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Building Codes, Permitting, Zoning

Exploring the Latest Changes and Updates in Building Codes Across the United States

Building codes serve as a cornerstone of safety, sustainability, and standardization in the construction industry. As our society evolves, so do the regulations that govern how we build our structures. In this blog post, we'll delve into the latest changes and updates in building codes across the United States, highlighting key shifts that impact construction practices and the overall built environment.

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Chicago Building Department

We Are Pleased to Announce Our Latest Hire, Ed Doherty


Chicago, IL - June 27, 2023 - After a distinguished career with the Chicago Building Department, Ed Doherty has announced his retirement, effective July 1st, 2023. Following his departure, Doherty will be joining Phase 1 Consulting, a leading advisory firm in the construction and development industry.

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Construction Stop Work Order

How To Avoid Stop Work Orders

Construction projects are complex and demanding, with a multitude of moving parts that must work together in order to achieve success. Unfortunately, one common obstacle that can derail a project is a stop work violation. This occurs when work on the project is halted due to a violation of safety or regulatory requirements. These violations can be costly, both in terms of time and money, so it is essential to take steps to avoid them. In this blog post, we will explore some strategies for avoiding stop work violations on construction projects.

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Twitter Headquarters

Elon Musk Investigated for Building Code Violations

San Francisco Is Investigating The Bedrooms Elon Musk Installed At Twitter For Possible Code Violations

“We need to make sure the building is being used as intended,” said Patrick Hannan, the communications director for the department, in a statement. “There are different building code requirements for residential buildings, including those being used for short-term stays.”

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Chick-fil-A cited for not getting a building permit

Complete your permitting prior to starting construction to avoid costly delays

Honolulu – "The City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Planning and Permitting cited the Atlanta-based chicken restaurant chain Wednesday for a building code violation after its site inspection on Tuesday.

As a result of the violation, Chick-fil-A’s building permit fee has been tripled."

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Building Code Updates

New Construction Code Changes

Phase 1 can navigate the complexities of the permitting process so you can focus on your project.

Updated Building Codes can be difficult to navigate and it is important to keep up with all the latest updates.

"In April 2019, the city council adopted an ordinance creating the 2019 Chicago Construction Codes. Unlike the pre-2019 Chicago Building Code, the Chicago Construction Codes are aligned with the widely adopted model building codes (I-Codes) published by the International Code Council, resulting in some significant changes in terminology."

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