BUILDING AND ZONING

BUREAU OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Tim Bleuher, Commissioner

312.603.0500

Tim.Bleuher@cookcountyil.gov

Mission

The Building and Zoning Department promotes the health, safety and welfare of Cook County residents by performing responsible and timely inspections of buildings and properties and enforcing all applicable building codes and zoning ordinances.

Mandates

  • Ordinance 13.2.1: Duties of the Department of Building and Zoning Duties of the Department of Building and Zoning shall be as follows:
  • Inspect buildings, structures and land uses to determine compliance with provisions of this ordinance.
  • Issue and maintain records of sign permits.
  • Issue and maintain records of certificates of occupancy.
  • Duties as the Cook County Board of Commissioners shall by ordinance resolution or direction provide.

Key Activities and Services

  • With exception of single family residences, the Department must inspect annually, semi-annually or otherwise such buildings, structures, equipment, sites and uses for which a certificate of compliance (occupancy) or business license has been issued including all multiple dwellings of four or more units.
  • Develops and administers rules and regulations governing the erection, construction, alteration, demolition, or relocation of all buildings and structures within designated single family, general residence, commercial, industrial, and publicly zoned districts of unincorporated Cook County and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.

Discussion of 2017 Department and Program Outcomes

Building and Zoning continues to improve its current processes and procedures. The department has been working closely with the Bureau of Technology (BOT) to enhance their web-based permitting system that was launched at the end of FY2016. The equipment and hardware necessary to support these phases continues to be explored and installed as necessary. This is the last stage in a series of technological upgrades that we will be implementing in the upcoming year. In 2018 we will continue working with BOT to implement and expand this electronic, web-based, building permit and inspection process that will have County-wide applications.This system will continue to improve the efficiency of our staff and will result in a higher level of customer service, transparency and accountability.

Budget, Cost Analysis and 2018 Strategic Initiatives and Goals

The Department conducts 2,150 annual task force inspections by two teams of four inspectors per year throughout the 65 square miles of unincorporated Cook County, generating approximately $542,000 annually in revenue. The Department issued 2250 permits in FY 2016 with an average of 187issued permits per month, for a total revenue of 1.9 million dollars. The Department continues to improve current processes and procedures by working closely with Bureau of Technology (BOT) to enhance a web-based permitting and inspection system. In FY 2018 the Department will continue working with BOT to implement and expand the electronic, web-based, building permit and inspection process. This system will continue to improve the efficiency of staff and will result in a higher level of customer service.

FY 2018 Strategic Initiatives and Goals

  • Continue working with BOT to implement and expand the electronic, web-based, building permit and inspection process. This system will continue to improve the efficiency of staff and will result in a higher level of customer service.