Our principal, Ron Kwaske, is a self-certified architect in Chicago. We have been asked by many, “what does it mean to be self-certified?”
Essentially, it means that for eligible projects Ron takes responsibility for code compliance. For projects that are eligible, self-certfication can significantly cut down the time to procure a permit since plan reviews with the City are eliminated.Depending upon the project and the City’s backlog of work, getting a permit through the Standard Plan Review process can sometimes take several months. Clients who are trying to meet tight deadlines (e.g. restaurants or retailers with absolute opening dates) can benefit from choosing a self-certified architect because the permit procurement process is drastically expedited.
If you are interested in learning if your project qualifies for self-certification, please feel free to send us an email or call us at 312-698-5024.