The Department of Buildings (DOB) is pleased to announce that a modified version of its successful Alternative Plumbing Materials Pilot Program has been extended for an additional year through December 31, 2019. Under the revised program, DOB will continue to accept applications for alternative drainage and vent pipe and pipe fittings that meet certain requirements. Requests for alternative water distribution pipe and pipe fittings will no longer be accepted.
The program applies to new construction of residential buildings up to 4 stories in height and existing residential and non-residential buildings up to 4 stories in height. Applicants may request permission to use any material allowed by the Illinois Plumbing Code for drain and vent pipe.
More information and application forms for the Alternative Plumbing Materials Pilot Program, including eligible projects and specific requirements is available on DOB’s Alternative Code Approval webpage.
The Department launched the pilot program in October 2017 to gather information about the cost and performance of alternative plumbing materials. More than 330 have participated and it has already saved nearly $9 million for building owners and small developers working on projects throughout Chicago.