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In addition to the requirements in Section 15-4-310, an application for a license to use explosives for the purpose of demolishing a building or other structure shall be subject to the following:
(a) Comprehensive plan. The application shall include a comprehensive plan describing the use of explosives, including but not limited to an overview of the entire project timeline and scope, the security plan, the transportation plan, the operational plan, the occupational health and safety plan, the hazardous materials abatement plan, the dust mitigation plan, the air quality monitoring plan, the community notification plan, the rodent abatement plan, the emergency response plan, and the site cleanup plan.
(b) Written notice. The application shall include evidence that the applicant mailed written notice to the owners and occupants of all buildings located within 1,000 feet of the property lines of the zoning lot where explosives will be used and to the alderman of the ward in which the zoning lot is located. This notice shall describe the intended use of explosives, include the date, time and location of the public meeting required by subsection (d), and provide an emergency contact phone number which will be continuously monitored by the applicant from the date of the notice until completion of the demolition. Such evidence shall include a copy of the notice, a list of addressees and a description of the date and method of mailing.
(c) Posted notice. The application shall include photographic evidence that the applicant has installed at the site where explosives will be used, in a location visible and legible from the public way, a sign that is at least 4 feet tall and 8 feet wide, with lettering at least 6 inches tall, describing the intended use of explosives, the date, time and location of the public meeting required by subsection (d), and an emergency contact phone number which will be continuously monitored by the applicant from the date of the notice until completion of the demolition. This sign shall remain in place until the completion of the use of explosives.
(d) Public meeting. The application shall include details of a public meeting, to be hosted by the applicant at the sole expense of the applicant, which shall provide attendees at least two hours to ask questions of the applicant regarding details of the comprehensive plan required by subsection (a). This public meeting shall be held no less than 30 days and no more than 60 days after the date the application is filed with the Commissioner of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. This public meeting shall be held at a location within two miles of the site where explosives will be used and accommodate in person attendance by at least 50 attendees. Any change in the date or time of the public meeting shall require a new application.
(e) Coordination. The Office of Emergency Management and Communication shall convene a meeting between the applicant and all relevant city agencies to review the comprehensive plan. The use of explosives may not proceed unless each relevant city agency approves of the comprehensive plan. The Office of Emergency Management and Communication shall operate an incident command post on the date explosives will be used. On the date explosives will be used and prior to the use of explosives, the applicant shall submit to the incident command post a signed certification that all protective measures required under the approved comprehensive plan are in place and operational.
The applicant shall reimburse the city for direct and indirect costs related to operation of the incident command post and related city services.
For purposes of this subsection, relevant city agencies include, but are not limited to, the Departments of Buildings, Fire, Police, Public Health, Streets and Sanitation, and Transportation.
(f) Validity. A license issued for this purpose shall be valid only on a date or range of dates specified by the Executive Director of Emergency Management and Communications. In no case shall this date be less than 90 days after the date on which the application was filed with the Commissioner of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, nor less than 30 days after the public meeting required by subsection (d).
(g) Additional Requirements. A license issued for this purpose shall not be valid unless the applicant also complies with the following requirements:
(1) Obtains a public way obstruction permit pursuant to Section 10-28-281.2 or a determination by the Commissioner of Transportation that such a permit is not required.
(2) Complies with the permit and notification requirements of Section 11-4-2170.
(3) Obtains a water use permit pursuant to Section 11-12-070.
(4) Obtains a demolition permit pursuant to Section 14A-4-407.
(5) Provides additional community notifications, no less than 7 and no more than 30 days prior to the date explosives will be used, in a form and manner approved by the Executive Director of Management and Communications. The Executive Director may require that such notifications be mailed, hand delivered, or electronically or telephonically transmitted and provided in multiple formats or languages where the Executive Director determines such steps are needed to adequately inform the community of the intended use of explosives.
(6) Complies with the Illinois Explosives Act.
(Added Coun. J. 7-22-20, p. 19496, § 2; Amend Coun. J. 10-7-20, p. 21791, Art. VI, § 4)