George W. Dunne Cook County Office Building
69 West Washington Street
Suite 2830
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone Number
312-603-0500
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COVID-19 Update: In order to protect the health and safety of our staff and customers and to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19, our office  is physically closed to the public. However, we are continuing to work remotely.If you have questions, please email us at: info.bnz@cookcountyil.gov.  Staff will respond to all inquiries sent to this email address. To reach us by phone, call 312-603-0500.

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Please use our services online, including payments. In-person payments will not be available until our office physically reopens. Check payments will be delayed as we work remotely. We will continue to service our customers, but with limited availability.

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Mission

Our mission is to  promote the health, safety and welfare of residents in unincorporated Cook County.  In order to perform our mission, we conduct responsible and timely inspections of buildings and properties, as well as enforce all applicable building codes and zoning ordinances.

Mandates and Key Activities

  • Must inspect annually, semi annually or otherwise such buildings, structures, uses, equipment, sites or parts thereof relating to theatres, churches, daycare centers, restaurants, other assembly buildings and all multi dwelling units.
  • Develop and administer rules and regulations governing the erection, construction, alteration, demolition, or relocation of all buildings and structures within designated single family, general residence, commercial, industrial and public zoned districts of unincorporated Cook County including all properties within the Cook County Forest Preserve District.
  • Electronic permits - apply for permits online.