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The governing codes for the areas of unincorporated Cook County are:

Cook County Building and Environmental Ordinance of 1997

This ordinance includes requirements for: building, environmental, electrical and plumbing. This building ordinance is not based on a model code. The full code is not available online. Printed copies may be obtained through the publisher: 
Index Publishing 
phone: 312-644-7800


Cook County Building and Environmental Ordinance Addendum

The latest edition of the Cook County Building Code was published in 1997. This addendum is a compilation of changes to the Cook County Building Code from the 1997 through February 4, 2009.


Fee Schedule -  Please click here for the latest fees  for the Department of Building & Zoning. This Ordinance was approved by the Cook County Board of Commissioners on January 18, 2012.


Illinois Accessibility Code, effective April 24, 1997



2012 International Energy Conservation Code

Note:  All roof tear-offs require compliance with minimum roof insulation provisions.

To obtain this code, please go to the website for the International Code Council (ICC) at: .http://www.iccsafe.org


Architectural Advisory -  Single Family Residential - posted online May, 2012

Architectural Advisory - All structures other than single family residential - posted online May, 2012


The Cook County Board of Commissioners have passed an Ordinance (2012) , revising how the Cook County Department of Building and Zoning will handle fee waivers for public entities and not-for-profit organizations. Click here for details.


Amendment to the Cook County Building Ordinance (May 29, 2013). Topics include: Exit requirements, Enclosure of Exitways, Stairs, Shafts, and Vertical Openings, Quick Response Automatic Fire Sprinklers and Means of Providing Ventilation.  Please open and review the entire Ordinance for details



Cook County Zoning Ordinance


APPENDIX A - Cook County Zoning Ordinance of 2001 (at municode.com)


Ord. No. 01-O-30, as adopted by the County Board on November 6, 2001. Amendments are indicated by parenthetical history notes following amended provisions. The absence of a history note indicates that the provision remains unchanged from the original. Obvious misspellings and punctuation errors have been corrected without notation. For stylistic purposes, headings and catchlines have been made uniform, and the same system of capitalization, citations to state statutes, and expression of numbers in text as appears in the County Code has been used. Additions for clarity are indicated by brackets. 


The Cook County Zoning Ordinance was most recently amended in 2003. Included sections are:

  • Cook County Zoning Ordinance of 2003

  • Floodplain Ordinance for Cook County

  • Cook County Subdivisional Manual

  • Tree Preservation, Landscaping and Screening

  • Wireless

  • Governing the Processing of Planned Use Development, Map Amendment and Special Use Applications Filed Prior to the Effective Date of the 2003 Ordinance

  • Billboard and Off-Premise Outdooe Advertising Sign Ordinance of Cook County


Cook County Zoning Ordinance - Summary of District Requirements

Summary table of requirements for classification of various commercial, industrial, public and residential zoning districts.




Agency Contact Information Portlet  
Contact Information
Contact Information

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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


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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