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Demolition regulations in Illinois: What you need to know

Do you feel left in the dark regarding the various demolition regulations in Chicago? At US Industrial, we value being your trusted partner in demolition. That’s why we’re here to ensure you’re equipped with everything you need to know about demolition in Illinois.


1. You’re going to need a permit


Before any demolition or renovation project in the state of Illinois, you’re going to need to submit a notification form to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). Thereafter, you’re also going to need a demolition permit from the city where the demolition is based. Luckily, your demolition company can acquire the permits on your behalf, so there’s little need for it to cause any hassle. However, if you’d like to read more about demolition permits in the city of Chigaco, be sure to look at more info on Chicago demolition permits here.


2. There’s a time limit on your permit


Don’t make the common mistake of waiting too long after you’ve received your permit. A demolition permit in Chicago requires work to start within six months of obtaining the permit. Thereafter, the project may not pause for more than twelve months cumulatively or continuously. That’s why we prefer to get the (wrecking) ball rolling as soon as possible and ensure that your demolition timeline takes the regulatory requirements as well as your personal timeline preferences into consideration.


3. There are rules for recycling construction and demolition


If you’re planning a demolition project in Chicago, it’s important to note that there are specific guidelines that you’ll need to adhere to in regards to the recycling and removal of construction or demolition debri. According to the Chicago Construction and Demolition Site Waste Recycling Ordinance, contractors must:


  • Keep track of the amount of C&D debris that is generated on your job site(s).

  • Recycle 50% or more of the recyclable debris generated on the job site(s).

  • At the end of each project, you’re going to have to submit a Recycling Compliance Form to the Department of Public Health. This must be accompanied by an affidavit from the waste hauler or recycler.




If you’re looking for help regarding your waste removal, have a look at our tailored removal services here


Ultimately, if you’re in the capable hands of US Industrial, you can rest-assured that all the right boxes are ticked. Trying to handle the admin side of demolition can be time-consuming, costly and can easily feel as if you aren’t getting anywhere. Ensure a smooth process from start to finish with professionals by your side.


If you’d like to receive more information on your specific demolition project, be sure to reach out to us here - we’d love to chat! Alternatively, if you’’re still convinced you can take on the project by yourself, here’s our two cents on why we don’t recommend doing demolition by yourself.