FAQ


iStock_000004548397XSmall.jpgWhy Building Permits Are Required

Building permits give you, your insurance company, neighbors, and the City assurance that specific minimum standards are met in constructing, repairing or altering your home or building by complying with the Chicago Building Code. These standards are intended to protect the integrity of the buildings, the welfare of the public and your safety.

Types of Projects That Require Permits

  • Additions - room, upper floor, expansion
  • Attic - finish, renovate
  • Basement - finish, renovate Boiler - install, replace
  • Carport - install, replace
  • Chimneys - replace, erect
  • Conversion of units - single to multiple
  • Deck - build, replace
  • Deconversion of units - multiple to single
  • Demolition - garage, home, building
  • Dormers - installation
  • Driveways - installation
  • Electrical system - alteration, expansion
  • Fence - taller than 5 feet, may not exceed 6 feet
  • Furnace - install, replace
  • Garage - build attached, detached
  • Gut rehab - complete modernization
  • Hot Water Heater - install, replace
  • Masonry - replace, install face brick
  • Natural light and ventilation - skylight
  • New Construction - homes, high-rise, retail, business
  • Plumbing system - construct, alteration
  • Porch - build, replace, enclose, renovate
  • Security Alarm - installation
  • Roof - slope less than 5-in-12
  • Ventilation system - mechanical, supply

Still not sure if you need a permit? Click here to contact us , or call 312.223.1170.

How much does a permit cost?

All permit fees are computed on an individual basis. Contact us for a free project evaluation.