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MOST CHICAGO SUBURBS REQUIRE AN ILLINOIS ARCHITECTURAL CERTIFICATION FOR PERMIT
Plans purchased online do not come with an Illinois architectural certification. Most villages in the Chicago suburbs require an Illinois architectural stamp on home plans submitted for permit. However, Illinois law forbids architects to stamp any drawings not prepared under their direct supervision such as online plans. Online plan sellers prevent copying of their plans through the current copyright laws. This combination of laws puts the purchaser in a difficult position. Even changing an online plan somewhat without the seller’s permission can result in an unlawful copy called a derivative plan.
WE CAN CERTIFY YOUR PLAN PURCHASED ONLINE
Most online home plan sellers will allow a redraw or revision of their plans for construction of a single house once the plan is purchased. After you have purchased the plan online, we will prepare a basic, economical redraw of that plan which will include only the critical drawings and details necessary to obtain a local permit. These plans will be both certified and updated structurally to include local details. We will stay with the permit review process until you obtain a building permit. The redrawn plans can include your custom revisions and any local building department requirements as needed.
We cannot, however, simply copy an non-purchased online plan without subjecting ourselves and our customer to severe civil penalties. We also cannot create a derivative plan by making a few minor revisions to a copyrighted plan because the same penalties apply.
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