Alternative Code Approval Request (ACAR) Process
The Alternative Code Approval Request (ACAR) process provides a uniform procedure for State-licensed design professionals and city-licensed or registered contractors and trade professionals to request project-specific approvals explicitly required by the Chicago Construction Codes or project-specific modifications of code requirements. In limited cases, building owners may also submit such requests.
Alternative Pricing System (APS)
Alternative Pricing System, or APS, is a system other than individual price marking that is designed to inform consumers of the price of particular products and exempts the retailer from the requirement of individual price marking.
An Ambulance license is required for any specially designed and equipped motor vehicle operated for the purpose of transporting and offering life support services to patients.
Basics of the 2019 Chicago Construction Codes - July 2020
Materials for Basics of the 2019 Chicago Construction Codes Training Program, July 24, 2020
Basics of the 2019 Chicago Construction Codes - October 2020
Materials for Basics of the 2019 Chicago Construction Codes Training Program, October 15, 2020
Bicycle Messenger License
A Bicycle Messenger Service License is required for companies that operate bicycle messenger services in the City of Chicago Central Business District. The license is issued at the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection office located at 2350 W. Ogden Avenue, First Floor.
Building Permit Inspection Videos
A series of videos to show residents and business owners what an inspection looks like.
Business License Forms
Business License Forms
Business Licensing: What Do I Need?
BACP’S Small Business Center (SBC) is the city’s “one stop shop” for business licensing, public way use permitting, and connecting entrepreneurs to business resources.
Cannabis Zoning Ordinance
The Cannabis Zoning Ordinance, approved by City Council in October 2019, regulates where new adult use recreational cannabis dispensaries may open in the City of Chicago.
Certificates of Occupancy
A Certificate of Occupancy is issued by the Department of Buildings to certify that residential buildings with 4 or more units and larger non-residential buildings conform to the requirements of the Chicago Building Code.
Certified Plan Corrections
To allow for a shorter, simpler and more efficient building permit process, all Standard Plan Review building permit applications must use the Certified Plan Corrections program to address most types of plan review corrections issued by the Department of Buildings after a full review.
Chicago Heat Ordinance
The Department of Buildings enforces the Chicago Minimum Requirements for Existing Buildings which includes the Chicago Heat Ordinance. The Heat Ordinance requires that during cold weather months landlords supply heat to rental units where occupants do not have individual control of the heat.
Chicago Small Business Week
Join us in celebrating Chicago Small Business Week by supporting our local businesses and/or starting your own! Starting on April 30th, through May 4th, we will be highlighting the following businesses: Monday - Restaurants and other Retail Food establishments; Tuesday - General Retail Stores; Wednesday - Home Improvement technicians; Thursday - Bars and Breweries; and Friday – Emerging Businesses. Please follow us on social media, with #ChiBizBlooms, on Facebook (/ChiSmallBiz) and Twitter (@ChiSmallBiz).
Child Window Safety
Keep your children safe at home. Too often, children are seriously injured or killed as a result of falling from a window. There are basic steps you can take to help make sure children stay healthy and safe at your home.
City-County Collaboration on Cigarette Investigations
City-County Collaboration on Cigarette Investigations
Clean Indoor Air Ordinance
Find information on the Clean Indoor Air Ordinance including where smoking is prohibited.
Crane Operator License
A new Crane Ordinance, passed by the Chicago City Council in November 2013, will be fully effective March 1, 2016.
Deck and Porch Safety
Deck and Porch Safety Information
Energy Conservation Requirements
The Chicago Energy Conservation Code is based on the International Energy Conservation Code. All plan-based building permit applications must be accompanied by a compliance statement, prepared by a licensed design professional, documenting how applicable energy conservation requirements are met.
Filling Station Rules and Regulations
The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) is pleased to present the draft of its newly updated Filling Station Rules and Regulations. This document consolidates and modernizes the three sets of rules that have been in effect over the past several decades.
An Illegal Conversion is the addition of a separate dwelling unit above the number of residential units designated for that residential property in the Certificate of Zoning Compliance.
Instructions for "Short Form" Permit Applications
Instructions for obtaining a "short form" permit for repairs or minor alterations to existing plumbing, ventilation or refrigeration equipment without an in-person visit to City Hall.
Instructions for Online Submission of Easy Permit Applications
Instructions for obtaining an easy permit without an in-person visit to City Hall.
License Application Requirements Information
Information resource for standard business license application requirements.
License Reform Information
Information resource list for the business license reform ordinance.
