CHAPTER 14A-4
PERMITS
14A-4-401   General.
14A-4-402   Work exempt from permit.
14A-4-403   Monthly permits.
14A-4-404   Additional requirements based on scope of work.
14A-4-405   Temporary structures and uses.
14A-4-406   Excavation work on private property.
14A-4-407   Demolition.
14A-4-408   Reserved.
14A-4-409   Pre-application services.
14A-4-410   Applications.
14A-4-411   Supporting documents.
14A-4-412   Fees.
14A-4-413   Limitations.
14A-4-401  GENERAL.
14A-4-401.1  Permit required.
It is unlawful to construct, enlarge, alter, rehabilitate, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy classification of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any fire protection, electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system, or conveyance device, the installation of which is regulated by the Chicago Construction Codes, or to cause any such work to be performed, unless a permit for such work has first been obtained from the building official in accordance with this chapter or the work is exempt from permit under Section 14A-4-402.
14A-4-401.1.1  Emergency repairs.
Where a repair that is not exempt from permit under Section 14A-4-402 must be performed on an emergency basis, to prevent imminent harm to people or property, a permit application covering the scope of the emergency repair must be submitted to the building official on the next business day and the repair work may not be concealed without approval of the building official.
14A-4-401.1.2  Emergency scaffolding.
Where scaffolding for which a permit is required under Section 14A-4-404.16 must be erected on an emergency basis, a permit application for the scaffolding must be submitted to the building official within 3 business days of erection.
14A-4-401.2  Preliminary inspection.
Before issuing a permit, the building official may examine or cause to be examined buildings, structures, and lots for which an application has been filed.
14A-4-401.3  Review.
The building official is directed to examine or cause to be examined the permit application and ascertain by such examinations whether the construction indicated and described is in accordance with the requirements of the Chicago Construction Codes and the Chicago Zoning Ordinance. The building official is directed to present the permit application to the Department of Planning and Development, Department of Public Health, fire code official, Department of Finance, Department of Water Management, Department of Streets and Sanitation, Department of Transportation, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, and any other affected department for examination and approval with regard to such provisions of the Municipal Code as are within the exclusive duty of such office to enforce, and after the application has been examined and passed upon it must be returned to the building official. The building official may establish a system whereby applications for permit may be reviewed simultaneously by more than one person or department.
14A-4-401.3.1  Debt.
A permit may not be issued under this chapter if the applicant for such permit or the property owner identified in the permit application or any person owning, directly or indirectly, more than 25 percent of the interest in such applicant or property owner has any outstanding debt, as defined in Section 2-32-094(a) of the Municipal Code, unless and until each applicable person owing such debt satisfies or otherwise resolves the debt within the meaning of Section 2-32-094(a) of the Municipal Code. For purposes of this section, “more than 25 percent” means more than 25 percent of the combined voting power or fair market value of all stock, partnership interests or other ownership interests in the applicant or owner of the real property or the right to receive at any time the distribution of more than 25 percent of the income or profits of the applicant or owner of the real property.
Exceptions:
1.   A permit application by any federal, state, or local government agency.
2.    A permit application for emergency repairs.
3.   A permit application to remediate an imminently unsafe condition, as determined by the building official, provided that outstanding debt to the City must be resolved before the inspection of such work.
14A-4-401.3.2  Underground work.
Where construction documents indicate work extending more than 12 feet (3658 mm) below the lowest adjoining public way, the construction documents must be submitted to the Office of Underground Coordination, and its approval secured, before a permit may be issued by the building official.
14A-4-401.3.3  Encroachment on public property.
The building official may not issue a permit authorizing the construction or rehabilitation of any building or structure unless the construction documents clearly show that the building or structure with all its appurtenances, foundations, and parts, including, if applicable, any commercial refuse and recyclable material container space required under Section 7-28-220 of the Municipal Code, will be built entirely within the limits of the lot upon which it is proposed to construct such building or structure or within the scope of a recorded easement. A permit issued by the building official does not authorize the use of, or encroachment upon, any part of any public way or other public property or property of a person other than the permit applicant for the construction of, or maintenance of, such building or structure on property not belonging to the permit applicant.
