Self-Certification Permit Program

The Self-Certification Permit Program 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

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 in 2019. Please sign up for DOB E-Mail Alerts, using the link at the top of this page, to receive notification when the next class is scheduled.


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