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Permits issued by the Department of Buildings in the City of Chicago from 2006 to the present.


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Description: Permits issued by the Department of Buildings in the City of Chicago from 2006 to the present.

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Data fields requiring description are detailed below.

PERMIT TYPE: "New Construction and Renovation" includes new projects or rehabilitations of existing buildings; "Other Construction" includes items that require plans such as cell towers and cranes; "Easy Permit" includes minor repairs that require no plans; "Wrecking/Demolition" includes private demolition of buildings and other structures; "Electrical Wiring" includes major and minor electrical work both permanent and temporary; "Sign Permit" includes signs, canopies and awnings both on private property and over the public way; "Porch Permit" includes new porch construction and renovation (defunct permit type porches are now issued under "New Construction and Renovation" directly); "Reinstate Permit" includes original permit reinstatements; "Extension Permits" includes extension of original permit when construction has not started within six months of original permit issuance.

WORK DESCRIPTION: The description of work being done on the issued permit, which is printed on the permit.

PIN1 – PIN10: A maximum of ten assessor parcel index numbers belonging to the permitted property. PINs are provided by the customer seeking the permit since mid-2008 where required by the Cook County Assessor’s Office.

CONTRACTOR INFORMATION: The contractor type, name, and contact information. Data includes up to 15 different contractors per permit if applicable.

Data Owner: Buildings

Time Period: January 1, 2006 to present

Frequency: Data is updated daily

Related Applications: Building Data Warehouse