This page provides information about Building Permits and Zoning, and Local/Property Taxes.
A construction permit or building permit is a permit required in most jurisdictions for new construction, or adding onto pre-existing structures, and in some cases for major renovations. Generally, the new construction must be inspected during construction and after completion to ensure compliance with national, regional, and local building codes. Failure to obtain a permit can result in significant fines and penalties, and even demolition of unauthorized construction if it cannot be made to meet code.
Does the county provide information about how to move forward to obtain building permits?
The Department of Building & Zoning provides information on obtaining building permits, permit applications for download, the ability to track a permit through to issuance and the ability to pay for the permit online.
(Building & Zoning)
How much is available to explain, record and track the process of obtaining a permit?
Building & Zoning provides extensive information for both homeowners and contractors on the building permit process. Advisory and requirement documents provide details for particular situations and jurisdictions. Where available, building and zoning codes are also provided online.
The Permit Tracking application allows for a permit applicant to track their permit after submission and register to receive e-mail notifications when there are deficiencies or when approval has been granted. This process allows applicants to significantly speed the approval process.
Building & Zoning
The website should include a central location for all tax information, including state "fees" such as drivers' licenses; Tax documents for all elected officials and each agencies sources of revenue.
Tax information should be available to those looking to move or sell residences in their district. Disclosing tax burdens accurately reflects the cost of living.
How are property tax levels set?
The County Clerk's Tax Extension Unit is responsible for calculating property tax rates for all local governments, or taxing districts, in Cook County that authorize the collection of revenue through real estate taxes.
Tax Extension/ Tax Rates
How often are property assessments conducted?
The Cook County’s Assessor’s Office is responsible for valuing the more than 1.3 million residential parcels in Cook County. Cook County is divided into three assessment districts (City, North and South). Each of the assessment districts is valued once every three years.
How Property is Valued
Is there a local sales tax?
What other local taxes does the county collect?
The Department of Revenue collects Cook County home rule taxes and other fees, and administers and enforces such collections. Taxes and a variety of fees collected by the Department are alcoholic beverages, amusement, cigarette, gasoline and diesel fuel, new motor vehicle, parking, use and wheel taxes, cable television franchise fees, health insurance, lost ID fee, IBID payments and off-track betting fees, as well as fees for Building and Zoning, Environmental Control and Real Estate Management. Additionally, the Department collects licensing fees.
Home Rule Revenue and Fees
(Department of Revenue)