Frequently Asked Questions
A self-certified architect is not a professional who certified their own architecture license, but someone who took the City of Chicago Department of Building's self-certification permit program training class. These people can then certify that their submitted plans are code-compliant, eliminating certain DOB plan reviews.
- Easy permit process
- Electric wiring
- Elevator equipment
- New construction
- Permit extension
- Porch construction
- Reinstate a revoked permit
The City of Chicago and County of Cook want to accelerate job growth in seven Industrial Growth Zones by providing a dedicated point person to streamline entitlements and approvals, and provide monetary reimbursement for environmental cleanup.
The seven Industrial Growth Zones intersect 31 municipalities: Alsip, Bedford Park, Blue Island, Burnham, Calumet City, Calumet Park, Chicago, Chicago Ridge, Country Club Hills, Crestwood, Dixmoor, Dolton, East Hazel Crest, Harvey, Hazel Crest, Homewood, Lansing, Lynwood, Markham, Merrionette Park, Midlothian, Oak Forest, Oak Lawn, Palos Heights, Phoenix, Posen, Riverdale, Robbins, South Holland, Thornton, and Worth.
Visit the official website to request enrollment in the program.
Business assistance programs
The Chicago Department of Planning & Development administers or assists 21 business assistance and incentive programs.
|Tax Increment Financing (TIF)||Businesses receive grants for specific purposes outlined in redevelopment agreements.||Financial Incentives||312-744-0765
|TIFWorks||Workforce training for companies located in TIF districts.||Financial Incentives||312-744-4171|
|Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF)||Repair or remodel buildings; grants are not repaid.||Financial Incentives||312-360-3300|
|Streamlined-TIF||Faster grants for up to 25 percent ($1 million max) of renovation, expansion, or redevelopments costs.||Financial Incentives||312-744-0765|
|Industrial Development Revenue Bonds||Proceeds lent to manufacturing companies to finance development projects.||Financial Incentives||312-744-0765|
|Riverfront Improvement Fund||Replace or rehabilitate deteriorated river walls.||Financial Incentives||312-744-5756|
|501(c)(3) Bonds||City-issued bonds on behalf of a non-profit organization to purchase or rehab buildings, equipment, and land.||Financial Incentives||312-744-9413|
|Landmark Designation||Designated buildings are eligible for permit fee waivers, property tax credits, and federal rehab tax credits.||Financial Incentives||312-744-3201|
|New Markets Tax Credits||Federal initiative to subsidize development in areas experiencing economic distress.||Financial Incentives||312-744-0892|
|Requests for Proposals (RFP)||Redevelopment proposals for city-owned land and buildings.||Land Sale Programs||DPD Website|
|Small Business Loan Program||For businesses with less than $2 million net sales in last two years, or new businesses without collateral for a standard loan.||Financial Incentives||312-744-3356|
|Negotiated Sales Program||Cost write-downs when buying city-owned property can be exchanged for public benefit redevelopment projects.||Land Sale Programs||312-744-5263|
|Class 6(b) Property Tax Incentive||12-year reduction in assessments from the standard industrial rate.||Property Tax Incentive||312-744-7223|
|Class 7(a) and 7(b),Tax Incentive||12-year reduction in assessments from the standard commercial rate.||Property Tax Incentive||312-744-9413|
|Class 8 Property Tax Incentive||12-year reduction in assessments from the standard commercial and industrial rate for projects in economically depressed areas.||Property Tax Incentive||312-744-7223|
|Class L Property Tax Incentive||12-year reduction in assessments for designated landmarks or contributing buildings in designated landmark districts.||Property Tax Incentive||312-744-3238|
|Class C Property Tax Incentive||12-year reduction in assessments for commercial and industrial properties that require remediation of environmental contamination.||Property Tax Incentive||312-744-9413|
|Special Service Areas (SSA)||Local property tax levies to support business support services and programs, including area maintenance and beautification, marketing, and business retention.||Business Area Support||312-744-8280
|Local Industrial Retention Initiative||Funds non-profit organizations providing economic development services to companies in industrial corridors.||Business Area Support||312-744-1867|
|Neighborhood Business Development Centers||Resources and assistance for existing and new businesses.||Business Area Support||312-744-6249|
|Enterprise Zone Program||Tax incentives and exemptions for businesses within or relocating to the six Chicago Enterprise Zones.||Sales Tax Incentives||312-744-6502