Self-Certification Permit Program

The Self-Certification Permit Program, commonly referred to as "Self-Cert", simplifies the building permit process for eligible residential, business and mercantile and small assembly projects where the Architect of Record takes full responsibility for code compliance.  The DOB plan reviews are eliminated by allowing the Professional of Record to certify that the permit drawings comply with the Chicago Building Code.  The Professional of Record must have prepared and sealed the permit drawings, completed DOB’s Self-Certification Training Class, and hold an active Self-Certification registration.  Contact Hal Hutchinson for more information at hal.hutchinson@cityofchicago.org.

After zoning is approved, self-certified building permits are typically issued within 30 days if all licenses are valid and there are no building violations or stop work orders on the property.

Self-Certification Classes

The next Self-Certification Class will be held on December 2-4, 2019. This class is three full days at Malcolm X College located at 1900 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612. This class is for first-timers and Self-Cert architects who want to renew their Self-Cert registration. To enroll in this class please download the enrollment form below and follow the instructions provided. 

A One Day Self-Cert Code Modernization Class will be held at Malcolm X College on December 10, 2019. This class is for existing Self-Cert architects whose Self-Cert registration expires after December 31, 2019. To enroll in this class please download the enrollment form below and follow the instructions provided.

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