Permit Fee Waivers for Seniors

The City of Chicago offers waivers of building permit fees for senior citizens for projects that meet the following criteria:

  • the building owner must be 65 years old or older
  • the building owner must have owned the building for at least 10 years
  • the building owner must have lived in the building for at least the last 10 years
  • the scope of work for the permit must be repair, alteration, or an addition to a building with one to three dwelling units
  • the income level of the senior citizen building owner must not exceed 80% of the Chicago area median family income as calculated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The current area median income limits are available from the Department of Housing.

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