Exceptions:
1.   City digital signs.
2.   Encroachments into the public way specifically authorized by Chapter 32 of the Chicago Building Code.
3.   Encroachments into the public way authorized by the Commissioner of Transportation or a special ordinance of the city council.
14A-4-401.3.4  Affidavit.
A permit may not be issued unless the application is accompanied by an affidavit, signed by the property owner or the property owner’s authorized agent and any other person deemed necessary by the building official, in which the undersigned: (1) acknowledge the penalties that may attach if any work in violation of or beyond the scope of the permit is done on the property identified in the permit application; (2) certify, under penalty of law, that all construction work under the permit will conform to the requirements of the Municipal Code; (3) acknowledge that any false statement of fact made on the affidavit required by this subsection may subject the person making such a statement to a range of civil and criminal penalties, such as a period of incarceration, fines, and an award to the City of up to three times any damages incurred; and (4) make any other acknowledgments or certifications on the affidavit that the building official, in consultation with the Corporation Counsel, may require to implement the requirements of the Municipal Code.
(Amend Coun. J. 7-24-19, p. 3646, § 19)
14A-4-401.4  Permit issuance.
At the proper time, the building official is directed to notify the applicant in writing that his or her application has been fully examined, and if the application has been approved as submitted to the applicable departments and bureaus, the building official must, according to the Chicago Construction Codes, issue the permit.
14A-4-401.4.1  Construction documents.
When the building official issues a permit, the construction documents must be marked as “Reviewed for Code Compliance.” The building official must retain a copy of the reviewed construction documents and return a copy to the applicant. The applicant must keep the applicant’s copy at the site of work, while work is in progress, and make it available for inspection by the building official and other City officials charged with administration of the Chicago Construction Codes.
14A-4-401.5  Display of permit.
The building permit certificate or a copy must be posted in a conspicuous place upon the exterior of the premises for which it is issued and must remain posted until the work is completed and inspected in accordance with Chapter 14A-5.
14A-4-401.5.1  Permit-related documents.
It is unlawful for any person to forge, alter, deface, or modify a permit certificate or any other document related to a permit issued by the building official, including permitted construction documents, with the intent or effect of altering the scope of work authorized by the permit. It is unlawful for any person to create a document intended to persuade another that a permit has been issued where no permit has been issued.
14A-4-402  WORK EXEMPT FROM PERMIT.
14A-4-402.1  General.
No permit is required for the following:
Interior Work:
1.   Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops, and similar finish work, without plumbing or electrical connections.
2.   Drywall or plaster repair or replacement up to 1,000 square feet (93 m2) without alteration of plumbing or electrical devices or systems.
3.   In-kind replacement of ceiling tiles that are not part of a fire-rated assembly.
4.   In-kind replacement of interior doors that are not required to have a fire-resistance rating.
5.   Temporary motion picture, television, and theatrical stage sets and scenery.
6.   Nonfixed and movable fixtures, cases, racks, counters, and partitions not over 7 feet (2134 mm) in height.
7.   Repairs described in Section 14A-4-402.2.
Exterior Work:
1.   Non-combustible sidewalks, patios, walkways, parking surfaces, and driveways that are not located in or on the public way, not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above adjacent grade, and not over any basement or story below.
2.   Fences that are not more than 5 feet (1524 mm) above the ground on both sides and that conform to the Chicago Zoning Ordinance.
3.   Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet (1219 mm) in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, not supporting a surcharge, and not impounding liquids.
4.   Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a Group R-5 occupancy that are less than 24 inches (610 mm) deep, are not greater than 5,000 gallons (18 925 L), and are installed entirely above ground.
5.   Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes, not including service systems.
