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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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High Alert Apr 6, 2017 City Adopts Ordinance Clarifying Regulations for Garages and Rooftop Decks

Most Recent News (Buildings)

Jun 7, 2017 The City of Chicago Reminds Residents Window Safeguards Are Vital To Child Safety
May 1, 2017 Department of Buildings Stresses Importance of Building Code Officials During Building Safety Month
Apr 4, 2017 DOB Update: April 2017
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
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