Tenant Build-Out and Business Occupancy Permits
CHANGES TO PROCESSES DUE TO COVID-19
Tenant Build-Out meetings have been discontinued. Applicants seeking a Business Occupancy Permit should submit a completed application and all required documents to the City via email to email@example.com.
To apply for a Tenant Build-Out permit, please submit a copy of your application and all required documents via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a large submittal exceeding 20 MB, please send an email with only the application attached and we will provide information on how to submit your supporting documents.
Applicants who are seeking a Tenant Build-Out permit, and are proposing only minor modifications to their building, may qualify for an accelerated review. In order to be considered, the Illinois Licensed Design Professional for the project must make the request via email prior to the submittal of the permit application. An email with “TBO Accelerated Review Request” in the subject line must be sent to email@example.com along with a full description of the work proposed and a preliminary copy of the plans in PDF format. The City’s Building Code Official will follow up with the design professional to discuss the details of the work and confirm that the project is eligible for an accelerated review. Note: Food service uses are not eligible for accelerated reviews.
Business Occupancy Permit
A Business Occupancy Permit is issued for new businesses that are assuming a tenant space, but are not performing any modification to the building. A change in business name or ownership requires application for a Business Occupancy Permit
Tenant Build-Out Permit
A Tenant Build-Out Permit is issued for businesses that wish to modify the interior or exterior of the building. The permit may be issued for a new business, a change in tenant, or for an existing tenant who wants to do some remodeling. Minor updates like painting and new carpeting do not require a permit.
Fire Alarm and Suppression Systems
A separate permit is required for any new or modified Fire Alarm or Fire Suppression System. For details on the permitting process, including submittal, reviews, fees and issuance, visit the Building Permits page.