Fees for the issuance of permits required by this chapter shall be payable to the comptroller when such permits are issued. Provided, however, that fees under subsection (a) of section 13-32-310 shall be payable as follows: 50 percent at the time of filing plans for review, to defray the cost of reviewing the plans, and not refundable; and the remainder upon issuance of the requested permits. Except as otherwise provided in section 13-32-301, no building permit shall be issued by the building commissioner, unless the department of buildings determines that the following fees have been paid to the department of finance: (1) all applicable permit fees required under this chapter; (2) all applicable zoning fees; and (3) the open space impact fee, if applicable.
The building commissioner is authorized to require a deposit, payable to the comptroller, to schedule any appointment related to the submission of a permit application. The deposit shall be in a sum sufficient to defray the estimated costs of failing to attend a scheduled appointment as determined by the building commissioner, but under no circumstances shall exceed the cost of the permit sought. If the person requesting an appointment attends the appointment as scheduled, the deposit paid by that person pursuant to this subsection shall be credited toward the final permit fee. If the person requesting an appointment fails to attend the appointment as scheduled, (i) the deposit paid by that person pursuant to this subsection shall be forfeited to the City of Chicago, unless the scheduled appointment is cancelled 24 hours in advance of the scheduled appointment, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays; and (ii) no new appointment shall be scheduled unless another deposit is paid. The amount of the deposit required by this subsection shall be $150.00.
The commissioner of the mayor’s office for people with disabilities is authorized to establish and maintain a program, whereby applicants for a building permit may, on a voluntary basis, submit preliminary plans to the mayor’s office for people with disabilities for review, corrections and technical assistance regarding compliance with Chapter 18-11 of the Code. The fee for review pursuant to such program shall be $150.00 for the first hour of review, and $100.00 for each hour, or fraction thereof, thereafter. The $150.00 base fee shall be payable at the time the review is requested as a non-refundable deposit, subject to the forfeiture and cancellation provisions set forth in subsection (b) of this section. Any additional fee shall be assessed and payable upon the conclusion of the review.
If, after a permit application is submitted for a project, the owner of record identified in such application seeks to make a design change to the plans accompanying such application and such design change requires plan examiners to reconsider and reanalyze the project’s building systems as if the project was newly submitted, the existing permit application shall be deemed to be void, and a new permit application for the project, accompanied by payment of the 50% deposit required under this section, shall be required for the project identified in such new application. Provided, however, that this subsection shall not apply to any change to plans required as the result of a code correction comment made by a plan examiner designated by the department to review such plans for compliance with the requirements of the Chicago Building Code.
If the project identified in a building permit application is for phased construction of a full foundation only (i.e. a foundation-only project), one structural design change to such foundation will be allowed per permit application without penalty to the applicant. If more than one structural design change to the foundation is made by the applicant, the permit application for such project shall be deemed to be void and a new application for such project, accompanied by payment of the 50% deposit required under this section, shall be required.
(Prior code § 43-25; Amend Coun. J. 12-15-93, p. 43919; Amend Coun. J. 12-12-01, p. 75777, § 7.2; Amend Coun. J. 12-15-04, p. 39840, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 11-15-06, p. 93239, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 12-12-07, p. 17167, § 39; Amend Coun. J. 6-3-09, p. 63891, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 11-16-11, p. 13798, Art. I, § 10)