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Online Permit Payments Now Available

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The Cook County Department of Building and Zoning now provides for permit customers to be able to pay their permit fees online.

Building, Plumbing and Electrical Permit 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 Application (in the box below).


Online payment services are provided by LexisNexis Payment Solutions.

A 2.13% convenience fee will be assessed by LexisNexis for this service.


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Building Permit Status Search

The Department of Building & Zoning allows building permit applicants to view the status of their application at any time online. Permit applicants can also register for email notifications of the application status.

You will need your Building Permit application number as well as the Property Index Number (PIN) to view the status information.
Click here to open the Building Permit Status Search


Building Permit Application

All work, other than ordinary repairs subject to provisions of Section 4.7 of the Cook County Building Code, require the submittal of a permit application.


Permit Tips - 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?


Cook County Building Permit Application
(NOTE: This permit requires legal-sized paper for printing.)
A permit application is required, along with all pertinent and relevant information and documents, to erect, construct, alter and/or demolish buildings and structures in unincorporated Cook County.


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 this form along with their application. 
Child Support Compliance Data Form 



Permit Status

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

  1. Check the Click here to Building Permit Status Search
  2. Call the Building Zoning Automated Phone System at 312.603.0500
  3. You will receive written comments by mail

Electrical Permit Application

Electrical 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 Permit Application

Plumbing 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.


Agency Contact Information Portlet  
Contact Information
Contact Information

Bureau Name:

All Agencies

Main Office:

Building and Zoning
Bureau of Economic Development ----- 69 W. Washington, Suite 2830
Chicago, Illinois 60602

Telephone: (312) 603-0500
Fax: (312) 603-9940
TDD: (800) 526-0857

Timothy P. Bleuher, Commissioner

M-F: 8.30 AM-4.30 PM; Sun-Sat: Closed


To Submit Permit Applications:


For General Information:



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Commit To Cook

North Side Field Office:
2nd Municipal District Court Building, 5600 Old Orchard Road, Room #022
Skokie, IL 60077

Telephone: (847)470-5000

Hours: M-F: 8.30AM-3.30PM; Sun-Sat: Closed

South Side Field Office:
5th Municipal District Court Building 7600 W. 103Rd Street, Room #064
Bridgeview, IL 60455

Telephone: (708)974-6266

Hours: M-F: 8.30AM-3.30PM; Sun-Sat: Closed