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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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Low Alert Sep 15, 2016 The Heat Ordinance for rental units takes effect September 15, 2016

Most Recent News (Buildings)

Feb 24, 2017 DOB Update: February 2017
Feb 24, 2017 Department of Buildings Announces Code Relief to Encourage Redevelopment of Affordable Housing Across the City
Feb 22, 2017 City Council Approves Ordinance To Hold Contractors, Trade Professionals Accountable For Violating City Regulations
Dec 22, 2016 DOB Update: December 2016
Dec 14, 2016 Mayor Emanuel Introduces Ordinance To Hold Contractors, Trade Professionals Accountable For Violating City Regulations
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