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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)

High Alert Oct 20, 2016 Check out our new Homeowner Permit Information Page!!
High Alert May 13, 2016 Important Notice: Fire Service Requirement Deadline is 1/1/2017.
Low Alert Sep 15, 2016 The Heat Ordinance for rental units takes effect September 15, 2016
Low Alert Sep 22, 2015 Check out our updated Contact Information for the Department of Buildings.

Most Recent News (Buildings)

Oct 20, 2016 Mayor Emanuel Announces Reforms To Make It Easier For Single-Family Homeowners To Do Renovation Projects
Oct 9, 2016 City of Chicago Reminds Residents to Check the Expiration Date on Smoke Alarms
Sep 30, 2016 DOB Update: September 2016
Aug 18, 2016 DOB Update: August 2016
Jun 27, 2016 DOB Update: June 2016
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