What is permit management?
We utilize our design background and experience to drive projects. While part of permit management is expediting, full benefits cannot be realized if a more thoughtful approach isn’t implemented. We anticipate potential delays and provide immediate solutions ensuring the fastest and most accurate process when expediting your permits.
Too often the permit process is short-sighted and underappreciated relative to the complications and obstacles that occur. Sometimes the approval can take many months or get caught in the bureaucracy that is ever-present. Technology has allowed us to design buildings faster and more collaboratively, but the role of traditional expediters and after-the-fact code consultants is slow, marginalized, and too disconnected to be effective.
MAPS embraces the permitting process as one of the key drivers of a successful project. Instead of being in a constant state of stress and confrontation with the unknown, we take ownership of the process by establishing strategies and goals which make it predictable, achievable, and enjoyable.
Our permit management service focuses on editing architectural designs prior to permit submittal and strategically planning the mission of permitting and licensing, resulting in a wealth of benefits. With these goals at the front and center of the pre-construction process, projects are completed with better design outcomes and both time and money saved.
We work with you through the entire process to ensure continuity and accuracy. We integrate with your full design and development team, in real time, as an essential team player. By working with us we can reduce the expected project completion time by up to six months.
Complete list of Permits and Licenses
Chicago permit processes
Direct Developer Services
Easy (EZ) Permit Process
Standard Plan Review
Other Chicago permit types & related services
Change of Contractor (EZ permit)
Office of Underground Coordination (OUC) Permit Issuance Authorizations, including excavation and earth retention systems.
Excavation drawing services - We save months by developing these drawings in-house so that your project can start the OUC permit review process immediately.
Occupancy capacity sign/placard permit
Tent, pavilion, and temporary stage permits
Signage permits - required to be pulled by licensed signage contractor, MAPS can assist in expediting process
Trade - electrical permits, drywall, plumbing, refrigeration, etc.
Wrecking permits - required to be pulled by licensed wrecking contractor, MAPS can assist in expediting process
Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) permits
Openings in the public way
Street and alley closures
Street and alley vacations
Occupying the public right of way (ROW)
Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) permits & licenses
Grant of Privilege (GOP), also known as public way use permits
Special Events permit
Sidewalk Café permit
Food and Beverage permits and licensing as a bundle - this is necessary when you open a restaurant, for example, because permits and licenses must be obtained in tandem:
Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB)
Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)
Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP)
Additional licenses, permits and other business activities
Alcohol Licensing - nine types of liquor licenses
Business and Hotel Licensing
BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle)
Dog-Friendly Dining Areas
Mobile Food Dispensers
Wood Burning Ovens and Kitchen Hoods
Retail and hotel permitting nationwide