6.   Playground equipment accessory to a building of Group R occupancy.
7.   Landscape plants and vegetation.
8.   Repairs described in Section 14A-4-402.2.
Permanent Structures:
1.   One-story detached structures, not more than 15 feet (4572 mm) above the ground, without plumbing, and used as tool and storage sheds, open gazebos, playhouses, and similar uses, provided that the floor area is not greater than 150 square feet (14 m2).
2.   Water tanks supported directly on grade if the capacity is not greater than 5,000 gallons (18 925 L) and the ratio of height to diameter or width is not greater than 2:1.
Temporary Structures:
1.   Temporary structures, other than construction trailers, provided that the floor area is not greater than 400 square feet (37.2 m2) and no portion of the structure will be more than 15 feet (4572 mm) above adjacent grade.
2.   Temporary stages and platforms not more than 24 inches (610 mm) in height.
Electrical:
1.   Minor electrical repair work, including the replacement of lamps or the connection of portable electrical equipment to permanently installed receptacles.
2.   Electrical equipment used for radio and television transmissions regulated by the Federal Communications Commission. (A permit is required for power supply wiring and the installations of towers, antennas, and similar supporting structures).
3.   The installation of any temporary system required for the testing or servicing of electrical equipment or apparatus.
4.   The installation or alteration of low voltage electrical fixtures, including telephones, computers, speakers, doorbells, and thermostats. (A permit is required for the installation of low voltage wiring.)
5.   The installation or alteration of low-voltage and communication wiring in buildings of Group R occupancy with not more than 4 stories above grade plane and accessory structures, such as private garages and carports, located on the same lot as such buildings.
Mechanical:
1.   Portable heating appliances.
2.   Portable ventilation equipment.
3.   Portable cooling equipment.
4.   Repair or replacement of any part within any heating, cooling, or ventilation equipment regulated by the Chicago Construction Codes that does not alter its function.
5.   Self-contained refrigeration system containing 10 pounds (4.54 kg) or less of refrigerant and actuated by motors of 1 horsepower (0.75 kW) or less.
Plumbing:
1.   The stopping of leaks in drains or in water, soil, waste, or vent pipes within a building or within 5 feet (1524 mm) of the building foundation. (The removal and replacement of any drain pipe, water, soil, waste, or vent pipe, or concealed trap with new material requires a permit and inspections as provided in the Chicago Construction Codes. For requirements related to work affecting the building drain, see Chapter 11-16 of the Municipal Code.)
2.   The clearing of stoppages or the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves, or fixtures and the removal and reinstallation of water closets, provided that such repairs do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes, or fixtures or work beyond 5 feet (1524 mm) from the building foundation. (For requirements related to work affecting the building drain, see Chapter 11-16 of the Municipal Code.)
Conveyance Devices:
1.   Repairs to a conveyance device involving replacement of existing parts with other parts that are identical to those that are replaced, provided a written log of such repairs must be maintained by the owner and made available to the building official upon request.
Exception: A permit is required for any work that affects the exterior or designated interior elements of a Chicago Landmark.
14A-4-402.2  Repairs exempt from permit.
14A-4-402.2.1  All structures.
A permit is not required for repairs to structures provided that such repairs do not include any of the following:
1.   The cutting away or removal of any portion of an exterior wall, interior wall, or partition, floor, or roof.
2.   The removal or cutting of any structural beam, column, or load-bearing support.
3.   The removal or change of any required means of egress or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the egress requirements.
4.   Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, or fuel gas equipment or systems.
Exception: A permit is required for any work that affects the exterior or designated interior elements of a Chicago Landmark.
14A-4-402.2.2  Certain residential buildings and accessory structures.
