Building Permit Application

All work, other than ordinary repairs subject to provisions of Section 102-105.3 of the Cook County Building Code, Amendments-Adopting Ordinance, require the submittal of a permit application in unincorporated Cook County.
Please download and refer to PERMIT TIPS AND SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS from the side bar, before applying for a permit.

Would you like to have your building permit reviewed as quickly as possible?   Did you know you can submit your documents to us via e-mail


Electrical Supplemental Permit Application

An electrical permit application is required for the installation, alteration,or repair of electrical equipment subject to the provisions of the Cook County Electrical Code.

Plumbing Supplemental Permit Application

A plumbing permit application is required for the installation, alteration, or repair of any and all plumbing fixtures and/or plumbing systems including, but not limited to, sewerage systems and water systems for buildings or premises.

Demolition Permit Application

All demolition work requires a permit from the Department of Building and Zoning. You will also need a letter of waiver or approval from Cook County Environmental Control. Check the related link to contact Cook County Environmental Control for Environmental Permits


Permit Applicants, Please Note:

In accordance with the Cook County Child Support Ordinance, a Child Support Affidavit is to be submitted by every applicant/substantial owner for a County privlige to show they are in full compliance with any child support order before they are entitled to receive or renew such privlige.

Those applying for building, plumbing and/or electrical permits for work in Cook County must submit Child Support Compliance Data Form  along with their application.


Building Permit Status Search

During the permit review process, you can monitor the status of the permit and any Review comments as follows:

  1. Check the related link on the side and click the Building Permit Status Search. Use the Property Index Number and Permit number to access your permit.
  2. Receive automatic notifications and updates to permit when applicant register their email. Multiple emails can be registerd for each permit.
  3. Call the Building Zoning Automated Phone System at 312.603.0500

Online Permit Payments Now Available

The Cook County Department of Building and Zoning now provides permit customers the ability to pay their permit fees online. After your permit application has been approved, payment amount will be posted to the online building permit status search.

Applicants can now pay their permit fees online with a MasterCard, VISA, Discover or American Express credit card through the department’s Building Permit Status Search link.

Online payment services are provided by LexisNexis Payment Solutions.