The City of Chicago issues block party permits, free of charge, via an application submitted through the Alderman’s office. All locations are subject to approval by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), and applicants may not shut down arterial streets (e.g., Howard, Morse, Ashland, Clark) or streets with bus routes.
To hold a block party:
- Download and complete this application and return to Ald. Moore’s office by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or in person.
- Our office will notify you when your application is approved, and can either email the permit to you or hold it for in-office pickup.
- We provide courtesy No Parking signs, available for pickup at our office. Block party organizers are responsible for posting the signs no later than 48 hours in advance.
- If you wish, you may borrow sawhorse-type barricades. Come to our office, and anyone can assist you to sign them out.
Chicago residents hosting block parties may request Jumping Jack Bounce Houses and fire truck visits, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Jumping Jack applications are accepted by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) beginning 9 a.m. April 1, 2016. You may apply in person, by email (email@example.com), or by fax (312.742.2783). No applications will be accepted before April 1. View the website for more information.
The Chicago Fire Department may have fire trucks available to visit your block party. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance by completing this form and providing it to the Alderman’s office along with your block party permit application.
Please note that fire trucks are still “in service,” and so may need to leave to respond to an emergency call. CFD cannot confirm truck attendance to an event in advance, but will make every effort to accommodate timely requests.
Any 49th Ward resident wishing to hold a yard sale may do so by applying for a permit from our ward service office. You may hold up to two sales per year, and you must live at the location listed on the permit. Each permit may cover up to three consecutive days.
You may apply for a permit either in person or online.
- Complete the application, available in English or Spanish. This document is a READ ONLY Word document; to edit, you must save it with a new file name.
- Email the completed application, a copy of your photo ID, and proof of address (if your current address is different from that listed on your ID) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Our office will respond to your email with the completed permit, which must be displayed at your sale.
- Visit the 49th Ward Service Office (7356 N. Greenview Ave.) during normal business hours, bringing your photo ID and proof of address (if different from that listed on your ID).
- Complete the application, available in either Spanish or English.
- You will receive your permit on the spot.
Please note! 2015 is the last year of the Condo Refuse Rebate, which is only available to condo buildings with 5+ units who have applied in previous years.
Applications are due to the 49th Ward Service office by Friday, January 29, 2016, and should include the following:
- Completed application, available here. Our office can notarize this document, free of charge
- Total annual refuse & recycling bill, provided by your waste hauler
- Resolution adopted by the condo board approving application for the rebate
Where’s my rebate check?
For questions on all claims, please contact the City of Chicago Committee on Finance at 312.744.2931
Chicago residents 65+ years who own and live in a single-family home, condominium, townhouse, or co-op unit are eligible for a rebate on their sewer charge.
Single Family Homeowners
If you are 65 years old or older as of January 1 for the year you are applying, and own a single-family home as your primary residence, you may apply for a sewer rebate directly through the City’s Department of Finance. View the website for more information and an online application. This rebate is not processed by the Alderman’s office.
Owners of Condos, Co-Op Units, or Townhouses
If you are 65 years old or older as of January 1 for the year you are applying, and own a condo, co-op unit, or townhouse as your primary residence, you are eligible for a sewer rebate provided by the City Council Committee on Finance. These applications are submitted to the Alderman’s office.
In order to apply, you will need to:
- Complete the online application. Our office can notarize this document, free of charge.
- Provide the following documents:
- A copy of your most recent water bill (contact your association)
- Proof of age (copy of your driver’s license, state ID, passport, or birth certificate)
- One of the following: 2nd installment of the most recent tax bill, indicating you receive the senior citizen homestead exemption; copy of the approved application for the senior homestead exemption; printout from the Cook County Assessor’s Senior Homestead Exemption, which you can get by calling 312.443.7550.
- Questions? View the website for more information.
The Easy Permit Process is a streamlined process for small, simple home and building improvement projects. It allows home and building owners to obtain a permit to REPAIR or REPLACE THE SAME OR EXISTING features of a building without requiring architectural plans. See the city’s website on what projects types qualify for the Easy Permit Process.
For larger project that don’t qualify for the Easy Permit Process, see Building Permits in Zoning and Development.