Required Reporting for Exterior Walls of High Rise Buildings

An example of masonry that is in danger of falling.

NOTE: Beginning August 1, 2017, the fee for all Exterior Wall Ongoing Inspection and Repair Report “Short Forms” and Critical Examinations must be paid at a City of Chicago Revenue facility before the reports are submitted.  The Point of Service Invoice to be presented to the cashier can be found below.  A copy of the validated receipt must then be submitted to the Department of Buildings office at 2045 W. Washington with the two original copies of the report.  We appreciate your cooperation as we make this transition.

The Exterior Wall Program, as explained in the ordinance, requires the following criteria:

  • Short forms are due by November 1st. Critical exams are due by December 1st.
  • Two copies of the form (short or critical), each with an original architect or structural engineer stamp or seal and the validated receipt.

Mail or deliver reports to:

Department of Buildings
Exterior Wall Program

Attn: Allison Sullivan
2045 W. Washington Blvd. (address effective 8/3/2015)
Chicago, IL 60612

Exterior wall forms can be found under related documents below. The form is in Adobe Acrobat format. For best results, print this form using the landscape format on your printer.

For any questions, please e-mail Allison Sullivan at

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