Streamlining Codes and Processes

While the inspection process is critical for public safety, local building code and permit inspections that are unpredictable, overly complex and opaque cost building owners money.


Preservation starts with rehabilitating buildings, and the most critical cost driver is the local building code. With relief on a handful of targeted items in the building code, owners can save money, which encourages more investment and more preservation activity.

A number of Preservation Compact partners worked together to identify key building code items to generate real savings. In response, the Chicago Department of Buildings recently announced new administrative code relief.

Specific administrative relief includes:

  • Allowing the use of flexible conduit and armored cable in some circumstances, and allowing electrical load centers to be located outside the unit serviced.
  • Clarifying that only the newly built walls and ceilings must comply with the new construction requirements in the Energy Code.