Zoning Ordinance Administration Division

Plan Examination

The Department of Planning and Development reviews building permit applications to ensure plans are in compliance with the Chicago Zoning Ordinance. Plan reviews are conducted weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, Room 905.

Effective May 1, 2010, zoning plan examination reviews for building permits will be scheduled exclusively through the online building permit application process. Walk-ins will no longer be accepted. Applicants will receive an email with the assigned review date and confirmation number.

In order for the plan examiner to conduct a thorough review of a project, the applicant must provide the following:

  • Completed building permit application. The application must contain the application number, completed data and a full description of the work to be conducted, as well as a description of the use of the building or property
  • Property survey (if new construction and/or a building addition, the survey must not be more than 60 days old)
  • Three sets of fully-dimensioned architectural plans, including a site plan, labeled rooms, floor plan, elevations and fully-dimensioned wall sections showing below and above grade.
  • The appointment confirmation number (effective May 1, 2010).

Additional documentation may include a house certificate, dwelling unit verification, driveway approval,alley access approval, valid business license, condominium letter, sub-division of lots.

Each missed appointment will result in a $150 fine. Applicants will be locked out of the system after three missed appointments. Appointments canceled 24 hours or more in advance will not be subject to the fine.

Non-building permit-related reviews (driveway or tank applications, occupancy placards, etc.) with a supervising plan examiner are available on a walk-in basis.

Call 312.744.5777 for more information.