Environmental Permitting & Inspection
CDPH’s Environmental Permitting and Inspection Program aims to protect public health and the environment by reducing environmental risks throughout the city. Staff in this program respond to citizen complaints, inspect sites and facilities, and enforce the environmental ordinances in the Chicago Municipal Code. This program also includes a comprehensive permitting section. Approximately 8,000 permits are issued each year for operations and activities that have an impact on the environment. For example, permits are issued for work involving above ground and underground storage tanks, recycling facilities, waste handling facilities, construction site rock crushers, sandblasting, grinding, chemical washing, and the installation and operation of any equipment that has the potential to create or control air pollution.
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