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Chicago Real Estate Approvals to Become Easier

August 14, 2011

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is helping the Chicago real estate industry move more efficiently.

Chicago’s mayor unveiled a plan this week that will save taxpayers money and cut down on the time it takes developers to obtain a building permit.

The “E-Plan” is a new review system by the Department of Buildings that will allow architects to submit plans electronically instead of bringing paper plans to City Hall for approval.

The new system allows multiple plan examiners, like plumbers and electricians, to review drawings at the same time and submit recommendations to architects and engineers more quickly.

Once the review is complete, all involved parties, including the building owners, can be notified instantly.

“We are taking much-needed steps to increase efficiency and decrease the time it takes developers to obtain a building permit in the City of Chicago,” said Mayor Emanuel.

There are two other changes associated with the “E-Plan”:

*A 50 percent deposit on estimated permit fees must be paid up front.

*Architects and engineers must resubmit corrections in less than 20 days.

Last year, the Department of Buildings lost close to $300,000 and were delayed in issuing permits to other applicants because of plans that were never picked up, corrected or permitted. This new rule should help the Department recoup those costs and save time.

Finally, starting September 1, more than 5,000 projects a year will be required to go through the Certified Plan Corrections (CPC) process, which will cut down on turn-around time even more.

Architects will now be required to submit affidavits certifying that the plans have been revised to address any issues noted by reviewers, which eliminates the need for separate meetings with multiple plan reviewers.

The Department of Buildings has offered CPC as an option for more than five years, but only a small percentage of projects have taken advantage of the program.

Want to see how long it takes a developer to receive a building permit from the city of Chicago? Click here.

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