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Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 7-24-19, p. 3647.

Amended Coun. J. 2-19-20, p. 14474.

Amended Coun. J. 10-7-20, p. 21791.

It is unlawful to construct, enlarge, alter, rehabilitate, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy classification of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any fire protection, electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system, or conveyance device, the installation of which is regulated by the Chicago Construction Codes, or to cause any such work to be performed, unless a permit for such work has first been obtained from the building official in accordance with this chapter or the work is exempt from permit under Section 14A-4-402.
Where a repair that is not exempt from permit under Section 14A-4-402 must be performed on an emergency basis, to prevent imminent harm to people or property, a permit application covering the scope of the emergency repair must be submitted to the building official on the next business day and the repair work may not be concealed without approval of the building official.
Where scaffolding for which a permit is required under Section 14A-4-404.16 must be erected on an emergency basis, a permit application for the scaffolding must be submitted to the building official within 3 business days of erection.
Before issuing a permit, the building official may examine or cause to be examined buildings, structures, and lots for which an application has been filed.
The building official is directed to examine or cause to be examined the permit application and ascertain by such examinations whether the construction indicated and described is in accordance with the requirements of the Chicago Construction Codes and the Chicago Zoning Ordinance. The building official is directed to present the permit application to the Department of Planning and Development, Department of Public Health, fire code official, Department of Finance, Department of Water Management, Department of Streets and Sanitation, Department of Transportation, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, and any other affected department for examination and approval with regard to such provisions of the Municipal Code as are within the exclusive duty of such office to enforce, and after the application has been examined and passed upon it must be returned to the building official. The building official may establish a system whereby applications for permit may be reviewed simultaneously by more than one person or department.

A permit may not be issued under this chapter if the applicant for such permit or the property owner identified in the permit application or any person owning, directly or indirectly, more than 25 percent of the interest in such applicant or property owner has any outstanding debt, as defined in Section 2-32-094(a) of the Municipal Code, unless and until each applicable person owing such debt satisfies or otherwise resolves the debt within the meaning of Section 2-32-094(a) of the Municipal Code. For purposes of this section, "more than 25 percent" means more than 25 percent of the combined voting power or fair market value of all stock, partnership interests or other ownership interests in the applicant or owner of the real property or the right to receive at any time the distribution of more than 25 percent of the income or profits of the applicant or owner of the real property.

Exceptions:

  1. A permit application by any federal, state, or local government agency.
  2. A permit application for emergency repairs.
  3. A permit application to remediate an imminently unsafe condition, as determined by the building official, provided that outstanding debt to the City must be resolved before the inspection of such work.
Where construction documents indicate work extending more than 12 feet (3658 mm) below the lowest adjoining public way, the construction documents must be submitted to the Office of Underground Coordination, and its approval secured, before a permit may be issued by the building official.

The building official may not issue a permit authorizing the construction or rehabilitation of any building or structure unless the construction documents clearly show that the building or structure with all its appurtenances, foundations, and parts, including, if applicable, any commercial refuse and recyclable material container space required under Section 7-28-220 of the Municipal Code, will be built entirely within the limits of the lot upon which it is proposed to construct such building or structure or within the scope of a recorded easement. A permit issued by the building official does not authorize the use of, or encroachment upon, any part of any public way or other public property or property of a person other than the permit applicant for the construction of, or maintenance of, such building or structure on property not belonging to the permit applicant.

Exceptions:

  1. City digital signs.
  2. Encroachments into the public way specifically authorized by Chapter 32 of the Chicago Building Code.
  3. Encroachments into the public way authorized by the Commissioner of Transportation or a special ordinance of the city council.
A permit may not be issued unless the application is accompanied by acertification statement, signed by the property owner orthe property owner's authorized agent and any other person deemed necessary by the building official, in which the signatory: (1) acknowledges the penalties that may attach if any work in violation of or beyond the scope ofthe permit is done on the property identified in the permit application; (2) certifies, under penalty of law, that all construction work under the permit will conform to the requirements of the Chicago Construction Codes; (3) acknowledges that any false statement in the permit application may subject the person making such a statement toa range of civil and criminal penalties; and (4) makes anyother acknowledgments or certifications that the building official, in consultation with the Corporation Counsel, may require to implement the requirements of the Municipal Code.
At the proper time, the building official is directed to notify the applicant in writing that his or her application has been fully examined, and if the application has been approved as submitted to the applicable departments and bureaus, the building official must, according to the Chicago Construction Codes, issue the permit.
When the building official issues a permit, the construction documents must be marked as "Reviewed for Code Compliance." The building official must retain a copy of the reviewed construction documents and return a copy to the applicant. The applicant must keep the applicant's copy at the site of work, while work is in progress, and make it available for inspection by the building official and other City officials charged with administration of the Chicago Construction Codes.
Before work begins, a copy of the building permit certificate must be posted at the work site in a location that is visible from the public way and must remain posted and visible until the work is completed and inspected in accordance with Chapter 14A-5.
It is unlawful for any person to forge, alter, deface, or modify a permit certificate or any other document related to a permit issued by the building official, including permitted construction documents, with the intent or effect of altering the scope of work authorized by the permit. It is unlawful for any person to create a document intended to persuade another that a permit has been issued where no permit has been issued.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 10-7-20, p. 21791.

No permit is required for the following:

Interior Work:

  1. Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops, and similar finish work, without plumbing or electrical connections.
  2. Drywall or plaster repair or replacement up to 1,000 square feet (93 m2) without alteration of plumbing or electrical devices or systems.
  3. In-kind replacement of ceiling tiles that are not part of a fire-rated assembly.
  4. In-kind replacement of interior doors that are not required to have a fire-resistance rating.
  5. Temporary motion picture, television, and theatrical stage sets and scenery.
  6. Nonfixed and movable fixtures, cases, racks, counters, and partitions not over 7 feet (2134 mm) in height.
  7. Repairs described in Section 14A-4-402.2.

Exterior Work:

  1. Non-combustible sidewalks, patios, walkways, parking surfaces, and driveways that are not located in or on the public way, not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above adjacent grade, and not over any basement or story below.
  2. Fences that are not more than 5 feet (1524 mm) above the ground on both sides and that conform to the Chicago Zoning Ordinance.
  3. Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet (1219 mm) in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, not supporting a surcharge, and not impounding liquids.
  4. Swimming pools accessory to a Group R-5 occupancy that have a water depth of 48 inches (1219 mm) or less and a 90% water volume not greater than 5,000 gallons (18 925 L).
  5. Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes, not including service systems.
  6. Playground equipment accessory to a building of Group R occupancy.
  7. Landscape plants and vegetation.
  8. Repairs described in Section 14A-4-402.2.

Permanent Structures:

  1. One-story detached structures, not more than 15 feet (4572 mm) above the ground, without plumbing, and used as tool and storage sheds, open gazebos, playhouses, and similar uses, or that are purely decorative, provided that the floor area is not greater than 150 square feet (14 m2).
  2. Water tanks supported directly on grade if the capacity is not greater than 5,000 gallons (18 925 L) and the ratio of height to diameter or width is not greater than 2:1.

Temporary Structures:

  1. Temporary structures, other than construction trailers, provided that the floor area is not greater than 400 square feet (37.2 m2) and no portion of the structure will be more than 15 feet (4572 mm) above adjacent grade.
  2. Temporary stages and platforms not more than 24 inches (610 mm) in height.

Electrical:

  1. Minor electrical repair work, including the replacement of lamps or the connection of portable electrical equipment to permanently installed receptacles.
  2. Electrical equipment used for radio and television transmissions regulated by the Federal Communications Commission. (A permit is required for power supply wiring and the installations of towers, antennas, and similar supporting structures).
  3. The installation of any temporary system required for the testing or servicing of electrical equipment or apparatus.
  4. The installation or alteration of low voltage electrical fixtures, including telephones, computers, speakers, doorbells, and thermostats. (A permit is required for the installation of low voltage wiring.)
  5. The installation or alteration of low-voltage and communication wiring in buildings of Group R occupancy with not more than 4 stories above grade plane and accessory structures, such as private garages and carports, located on the same lot as such buildings.

