Removal of Unpermitted Residential Unit Features (Nonstructural Interior Work)
Removal of Unpermitted Residential Unit Features
(Nonstructural Interior Work)
The Express Permit Program offers a streamlined way to obtain a permit to remove residential unit features, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms, that were originally installed without a required permit and return the space to a safe and legal condition. This type of work is sometimes called “deconversion.”
Additional terms, conditions, and limitations may apply.
- Removing a residential kitchen that was installed without a permit in an all-residential building with 1-3 legal residential units
- Removing a residential bathroom or toilet room that was installed without a permit in an all-residential building with 1-3 legal residential units
- Removing interior walls, HVAC equipment, or electrical work that was installed without a permit in an all-residential building with 1-3 legal residential units
- Removing work that was installed with a valid building permit
- Reducing the number of legally established residential units in a building (example: changing a legal two-flat to a single-family)
- Working in a building with any non-residential occupancy
- Working in a building with 4 or more legal residential units
Before You Apply
You should gather required documents, select required contractors (if any), and have their license or registration numbers before starting the online permit application.
For all applications, you must upload:
- Existing condition photograph (at least 1)
- Floor plan, drawn to scale
The floor plan may be drawn by any responsible person. It must show the entire story where work will occur. It must clearly indicate any walls, doors, plumbing fixtures, or other building elements that will be removed under the permit. Typically, dashed lines are used to indicate existing building elements that will be removed and solid lines are used to indicate existing building elements that will remain.
Work on condominium property
If the work to be permitted is on property that is part of a condominium association (including work in an individually owned condominium unit) you must upload:
- Condominium association approval letter
This letter must briefly describe the work to be performed (example: interior renovations in unit 9A) and be signed by an authorized representative of the condominium association, such a property manager or officer of the association.
Work required to address fire damage
If work is required to address fire damage, you must have the Department of Buildings assess the scope of fire damage before you apply for a building permit. The Department’s assessment will be documented on a form called the “Tax and Demolition Form,” per the Illinois Insurance Code. You must upload:
- Tax and demolition form
Property owner as general contractor or property owner as plumber
If the property owner will be acting as general contractor or self-performing plumbing work, you must upload:
- Owner as contractor form (Form 401)
- Copy of government issued identification
The government issued identification must show that the property owner lives at the address where work will be performed.
A licensed general contractor (any class) is always required. In some cases, an owner may act as general contractor.
A licensed plumbing contractor is always required. In limited cases, an owner may self-perform plumbing work.
If the scope of work includes electrical work, a licensed electrical contractor (general) is required.
Ordinances and Rules
Chicago Construction Codes Administrative Provisions, Section 14A-12-1204.2 (Stand-alone permit fees)