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The Department of Buildings supports the safety and quality of life for the residents and visitors of the City of Chicago through enforcement of the Chicago Building Code.  The permitting and inspection process promotes high quality design standards as well as the conservation, rehabilitation and reuse of the City's existing buildings.

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Low Alert Jun 28, 2013 Sign Permit Moratorium

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Apr 2, 2014 Mayor Emanuel Introduces Sign Ordinance Amendment To Address Changing Technology In Dynamic Image And Video Display Signs
Feb 14, 2014 Mayor Emanuel Announces Launch of First Phase of Paperless Online Permit and License Portal for Businesses
Jan 15, 2014 City Council Confirms Felicia Davis Commissioner of the Department of Buildings
Jan 6, 2014 Mayor Emanuel, City of Chicago Officials Provide Update on Winter Weather Response and Efforts to Help Keep Residents Safe as Extremely Frigid Temperatures and High Winds Continue
Dec 10, 2013 Mayor Emanuel Names Felicia Davis Commissioner Of The Department Of Buildings
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