Mechanical:

  1. Portable heating appliances.
  2. Portable ventilation equipment.
  3. Portable cooling equipment.
  4. Repair or replacement of any part within any heating, cooling, or ventilation equipment regulated by the Chicago Construction Codes that does not alter its function.
  5. Self-contained refrigeration system containing 10 pounds (4.54 kg) or less of refrigerant and actuated by motors of 1 horsepower (0.75 kW) or less.

Plumbing:

  1. The stopping of leaks in drains or in water, soil, waste, or vent pipes within a building or within 5 feet (1524 mm) of the building foundation. (The removal and replacement of any drain pipe, water, soil, waste, or vent pipe, or concealed trap with new material requires a permit and inspections as provided in the Chicago Construction Codes. For requirements related to work affecting the building drain, see Chapter 11-16 of the Municipal Code.)
  2. The clearing of stoppages or the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves, or fixtures and the removal and reinstallation of water closets, provided that such repairs do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes, or fixtures or work beyond 5 feet (1524 mm) from the building foundation. (For requirements related to work affecting the building drain, see Chapter 11-16 of the Municipal Code.)

Conveyance Devices:

  1. Repairs to a conveyance device involving replacement of existing parts with other parts that are identical to those that are replaced, provided a written log of such repairs must be maintained by the owner and made available to the building official upon request.

Exception: A permit is required for any work that affects the exterior or designated interior elements of a Chicago Landmark.

A permit is not required for repairs to structures provided that such repairs do not include any of the following:

  1. The cutting away or removal of any portion of an exterior wall, interior wall, or partition, floor, or roof.
  2. The removal or cutting of any structural beam, column, or load-bearing support.
  3. The removal or change of any required means of egress or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the egress requirements.
  4. Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, or fuel gas equipment or systems.
A permit is not required for in-kind replacement of windows or glazing at the basement level or in the first or second story above grade plane.
Exception: A permit is required for any work that affects the exterior or designated interior elements of a Chicago Landmark.

A permit is not required for the following repairs to buildings of Group R occupancy with not more than 4 stories above grade plane and accessory structures, such as private garages and carports, located on the same lot as such buildings:

  1. In-kind replacement of windows.
  2. In-kind replacement of interior or exterior doors.
  3. Reroofing on other than low-sloped roofs.
  4. In-kind replacement of exterior wood, vinyl, aluminum, fiber-cement, stucco, or EIFS siding.
  5. In-kind replacement of a hot water heater.
  6. In-kind replacement of a boiler.
  7. In-kind replacement of a furnace.
  8. In-kind replacement of air-conditioning equipment.
  9. In-kind replacement of up to 50 square feet (4.6 m2) of masonry.
  10. In-kind replacement of an exterior porch or stairs with a landing not exceeding 50 square feet (4.6 m2) and not more than 6 feet (1829 mm) above adjoining grade.

Exception: A permit is required for any work that affects the exterior or designated interior elements of a Chicago Landmark.

Any work performed without a permit, as allowed by Section 14A-4-402, must comply with all applicable provisions of the Chicago Construction Codes. Section 14A-4-402 does not waive any other applicable provisions of the Chicago Construction Codes or of the Municipal Code.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Instead of an individual permit for each alteration or repair to an existing permitted electrical installation, the building official is authorized to issue a monthly permit in advance for each calendar month of the year, to cover all electrical alterations and repairs during the calendar month in a specific building or structure. All work done pursuant to a monthly electrical permit must be done under the direct supervision of the supervising electrician listed on the permit. A monthly electrical permit does not authorize electrical work that is performed by persons not under the direct supervision of the supervising electrician listed on the permit. The building official must collect a fee as provided in Section 14A-12-1204.1 for monthly electrical permits.
A complete record of all installations, alterations, maintenance, and repairs made during each calendar month must be maintained by the supervising electrician and owner and made available, upon request, to the building official.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 2-19-20, p. 14474.

It is unlawful to engage in any of the specialized scopes of work described in Sections 14A-4-404.2 through 14A-4-404.22 unless a permit for such work has first been obtained from the building official in accordance with the general requirements of Section 14A-4-401 and the specific requirements of those sections.

A separate permit must be obtained before the installation, alteration, or repair of any boiler or unfired pressure vessel in accordance with Article III of Chapter 11-4 of the Municipal Code.

Exceptions:

  1. Heating boilers installed in buildings of Group R-5 occupancy must be permitted as part of the heating system.
  2. Emergency repairs may be made, provided a permit is applied for on the next business day after the repairs begin.

Where a boiler or unfired pressure vessel is to be installed, altered, or repaired as part of other construction, alteration or repair work, the size, number, and location of all boilers or unfired pressure vessels to be installed, altered, or repaired must be marked on the plans. A permit issued for other work, however, does not authorize the installation, alteration, or repair of a boiler or unfired pressure vessel.

An application for permit to install or alter a boiler or unfired pressure vessel must be accompanied by plans and specifications for the boiler or unfired pressure vessel.
It is unlawful for a person to use a newly-installed or altered boiler or unfired pressure vessel before the boiler or unfired pressure vessel has been inspected by the building official and the building official has certified that the boiler or unfired pressure vessel was installed or altered in accordance with the permit and may be safely used.
Any person manufacturing or dealing in the sale or installation of boilers or unfired pressure vessels must, on the sale or delivery of any such device to any address within the City, notify the building official of the type of device, the name of the purchaser, and the street address to which the device is delivered.
Any person selling a secondhand or used boiler or unfired pressure vessel must before painting the same, have it inspected by the building official and before offering for sale any used boiler or unfired pressure vessel must possess a certificate issued by the building official to the effect that the boiler or unfired pressure vessel is in such condition that it can be safely used.

All repairs must be made in accordance with the applicable chapter of the National Board Inspection Code issued by the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors, dated 1977 or later, except where such chapters conflict with these rules:

  1. All repairs involving the safety of a high-pressure boiler must be in accordance with Section 1 of the ASME Code covering the particular kind of boiler or kind of work to be done.
  2. Repair work on low-pressure boilers in general must be in accordance with Section 4 of the ASME Code.
  3. All repairs involving the safety of an unfired pressure vessel must be in accordance with Section VIII, Divisions 1 and 2 of the ASME Code.
A separate permit must be obtained before assembling or jumping any tower crane or derrick-type equipment in accordance with Section 4-288-122 of the Municipal Code.

A separate permit must be obtained before the construction, installation, alteration, or repair of a conveyance device. A permit issued for other work does not authorize the installation, alteration, or repair of a conveyance device.

Exceptions:

  1. Repairs not required to obtain a permit under Section 14A-4-402.
  2. Mechanical amusement riding devices are subject to Section 14A-4-404.11.
The permit application must specify the number of devices and type of equipment to be installed, or the nature of the alteration or repair to be made. The application must identify the address of the building or structure where the device is to be installed and specify the location within the building or structure. The application must be accompanied by drawings and specifications sufficient to establish conformance of the proposed work to requirements of the Chicago Conveyance Device Code.

Each elevator mechanic contractor that will perform work under the permit must be identified on the permit application. Elevator mechanic contractors must be registered under Chapter 4-298 of the Municipal Code.

Exception: An elevator mechanic contractor is not required for work exclusively involving a conveyance device within or exclusively serving no more than three levels of a single, privately-owned dwelling unit.

