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.

Most Recent News (Easy Permit Process Program)

Oct 20, 2016 Mayor Emanuel Announces Reforms To Make It Easier For Single-Family Homeowners To Do Renovation Projects


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