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When a Permit is NOT Required in Chicago

Building_PermitEveryone who owns property in Chicago should read this article!  Thank you, Alderman Tunney. – Chuck Stewart at Lakeview Insurance

The alderman’s office will often receive calls from constituents inquiring if a permit is necessary to do certain work on their properties.  Detailed below is a list of what work you can do that does not require a permit:

A building permit is NOT required for the following repair or replacement work at any building.

  • Interior finishes such as carpet, hardwood flooring, tile, paint and wallpaper
  • Interior non-fire rated ceiling tiles (excluding grid)
  • Cabinetry and furniture without electrical and plumbing connections
  •  In-kind replacement of non-fire rated interior doors
  • At grade non-combustible walkways and patios
  • Playground equipment
  • Fences max. 5′-0″ high on private property (excludes landmark buildings and landmark districts as well as chain link and masonry fences)
  • Vinyl, aluminum, wood, EIFS or other similar nonstructural exterior finishes on all one story buildings except Hazardous occupancy (excludes landmark buildings and landmark districts)

A building permit is NOT required for the following construction or alteration work at any building:

  • Temporary tents max. 400 sq. ft. that comply with all zoning and construction type setback requirements and are not less than 2 feet from all property lines and not less than 6 feet from all residential buildings & erected for not more than 60 consecutive days

A building permit is NOT required for the following repair or replacement work in non-mixed use residential buildings (excluding hotels): 

  • Shingle roofing with slope of 5 in 12 or steeper on residential buildings with max. of 3 dwelling units & 3 stories
  • In-kind replacement of non-fire rated doors/windows, hot water heaters, boilers, furnaces and AC condensers in buildings with max. of 3 dwelling units & 3 stories (excludes windows and exterior doors in landmark buildings and landmark districts)
  • In-kind replacement of toilets, sinks, faucets and tubs
  • Interior stairs in same location within a single dwelling unit
  • Not more than 1,000 sq. ft. of drywall without any alteration of underlying structural, plumbing, electrical or ventilation systems
  • Low voltage wiring for phones, speakers, burglar alarms, doorbells, thermostats and computers (excluding fire alarm systems)
  •  Replacement of not more than 250 bricks in buildings with max. of 3 dwelling units & 3 stories (excludes landmark buildings and landmark districts)
  • Vinyl, aluminum, wood, EIFS or other similar nonstructural exterior finishes on residential buildings not more than 3 stories in height (excludes landmark buildings and landmark districts)

A building permit is NOT required for the following construction or alteration work in residential buildings with 1-3 dwelling units:

  • Alteration of existing interior stair system with no change to existing stair opening in detached single family residences
  •  Alteration of low voltage wiring for phones, speakers, burglar alarms, doorbells, thermostats and computers inside non-mixed use buildings (excluding fire alarm systems)
  • Gazebos max. 150 sq. ft. (open air with roof and no walls) that comply with all zoning and construction type setback requirements and are not less than 2 feet from all property lines and not less than 6 feet from all residential buildings.  Combustible gazebos shall not be less than 3 feet from property lines.
  • Enclosed sheds max. 70 sq. ft. that comply with all zoning and construction type setback requirements and are not less than 2 feet from all property lines and not less than 6 feet from all residential buildings.  Combustible enclosed sheds shall not be less than 3 feet from interior property lines.  Only one enclosed shed is allowed per lot.
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