A permit must be obtained for the demolition of an entire building or structure or an alteration that will permanently reduce the building area of an existing building in accordance with Section 14A-4-407 before demolition work. A permit for demolition of an entire building or structure must be separate from any permit for subsequent construction on the site.
A permit must be obtained before the installation, alteration, or repair of electrical systems or electrical equipment. A permit application for electrical work may be submitted as part of a general building permit application that clearly identifies the scope of electrical work to be performed or as a separate permit application.
Each electrical contractor that will perform electrical work under the permit must be identified on the permit application. Electrical contractors must be registered under Chapter 4-290 of the Municipal Code. Where contracts to install electrical work have been obtained by persons who are not registered as electrical contractors and the contract is assigned or sublet to a registered electrical contractor on a subcontract basis, the name of such registered electrical contractor must immediately be disclosed by the registered electrical contractor to the other party to the contract in writing.
It is unlawful to erect a fence more than 5 feet (1524 mm) in height without first obtaining a permit from the building official.
It is unlawful to erect a solid fence or wall of any height that is visible from a public street on a property containing a Chicago Landmark without obtaining a permit from the building official.
An existing fire escape or fire escape stairway may not be altered or removed without a permit. The permit application must clearly identify that the scope of work involves a fire escape. The permit application must be accompanied by documents establishing compliance with the requirements of Section 307 of the Chicago Building Rehabilitation Code.
A separate permit must be obtained before the construction, installation, or alteration of an automatic sprinkler system, automatic fireextinguishing system, standpipe system, or fire alarm system.
A permit must be obtained from the fire code official in accordance with Section 15-16-190 of the Municipal Code before the construction, installation, or alteration of an automatic sprinkler system or automatic fire-extinguishing system.
A permit must be obtained from the fire code official in accordance with Section 15-16-740 of the Municipal Code before the construction, installation, or alteration of a standpipe system.
A separate permit must be obtained from the building official before the construction, installation, or alteration of a fire alarm system. The application for a fire alarm permit must be accompanied by complete plans and specifications of the proposed system.
A permit may not be issued for the alteration of or addition to a building containing a licensed industrial private event venue if such work will increase the floor area of the building by more than 10% of the total amount of floor area existing in the building on February 10, 2016.
A separate permit must be obtained before the construction, installation, alteration, or repair of a mechanical amusement riding device. A permit issued for other work does not authorize the installation, alteration, or repair of a mechanical amusement riding device.
The permit application must specify the number of devices and type of equipment to be installed, or the nature of the alteration or repair to be made. The application must identify the address of the building or structure where the device is to be installed and specify the location within the building or structure. The application must be accompanied by drawings and specifications sufficient to establish conformance of the proposed work to requirements of the Chicago Conveyance Device Code.
The permit application for a mechanical amusement riding device must include the registration number assigned to the type of device by the building official.
For every new or previouslyunregistered type of mechanical amusement riding device, a detailed drawing and description of the construction thereof, with a certificate signed by a registered design professional certifying to the strength and safety of such device, must be submitted to the building official for approval and assignment of a registration number.
Every permit application for a mechanical amusement riding device must be accompanied by proof of commercial general liability insurance and property damage insurance, which must name the City of Chicago, its officers and employees as an additional insured on a primary, noncontributory basis for any liability arising directly or indirectly from the permittee's operations in an amount of not less than $1 million per occurrence for bodily injury, personal injury, and property damage. Such proof of insurance must be filed with the building official and Comptroller. The applicant or permittee must maintain such insurance policy in full force and effect at all times during the permit period. Each policy must include a provision to the effect that the policy is not subject to cancellation, reduction in the amounts of its liabilities, or other material change until notice thereof has been received in writing by the City's Comptroller, not less than 30 days before such action. Failure to maintain insurance coverage as required by this section will result in revocation of the permit.
Where mechanical amusement riding devices are to be installed within a building above the lowest story, the permit application must be accompanied by a letter or other documents signed and sealed by a registered design professional verifying the structural capacity of the floor where the device is to be placed.
Where mechanical amusement riding devices are to be installed on a temporary basis, the permit application must be accompanied by a letter from the organization sponsoring the carnival, a letter from the owners of the property where the rides are to be located, a description of toilet facilities, and, if applicable, a permit for use of the public way. Permits for temporary installations may not be issued for terms of more than 14 days. Where a mechanical amusement riding device will be installed on a temporary basis for more than 14 days, a separate permit must be obtained for each 14-day term.
Coin-operated mechanical amusement riding devices, installed on a permanent basis may not be permitted for a term longer than one year. Where a coin-operated mechanical amusement riding device is to remain at the same location for longer than one year, a separate permit must be obtained for each 1-year term.
A permit must be obtained before the installation, alteration, or repair of a mechanical refrigeration or cooling system. A permit application for mechanical refrigeration or cooling work may be submitted as part of a general building permit application that clearly identifies the scope of mechanical refrigeration or cooling work to be performed or as a separate permit application.
A mechanical refrigeration or cooling system may not be installed, erected, or repaired, nor may any reconstruction of old apparatus or old systems for mechanical refrigeration or cooling purposes be undertaken, unless plans and specifications for such work have been approved by the building official. The plans and specifications must identify the kind and amount of refrigerant used.
A permit for construction that anticipates the demolition of existing buildings or existing structures on the site may not be issued before the building official has received a substantially complete permit application or has issued a permit for the demolition of the buildings or structures. The construction permit is conditional, subject to lawful demolition of the existing buildings and existing structures before occupancy.
A permit for plumbing work must be obtained in accordance with Section 18-29-106 of the Municipal Code. A permit application for plumbing work may be submitted as part of a general building permit application that clearly identifies the scope of plumbing work to be performed or as a separate permit application.
A permit must be obtained before relocating an existing building or structure, either on the same lot or from one lot to another. The permit application must be accompanied by plans demonstrating compliance with Chapter 14 of the Chicago Building Rehabilitation Code.
A permit may not be issued for the relocation of an existing building or structure that has been damaged by fire, decay, or otherwise to a new lot where repairs necessary to bring the damaged structure into compliance with the Chicago Construction Codes would exceed 50 percent of the value of the damaged structure.

In addition to any permit or authorization required for work on or over the public way, a separate permit must be obtained from the building official for scaffolding that meets either of the following criteria:

  1. Erected more than 40 feet (12.2 m) above adjoining grade on a site within the fire limits, as defined in Appendix D to the Chicago Building Code.
  2. Erected more than 80 feet (24.4 m) above adjoining grade.

The permit for scaffolding must be separate from any permit required for construction, demolition, or rehabilitation work.

Application for a scaffolding permit must be submitted on a form provided by the building official for this purpose. The application must clearly describe all scaffolding to be erected or used under the permit. The applicant must provide such information on the application as the building official may require, including the name of the owner, the address of the building, the periods of time during which the scaffolding work will take place, the nature of the scaffolding work to be done, the type and size of the scaffolding to be used, and a telephone number that will enable the City to contact the applicant at all times in case of emergency. The application must include a signed statement by the applicant attesting that the applicant is familiar with all laws, rules, and standards applicable to scaffolding proposed in the application to be erected and used.
In the event that the owner intends to undertake scaffolding work not stated on the original application, the owner must obtain an amended scaffolding permit before commencing the erection or use of any such scaffolding.
A scaffolding permit is effective for one year from the date of issuance.
Before commencing the erection, maintenance, or use of any scaffolding that requires a permit, the operator must obtain proof that the operator has successfully completed a training course in scaffolding safety acceptable to the building official. Each individual who participates in any way in the erection, maintenance, or use of such scaffolding must carry proof that he or she has successfully completed an acceptable safety training course when performing scaffolding-related work.

