For permit applications started on or after June 1, 2019, the Chicago Energy Conservation Code (Title 14N of the Municipal Code), based on the 2018 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code, published by International Code Council, Inc., applies. Solar reflectance requirements for roof coverings are still applicable and can be found in Section 1515 of the Chicago Building Code (Title 14B). View the Chicago Energy Conservation Code (Title14N) ordinance.
For permit applications started before June 1, 2019, the applicable energy conservation requirements are found in Chapter 18-13 of the Municipal Code. These requirements are based on the 2015 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code.
For every permit application with architectural plans, an Illinois-licensed architect or engineer who is familiar with the project and the Chicago Energy Conservation Code's requirements must complete a one-page compliance statement, using the forms available on this page.
Compliance Statement Forms
2019 Residential Compliance Statement (residential buildings up to 4 stories)
2019 Commercial Compliance Statement (all other buildings)
Residential Compliance Statement (for permit applications started before 6/1/19)
Commercial Compliance Statement (for permit applications started before 6/1/19)
The signed and sealed compliance statement must be uploaded with supporting documents to the E-Plan system as part of the permit application process.
Please upload the completed Compliance Statement(s) and supporting documents to the following folder in E-Plan:
Document Submittals > Energy Conservation Compliance
For some older applications, this folder may not be available. If so, please upload to the Document Submittals > Permit Application Folder in E-Plan.
As part of the application screening process, the project manager or project administrator will confirm that the required compliance statement and supporting documents have been uploaded to E-Plan. For projects which are subject to plan review, plan reviewers may also spot-check for compliance with substantive energy conservation requirements and requirements to include certain information on the plans.
During inspections, Department of Buildings inspectors will spot-check that construction is being completed in accordance with the approved permit plans, which is why it is important that required information about insulation materials, fenestration, and building equipment is shown on the plans. If this information is missing, it may require a revised permit or additional inspections and delay approval of the work.
For several types of work and methods of compliance, the energy conservation requirements include commissioning and post-construction testing to verify building performance. It is the responsibility of the licensed design professional who completes the compliance statement to inform the permit applicant/building owner in writing of all commissioning and post-construction testing requirements which apply to the permitted work. Written reports of testing do not need to be filed with the Department unless specifically requested.
Free technical assistance and training on energy conservation code compliance is available from the University of Illinois’s Smart Energy Design Assistance Center: https://smartenergy.illinois.edu/energy-code. These services are funded in whole or in part by the Illinois EPA Office of Energy.