Department of Building & Zoning Hearings Division

Welcome to the Building & Zoning Hearings Division. To view the Divisions’ Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.

The Building & Zoning Hearings Division hears cases initiated by the Department of Building & Zoning.

The Department of Building & Zoning provides 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 public zoned districts of unincorporated Cook County. This involves, but is not limited to, the enforcement of Cook County Buildings and Zoning Ordinance. For the unincorporated areas, the Department also inspects annually, semi-annually, or otherwise, such buildings, structures, equipment, sites, or parts thereof relating to theaters, churches, schools, and other assembly buildings.

The Department of Building & Zoning began sending code violation to the Department of Administrative Hearings for adjudication in October 2009. Common violation types include:

  • Building Code Violations
  • Zoning Code Violation
  • Fire Code Violations

    The Cook County Building and Building Regulation Chapter was amended to include ordinances regarding the maintenance and regulation of vacate buildings in Cook County. To view the ordinances please click here.

For more information about the Department of Building & Zoning, please call (312)603-0500 or visit their website by clicking here.

Hearings are held on Tuesdays at 118 N. Clark St. (Chicago). Please go to the 11th Floor on the court appointed date on your ticket or citation.

If you are unable to attend your hearing date on the date scheduled on your notice of violation or citation (“the ticket”), please contact the Department of Administrative Hearings at (312)603-2120 or click here for information on our Administrative Procedures. If you have missed your Hearing date, you may still have an opportunity to reschedule your Hearing by filing a Motion to Set-Aside the Default Judgment.

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