Before commencing the erection, maintenance, or use of any scaffolding that requires a permit, the operator must obtain commercial general liability insurance against any liability, loss, or claim caused by, or arising from the erection, disassembly, or use of, the scaffolding. Such insurance must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Be issued by an insurer authorized to insure in Illinois.
  2. Be in an amount no less than $1 million per occurrence for bodily injury, personal injury, and property damage.
  3. Name the City, its officers, employees, and agents as additional insured on a primary, noncontributory basis for any liability arising directly or indirectly from the operator's operations.
  4. Be maintained in full force and effect at all times that the scaffolding is present or throughout the permit period.
The operator must keep copies of all required proof of training and proof of insurance at the scaffolding site and at the offices of the operator, and must produce those documents for inspection upon the request of an authorized City official.
A separate permit for sewer work regulated by Chapter 11-16 of the Municipal Code must be obtained in accordance with that chapter before undertaking such sewer work, either on private property or in the public way.
A permit must be obtained for the erection or alteration of any sign or sign structure in accordance with Article XIII of Chapter 13-20 of the Municipal Code.
In any location where a driveway or driveways across a public sidewalk are required in connection with the installation of a tank for flammable liquids, a permit may not be issued until the applicant has first obtained from the Commissioner of Transportation a use of public way permit for the driveway or driveways as prescribed by Chapter 10-20 of the Municipal Code.
A separate permit for work involving a connection to the Chicago Waterworks System regulated by Chapter 11-12 of the Municipal Code must be obtained in accordance with that chapter before undertaking such work.
A permit must be obtained before the installation, alteration, or replacement of a warm air heating furnace or connected ducts and registers. The application for such a permit must be accompanied by drawings or plans, and such specifications or statements as are necessary to indicate conformance of the installation with the requirements of the Chicago Construction Codes.
A separate permit for work on or above the public way must be obtained before beginning such work in accordance with Sections 14A-4-404.22.1 through 14A-4-404.22.3.
A permit may not be issued for the construction or rehabilitation of any building or structure, the operation of which will require a driveway across a public sidewalk, until the applicant has first obtained from the Commissioner of Transportation a driveway permit as prescribed by Chapter 10-20 of the Municipal Code or the Commissioner of Transportation has notified the building official that the application for such a driveway permit is substantially complete and under review.
A permit may not be issued for the construction or rehabilitation of any structure where windows or other openings located in a wall abutting and below the level of the public way require the use of subsidewalk space for light or ventilation before the applicant has first obtained specific authority for such use as provided in Section 10-28-010 of the Municipal Code.
It is unlawful for any person to erect or construct any canopy on or over the public way under any provision of the Municipal Code or any special ordinance without first submitting the plans of such canopy, and also of the part of the building or other structure to which it is to be attached, to the building official as part of an application for permit. The Department of Transportation may not issue a permit for use of the public way to install a canopy unless a permit for the canopy has been obtained from the building official.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 7-24-19, p. 3647.

Amended Coun. J. 2-19-20, p. 14474.

The building official is authorized to issue a permit for temporary structures and uses. The building official is authorized to grant extensions for demonstrated cause.
Temporary structures and uses must comply with the requirements in Articles XIII and XVI of Chapter 13-96 or Section 3103 of the Chicago Building Code, as applicable.
Construction documents must be submitted with each permit application for installation of a temporary structure. The construction documents must include a site plan indicating the location of the temporary structure relative to lot lines and information delineating the means of egress and the occupant load and location and type of heating and electrical equipment.
For temporary structures not exceeding 600 square feet (56 m2), construction documents submitted with a permit application may be prepared by any responsible person. All other construction documents must be prepared by a registered design professional and include an analysis of structural stability.
For temporary structures exceeding 400 square feet (37 m2), the permit application must identify the City-licensed general contractor that will be responsible for erection and removal of the structure.
The building official is authorized to give permission to temporarily supply and use power in part of an electric installation before such installation has been fully completed. Temporary supply and use of electrical power must comply with the requirements specified for temporary lighting, heat, or power in the Chicago Electrical Code.
The building official is authorized to terminate a permit for a temporary structure or use and to order the temporary structure or use to be discontinued at any time.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 10-7-20, p. 21791.

All excavation work on private property must comply with Chapter 10-21 of the Municipal Code and Chapter 33 of the Chicago Building Code. A permit is required before beginning excavation work that will be either:

  1. More than 5 feet (1524 mm) vertically below existing grade and within 5 feet (1524 mm) horizontally of either the public way or an existing building or existing structure on a different lot.
  2. More than 10 feet (3048 mm) vertically below existing grade at any location.

The permit application must clearly identify excavation in the scope of work and be accompanied by documents establishing compliance with requirements of Section 14A-4-406. In this section, "excavation work" includes demolition of foundations or other below-grade structures.

Exceptions:
  1. The City itself is exempt from obtaining a permit for excavation work, however contractors performing work on behalf of the City must obtain a permit for excavation work.
  2. Excavation required for emergency repairs is not required to obtain a permit but must comply with the insurance requirement in Section 14A-4-406.6.
Notwithstanding any provision of state law to the contrary, the owner of property on which excavation work is to be performed, and the person actually performing the work, must protect the adjacent and subjacent support of the adjoining public way and structures located on the property of another and within five feet (1524 mm) of any portion of the excavating work, in accordance with this section.
At least 30 days before beginning excavation work that requires a permit pursuant to Section 14A-4-406.1, the owner of the property where the work is to be done must notify the owners of adjacent properties of the anticipated starting date and three-dimensional measurement of the excavation work. The notice must be in writing and must be delivered by certified mail, return receipt requested, or by personal delivery to the person entitled to receive the notice, accompanied by a receipt for delivery. Where the notice is served by personal delivery, the owner of the property must submit to the building official a signed affidavit stating the date and time of the delivery and an explanation of how the notice was delivered. The receipt, affidavit, and a copy of the notice must be attached to the permit application and available for inspection at the excavation site.
Where excavation work that requires a permit will be within 5 feet (1524mm) of any portion of an existing structure, the owner of the property to be excavated or the person performing the excavation work must reinforce or brace the adjacent existing structure in order to prevent sagging, settling, cracking, or collapse of its foundation and walls. The owner of the property to be excavated is responsible for the entire cost of the reinforcement or bracing. The reinforcement or bracing must be done in a manner consistent with the provisions of the Chicago Construction Codes. Bracing, including earth retention systems, required by this section must be designed by a registered design professional.
Where excavation work that requires a permit will be within 5 feet (1524 mm) of the public way, the owner of the property to be excavated or the person performing the excavation work must reinforce or brace that portion of the public way in order to prevent sagging, settling, cracking, or collapse. Bracing, including earth retention systems, required by this section must be designed by a registered design professional. The owner of the property to be excavated is responsible for the entire cost of the reinforcement or bracing.
The owner of the property where excavation work takes place and the person performing the work are jointly and severally liable for any damage, death, or injury caused by sagging, settling, cracking, or collapse of the public way or of the foundation or walls of an existing structure located within 5 feet (1524 mm) horizontally of the excavation work, due to absent or insufficient reinforcement or bracing, or due to any other act or omission in the performance of the excavation work. For purposes of this section, "damage" includes incidental costs such as salvage, relocation and temporary housing of occupants of damaged properties, as well as costs incurred by the City in responding to any sagging, settling, cracking, or collapse.
A person may not perform excavation work for which a permit is required pursuant to Section 14A-4-406.1 without maintaining in effect a commercial general liability insurance policy against all claims for damage, death, and injury arising from the excavation work. The policy must be in an amount no less than $1 million per occurrence for bodily injury, personal injury, and property damage and the policy must provide for 30 days' advance notice to the City before cancellation or lapse of the policy. Proof of the required insurance or proof of licensure and insurance in accordance with Chapter 4-36 of the Municipal Code must be submitted as part of the application for the permit for the excavation work. The insurance must remain in full force and effect throughout the duration of the permit period.
Before beginning excavation work, the owner must hire a pest control business to prepare a written pest control plan, including but not limited to above-ground bait boxes around the perimeter of the site, and implement the plan. Pest control measures must remain in place until excavation is completed. The written plan and record of pest control measures performed must be kept at the site and made available to the building official and other City officials while excavation or subsequent construction work is ongoing.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Any owner who intends to demolish an entire building or entire structure, to demolish a portion of an existing building so as to permanently reduce the building area, or to cause such work to be performed must first apply to the building official and obtain a demolition permit in accordance with Section 14A-4-407. Permitted demolition work must be performed in accordance with Section 3303 of the Chicago Building Code and is subject to the supervision of the building official and such reasonable restrictions, including site-specific restrictions, as the building official or fire code official may impose to protect health and safety.