A permit is not required for the following repairs to buildings of Group R occupancy with not more than 4 stories above grade plane and accessory structures, such as private garages and carports, located on the same lot as such buildings:
1.   In-kind replacement of windows.
2.   In-kind replacement of interior or exterior doors.
3.   Reroofing on other than low-sloped roofs.
4.   In-kind replacement of exterior wood, vinyl, aluminum, fiber-cement, stucco, or EIFS siding.
5.   In-kind replacement of a hot water heater.
6.   In-kind replacement of a boiler.
7.   In-kind replacement of a furnace.
8.   In-kind replacement of air-conditioning equipment.
9.   In-kind replacement of up to 50 square feet (4.6 m2) of masonry.
10.   In-kind replacement of an exterior porch or stairs with a landing not exceeding 50 square feet (4.6 m2) and not more than 6 feet (1829 mm) above adjoining grade.
Exception: A permit is required for any work that affects the exterior or designated interior elements of a Chicago Landmark.
14A-4-402.3  Code compliance.
Any work performed without a permit, as allowed by Section 14A-4-402, must comply with all applicable provisions of the Chicago Construction Codes. Section 14A-4-402 does not waive any other applicable provisions of the Chicago Construction Codes or of the Municipal Code.
14A-4-403  MONTHLY PERMITS.
14A-4-403.1  Electrical.
Instead of an individual permit for each alteration or repair to an existing permitted electrical installation, the building official is authorized to issue a monthly permit in advance for each calendar month of the year, to cover all electrical alterations and repairs during the calendar month in a specific building or structure. All work done pursuant to a monthly electrical permit must be done under the direct supervision of the supervising electrician listed on the permit. A monthly electrical permit does not authorize electrical work that is performed by persons not under the direct supervision of the supervising electrician listed on the permit. The building official must collect a fee as provided in Section 14A-12-1204.1 for monthly electrical permits.
14A-4-403.1.1  Records.
A complete record of all installations, alterations, maintenance, and repairs made during each calendar month must be maintained by the supervising electrician and owner and made available, upon request, to the building official.
14A-4-404  ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS BASED ON SCOPE OF WORK.
14A-4-404.1  General.
It is unlawful to engage in any of the specialized scopes of work described in Sections 14A-4-404.2 through 14A-4-404.22 unless a permit for such work has first been obtained from the building official in accordance with the general requirements of Section 14A-4-401 and the specific requirements of those sections.
14A-4-404.2  Boilers and unfired pressure vessels.
A separate permit must be obtained before the installation, alteration, or repair of any boiler or unfired pressure vessel in accordance with Article III of Chapter 11-4 of the Municipal Code.
Exceptions:
1.   Heating boilers installed in buildings of Group R-5 occupancy must be permitted as part of the heating system.
2.   Emergency repairs may be made, provided a permit is applied for on the next business day after the repairs begin.
Where a boiler or unfired pressure vessel is to be installed, altered, or repaired as part of other construction, alteration or repair work, the size, number, and location of all boilers or unfired pressure vessels to be installed, altered, or repaired must be marked on the plans. A permit issued for other work, however, does not authorize the installation, alteration, or repair of a boiler or unfired pressure vessel.
14A-4-404.2.1  Plans required.
An application for permit to install or alter a boiler or unfired pressure vessel must be accompanied by plans and specifications for the boiler or unfired pressure vessel.
14A-4-404.2.2  Certificate of use.
It is unlawful for a person to use a newly-installed or altered boiler or unfired pressure vessel before the boiler or unfired pressure vessel has been inspected by the building official and the building official has certified that the boiler or unfired pressure vessel was installed or altered in accordance with the permit and may be safely used.
14A-4-404.2.3  New boilers and unfired pressure vessels.
Any person manufacturing or dealing in the sale or installation of boilers or unfired pressure vessels must, on the sale or delivery of any such device to any address within the City, notify the building official of the type of device, the name of the purchaser, and the street address to which the device is delivered.
14A-4-404.2.4  Used boilers and unfired pressure vessels.
Any person selling a secondhand or used boiler or unfired pressure vessel must before painting the same, have it inspected by the building official and before offering for sale any used boiler or unfired pressure vessel must possess a certificate issued by the building official to the effect that the boiler or unfired pressure vessel is in such condition that it can be safely used.
