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.
The Preservation Compact’s working group developed recommendations with the goal of increasing predictability and transparency in the inspection process.
Summary of Recommendations
Old violations are cleared in a timely fashion.
Owners receive timely notice for scheduling (and rescheduling) inspections.
Payment of violations and building registration processes are online.
The City of Chicago is already working on several fronts to improve and streamline processes, including the Department of Buildings new E-Plan system, which allows electronic submission, review, and approval of building plans.
The Preservation Compact will continue to work with the Department of Buildings and the Mayor’s Innovations Delivery Team to help alert building owners to ongoing improvements in processes and to encourage further progress.