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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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High Alert Jul 28, 2015 DOB Office at 120 N. Racine is relocating to 2045 W. Washington effective 8/3/2015. NOTE: 120 N. RACINE OFFICE TO CLOSE AT NOON ON 7/31/2015 AND REOPEN AT 1:00PM ON 8/3/2015 AT 2045 W. WASHINGTON.
High Alert Jun 1, 2015 New Permit Procedures in Effect for Tents/ Canopy and Stages/Platforms
Low Alert Jun 5, 2015 E-Plan Update: Tech Support and Classes
Low Alert Jun 1, 2015 New Procedures Regarding Multiple Dwelling Registration
Low Alert Apr 1, 2015 Crane Operators may now sign up for new written test

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Jul 31, 2015 DOB Update: July 2015 Newsletter
Jun 26, 2015 Mayor Emanuel and Department of Buildings Announce Streamlined Building Permit Process for Design Professionals and Contractors
Jun 23, 2015 DOB Update: Introduction from New Commissioner
Jun 17, 2015 Mayor Emanuel Introduces the Appointment of Judy Frydland New Department of Buildings Commissioner
Jun 8, 2015 The City of Chicago Reminds Residents Window Safeguards are Vital to Child Safety
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