Chicago Porch FAQs

Our customers have many questions regarding Chicago Porch Violations and how to correct them. Below are some frequently asked questions that will help you out!

How do I know if my porch is safe?
While the city of Chicago has resources available for owners to inspect their own porches, your safest bet is to use a professional like Porch Builders. They have the experience of looking at all types of porches every day, and knowing what to look for.

My porch looks or feels unsafe, what should I do?
Of course, you can again call us here at Porch Builders to help you evaluate if your intuition is correct.

Also, in Chicago you can also┬ádial 3-1-1 and ask for an “owner-requested” porch inspection. Just leave a contact name and phone number with the 311 operator.

If you are a tenant and notice any questionable conditions, make a note of the specifics and inform your landlord/property owner. If they fail to act immediately to remedy the problems, call the same 3-1-1 number.

What do inspectors look for?
Building Inspectors perform porch and deck inspections according to a set checklist. Inspectors look at all elements of the porch, including joists, beams, columns, stairs, hand and guard rails, ledger boards, connections, and footings. Per ordinance, all elements of porches and decks must be able to support 100 pounds per square foot.

We recommend you call us today to have your porch checked out. It’s best to beat the city inspectors to the punch!

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