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Demolition Permitting

To complete a Cook County Demolition Application or Revision, please use the new Department of Environment and Sustainability (DES) Electronic Permit Processing Portal.

Please note all demolition permits must comply with our Demolition Debris Diversion (3D) Ordinance.

Do I need a demolition permit?

A demolition permit is needed if you are wrecking or removing/disturbing any load-supporting or load-bearing structural member of the building.

Residential Demolition Permits

A residential demolition permit is required for the demolition of a residential building with four or less dwelling units (includes garages and sheds).

Commercial Demolition Permits

commercial demolition permit is required for the demolition of a commercial, industrial, healthcare, school or residential (5 or more dwelling units) structure. One permit application per structure is required.

FAQ

What do I need to apply for a permit?

A demolition permit application must include the following items:

  1. A copy of the Cook County Property Tax Summary. Taxes must be up to date to receive a demolition permit;
  2. Asbestos Inspection Report OR Asbestos Permit number (if abated). If the structure was built after 1982, the asbestos inspection report could be waived. Applicant must provide documentation showing proof of construction date such as building permit, deed, appraisal date, etc.;
  3. Plat Survey/Photographs of structure(s) to be demolished;
  4. Variance/emergency Documentation (if applicable).

How much does a permit cost?

  • Residential structures - $300.00 for the first structure and $150.00 for each additional structure.
  • Commercial and residential (5 or more units) structures - $750.00 per structure

All fees are non-refundable.

How long is a permit valid for?

A permit can be valid up to 30 calendar days.

Can a homeowner demolish their own structure?

Yes, on the application, under the Demolition Contractor Information, list the homeowner’s information.

Can I revise my permit?

Yes, if any changes to the permit are needed applicants must revise the permit on the portal. Failure to do so will automatically VOID the permit.

What can I revise on a permit?

You can revise any information on a permit besides the address. For example, the permit start/end dates, contactors information, disposal site information, and transporter information can all be revised. Please note that we must receive your revision request at least 48 hours before the permit expires.

How many times can I revise one permit?

You may revise one permit up to 6 times; after the 6th revision the permit will expire, and a new permit is required.

Can I place my permit on hold?

Yes, a hold may be applied to a permit to eliminate the possibility of the permit expiring. Placing a permit on hold allows you to keep the permit valid for one calendar year without expiring, however work can’t be done while the permit is on hold. It's typically used when a third party is holding up the project and you believe that your permit will expire before the project begins.

What is the cost to cancel or place a permit on hold?

No payment is necessary if you are canceling a permit or placing a permit on hold. However, removing permits from hold status (i.e. date change) does require a $55.00 fee per permit.  Also the Department will not refund any canceled permits.

What if my property is in unincorporated Cook County?

If the subject property is in unincorporated Cook County a demolition building permit is required from the Cook County Department of Building and Zoning.

How long does it take to get my permit application approved?

Once received, in most cases permit applications will be reviewed and approved within 48 hours after receiving it. Please note, applications must be submitted 10 business days before the work start date.

Can I waive the required 10 business day waiting period?

Yes, but only in extreme circumstances and through an emergency variance.   For example, a structure that has become a health and safety risk could qualify for a waiver. A variance request letter is required to waive the waiting period. The letter will be reviewed during your application process.

Where can I find a list of approved, licensed, and registered asbestos contractors?

For a complete list, please contact asbestosdemo@cookcountyil.gov.

Can I substitute photos for plat of surveys?

Yes, the photos must display the structure(s) that you intend to demolish. 

Other questions?

Please contact asbestosdemo@cookcountyil.gov or call at (312) 603 – 8200.