F.A.Q

+ Why and when do I need a permit...

You need a permit if you have a violation on your property, or if you are planning on doing minor and major Architectural work on your property or lot. You also need a permit for demolition work on your property. You need a permit before starting on your addition, alterations or new construction. Starting without a permit will result in violations and high fees.

+ How do I know if I need to repair or replace my porch...

Most of the time the owner of the property will be notified that they have a violation on the property which requires repairing/replacing your porch. Otherwise if your porch is not up to code based on the City of Chicago Porch standards, you will need to replace/repair for life safety standards and to avoid fees in the future. It is easier to repair your porch now, then it is to pay a doubled permit fee when you receive a violation.

+ What do I need to get a permit to repair or replace a porch...

Please contact us and we can help you further. We are able to expedite this process and get you the fastest turnaround time to permit your replacement.

+ Why type of information do I need to prepare to get started on my drawings...

We need the address of your property, owner information (phone number, email, address) to submit with your project. We also need a Plat of Survey for your property, which is a legal document that we utilize to specify how large we can make your property or what we can do to alter it.

+ Who is responsible to obtain the permit...

We are responsible for expediting and obtaining your permit. Since City of Chicago switched to an online expediting service within the last couple of years, we now have to submit drawings via online. Once we submit and receive the permit for your project, we will contact you to pick it up at our office.

+ What is a plat of survey...

This is a legal document that we utilize to specify how large we can make your property or what we can do to alter it. We cannot process any permits without this, and we need it immediately at the start of your project. Usually it is obtained when closing on your home, or you can contact the owner of the property for it. If you do not have one, you will have to pay a fee (usually around $500-700 for Single Family Residences) to obtain it. We can suggest companies that provide this and similar services such as Topographical Surveys on our Clients and Contractors page.

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