May 3, 2019
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has signed an ordinance providing for Chicago’s first comprehensive overhaul of its building code since 1949. The ordinance was approved by City Council late last month.
The overhaul puts Chicago among the first major jurisdictions in the U.S. to adopt the 2018 International Building Code. Among other updates, the new code streamlines the permitting process, and provides more flexibility and options for construction materials and technologies. It also seeks to promote energy efficiency and sustainability.
“For decades, there has been widespread recognition that Chicago should better align its construction requirements with model codes and standards used in other major U.S. cities,” said Building Commissioner Judy Frydland.
The changes will be phased in gradually, beginning on June 1 and completely replacing the current Building Code by August 1, 2020. The code modernization will not increase permit fees.
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