14A-4-404.2.5  Repairs.
All repairs must be made in accordance with the applicable chapter of the National Board Inspection Code issued by the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors, dated 1977 or later, except where such chapters conflict with these rules:
1.   All repairs involving the safety of a high-pressure boiler must be in accordance with Section 1 of the ASME Code covering the particular kind of boiler or kind of work to be done.
2.   Repair work on low-pressure boilers in general must be in accordance with Section 4 of the ASME Code.
3.   All repairs involving the safety of an unfired pressure vessel must be in accordance with Section VIII, Divisions 1 and 2 of the ASME Code.
14A-4-404.3  Construction equipment.
A separate permit must be obtained before assembling or jumping any tower crane or derrick-type equipment in accordance with Section 4-288-122 of the Municipal Code.
14A-4-404.4  Conveyance devices.
A separate permit must be obtained before the construction, installation, alteration, or repair of a conveyance device. A permit issued for other work does not authorize the installation, alteration, or repair of a conveyance device.
Exceptions:
1.   Repairs not required to obtain a permit under Section 14A-4-402.
2.   Mechanical amusement riding devices are subject to Section 14A-4-404.11.
14A-4-404.4.1  Application.
The permit application must specify the number of devices and type of equipment to be installed, or the nature of the alteration or repair to be made. The application must identify the address of the building or structure where the device is to be installed and specify the location within the building or structure. The application must be accompanied by drawings and specifications sufficient to establish conformance of the proposed work to requirements of the Chicago Conveyance Device Code.
14A-4-404.4.2  Elevator mechanic contractor.
Each elevator mechanic contractor that will perform work under the permit must be identified on the permit application. Elevator mechanic contractors must be registered under Chapter 4-298 of the Municipal Code.
Exception: An elevator mechanic contractor is not required for work exclusively involving a conveyance device within or exclusively serving no more than three levels of a single, privately-owned dwelling unit.
14A-4-404.5  Demolition.
A permit must be obtained for the demolition of an entire building or structure or an alteration that will permanently reduce the building area of an existing building in accordance with 14A-4-407 before demolition work. A permit for demolition of an entire building or structure must be separate from any permit for subsequent construction on the site.
14A-4-404.6  Electrical work.
A permit must be obtained before the installation, alteration, or repair of electrical systems or electrical equipment. A permit application for electrical work may be submitted as part of a general building permit application that clearly identifies the scope of electrical work to be performed or as a separate permit application.
14A-4-404.6.1  Electrical contractor.
Each electrical contractor that will perform electrical work under the permit must be identified on the permit application. Electrical contractors must be registered under Chapter 4-290 of the Municipal Code. Where contracts to install electrical work have been obtained by persons who are not registered as electrical contractors and the contract is assigned or sublet to a registered electrical contractor on a subcontract basis, the name of such registered electrical contractor must immediately be disclosed by the registered electrical contractor to the other party to the contract in writing.
14A-4-404.7  Fences.
It is unlawful to erect a fence more than 5 feet (1524 mm) in height without first obtaining a permit from the building official.
14A-4-404.7.1  Chicago Landmarks.
It is unlawful to erect a solid fence or wall of any height that is visible from a public street on a property containing a Chicago Landmark without obtaining a permit from the building official.
14A-4-404.8  Fire escapes.
An existing fire escape or fire escape stairway may not be altered or removed without a permit. The permit application must clearly identify that the scope of work involves a fire escape. The permit application must be accompanied by documents establishing compliance with the requirements of Section 307 of the Chicago Building Rehabilitation Code.
14A-4-404.9  Fire protection systems.
A separate permit must be obtained before the construction, installation, or alteration of an automatic sprinkler system, automatic fire-extinguishing system, standpipe system, or fire alarm system.
14A-4-404.9.1  Automatic sprinkler systems and alternative automatic fire-extinguishing systems.
