The Department of Buildings

Frequently Asked Questions

Chicago Building Code

File a Building Registration (in person - City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 900, Audrey Taylor)

Certificate of Occupancy

Change of Contractor (for an issued permit, visit City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 900)

Court Action

File a Customer Service Request/Complaint (311)

Contact List for DOB

Contact List Citywide Departments

Demolition Orders and Forfeiture Process for Vacant Buildings

E-Permits

Permit Fee Calculator

Freedom of Information by Department Citywide

Homeowner Assistance Program

Inspections - Request a Building/Permit Inspection

Trade Licensing

Occupancy Capacity Sign Application

Permit Search

Permit Status

Protecting Tenants in Foreclosed Rental Property Ordinance

Roofing Requirements

Sign Regulations and Permits

Vacant Building Registration

Violations Lookup 

When A Permit is Not Required