Exceptions:

  1. Demolition of a detached private garage or carport, subject to Section 14A-4-412.1.
  2. Demolition of an entire building or entire structure that would not require a permit to construct pursuant to Section 14A-4-402.
The owner must apply to the building official for a demolition permit in the manner specified by the building official. The building official will issue the permit after determining that required fee has been paid and the application and proposed work comply with the Municipal Code.
The written permit application must identify the property address and describe the building or structure to be demolished. The permit application must include the rodent control information required by Section 14A-4-407.3. The application for permit to demolish only a portion of an existing building and permanently reduce the building area must include construction documents in accordance with Section 14A-4-411.3 establishing that the remaining portions of the building will comply with the Chicago Construction Codes.
The permit application must describe the techniques and processes of demolition to be used, including whether explosives will be used, and the experience and expertise of the contractors and subcontractors who will perform the work. The building official will review the application and the nature of nearby buildings, structures and improvements. Where the building official determines that the contractors and subcontractors have sufficient experience and expertise in application of the requested techniques and processes to allow the work to be done safely and efficiently, the permit may issue.
Before a permit is issued for the demolition of a structure that shares one or more walls with a structure that will not be demolished, the applicant must submit the certification of a registered design professional that the adjoining structure does not require structural modification or bracing, or if structural modification or bracing is necessary, the applicant must submit drawings prepared by a registered design professional depicting the extent of structural modification or bracing to protect the adjoining structure. The adjoining structure must be modified or braced, as specified, before demolition work begins. The applicant must also submit proof that the applicant has obtained the written consent of the owner of the adjoining structure allowing the structural modification or bracing shown on such drawing before a permit may issue.

Before applying for a demolition permit, the owner must hire a pest control business to inspect the building or structure and premises for rodents and signs of rodent activity. The pest control business must report in writing whether rodents or signs of rodent activity were observed during the inspection. If the report indicates that rodents or rodent activity were observed at the site, the permit application must include proof that a pest control business has performed rodent abatement measures at the site no more than 14 days before the date on which the permit application is filed with the building official.

Exception: Emergency demolition work or demolition work directed by the building official.

Any person who knowingly makes any false statement, submits any false information or misrepresents any information required under Section 14A-4-407 must be fined in accordance with Section 14A-3-302. Any pest control business which is found liable for violating this section two or more times within a 36-month period may not file any reports under this section for a period of 24 months. For purposes of this provision, every act or omission which constitutes a violation of this provision by an officer, director, manager, agent, or other employee of any person will be deemed to be the act of the person and such person will be liable for all penalties and sanctions provided by this provision in the same manner as if such act or omission had been done or omitted by the person.

Before any permit is issued granting authority to demolish a building or structure for which such permit is required, the person engaged in the work of wrecking the same must file with the City clerk a bond with sureties approved by the Comptroller to indemnify, keep and save harmless the City against any loss, cost, damage, expense, judgment, or liability of any kind whatsoever which the City may suffer, or which may accrue against, be charged to, or be recovered from the City, or any of its officials from or by reason or on account of accidents to persons or property during any such wrecking operations, and from or by reason or on account of anything done under or by virtue of any permit granted for any such wrecking operations.

Such bond in each case must extend to and cover all such wrecking operations carried on through permits obtained thereunder by such person during any year beginning January 1st and ending December 31st, and a permit may not be issued for any wrecking work, except as otherwise provided, during such year until such bond is filed. Said bond must be in the penal sum of $20,000 for all wrecking operations on buildings and structures not more than three stories in height, and there must be an additional bond filed in the penal sum of $20,000 or a bond in the penal sum of $40,000 must be filed in the first instance in case of wrecking operations on buildings and structures four or more stories in height, and there must be an additional bond filed in the penal sum of $500, conditioned upon the restoring and leveling of the premises upon which such wrecking operations have been completed.

Upon the filing of such bond or bonds, the person engaged in the work of wrecking such buildings and structures may obtain permits for such wrecking operations as are authorized under the said bond or bonds during the year in which the same is or are filed; provided, however, that in case of accident or casualty in the progress of any wrecking operations carried on under any permit so issued, or the happening of any circumstance which might, in the opinion of the building official, render such bond or bonds inadequate, the building official may require such additional bond as the building official deems necessary to fully protect the City from loss resulting from the issuance of such permits before the work may proceed or before any additional permits are issued to such person.

In addition to the bonds provided aforesaid, any person engaged in the work of wrecking must file with every application for a permit to wreck or tear down any building or structure a commercial general liability insurance policy with limits of not less than of $500,000 per occurrence for bodily injury, personal injury, and property damage arising in any way from the permit or activities conducted pursuant to the permit, approved by the Comptroller. The insurance policy required under this subsection must name the City of Chicago as additional insured on a primary, noncontributory basis for any liability arising directly or indirectly from the permittee's operations. The permittee must maintain the insurance required under this section in full force and effect throughout the duration of the permit period. The insurance must be issued by an insurer authorized to insure in Illinois. In addition to the requirements under this section, and apart from and separate from any insurance under this section, the person engaged in the work of wrecking must indemnify, defend and hold harmless any owner of property adjacent to the property on which the building or structure to be wrecked is located, against any loss, cost, damage, expense, or liability of any kind whatsoever which said owner of adjacent property may suffer, or which may accrue against, be charged to or be recovered from said adjacent property owner or anyone holding title by or under said owner of adjacent property, by reason of or arising out of any such wrecking operations. In the event an aggrieved party finds it necessary to seek recovery for damages against a demolition contractor by the filing of an appropriate action at law, such aggrieved party will, upon being awarded judgment in his favor, be entitled to recover his court costs and reasonable attorney's fees against the demolition contractor, as determined by the court.

The Administrator of Public Works of the United States or such other authority as may be created by acts of Congress with power to cooperate with the City in the making of public improvements, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Streets and Sanitation, and the Fire Department may engage in the work of wrecking of buildings and structures, and in such cases where any of these agencies apply for a permit to demolish buildings or structures, the building official must issue such permit without collecting the fee provided is Section 14A-4-407.2 or requiring the filing of the bond provided in Section 14A-4-407.4.

If a building or structure is color coded orange or red in the Chicago Historic Resources Survey published in 1996, a demolition permit may not be issued for a period not to exceed 90 days in order to enable the Department of Planning and Development to explore options to preserve the building or structure, including, but not limited to, possible designation of the building or structure as a Chicago Landmark in accordance with Article XVII of Chapter 2-120 of the Municipal Code.

Exceptions:

  1. Chicago Landmarks, subject to Section 14A-4-407.7.
  2. Buildings and structures preliminarily recommended for designation as Chicago Landmarks pursuant to Section 2-120-630 of the Municipal Code, subject to Section 14A-4-407.7.
The 90-day period begins on the date that a copy of the complete demolition permit application, along with one or more photographs accurately depicting the current condition of the building or structure identified in that application, is submitted by the applicant to the Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Planning and Development.
The 90-day period may be extended for any additional period by mutual written agreement between the applicant and the Department of Planning and Development.
The building official is authorized to waive the 90-day period if the building official determines that demolition of the building or structure is necessary to remedy a condition imminently dangerous to life, health, or property or if the building official is notified, in writing, that the fire code official or Board of Health has determined that demolition of the building or structure is necessary to remedy a condition imminently dangerous to life, health, or property.
Nothing in Section 14A-4-407 alters the authority of or the process by which the Commission on Chicago Landmarks and the city council must approve the issuance of demolition permits where such approval is required by the Municipal Code.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 2-19-20, p. 14474.

