Calculate the Cost of a Permit

The calculator estimates permit fees as determined by the Permit Fee Formula. The factors necessary to use this calculator are construction type, occupancy type, area in square feet, and project scope.  For any questions about permit fees, please contact the Department of Buildings at permitfees@cityofchicago.org.


NOTE: New building permit fees are in effect as of January 1, 2016. Any building permit that is issued on or after January 1, 2016 is subject to the new building permit fees. 

For building permits issued on or after January 1, 2016, please use the following tables to calculate permit fees for New Construction:

For building permits issued on or after January 1, 2016, please use the following tables to calculate permit fees for Alterations, Renovations, Repairs, Additions, and Moved Buildings:

For building permits issued on or after January 1, 2016, please reference the following table for flat fees:

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