Easy Permit Program

We are continuing to issue easy permits! While City Hall remains closed to the public, please follow our Interim Procedure for Online Submission of Easy Permit Applications


The Easy Permit Program is a streamlined permitting process for small, simple home and building improvement projects. It allows home and building owners to obtain a permit to repair or replace existing features of a building or make minor modifications without providing architectural plans. You can use the Easy Permit Process for the following project types:

Inside the Building

  • Drywall Replacement (greater than 1,000 square feet)*
  • Doors*
  • Furnaces (replacement of existing gas-fired only in all commercial buildings and residential buildings with 4 or more dwelling units)*
  • Existing Plumbing Fixture Replacement
  • Electrical Work (requires a licensed electrician)*
  • Counter Top and Cabinet Replacement (required for condos only)
  • Scaffolding (an easy permit can be received same day if the work has been approved by the Chicago Department of Transportation)

Outside the Building

  • Doors/Window Replacement (4 dwelling units or more, if same size, same location)*
  • Fences (non-masonry fences greater than 5 ft. in height or masonry walls of any height)*
  • Sheds greater than 70 square feet
  • Detached frame garages, up to 600 square feet in area, without rooftop deck (electrical permit required)*
  • Trash enclosure (wood only)
  • Porches (if a violation report says permit for repairs only)
  • Masonry work (mason contractor required)
  • Tuckpointing (mason contractor required, masonry cleaning and grinding require a pollution prevention permit)
  • Roofs (If adding a layer, a general contractor or primary owner can perform the work)*
  • Roofs (If total tear-off, must employ Illinois-licensed roofing contractor)
  • Fire Damage (buildings with 24% damage or less, require demolition inspection approval and an electrical permit)
  • Lintel repairs (6’-0” opening maximum, mason contractor required)

Note: for project types marked with an asterisk (*), the easy permit may be obtained online.

How It Works:

  • Available at our City Hall office, Room 900
  • Before your visit, download an application form, then submit the application at one of our offices, plus any additional documentation (must have PIN #).
  • Some permits can be obtained online – apply for an Easy Permit, pay for it and print it out.
  • Before submitting the Easy Permit Process application, please note the application must be signed by the owner. If the owner does not sign the application, the application is automatically rejected.
  • Provide a copy of a contract signed by the owner and contractor describing the scope of work. Provide a signed letter of intent for general contractors, plumbing contractors as applicable.
  • For more detailed information, please reference the Easy Permit Process Flowchart.