Chicago Building Code - What to know & Where to Find it
On April 10, 2019, the Chicago City Council approved a complete overhaul of the city’s building codes to bring new development into the 21st century. This sweeping regulatory update changed everything from what materials we use to construct new buildings to safety protocols in high rises to the rules around converting your basement into a rec room. We wrote in detail about these changes in a recent blog post.
Whether you are a homeowner, real estate investor, landlord, or DIY buff, you may be interested to know how the details of these regulatory updates will impact you. At Enterprise Esquire, we always want you to be as informed and up-to-date as possible. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of great resources to keep you informed about the Chicago Building Code updates. Take a look at the resources below. Then, if you have any questions about how these changes may impact you, your properties, and your business, let’s talk about it! Click here to schedule a FREE consultation with Alexis.
Chicago Department of Buildings YouTube Channel
Did you know that Chicago’s Department of Buildings has a YouTube Channel? This is a dedicated space where the Department of Buildings can post videos breaking down the Code Update changes. Check it out!
AIA Chicago Updated Building Code Basics Program
In this free program, Commissioner Judith Frydland and Deputy Commissioner Grant Ulrich introduce the regulatory changes. The program occurred May 6, 2019, but the recording is available online through AIA Chicago’s website.
Mayor Lightfoot’s Press Release
In this April 10, 2019 press release, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot’s office released its take on the code modernization.
Modernizing Chicago’s Construction Codes Presentation
This presentation, put together by the International Code Council, the Office of the Mayor, the Chicago Fire Department, and the Department of Buildings, explains how the code updates will be phased in over time and will impact the city at large.
Full Amendment to the Municipal Code
If you want to read the amendments to the Building Code in full, check out the Office of the City Clerk’s website.