The Commissioner of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities may establish and maintain a program, whereby applicants for a permit may submit preliminary plans for review, corrections, and technical assistance regarding compliance with the accessibility provisions of the Chicago Construction Codes. The Commissioner of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities must collect a fee as provided in Table 14A-12-1204.1 for preliminary reviews. The fee for the first hour must be paid at the time the review is requested as a non-refundable deposit. If the person requesting a review fails to attend the appointment as scheduled, (i) the deposit paid by that person pursuant to this subsection will be forfeited to the City, unless the scheduled appointment is cancelled 24 hours in advance of the scheduled appointment, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays; and (ii) if a deposit is forfeited, a new appointment may not be scheduled unless another deposit is paid. Any additional fee must assessed and paid upon the conclusion of the review.
The building official and the Comptroller may establish and maintain a program for prospective permit applicants to request a certification that they are not subject to permit denial based on outstanding debt as provided in Section 14A-4-401.3.1, before filing the permit application. Each request must identify the property address where work is to be permitted and all persons listed in Section 14A-4-410.3(5). The filing fee for each request is provided in Table 14A-12-1204.1. A certificate issued under this section will be valid for 120 days from issuance.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

To obtain a permit, the applicant must first file a written application with the building official. Applications must comply with Sections 14A-4-410.2 through 14A-4-410.4.
The building official may prescribe the form and format of applications for permit.

Each application for permit must:

  1. Identify and describe the work to be authorized by the permit.

    1. 1.1. Where repair is made necessary by reason of damage by fire, that fact must be stated in the application.
  2. Describe the land on which the proposed work is to be done by legal description, street address, or similar description that will readily identify and definitely locate the proposed work.
  3. Indicate the existing use and occupancy of the premises and the use and occupancy for which the proposed work is intended.
  4. Be accompanied by construction documents and other information as required in Section 14A-4-411.
  5. Provide the full name, residence address, business address, e-mail address, residence telephone number, and business telephone number for each of the following persons:

    1. 5.1. The applicant, which may include a lessee of the real property.
    2. 5.2. The owner of the real property for which the permit is sought, if such owner of the real property is different from the applicant.
    3. 5.3. If such applicant or owner of the real property is a corporation, partnership, limited liability company or other legal entity, each person owning, directly or indirectly, more than 25 percent of the interest in such applicant or owner of the real property. For purposes of this section, "more than 25 percent" means more than 25 percent of the combined voting power or fair market value of all stock, partnership interests or other ownership interests in the applicant or owner of the real property or the right to receive at any time the distribution of more than 25 percent of the income or profits of the applicant or owner of the real property.
  6. Give such other data and information as required by the building official.
  7. Be signed by the applicant, or the applicant's authorized agent. If the application is signed by an individual other than the owner of the real property, that individual must attest that he or she is submitting the application with the knowledge and consent of the owner of the real property.
The building official is directed to promptly examine or cause to be examined applications for permit. If the building official determines that an application or any required supporting documentation is incomplete or otherwise deficient, the building official must notify the applicant or the applicant's agent of such fact in writing. Such notification, which must be dated, must explain why the application or supporting documentation is deficient. For purposes of this section, notification may include an electronic communication or notation in the City's electronic permit application or plan review system that is available for viewing by the applicant or the applicant's agent. Further processing of the application may not occur until the deficiencies identified in the notification are corrected by the applicant.

If all deficiencies identified pursuant to Section 14A-4-410.4 are not corrected within 120 days of the notification, the application will be deemed, by operation of law, to be withdrawn by the applicant, and any permit fee deposit paid is forfeited to the City.

Exception: Upon receipt of a written request from the applicant before the date for correcting deficiencies, and for good cause shown, the building official may extend, to a date certain, not exceeding 90 days, the period to cure the deficiencies identified in the notification.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 7-24-19, p. 3647.

Each permit application must be accompanied by supporting documents consisting of a survey where required by Section 14A-4-411.2, construction documents, a statement of special inspections where required by Chapter 17 of the Chicago Building Code, a geotechnical report where required by Chapter 18 of the Chicago Building Code, and any other supporting information required by the building official.

Exceptions:

  1. Supporting documents are not required for a permit application where drawings are not required by Section 14A-4-412.1.1.
  2. The building official is authorized to waive the submission of construction documents and other data not required to be prepared by a registered design professional if it is found that the nature of the work applied for is such that review of construction documents is not necessary to obtain compliance with this code.
At the time of applying for a permit for the erection of, addition to, or moving of any building or structure, the applicant must submit to the building official a survey of the lot, showing the dimensions of the same and the position to be occupied by the proposed building, or by the building to be added to, or by the buildings to be moved, and the position of any other building that may be on the lot. The measurements must in all cases be taken at ground level. The survey must indicate every recorded easement on the lot on which a building is to be erected, added to, or moved, and on the immediately adjoining lots, indicating the use or benefit resulting from such easement. The building official may establish additional requirements for surveys.

Construction documents must be signed and sealed by a registered design professional or Illinois-licensed professional engineer acting within the limitations of the applicable licensing law. Construction documents must be drawn to a legible scale and accurately dimensioned. Construction documents must be submitted in an electronic format where required by the building official. Construction documents must be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature, and extent of the work proposed and show in detail that it will conform to the provisions of the Chicago Construction Codes, the Chicago Zoning Ordinance, and other relevant laws to the satisfaction of the building official. Every page of construction documents must indicate the property address.

Exception: Construction documents for installations which involve the design of or changes in the structural system or means of egress or which materially affect the structural loading must be signed and sealed by a registered design professional.

Where the Chicago Construction Codes require that any material or equipment be installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions or requirements, those instructions or requirements must be specifically referenced in the construction documents. If the manufacturer's instructions are not included in the construction documents, a copy must otherwise be available at the work site.
Construction documents must include a site plan showing, to scale, the size and location of new construction and existing structures on the lot, distances from buildings and structures to property lines, the established grade of the adjoining public way, proposed finished grades and, as applicable, information required by Chapter 16-6 of the Municipal Code relevant to flood control. The site plan must be consistent with the survey required by Section 14A-4-411.2. The building official may waive or modify the requirement for a site plan where the application for permit is for alteration or repair or where otherwise warranted.
Construction documents must indicate the existing and proposed occupancy classification and use designation of every existing building and every building proposed to be erected, added to, or moved onto the lot.
Construction documents must indicate where the existing or proposed building contains an occupancy or use for which specialized requirements are provided in the Chicago Fire Prevention Code or Chapter 4 of the Chicago Building Code using the terminology of those provisions.
Construction documents must indicate the building height and building area of every existing structure and every structure proposed to be erected, added to, or moved onto the lot. Where height and area measurements determined in accordance with the Chicago Zoning Ordinance differ from the measurements determined in accordance with Chapter 2 of the Chicago Building Code, the basis of measurement must be clearly indicated on the construction documents.
Construction documents must indicate the construction type of the building as determined in accordance with Chapter 6 of the Chicago Building Code.
Construction documents must indicate the fire-resistance rating and basis of the fire-resistance rating for all elements, components, and assemblies for which a fire-resistance rating is required by the Chicago Construction Codes.
Construction documents must indicate the general type and location of fire protection systems.
Shop drawings for fire protection systems must be submitted and reviewed and a separate permit must be obtained in accordance with Section 14A-4-404.9 before a fire protection system may be installed. Shop drawings must contain all information as required by the applicable referenced installation standard in Chapter 9 of the Chicago Building Code.
Construction documents must show in sufficient detail the location, construction, size and character of all portions of the means of egress, including the path of exit discharge to the public way. The building official may require that construction documents designate the number of occupants to be accommodated on every floor and in all rooms and spaces.
The seal of a registered design professional on construction documents is a certification that the construction documents are in compliance with the applicable accessibility requirements of the Chicago Construction Codes.

