§ 13-32-301

Permit fee waiver – When

a.

Except as otherwise provided in subsections (b), (c), (d), (e), and (f) of this section, the building commissioner shall not waive for any person any permit fee required under this chapter or any associated fee for any project identified in a building permit application.

b.

If the applicant for a permit is a natural person 65 years of age or older, the building commissioner shall waive the permit fee(s) required under this chapter and any associated fee for the project identified in the permit application, if all of the following additional requirements are met:  (1) the permit being sought is for alterations, repairs or replacements to a dwelling unit(s) located in an existing building comprising three dwelling units or less; and (2) the permit applicant owns and has owned for a period of not less than ten years the building identified in the permit application; and (3) the permit applicant occupies and has occupied for a period of not less than ten years one of the dwelling units located in the building identified in the permit application; and (4) the permit applicant’s household income does not exceed 80 percent of the Chicago area median family income as calculated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

c.

If the project identified in a building permit application has been certified by the City of Chicago’s department of buildings as qualifying for the Chicago Green Permit Program and the permit being sought is for new construction or for alterations, additions, renovations or repairs to an existing building, the building commissioner shall waive for such project the permit fee(s) required under this chapter and any applicable associated fee, up to a maximum of $25,000, as follows:  For permit and associated fees of $5000 or less, the entire permit fee shall be waived.  For permit and associated fees over $5000, one-half (1/2) of the fee shall be waived up to the maximum waiver of $25,000. If multiple permits under this chapter are issued for such project, the maximum waiver of $25,000 authorized by this subsection shall apply to the aggregate total of all permit fees and associated fees assessed for such project, and not to each individual permit or associated fee.

d.

If the project identified in a building permit application includes the construction or initial installation of a permanently applied vegetated roof system, the permit fee for the project shall be reduced in the amount of $.05 per square foot of vegetated area. This permit fee reduction shall not be used in conjunction with the permit fee waiver provided for in subsection (b) of this section.

e.

The building commissioner shall waive 20% of the permit fee(s) required under this chapter and any associated fee for the project identified in the permit application, if the applicant for such permit is (i) a public museum, if such public museum is eligible to receive funds for capital development under subdivision (7) of § 1-25 of the Department of Natural Resources Act, as amended, codified at 20 ILCS 801/1-1 et seq., or (ii) a not-for-profit hospital, if such hospital qualifies for a disproportionate share adjustment consistent with Section 148.120 of Subchapter d of Chapter I of Title 89 of the Illinois Administrative Code, as amended, codified at 89 Ill. Adm. Code § 148.120.  Provided, however, that no fee waiver shall be provided to any public museum or disproportionate share hospital in connection with any monies owed by the City to any third party for any service provided to the City by such third party under the department of building’s developer services program or any other program.

f.

The City of Chicago shall not be required to pay a permit fee to wreck a city-owned structure or any other building ordered by the City to be demolished.  A contractor applying for a building permit for a city digital sign identified in a coordinated city digital sign program agreement entered into pursuant to Section 10-28-046, or identified in an amendment to such a program agreement approved by the city council, shall not be required to pay a permit fee.

g.

For purposes of this section, the term “associated fee” means any fee required for:  (1) appearances before the Building Board of Appeals and the Committee on Standards and Tests; (2) preliminary plan review by the mayor’s office for people with disabilities; (3) plan review by the office of underground coordination; (4) driveway permits; (5) permit fees under section 15-16-190 for the installation or alteration of a sprinkler system; (6) permit fees under section 15-16-740 for the installation or alteration of an inside standpipe system; and (7) all applicable flat fees identified in subsection (b) of section 13-32-310.

(Added Coun. J. 12-12-07, p. 17167, § 40; Amend Coun. J. 6-3-09, p. 63891, § 1; Amend Coun, J, 11-16-11, p. 13798, Art. VIII, § 3; Amend Coun. J. 12-12-12, p. 44485, § 8)

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