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Construction Violation (Permit / No Permit)
Electrical Safety Concern, Occupied Building
Elevator Safety Concern, Occupied Building
Fire Safety Concern, Nonresidential Building (Fire Dept.)
Heat/Ventilation Concern, Occupied Building
Plumbing Safety Concern, Occupied Building
Porch Safety Concern, Occupied Building
General Safety Concern, Occupied Building
Safety Concern, Vacant/Abandoned Building
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Building Permit and Inspection Records
Building Permit Application Status
Vacant Building Registration
Life Safety Evaluation (LSE) Building Status
Building Code Scofflaw List
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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests
The Inspections page contains information as to the types of inspections conducted by the Department of Buildings.
Step-by-step details on the enforcement process for building code violations.
Information on follow-up inspections related to building code enforcement cases at the Department of Administrative Hearings or Circuit Court of Cook County (Daley Center).
All permit-related inspections must be requested using the online form.
Under the Annual Inspection Certification (AIC) Program, the owners of certain buildings with elevators, escalators, and similar conveyance devices are required to hire an Illinois-licensed inspection company to inspect their devices and file inspection results electronically with the Department of Buildings.
Owners of buildings with exposed metal elements, such as fire escapes, balconies, water tank supports, antennas, sign structures, canopies, flag poles and other features at risk of deterioration due to weather, are required to periodically hire an Illinois-licensed professional to inspect the exposed metal structure(s) and file a condition report with the Department of Buildings.
Exterior Wall Program
Search building department permit and inspection records online.
Vacant building registration and maintenance requirements
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Chicago Construction Codes
Inspections and Reports
Trade Licensing
E-Plan: Chicago’s Online Building Permit System