The Cook County Department of Building and Zoning provides rules and regulations governing the erection, construction, alteration, demolition, or relocation of all public buildings and structures within designated single family, multi-famiy, commercial, industrial and public zoned districts of unincorporated Cook County. Please contact Building and Zoning if you have any additional questions not addressed on this site at: email@example.com.
The Department of Building and Zoning now requires digital submissions for all applications and supporting documents. We now accept an electronic copy on a flash drive or CD (PDF format). Applicants that have digital files 10 MB or less are encouraged to email their submittals. Click here for details.
Please bookmark our website at: http://www.cookcountyil.gov/building-and-zoning/ so you may easily return for permit applications, requirements or other information.
New Zoning Compliance Application
Effective March 21, 2015, any property in Uncorporated Cook county that goes under contract is required to obtain a Zoning Certificate from this department in order to verify its current zoning classification, or any outstanding building permits and oustanding violations or judgments on said property prior to closing. Click here for more information. Click here for Zoning Certificate Application.
New Regulatory Codes
- Water and Sewage – Plumbing Code
- Electrical Code – 145599 - Due to the size of this document, please download it as a pdf to your personal computer, rather than scroll through the document on-line. The prompt to download as a pdf is located in the top left hand corner of the page.
- International Code Council – Purchase the ICC Codes online
- Adopting Ordinance
- Building Fee Schedule
- Energy Benchmarking Report
Requirements: A sign permit issued by the Department of Building and Zoning is required for all new and existing billboards and off-premises outdoor advertising signs A billboard also needs to be annually registered with the Department of Building and Zoning. Please contact us for more information at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requirements: All businesses operating in unincorporated areas of Cook County are required to establish Business Occupancy with the Department of Building and Zoning. All such requests for occupancy shall be reviewed and approved by the Department of Building and Zoning. Any certificate of occupancy which is in conflict with the provisions of the Cook County Zoning Ordinance (2001) shall be null and void. Please download this form and e-mail us at:email@example.com.
Cell Tower Registration
Requirements: A permit issued by the Department of Building and Zoning is required for all wireless telecommunications facilities and related accessory structures. No new or existing wireless telecommunications facility or accessory structure shall be erected, altered or relocated without first obtaining a permit. Please contact us for more information at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contractor Registration/Look Up
Permit Applications and Requirements
Requirements: Any building that has more than four or more units including condominiums (NEWLY ADOPTED AS OF 2015) that also have four or more units in the building must register the building with Cook County Department of Building and Zoning. The building must be registered no later than June 1st for the initial year and no later than September 15th for each year thereafter. The registration fee will be $50 for the initial registration. Every year the registration must be renewed and the price will be $25. The registration fee cannot be prorated and is nonrefundable. If there is any gap in registration for more than one year, the renewal fee will revert to $50. If there is a change in ownership for the property, the new owner must submit a new registration and $50 initial registration fee within 45 days of taking ownership. Please download form open it in Adobe Reader, fill it out, and e-mail it to us email@example.com . Please contact us for more information at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ordinances and Codes
Vacant Building Ordinance
Requirements: Properties within unincorporated Cook County Property, when found to be in violation of the following: Provisions of the 2009 International Building Code; Provisions of the 2009 International Residential Code; Provisions of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code; Provisions of the 2012 International Mechanical Code; the 2014 Cook County Electrical Code; the 2014 State of Illinois Plumbing Code; the Cook County Zoning Ordinance (2001) shall be cited and will have to be brought into compliance within 30-days. Please contact us for more information at: email@example.com