Mobile Food Truck Licenses
Mayor Emanuel introduced an ordinance passed by the City Council to expand mobile food vehicle operations in neighborhoods across Chicago.
Navy Pier Kiosk License
A Navy Pier Vendor license is required for businesses located at Navy Pier engaged in sales of merchandise or food on indoor and/or outdoor pushcarts/kiosks, which are stationary and in the designated space as per the vendor's lease agreement with Navy Pier.
Older Code Interpretations and Memos
Building code clarifications, interpretations and memoranda issued in 2017 and earlier. For current guidance, please visit the building code interpretation page.
A pedicab is a human pedal-powered public passenger vehicle used to transport passengers for hire. A pedicab chauffeur is the person that drives or peddles and controls the direction and steering of the pedicab.
Permit Application Forms
Building Permit Application Forms
Pharmaceutical Representative Licensing
A “Pharmaceutical Representative” (MCC 4-6-310) – is a person who markets or promotes pharmaceuticals to health care professionals while both are within the City of Chicago for more than fifteen calendar days per year. Exemptions include: Medical Science Liaisons, Wholesale Distributors, and pharmaceutical representative managers or supervisors who do not interact directly with health care professionals while in the City of Chicago.
Pre-2019 Chicago Building Code
Reference copies of Title 13 and Title 15 of the Municipal Code as of July 31, 2020
Retail Tobacco Dealer Requirements
Find information on Retail Tobacco Dealer. “Retail Tobacco dealer” means any person selling, offering for sale, exposing for sale or keeping with the intention of selling or exchanging at retail, tobacco products or tobacco accessories in the City of Chicago.
Roof-Top Water Tank
Roof top water tanks are regulated by the Department of Buildings.
Self-Certification Training Program - 2019
Materials for Self-Certification Professional Training Program, December 2-4, 2019
Sidewalk Café Current Permits
Listing of currently permitted sidewalk cafés in the City of Chicago. Sidewalk Café Permits are issued by the Public Way Use Unit of BACP at the Small Business Center (SBC) located in City Hall, 121 North LaSalle Street, Room 800. To obtain a public way use permit, please contact us at 312.744.6249 (744-6249).
Structural Peer Review Program
The Structural Peer Review Program is designed to expedite the permit process by reducing the time and effort required for conventional structural plan examination by Department of Buildings personnel.
Tax Preparer Business Information
Tax Preparation businesses are required to prepare and submit a Disclosure Form pursuant to Municipal Code 4-44-030.
Temporary Animal Exhibition Permits
Effective January 1, 2013, all Animal Exhibitions, 30 days or less, will no longer require an Animal Care License issued by the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. Instead, Temporary Animal Exhibitions will require a permit issued by the Chicago Commission on Animal Care and Control (CACC)
BACP licenses the sale of tobacco products in Chicago. The rules for tobacco dealing in Chicago are in attached pages for your convenience.
Upper Kitchen Cabinetry Equivalent Facilitation Letter (2017-2019)
MOPD’s Accessibility Compliance Unit has made the following determination of equivalent facilitation. Please see page for information.
Vacant Building De-Registration Process
City of Chicago Vacant Building De-Registration Process
Valet Parking Operator Business License
All Valet Parking Operator business license applications and communications will now be processed at the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection’s “Small Business Center” located at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 800. Valet Parking Operator Licenses will no longer be accepted, transacted or processed at 2350 W Ogden.
Water Taxis/Tour Boats - Commercial Passenger Vessels
"Commercial Passenger Vessel" is any boat that carries passengers for hire including but not limited to a water taxi, tour boat, charter boat cruise, dinner, excursion, ferry, harbor tender, fishing or diving boats. The license is issued at the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection office located at 2350 W. Ogden Avenue, 1st floor.
West Loop Design Guidelines
In 2017, DPD developed design guidelines to foster excellence in design within the West Loop. As the West Loop has evolved, the City of Chicago has undertaken planning efforts to encourage the thoughtful re-development of this area.
What to Expect During A Tobacco Investigation
Find information on what to expect during a tobacco investigation including what an investigator checks to ensure that the business is in compliance with all the tobacco-related ordinances.
Wholesale Tobacco Dealer Requirements
“Wholesale Tobacco dealer” means any person making, manufacturing or jobbing cigars, or selling, offering for sale, exposing for sale, or keeping with the intention of selling or exchanging or delivering at wholesale, any tobacco, snuff, cigars, cigarettes or cigarette papers, including leaf tobacco or any preparations containing tobacco.