Building Permit Online Application Instructions

For building permit applications started on or after August 1, 2020, compliance with the 2019 Chicago Building Code or 2019 Chicago Building Rehabilitation Code is mandatory, with limited exceptions for phased permitting and revision permits. The current online permit application system continues to reflect some classifications and terminology from the pre-2019 code. Because planned upgrades to the City's online permit portal (“Hansen”) have been delayed until at least 2023, the Department of Buildings has prepared the following instructions to help customers navigate the Hansen Dynamic Portal to start online permit applications for work subject to the 2019 Chicago Construction Codes:

Permit Applications With Drawings

The following information applies to building permit applications that require technical drawings:

SCOPE OF WORK PERMITTING PROGRAM
Standard Plan Review (SPR) Self-Certification (SC) Direct Developer Services (DDS)
New Construction (including initial buildout of shell space) Portal Instructions
Sample Descriptions
Portal Instructions
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Portal Instructions
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Building Rehabilitation Portal Instructions
Sample Descriptions
Portal Instructions
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Portal Instructions
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Temporary Structure
(Special Construction)
Portal Instructions
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Portal Instructions
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Communication Equipment—New Installation
(Special Construction)
Portal Instructions
Sample Descriptions
Communication Equipment—Alteration to Existing Site
(Special Construction)
Portal Instructions
Sample Descriptions
Construction Equipment
(Special Construction)
Portal Instructions
Sample Descriptions
Fire Alarm Permit Portal Instructions
Sample Descriptions

Except for fire alarm permits, applicants are also required to complete the PDF building permit application (Form 400) and upload it to ProjectDox as part of the permit application process. PDF Forms and other information can be found at http://www.chicago.gov/permit.

Easy Permit Program

For information about how to apply for easy permits, including “short form” permits for plumbing, refrigeration, and ventilation repairs, please visit the Easy Permit Program page.

 

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