In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Chicago has joined the State of Illinois in issuing a Stay at Home order effective Saturday, March 21st at 5pm CT. In addition, City of Chicago facilities are closed to the public. Staff are prioritizing essential services to protect the health and safety of our residents and employees. As such, we may be delayed in responding to non-essential inquiries and service requests. To stay up to date on the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 response, please visit the City Coronavirus Response Center site.
The Alternative Code Approval Process provides a uniform procedure for State-licensed design professionals and city-licensed or registered contractors and trade professionals to request project-specific approvals explicitly required by the building code or project-specific modifications of building code requirements. In limited cases, building owners may also submit such requests. The Department reviews such requests to determine if they meet the intent and purpose of the building code to protect public health, safety, and welfare. This process consolidates and replaces the former “administrative relief” and “special permission” processes. Fees for the review of requests for alternative code approval are established by ordinance and must be paid in advance. Any request for alternative code approval must be submitted to the Department in writing on the appropriate form.
Completed applications for alternative code approval, together with all supporting materials and proof that the review fee has been paid to the Department of Finance should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants should allow at least 10 business days for review, with additional time needed for more complex requests. Full application instructions are printed on the application forms.
General Instructions and Forms
Alternative Plumbing Materials Pilot Program (extended through July 31, 2020)