Supporting Information List
City Services

Supporting Information

Administrative Relief Process


Building Board of Appeals
The Building Board of Appeals is established under Chicago Municipal Code Chapter 13-24 to hear appeals for relief from the requirements of the Chicago Building Code when a demonstrated practical hardship makes it impossible for the applicant to comply with the strict letter requirements of the building Code. The Committee meets once a month.


Building Permit Applications
List of Standard Plan Review applications.


Certified Plan Corrections
All projects must use Certified Plan Corrections to address plan corrections unless the project meets the criteria for Open Plan Review. The following CPC items are required at the Final Review.


Chicago Energy Conservation Code
The City of Chicago has been on the forefront of Energy Conservation Codes since the late 1990's, with the first Energy Conservation Code adopted in 1999. Currently, the Energy Conservation Code adopted by the State of Illinois, based on the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) of 2012, is in effect in Chicago.


Child Window Safety
Keep your children safe at home. Too often, children are seriously injured or killed as a result of falling from a window. There are basic steps you can take to help make sure children stay healthy and safe at your home.


Committee on Standards and Tests
This committee of building industry technical professional and City staff meets once a month to review the suitability of new systems and methods of construction, new types of equipment, or new combinations of materials not currently permitted or recognized by the Code.


Crane Operator License
A new Crane Ordinance, passed by the Chicago City Council in November 2013, will be fully effective March 1, 2016.


Electrical Commission
The Electrical Commission of the City of Chicago is charged with formulating and recommending safe and practical standards and specifications for the installation, alteration and use of electrical equipment designed to meet the necessities and conditions that prevail in the City of Chicago, recommending reasonable rules and regulations governing the issuance of electrical permits, and recommending reasonable fees to be paid for electrical inspections.


Frequently Asked Questions
The department has highlighted the most frequently asked questions on this page.


Geotech-OUC Reviews
The OUC and Geotech Reviews, analyze projects that are performing excavation near to or on the Public Right of Way, to ensure that the proposed work does not damage the utilities that are near project work site. These reviews are performed by the Department of Transportation and the Department of Buildings.


Homeowner Permit Information
For comprehensive information on building permits for homeowners, check out our new Guide to Permits and Addendum on When A Permit is Not Required and our Homeowner's Assistance Program.


Important Contact Information
A Listing of Department of Buildings Phone Numbers


Overview of the Green Permit Program
The Green Permit Process offers qualifying projects an expedited permit process and possible reduction of the permit fees.


Porch FAQ
Frequently asked questions about porch safety.


Roof-Top Water Tank
Roof top water tanks are regulated by the Department of Buildings.


Scaffolding Information
Scaffolding Information


Self-Certification Program
The Self-Certification Permit Program simplifies the building permit process for eligible residential, business and mercantileand small assembly projects where the Architect of Record takes full responsibility for code compliance.


Structural Peer Review Program
The Structural Peer Review Program is designed to streamline the permit process at the City of Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB) by reducing the time and effort required for structural plan examination by DOB personnel.


Vacant Building De-Registration Process
City of Chicago Vacant Building De-Registration Process


When a Building Permit is NOT Required
When a permit is Not Required