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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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Standard Plan review based on permits issued in the last two weeks

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Low Alert Apr 1, 2015 Crane Operators may now sign up for new written test
Low Alert Jan 30, 2015 Rules and Regulations for the Problem Landlord List

Most Recent News (Buildings)

May 1, 2015 Chicago Department Of Buildings Kicks Off National Building Safety Month With Tower Crane Visit
Feb 2, 2015 Mayor Emanuel, City of Chicago Officials Provide Update On Continued Winter Weather Response And Efforts To Help Keep Residents Safe
Jan 27, 2015 Mayor Emanuel, Department Of Buildings Publish Problem Landlords List
Jan 21, 2015 Mayor Emanuel, City Council Approve Ordinance To Identify Irresponsible Residential Building Owners
Dec 3, 2014 Mayor Rahm Emanuel And The Chicago Department of Buildings Announce More Than 150 Percent Increase Since 2010 In Building Permits Issued For Small To Mid-Size New Construction Projects
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