Construction documents must include the following details, as applicable:

  1. Insulation materials and their R-values.
  2. Fenestration U-factors and solar heat gain coefficients (SHGCs).
  3. Area-weighted U-factor and solar heat gain coefficient calculations.
  4. Mechanical system design criteria.
  5. Mechanical and service water heating systems and equipment types, sizes, and efficiencies.
  6. Economizer description.
  7. Equipment and system controls.
  8. Fan motor horsepower (hp) and controls.
  9. Duct sealing and duct and pipe insulation locations.
  10. Lighting fixture schedule with wattage and control narrative.
  11. Location of required daylight zones on floorplans.
  12. Air sealing details.
Construction documents for all buildings must describe the exterior wall envelope in sufficient detail to determine compliance with the Chicago Construction Codes. Construction documents must include details of the exterior wall envelope as required, including flashing, intersections with dissimilar materials, corners, end details, control joints, interactions at roof, eaves, or parapets, means of drainage, water-resistive membrane, and details around openings.
Construction documents must include the information specified in Section 1603 of the Chicago Building Code, where applicable.
Construction documents must include the information specified in Section 1901.5 of the Chicago Building Code, where applicable.
Construction documents must include information as required by Articles 215, 600, 700, 701 and 760 of the Chicago Electrical Code.
Construction documents must include information required by Section 18-28-403.14 of the Municipal Code where applicable.
Construction documents must show all sewerage and drain pipes and the location and type of all plumbing fixtures within the building.
Construction documents must indicate the general type and location of conveyance devices.
A separate permit must be obtained in accordance with Section 14A-4-404.4 before a conveyance device may be installed.
Where a permit application for rehabilitation work is limited to repairs, Level 1 alterations, and changes of occupancy classification, the building official may waive any requirement in Section 14A-4-411.3 not applicable to the scope of work or not necessary to determine if the proposed work is in compliance with the Chicago Construction Codes.
It is unlawful for any registered design professional or Illinois-licensed professional engineer to knowingly or negligently submit to the building official, for the building official's approval, any signed and sealed construction documents stating that propose work that does not comply with the Chicago Construction Codes.
Construction documents submitted to the building official in connection with a permit application must be accompanied by a certificate of the registered design professional(s) or Illinoislicensed professional engineer who signed and sealed the construction documents, that the construction documents comply with the Chicago Construction Codes.
The building official may issue a permit for the construction of foundations or any other part of a building or structure before the construction documents for the whole building or structure have been submitted, provided that adequate information and detailed statements have been filed complying with pertinent requirements of the Chicago Construction Codes. The holder of a permit issued based on phased approval proceeds with work at the holder's own risk and without assurance that a permit for the entire structure will be granted.
The building official may require the owner or permit applicant to engage and designate on the building permit application a registered design professional who will act as the registered design professional in responsible charge. If circumstances require, the owner or permit applicant must designate a substitute registered design professional in responsible charge who will perform the duties required of the original registered design professional in responsible charge. The building official must be notified in writing by the owner or the permit applicant if the registered design professional in responsible charge is changed or is unable to continue to perform the duties. The registered design professional in responsible charge is responsible for reviewing and coordinating submittal documents prepared by others, including phased and deferred submittal items, for compatibility with the permitted construction documents.

Deferral of any submittal items may only be done with the prior approval of the building official. The registered design professional must list approved deferred submittals on the construction documents for review by the building official.

Documents for deferred submittal items must be submitted to the registered design professional in responsible charge who must review them and forward them to the building official with a signed and sealed certificate stating that the deferred submittal documents have been reviewed and found to be in general conformance to the permitted construction documents. The deferred submittal items may not be installed until the deferred submittal documents have received a separate permit from the building official.

Exception: Prior approval of the building official is not required for deferred submittals for items required to receive a separate permit by the Chicago Construction Codes, including fire protection systems, conveyance devices, regulated equipment, and heating boilers.

Work must be installed in accordance with the permitted construction documents, and any changes made during construction that are not in compliance with the permitted construction documents must be resubmitted for approval as an amended permit application. It is unlawful to erase, alter, or modify any lines, figures, or coloring contained upon permitted construction documents.
A copy of the permitted construction documents must be retained by the building official for a period of not less than 6 months from date of completion of the permitted work.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 7-24-19, p. 3647.

Amended Coun. J. 2-19-20, p. 14474.

Amended Coun. J. 10-7-20, p. 21791.

The fee for any permit covering only scopes of work described in Table 14A-12-1204.2 must be paid as provided in Sections 14A-4-412.1.1 through 14A-4-412.1.2. If the total scope of work described in the permit application includes more than one scope of work listed in Table 14A-12-1204.2, the total fee will include each applicable fee. Where a permit application is submitted electronically and it must be reviewed before issuance of a permit, the building official is authorized to collect a review fee, as provided in Table 14A-12-1204.1, before the application is reviewed. Where applicable, the review fee is in addition to the base permit fee and in lieu of the deposit fee provided for in Section 14A-4-412.1.2.
If Table 14A-12-1204.2 indicates or the building official determines that drawings are not required for the scope of work covered by a permit application, the permit fee indicated in Table 14A-12-1204.2 must be paid to the City at the time of permit issuance.
Table 14A-12-1204.2 indicates that drawings are required for any scope of work covered by a permit application, and the permit application is submitted electronically or the building official is unable to immediately review the drawings at the time when the permit application is submitted, a non-refundable deposit as provided in Section 14A-12-1204.1 must be paid to the City at the time of submission of the permit application. The balance of the permit fee indicated in Table 14A-12-1204.2, if any, must be paid to the City at the time of permit issuance.
The fee for any permit including a scope of work not listed in Table 14A-12-1204.2 must be calculated and paid as provided in Sections 14A-4-412.2.1 through 14A-4-412.6.
A non-refundable deposit as provided in Section 14A-12-1204.1 must be paid to the City at the time of submission of the permit application.
The balance of the permit fee required by this section must be paid to the City when such permits are otherwise ready to issue. A permit is not valid until all fees required by this section have been paid to the City.

The permit fee must be calculated as follows:

CF × RF × A

where:

CF = The construction factor determined using Table 14A-12-1204.3(1) or Table 14A-12-1204.3(2), as applicable.

RF = The scope of review factor determined using Table 14A-12-1204.3(3), Table 14A-12-1204.3(4) or Table 14A-12-1204.3(6), as applicable.

A = The gross floor area of all construction, demolition, or rehabilitation work to be permitted, including the floor area of basements that are excluded from building area, in square feet.

Where the entire scope of work is exterior wall rehabilitation, the permit fee must be calculated as follows:

CF × RF × A

where:

CF = The construction factor determined using Table 14A-12-1204.3(2).

RF = The scope of review factor determined using Table 14A-12-1204.3(5).

A = The surface area of a rectangular boundary enclosing all the work on each wall plane, or, if the surface area of the rectangular boundary exceeds 75 percent of the surface area of the wall plane, the surface area of the entire wall plane, in square feet.

Where the building official determines that a permit application is substantially incomplete or otherwise deficient, the building official may assess a penalty in an amount equal to the deposit provided for in Section 14A-4-412.2.1. The building official may require payment of this penalty either before issuance of the permit or before further review of the permit application.
Where the scope of work is revision to a permit for which the permit fee was calculated in accordance with Section 14A-4-412.2.2.1 or 14A-4-412.2.2.2, the permit fee for the subsequent permit may be calculated in accordance with Section 14A-4-412.2.2.1 or 14A-4-412.2.2.2 or as follows as determined by the building official:

Fsp = Fop ÷ Pop× Psp

where:

Fsp = The fee to be charged for the subsequent permit

Fop = The fee charged for the original permit

Pop = The number of pages of construction documents marked "reviewed for code compliance" in connection with issuance ofthe original permit

Psp = The number of pages of construction documents marked "reviewed for code compliance" in connection with issuance ofthe subsequent permit

The permit fee for the subsequent permit calculated in accordance with this section is subject to the minimum fee which applies to the scope of work covered bythe original permit in accordance with Tables 14A-12-1204.3(3) through 14A-12-1204.3(6).

