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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.

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High Alert May 13, 2016 Important Notice: Fire Service Requirement Deadline is 1/1/2017.
Low Alert Jun 27, 2016 DOB to close at 1:00pm on Friday, July 1, 20016 in observance of the July 4th holiday.
Low Alert Jun 23, 2016 DOB to Archive Plans for Permitted Projects Effective July 5, 2016
Low Alert Sep 22, 2015 Check out our updated Contact Information for the Department of Buildings.

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Jun 27, 2016 DOB Update: June 2016
May 25, 2016 DOB Update: New Required Data Fields on Building Permit Application
May 13, 2016 DOB Update: New Easy Permit Option
Apr 19, 2016 DOB Update: April 2016
Mar 25, 2016 Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Program to Fast-Track Demolition of Vacant Buildings in High-Crime Police Districts in Full Force
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