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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 Sep 7, 2017 As of September 6, 2017, Multiple Dwelling Registration is No Longer Required
High Alert Jun 19, 2017 New Debt-Check Process for Self-Certification Architects
High Alert Apr 6, 2017 City Adopts Ordinance Clarifying Regulations for Garages and Rooftop Decks

Most Recent News (Buildings)

Sep 13, 2017 Mayor Emanuel and the Department of Buildings Announce a 20% Increase in Single-Family Home Renovation Permits Issued in 2017
Sep 6, 2017 Chicago One of First Major Cities to Align with the 2017 National Electrical Code
Jul 26, 2017 Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Department of Buildings Introduce Update To Chicago Electrical Code To Support Sustainability, Safety And Savings For Residents
Jun 21, 2017 DOB Update: June 2017
Jun 7, 2017 The City of Chicago Reminds Residents Window Safeguards Are Vital To Child Safety
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