Per Section 30-151, Installation Permit applications must be submitted for the installation of air pollution sources such as combustion (heating) equipment, process (manufacturing) equipment, air pollution control equipment, storage tanks and land remediation processes. The Department will accept construction permit applications that have been submitted to the Illinois EPA.
• For additional information on Installation Permit requirement application requirements and fees, refer to Sections 30-151 to 30-164 and Section 32-1 of the Municipal Code, or contact our office at (312) 603-8200.
- For fees please call the office at (312) 603-8200.
- Additional information on permits required by IEPA or USEPA can be found at:
USEPA-Air Permits (http://www.epa.gov/oar/oaqps/permits/)
IEPA-Air Permits (http://www.epa.state.il.us/air/permits/)
Asbestos Regulation, Demolition and Renovation Permits
A permit is required by the County of Cook to regulate asbestos removal and disposal, renovation or demolition for compliance with asbestos/hazardous material regulations. Contractors/owners are required to obtain a permit from the Department prior to asbestos removal or demolition. For more information on filing procedures and fees click here.
**** Please be advised, as of November 21, 2012, several changes to the asbestos and demolition sections of the Cook County Environmental Ordinance went into effect. Read more about those changes here.
Asbestos Abatement or Demolition/Renovation Permit Application (PDF – Illinois Department of Public Health)
- Asbestos Removal Filing Fee: $200
- Asbestos Removal Inspection Fee: $2/linear ft. OR $6/square ft. (not to exceed $2,000 per project)
A permit is required by the County of Cook when deconstructing, destroying, razing, tearing down, wrecking or altering or renovating any structure. Alteration or renovations include the removal of any load-supporting structural member of a facility, the removal of an exterior wall or the removal or partial removal of the roof of a structure.
Please be advised, as of November 21, 2012, 70% of demolition debris from commercial and residential structures (garages and sheds are exempt from this requirement) must be recycled, with 5% of the residential structures being reused, during the demolition process.
- Residential Demolition fee (total for filing and inspection fees): $300
- Commercial Demolition fee (total for filing and inspection fees): $750
Permits may be revised up to six (6) times before a new permit is required.
- Revision Fee: $55
- Cook County Environmental Control Ordinance: Article VI - Asbestos and Related Substances (at municode.com)
- Locate a licensed asbestos inspector/contractor (Illinois Department of Public Health)
- Locate Asbestos Removal Contractors Registered with the Cook County Department of Environmental Control
Please note that as of January 14, 2012 Asbestos Removal Contractors must be Registered with the Cook County Department of Environmental Control to receive a valid permit. Registration Application
Enter a demolition debris diversion plan - https://www.greenhalosystems.com–The Cook County Environmental Ordinance requires that 70% of residential and commercial structures (garages and sheds are exempt from this requirement). In order to simplify the reporting requirements for recycling demolition debris, Cook County is requesting that the demolition contractors use the Green Halo System to record their recycling plan and recycling manifests/tickets.
Locate a construction and demolition recycling facility
- Demolition Debris Diversion Log
http://www2.epa.gov/large-scale-residential-demolition/road-reuse-residential-demolition-bid-specification-development - EPA Region 5 report and bid specification development tools for use by cities, counties or land banks undertaking large-scale residential demolitions.
Open Burning Permits
Cook County government requires open burning permits to protect life, property and prevent forest fires and false fire alarms. The regulations stipulate the conditions under which open burning may occur. Open burning permits also give authorities prior notice to any burn.
Open burning permits are required, but not limited to the following burning situations:
- Prairie Burn
- Pan Fire Training
- Sectional Building Fires (for training purposes)
- Landscape Waste
- Air Curtain Incinerator for Landscape Waste
Note: The above list does not cover all burning situations in which an open burning permit is required. For the complete list of the criteria for legal and illegal open burning, please refer to the Cook County Ordinance presented on this website, or call this office.
PERMITS / FEES
- Open Burning Permit Application (PDF) REV-3/09
- Fees – please contact Environmental Control at (312) 603-8200
- Frequently Asked Questions on Open Burning (PDF) REV-3/09
- Cook County Environmental Control Ordinance: 30-387 Open Burning (at municode.com)