For small, simple home and building improvement projects (Easy Permit Program), see Permits & Rebates.
Unless a project involves basic repair and replacement, the Department of Buildings may require architectural or engineering drawings, certified by a licensed architect or structural engineer. To begin the building plan review process, all items need to be in good order, and to get through the process in a timely manner, it’s most important that the architect stay abreast of whatever corrections the plan reviewers require before they approve a plan.
Getting the 49th Ward Service Office involved early in the process is helpful. I like to stay informed about what it happening in my community and urge applicants to make my office the first stop when considering a building project.
Email Michael Land (firstname.lastname@example.org), or call him at 773.338.5796.
He can help in three ways
- To obtain a permit faster, an Aldermanic Acknowledgment Letter can waive a 10 day waiting period at the end of the permitting process
- To help guide the applicant regarding community expectations for the project
- If a permit review seems to not be progressing, he can inquire with the Department of Buildings to determine the sticking point and clarify any issues the Department may have regarding the plan review.