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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 Feb 11, 2016 Department of Buildings' offices are closed on Friday, February 12, 2016 and Monday, February 15, 2016 in observance of the Lincoln's birthday and Washington's birthday holidays.
Low Alert Dec 29, 2015 Effective January 1, 2016, all the geotechnical/OUC reviews of the deep foundation permits will be completed in house
Low Alert Dec 22, 2015 Effective January 1, 2016, DOB has streamlined payment for Standard Plan Review permits
Low Alert Dec 11, 2015 New building permits fees are in effect as of January 1, 2016. Any building permits issued on or after January 1, 2016 will be subject to the new building permit fees.
Low Alert Nov 30, 2015 Homeowner Assistance Program Moving to City Hall Effective December 1, 2015

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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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