Construction/maintenance permits are issued by the Cook County Department of Transportation (Doth) and Highways Permits Division when any work is required within the Cook County highway right of way. Type of work includes, but is not limited to: cable, fiber optic, wireless antennae, pipeline, residential or commercial access, street entrances, roadway widening, regarding ditch lines, storm or sanitary sewers, water mains, sidewalk, bike paths, informational signage, traffic signals, plantings, soil borings, monitoring wells, road closures, road detours and parades.
Commonwealth Edison, AT&T North Shore Gas and NIcor, may apply for utility permits to work within the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways Right of Way under the existing agreement. The designated personnel of these companies may submit applicable documents to the Permit Office.
DoTH's permits division only accepts electronic (PDF format) submissions. Applicants that have digital files 25MB or less need to email their submittals to: email@example.com. Electronic applications can also be submitted via email with an information exchange website link or mailed (not preferred) on a flash drive or CD/DVD to the address at the bottom of the page. Before filling out the application, please check the Cook County jurisdiction map to confirm the need of a Cook County permit: https://maps.cookcountyil.gov/hwyjurisdiction/
Please note: permits should be applied for between 2-3 months in advance of when they are needed.
Construction permit packet commercial residential government
Contains all required documents for commercial, residential, government, etc. permits. All documents can be downloaded together together in this file or downloaded individually below.
Construction permit packet utility
Contains all required documents for utilities such as pipeline, cable, fiber optic, wireless and other private utilities, etc. permits. All documents can be downloaded together in this file or downloaded individually below.
The Construction Permits Packet contains the following documents:
General permit process directions.
Application form to obtain construction permit.
All permit applicants will be required to submit a Child Support form with their permit application
Form gives instruction on application fee.
Bond Insurance Requirements $20,000
Used for commercial, residential, government, etc. Details the bond and insurance requirements when applying for individual permits.
Bond Insurance Requirements $50,000
Used for pipeline, cable, fiber optic, wireless and other private utilities, etc. Details the bond and insurance requirements when applying for multiple permits.
General Conditions and CCDOTH Construction Notes for Permit Work
General terms and conditions for all construction permit work
1. Application fee $100 (non-refundable) See above Application Fee Form.
2. Permit fees: Please refer to current Ordinances for fee schedules. (Chapter 66 – ROADS AND BRIDGES)
3. Construction/Maintenance Permits Fee Payment by Credit Card.