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Building Permits

Why is a permit required?

A building permit is required to ensure that the project you are constructing conforms to the minimum standards of the Chicago Building Code.  The Chicago Building Code exists to safeguard the public health, safety and welfare. 


When is a permit required?

Building permits give you, your insurance company, neighbors and the City assurance that specific minimum standards are met in constructing, repairing or altering your home or building by complying with the Chicago Building Code. These standards are intended to protect the integrity of the buildings, the welfare of the public and your safety. Click here to learn when a permit is required.


When is a permit NOT required?

There are a series of repair permits that do not require a Building Permit.  See list of projects that do not require Building Permits.


What are you building?

If you are repairing existing elements on any building you may use the Easy Permit Process. If you are a residential home owner and are replacing elements of the building you may also obtain a permit through the Home Owner Assistance Program. If your project requires drawings the permit process for this work is the Standard Plan Review or Developer Services process.


Additional Resources:


Permit Overview: A Guide to Getting Started 

Track the Status of a Permit Application

Porch and Deck Information

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