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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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Real Time metrics for Standard Plan Review (small to mid-size new construction and renovation projects) issued in the past two-weeks. The Department of Buildings issues many building permits on the same day through the Easy Permit Process.

Alerts (Buildings)

Severe Alert Sep 22, 2015 Check out our updated Contact Information for the Department of Buildings.
High Alert Jul 28, 2015 DOB Office has relocated to 2045 W. Washington effective 8/3/2015.
Low Alert Oct 27, 2015 Updated Information for the Neighborhood Residential Permit Centers
Low Alert Oct 2, 2015 The Department of Buildings Inspects for "No Heat" complaints during Heat Season: September 15-June 1st
Low Alert Jun 5, 2015 E-Plan Update: Tech Support and Classes

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Most Recent News (Buildings)

Oct 9, 2015 Chicago Fire Department and Chicago Department of Buildings Remind Residents to Have Working Smoke Alarms And Carbon Monoxide Detectors Within 14 Feet Of Sleeping Areas
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
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