Planning & Zoning


A 44th Ward Master Development Plan was developed at the request of Alderman Tom Tunney. The plan was the result of more than two years of work by community groups and the Alderman to create guidelines for development that are appropriate and desireable for our ward and neighborhood.  The plan is posted on the 44th Ward Website.


ATTENTION DEVELOPERS AND RESIDENTS…CONSTRUCTION GUIDELINES: The 44th Ward Master Development Plan was presented by the Alderman to the community in 2006. The Alderman has prepared letters to guide residential and commerical developers in their building plans. Please read these documents before you make your request for zoning changes. Follow this link to download the Residential Development or Commerical Development letters.


NOTICE: If you are a resident, property owner, developer, or business requesting a review of any zoning changes, you must complete the Developers Checklist and return it to CLVN prior to your request being included to any meeting agenda.


TO CHECK THE ZONING ON ANY PARCEL OF LAND follow this link and enter the address. City of Chicago Zoning. (The online map does not reflect zoning changes that have been made with the past 18 months). If you are purchasing property it is best to check with City Hall to verify the zoning.


LEARN MORE ABOUT BUILDING CODE AND PROCEDURES Follow this link to the Department of Building web site.


Click here for the Chicago Zoning Ordinance Residential Zoning Summary and further information. 


MAKE SURE YOUR HAVE PROPER PERMITS BEFORE BEGINNING YOUR RENOVATIONS.  IF YOU SEE BUILDING GOING ON AND WANT TO SEE IF PERMITS HAVE BEEN ISSUED BY THE CITY, YOU CAN CHECK IF PERMITS HAVE BEEN GRANTED. It's easy to find out. Click on the link below and and enter the address to see what permits have been applied for or issued by the Department of Construction and Permits. Permits help to assure that the inventory of our building structures are being build up to code and within the zoning code. Go to



Click on the link below to learn more about porch and deck safety. You will also find information on deck prototypes construction, guidelines, standards or building permits requirements.




This is the most minor form of zoning relief. Notice is given to the two adjacent property owners and the decision is made by the city’s zoning administrator. No public hearing is required. An example of such a request is enclosing a rear porch and stairwell or a set back in a landmark district. When the Alderman’s office receives notification for an adjustment, the information is sent to CLVN as a point of information. If there is strong objection from the community, the alderman will meet with the developer, adjacent property owners and representatives from the CLVN Planning and Zoning Committee.



This is a bigger and more time consuming process. Property owners within 250 feet of the subject property receive notice of the request, and the request must go to the Zoning Board of Appeals. An example of a request for a variance would include reduction to front, rear, and side yards.



The Alderman and the neighborhood groups have completed a comprehensive review of the zoning in the Ward as part of the planning process for the Master Development Plan.  Therefore, the Alderman and community groups will consider future “spot” zoning requests rarely.  In these cases, notification must go out to property owners within 250 feet of the subject property.  Zoning changes must go to City Council Zoning Committee for approval. Requests rarely get granted at the Zoning Board of Appeals if the Alderman objects.


When a request for either a variance or zoning change comes to the Alderman, CLVN is notified. CLVN will then request the developer to complete the Developers Check List prior to any item being added to the meeting agenda. Once this document is completed and reviewed by the CLVN officers, the item will then come to its first public hearing. There will be at least two hearings before a vote is taken. After the first hearing, matters are referred to the CLVN Planning and Zoning Committee for review and the committee will provide a recommendation to the membership. Upon voting, the Alderman will be notified in writing of the community’s opinion.