Easy Permit Process
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Easy Permit Process Program

The Easy Permit Process is a streamlined process for small, simple home and building improvement projects. It allows home and building owners to obtain a permit to Repair or Replace the same or existing features of a building without requiring architectural plans. You can use the Easy Permit Process for the following project types:

Inside the Building

  • Drywall Replacement (greater than 1,000 square feet)
  • Doors
  • Furnaces (replacement of existing gas-fired only in all commercial buildings and residential buildings with 4 or more dwelling units)
  • Existing Plumbing Fixture Replacement
  • Electrical Work (requires a licensed electrician)
  • Counter Top and Cabinet Replacement (required for condos only)
  • Scaffolding – an easy permit can be received same day if the work has been approved by the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Outside the Building

  • Doors/Window Replacement (4 dwelling units or more, if same size, same location)
  • Fences (non-masonry fences great than 5 ft. or above)
  • Sheds greater than 70 square feet (electrical permit required)
  • Detached garages
  • Trash enclosure (wood only)
  • Porches (if a violation report says permit for repairs only)
  • Masonry work (mason contractor required)
  • Tuckpointing (mason contractor required, masonry cleaning and grinding require a pollution prevention permit)
  • Roofs (If adding a layer, a general contractor or primary owner can perform the work. If total tear-off, must employ Illinois-licensed roofing contractor)
  • Fire Damage (buildings with 24% damage or less, require demolition inspection approval and an electrical permit)
  • Lintel repairs (6’-0” opening maximum, mason contractor required)

How It Works:

  • Available at our City Hall office, Room 900.
  • Before your visit, download an application form, then submit the application at one of our offices, plus any additional documentation (must have PIN #).
  • Some permits can be obtained online – apply for an Easy Permit, pay for it and print it out.
  • Before submitting the Easy Permit Process application, please note the application must be signed by the owner. If the owner does not sign the application, the application is automatically rejected.
  • Provide a copy of a contract signed by the owner and contractor describing the scope of work. Provide a signed letter of intent for general contractors, plumbing contractors as applicable.

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