COVID-19 Zoning Guidance

Updated March 3, 2021

Most DPD zoning staff continues to operate from a remote location due to the ongoing public health crisis. This page will be updated regularly to provide information on departmental processes. Questions may be directed to Kyle Bartlett at and Anna Robles at

Zoning Amendment Applications

Applicants interested in filing a zoning amendment application should review the temporary application process.

In-Person Zoning Review

In-person zoning reviews will resume when City Hall reopens to the public. Property owners who need to conduct an in-person zoning review in the mean time should email the review application and receipt of payment to Kyle Bartlett at once the in-person zoning review fee has been paid to the Department of Finance and the project has been routed to the zoning queue.

Administrative Adjustments

Complete applications with drawings, survey and payment should still be mailed to City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Room 905, Chicago, IL 60602. Staff will retrieve the applications periodically and provide updates through email. Please do not send certified mailings to neighboring property owners and alderman until zoning staff completes an initial review. Questions may be directed to Anna Robles at


Payments for services that can't be made online may be made in person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in Room 107 of City Hall, 121 N. La Salle St. Payments can also be made from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the City of Chicago Central Hearing Facility, 400 W. Superior St. Please include a receipt of payment with your application or other information that is then mailed to the Zoning Bureau at City Hall, Room 905, 121 N. LaSalle St.

Cannabis ZBA Applications

Cannabis businesses seeking to locate in Chicago must hold a community meeting in the ward of their proposed location in accordance with Section 17-13-0905-G of the Chicago Zoning Ordinance. This requirement has not been waived due to the ongoing public health crisis, and simply holding a virtual meeting does not satisfy the requirement.

For more information, visit the Cannabis Zoning Ordinance web page.

For the most up-to-date information on the City’s response to COVID-19, please visit, where you can also sign up for regular email updates.

For more information on business reopening plans, visit