Building Permits

The City of Chicago does require building permits for most construction projects to ensure that our buildings are safe and comply with the Chicago Building Code.


The Department of Buildings has a robust website that can help a variety of users navigate the process on when to apply for a permit, how to apply for a permit, and estimate the costs of a permit. 


The Department of Buildings also has a concise Guide to Permits, which provides an overview of the permit processes for small and mid-size projects. 

Office Hours*:

Monday: 9 am - 5 pm

Tuesday: 9 am - 5 pm

Wednesday: 9 am - 5 pm

Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm

Friday: 9 am - 5 pm

Ward Service Office:

1447 W. Morse Ave

Chicago, IL 60626


*Please note the physical office remains

closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Our staff is working virtually from home

and is happy to answer calls and emails.

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