In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Chicago has joined the State of Illinois in issuing a Stay at Home order effective Saturday, March 21st at 5pm CT. In addition, City of Chicago facilities are closed to the public. Staff are prioritizing essential services to protect the health and safety of our residents and employees. As such, we may be delayed in responding to non-essential inquiries and service requests. To stay up to date on the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 response, please visit the City Coronavirus Response Center site.
General contractors (and homeowners acting as general contractors) are responsible for scheduling inspections as permitted work progresses so that the Department of Buildings may inspect and verify the work being done is consistent with the permit drawings and the building code.
All building permit-related inspections must be requested using the online forms, found below. Only requests submitted on-line will be accepted. Please do not attempt to schedule a permit-related inspection by phone.
The Department of Buildings responds to all requests for permit-related inspections on a first-come, first-served basis. You may request a specific date, and the Department will attempt to honor that request if an inspector is available. When requesting a specific date, please allow a minimum of 4 business days.
The Department has created a series of videos to show residents and business owners what an inspection looks like so they can be prepared for when a City inspector comes to their property.
For single-trade permits, projects in residential buildings with 3 or fewer dwelling units, and non-residential work which does not exceed 10,000 square feet, a Certificate of Occupancy is not required and you may schedule inspections on an as-needed with individual bureaus. If your project requires a Certificate of Occupancy, you must request inspections at required intervals during construction.
All projects involving 4 or more dwelling units, non-residential work exceeding 10,000 square feet, an institutional or assembly occupancy, or change of occupancy classification are required to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy, and inspections are required at specifed intervals. Please visit the Certificates of Occupancy page for more information. Use the link below to apply for a Certificate of Occupancy when work is nearing completion.