Appendix A - Qualifying Criteria
Appendix B - Application Procedures
Appendix C - Application Requirements
Appendix D - Application Evaluation
Shape File (Map Image) Instructions
Enterprise Zone Data Assistance


For more information on Illinois Enterprise Zones contact:
Illinois Department of Commerce
& Economic Opportunity
Office of Business Development
500 East Monroe
Springfield, Illinois 62701
Phone:  217.524.0165
TYY:  800.785.6055