The cost-related fees identified in this section are not included in the fees required under this chapter. If a cost incurred by any City department in connection with the issuance of a permit under this chapter has not been calculated into the permit fee required under this chapter, a fee in addition to the permit fee required under this chapter may be assessed, if applicable. Such additional fees include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Zoning fees required by Title 17 of the Municipal Code.
  2. Landmarking fees required by Article XVII of Chapter 2-120 of the Municipal Code.
  3. Open space impact fees required by Chapter 16-18 of the Municipal Code.
  4. Planned development fees required by Title 17 of the Municipal Code.
  5. Fees under Section 2-102-080 of the Municipal Code for an official house number certificate.
  6. Fees for project-specific approvals and appeals required by Chapter 14A-10.
  7. Fees for work of any type on or under the public way, including, but not limited to, driveway permit fees, water and sewer connection fees, and scaffolding, barricading, and street-closure fees.
  8. Plan review fees unrelated to the issuance of a permit under this chapter.
  9. Inspection fees unrelated to the issuance of a permit under this chapter, such as annual, semi-annual, or periodic inspection fees.
  10. Reinspection fees unrelated to the issuance of a permit under this chapter.
  11. Reinspection fees related to the issuance of a permit under this chapter, if the reinspection fee is assessed pursuant to Section 14A-5-501.4 or 14A-6-601.1.5.
  12. Fees for optional permit services.

A City department may not assess any fee in addition to the permit fees required under this chapter if the fee being assessed by such City department has already been calculated into the permit fee structure provided in this chapter.

If a permit is sought to install regulated equipment, the applicable stand-alone fee provided in Section 14A-4-412.1 must be assessed for each piece of equipment so installed, unless all of the following requirements are met:

  1. A permit fee is charged in accordance with Section 14A-4-412.2.
  2. The regulated equipment is clearly indicated on the construction documents submitted with the permit application.
  3. Any application or form required by the Department of Health to install such regulated equipment is submitted with the permit application;
  4. The Department of Health reviews and approves any required drawings or plans for the installation of the regulated equipment to be installed.

Where all of the requirements of this section are met, the permit fee assessed under Section 14A-4-412.1 or 14A-4-412.2 includes the fee that would otherwise apply to install such regulated equipment. If any requirement of this section is not met, a separate permit application must be submitted for installation of the regulated equipment.

Whenever a person receives a new or revised permit after a stop work order has been issued for a site pursuant to Section 14A-3-306 or after work has been completed at a site either without a required permit or not in conformity with the terms of the permit, the subsequent permit must cover all previously-unauthorized work at the site. The building official must add a penalty to the regular permit fee provided in Section 14A-4-412.1 or 14A-4-412.2 for the subsequent permit as specified in Section 14A-12-1204.4.
Except as expressly allowed in Section 14A-4-412.5.1, the building official may not waive or reduce for any person any fee required under this chapter or any other permit-related fee.

If the applicant for a permit is a natural person 65 years of age or older, the building official must waive all permit-related fees and zoning fees if all of the following requirements are shown to be met by the applicant:

  1. The permit being sought is for alterations or repairs to a single dwelling unit or to a residential building containing not more than three dwelling units.
  2. The permit applicant owns and has owned for a period of not less than ten years the building or dwelling unit identified in the permit application.
  3. The permit applicant occupies and has occupied for a period of not less than ten years one of the dwelling units located in the building identified in the permit application.
  4. The permit applicant's household income does not exceed 80 percent of the Chicago area median family income as calculated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The fees imposed by this title do not apply to permits issued to the City, to any City department or agency established under Title 2 of the Municipal Code, or to a contractor performing work for the City or one of its departments or agencies on a structure intended for public or governmental use.
The fees imposed by this chapter do not apply to a contractor applying for a permit for a City digital sign identified in a coordinated City digital sign program agreement entered into pursuant to Section 10-28-046 of the Municipal Code or identified in an amendment to such a program agreement approved by the city council.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 10-7-20, p. 21791.

The issuance or granting of a permit does not authorize or allow work that would violate any provision of the Chicago Construction Codes or of the Municipal Code. A permit which attempts to give authority to violate or cancel the provisions of the Chicago Construction Codes or of the Municipal Code is void. The issuance of a permit based on construction documents and other data does not prevent the building official from requiring the correction of errors in the construction documents and other data. The building official is authorized to prevent occupancy or use of a structure where in violation of the Chicago Construction Codes or of the Municipal Code.
A permit is not valid until all permit-related fees and fees required under the Chicago Zoning Ordinance have been paid to the City.
All working drawings which are used in the construction of buildings or structures must be either made or checked by the registered design professional or Illinois-licensed professional engineer responsible for the building design. The registered design professional or Illinois-licensed professional engineer must mark each working drawing to certify that such drawings conform to the permitted construction documents. This certification must cover the size of wood or concrete members, the size and weight of structural steel members, and the size, length, and bending of concrete reinforcement, together with the adequacy of all connections.
A permit issued based on deceptive or materially false information provided to the building official by the applicant or the applicant's agent is void, and any fee paid in connection with the permit is forfeited to the City.
It is unlawful and inherently deceptive to alter or add to any written or printed form prepared by the building official so as to change the original meaning without the written permission of the building official.
A permit holder or trade license holder who becomes aware that false or inaccurate information was provided to the building official as part of a permit application must, within 7 days, notify the building official in writing by specifying the permit application number and describing the false or inaccurate information.
It is unlawful for any person to perform any work for which this code requires a permit by or under the authority of a permit issued to and for the use of some other person. It is unlawful for a trade license holder to perform work under a permit if the trade license holder's name and license or registration number was not provided to the building official as part of the permit application or a supplemental permit application.
It is unlawful for any trade license holder to procure or furnish a permit for the use of a person not entitled to such permit under the licensing provisions of the Municipal Code. A permit procured for such use is void and any fee paid in connection with the permit is forfeited to the City.
The failure of a permit applicant to comply with any provision of the Chicago Construction Codes is grounds for revocation of a permit issued under this chapter. The building official must adopt and follow procedural rules for the revocation of permits, consistent with due process of law.
If work in, upon, or about any building or structure is performed in violation of the Chicago Construction Codes, the building official must revoke the permit for the building or wrecking operations in connection with which such violation has taken place. It is unlawful, after the revocation of a permit, to proceed with such building or wrecking operations unless the permit has been reinstated or re-issued by the building official. Before a permit so revoked may be lawfully re-issued or reinstated, the entire building and building site must first be put into a condition corresponding with the requirements of the Chicago Construction Codes, and any work or material applied in violation of any of the provisions must be first removed from such building, and all material not in compliance with the Chicago Construction Codes must be removed from the premises.
Any City official who believes that a permit has been issued in error must notify the building official, who will review the application for permit and relevant portions of the Municipal Code to determine whether the permit was issued in error. If the building official determines that a permit was issued in error, the building official must notify the permit holder of the error, revoke the permit, and require the permit holder to revise the related application and construction documents to conform to the applicable provisions of the Municipal Code.
If the work authorized by a permit is not started within 180 days after issuance of the permit, the permit is suspended, and work may not proceed unless the permit is reinstated. For permits other than the stand-alone permits provided for in Section 14A-4-412.1, if none of the inspections required by Section 14A-5-502 are requested within 180 days after issuance of the permit, the permit is suspended, and work may not proceed unless the permit is rein-stated. If the work authorized by a permit ceases for a cumulative period of 365 days after the start of construction, or there is a period of 365 days without an inspection being requested, the permit is suspended, and work may not proceed unless the permit is reinstated. The building official must collect a fee as provided in Table 14A-12-1204.1 before reinstating a suspended permit.

Editor's note—Coun. J. 10-7-20, p. 21791 refers to Section 14A-5-506, but there is no such section. It appears that this reference should be to Section 14A-5-502. At the discretion of the editor, the reference has been corrected. Future legislation will correct this provision if needed.
For each permit, the building official may grant up to two extensions of time or reinstatements, for periods 180 days each, prior to the start of construction activities, and up to four extensions of time or reinstatements, for periods of 180 days each, after the start of construction activities, provided that the cumulative duration of extensions of time and reinstatements for the same permit or group of related permits may not exceed 720 days. The building official must collect a fee as provided in Table 14A-12-1204.1 before granting an extension of time or reinstatement.
If the work authorized by a permit is not started within 540 days after issuance of the permit, the permit is void and may not be reinstated. If the work authorized by a permit ceases for a consecutive period of 730 days, the permit is void and may not be reinstated.
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