About Building Permits
In Chicago, building permits are needed for everything from repairs on existing buildings to new Gold Coast residential structures that cost more than $100 million to construct. In this section of EveryBlock, we publish a list of building permits and map them, so you can find about about building work near you.
The permit information, from the Chicago Department of Buildings, includes the location of the project, the date the permit was issued, an application number, a description of the work and an estimated price tag. Also included is the type of process used to issue the permit — which varies based on the size of the project.
How does the permitting process work?
A builder's permit application process varies depending on the scope and size of the project. There are three main ways to get a permit.
The first and most common process is the Easy Permit Process. This is for projects that repair or replace existing parts of buildings that won't change a building's structure. In this case, permits can sometimes be issued on the day of application. For more complicated projects, the city assigns project managers or project administrators to work with builders.
The second process is the Standard Plan Review Program, which is designed for small to mid-sized construction or renovations. In this case, a project manager works with builders throughout the permitting process. Project managers are also accountable for making sure permit applications are processed in a reasonable timeframe.
The third process is the Developer Services Review Program, which is for owners, developers, architects and contractors working on moderately to highly complex construction or renovations.
Because of the complexity and time required for plan reviews, the Department of Buildings hires outside architectural and engineering firms to handle technical reviews. The permit process is managed by a project administrator, who coordinates with builders and consultant reviewers.
Permit fees vary depending on the size and scope of the project, and whether it's a new construction project, alteration, renovation, repair or addition.
You can check the status of a permit application on the Department of Buildings' Web site, which also provides details about each project, including dates when parts of the project were approved and details about applicants.
- Source Chicago Department of Buildings
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