Calculate the Cost of a Building Permit

The online calculator estimates the cost of a building permit based on provisions of the Chicago Building Code. The factors necessary to use this calculator are construction type, occupancy type, area in square feet, and project scope.

For any questions about building permit fees, please contact the Department of Buildings at

NOTE: A revised building permit fee structure is in effect as of July 1, 2019. Any building permit that is issued on or after July 1, 2019 is subject to the new fee structure.