CDOT Online Permit Portal

COVID-19 Update

Based on Chicago's key health metrics, the City has moved to Phase 5 (full capacity may resume).  With this move  and City Hall will be open to the public again starting on Tuesday, July 6th.  Although you will be able to come to the 9th floor for permit assistance, we ask that you continue to use our online permitting portal ( ) unless you are unable to do so.  If your permitting request requires that you come to City Hall in person, please note that while in City Hall face masks and social distancing will still be required.  We recommend that you do not come to City Hall if you are considered vulnerable, feel ill or have come into contact with someone with COVID-19; and you should get tested if you have symptoms. Please refer to the Chicago Department of Public Heath’s website,, for the latest local updates on the response to COVID-19.

Following the City and State guidelines, CDOT will not issue Special Events Permits for outdoor festivals, athletic events, parades or non-essential markets through May 31, 2021.

However, CDOT is facilitating the permits for Expanded Outdoor Dining created specifically for temporary outdoor dining on the public way or private property.


Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) accepts electronic permit applications through the permit portal at The permit portal allows users to manage their permits 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Users will need to create an account before applying for permits (the permit portal features instructions on how to create an account). You can apply for the following permit types on the portal.

Permit Type


DOT Construction Canopy

Issued for scaffolding erected on the public way.

DOT Dumpster

Issued for large rollaway dumpsters most often observed at construction sites.

DOT Miscellaneous

Issued for activities including newspaper stands, “helicopter lifts” (using a helicopter to land HVAC units on the roof of skyscrapers), and “freight tunnel” (allowing contractors access to the City’s freight tunnels for cable runs).

DOT Occupy the Public Right of Way

Issued to contractors to obstruct the public way (with barricades, work vehicles, etc.).

DOT Public Way Opening

Issued to contractors to open the public way, provided they have also acquired a dig ticket.

DOT Special Event

Issued for special events in the public way including parades, movie crews, block parties, outdoor dining, and athletic events.

DOT Truck Routing

Issued for semitrucks and other large vehicles to travel along approved corridors.

DOT Driveway

Issued for commercial (annual fee) and residential (no annual fee) driveways.


You can also find permit data on ChiStreetWork and the Chicago Data Portal. Please be advised that permit fees may change year-to-year. It is incumbent upon permittees to review the Permit Fee Schedule prior to applying for a permit. By applying for a permit, permittees acknowledge and accept the fees posted in the Permit Fee Schedule. In addition, please review the following information related to CDOT permits.  


  1. Permit Processing Times – CDOT strives to review and process permits in a timely manner. However, due to COVID-19, processing times may be longer than usual.


  1. Expanded Outdoor Dining - CDOT will consider permitting new outdoor dining locations during the winter months. Visit for more information


  1. Special Notice About Block Party Permits – To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), City of Chicago, and State of Illinois advise against large gatherings. In accordance with the guidance, CDOT will not issue Block Party permits until public health officials deem large gatherings to be safe.
    Please refer to the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 website (gov/coronavirus) for the latest updates on the response to COVID-19.


  1. Driveway Permits - In October 2020, CDOT migrated driveway permits to its permitting system of record—IPS 11. The migration offers permittees a more efficient way to apply for, manage, and pay for driveway permits. Specifically, commercial and residential driveway permittees can log into the permit portal and claim their driveway. In addition, commercial driveway permittees must use the permit portal to pay all driveway renewal fees. Please visit the driveway website or contact with questions.

  2. Loading & Standing Zones - In October 2020, CDOT also migrated loading and standing zone permits to the IPS-11 permitting system. This migration allows loading zone permittees a more efficient way to apply for, manage, and pay for their private benefit sign permits. Permittees will have to create a new account or log in to their existing account in the permit portal. This will allow them to easily pay their fees and update their account information. Loading zone permittees must use this permit portal to pay their initial fees and their renewal fees.   Loading and standing zone permits are managed by the CDOT Division of Sign Management.  Please visit the Loading zone website for additional information. 


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Paying Fees Printing Permits

Building Canopies Permit Construction

Building Canopies Permit Maintenance

Construction Dumpsters Permit

Event Permit Assembly

Event Permit Athletic Event

Event Permit Festival

Event Permit Filming

Event Permit Parade

Event Permit Sidewalk Sale

Occupy ROW Permit Barricades Equipment Temporary Driveways

Occupy ROW Permit Manhole Access

Occupy ROW Permit Media Parking

Occupy ROW Permit Moving Van Parking

Occupy ROW Permit Public Place Obstruction

Occupy ROW Permit Traffic Light Pole Use

Occupy ROW Permit Utility Pole Storage

Transportation Public Way Helicopter Lift

Transportation Public Way Permits Dedication

Transportation Public Way Permits Display Vehicle

Transportation Public Way Permits Freight Tunnel

Transportation Public Way Permits Newspaper Stand

Transportation Public Way Permits Vacation

Public Way Opening Permit Driveway Construction Removal

Public Way Opening Permit General

Public Way Opening Permit Restoration

Public Way Opening Permit Soil Boring Well Monitoring

Public Way Opening Permit Work In Advance

Truck Travel Permit Overweight Axle

Truck Travel Permit Overweight Oversized Vehicle

Truck Travel Permit Travel Industrial Corridor

Truck Travel Permit Travel LSD Boulevards