A permit must be obtained from the fire code official in accordance with Section 15-16-190 of the Municipal Code before the construction, installation, or alteration of an automatic sprinkler system or automatic fire- extinguishing system.
14A-4-404.9.2  Standpipe systems.
A permit must be obtained from the fire code official in accordance with Section 15-16-740 of the Municipal Code before the construction, installation, or alteration of a standpipe system.
14A-4-404.9.3  Fire alarm systems.
A separate permit must be obtained from the building official before the construction, installation, or alteration of a fire alarm system. The application for a fire alarm permit must be accompanied by complete plans and specifications of the proposed system.
14A-4-404.10  Industrial private event venues.
A permit may not be issued for the alteration of or addition to a building containing a licensed industrial private event venue if such work will increase the floor area of the building by more than 10% of the total amount of floor area existing in the building on February 10, 2016.
14A-4-404.11  Mechanical amusement riding devices.
A separate permit must be obtained before the construction, installation, alteration, or repair of a mechanical amusement riding device. A permit issued for other work does not authorize the installation, alteration, or repair of a mechanical amusement riding device.
14A-4-404.11.1  Application.
The permit application must specify the number of devices and type of equipment to be installed, or the nature of the alteration or repair to be made. The application must identify the address of the building or structure where the device is to be installed and specify the location within the building or structure. The application must be accompanied by drawings and specifications sufficient to establish conformance of the proposed work to requirements of the Chicago Conveyance Device Code.
14A-4-404.11.1.1  Mechanical amusement riding device ID number.
The permit application for a mechanical amusement riding device must include the registration number assigned to the type of device by the building official.
14A-4-404.11.1.2  New types of mechanical amusement riding devices.
For every new or previously-unregistered type of mechanical amusement riding device, a detailed drawing and description of the construction thereof, with a certificate signed by a registered design professional certifying to the strength and safety of such device, must be submitted to the building official for approval and assignment of a registration number.
14A-4-404.11.2  Insurance.
Every permit application for a mechanical amusement riding device must be accompanied by proof of commercial general liability insurance and property damage insurance, which must name the City of Chicago, its officers and employees as an additional insured on a primary, noncontributory basis for any liability arising directly or indirectly from the permittee’s operations in an amount of not less than $1 million per occurrence for bodily injury, personal injury, and property damage. Such proof of insurance must be filed with the building official and Comptroller. The applicant or permittee must maintain such insurance policy in full force and effect at all times during the permit period. Each policy must include a provision to the effect that the policy is not subject to cancellation, reduction in the amounts of its liabilities, or other material change until notice thereof has been received in writing by the City’s Comptroller, not less than 30 days before such action. Failure to maintain insurance coverage as required by this section will result in revocation of the permit.
14A-4-404.11.3  Engineering report.
Where mechanical amusement riding devices are to be installed within a building above the lowest story, the permit application must be accompanied by a letter or other documents signed and sealed by a registered design professional verifying the structural capacity of the floor where the device is to be placed.
14A-4-404.11.4  Temporary installations.
Where mechanical amusement riding devices are to be installed on a temporary basis, the permit application must be accompanied by a letter from the organization sponsoring the carnival, a letter from the owners of the property where the rides are to be located, a description of toilet facilities, and, if applicable, a permit for use of the public way. Permits for temporary installations may not be issued for terms of more than 14 days. Where a mechanical amusement riding device will be installed on a temporary basis for more than 14 days, a separate permit must be obtained for each 14-day term.
14A-4-404.11.5  Coin-operated devices.
Coin-operated mechanical amusement riding devices, installed on a permanent basis may not be permitted for a term longer than one year. Where a coin-operated mechanical amusement riding device is to remain at the same location for longer than one year, a separate permit must be obtained for each 1-year term.
14A-4-404.12  Mechanical refrigeration or cooling system.
A permit must be obtained before the installation, alteration, or repair of a mechanical refrigeration or cooling system. A permit application for mechanical refrigeration or cooling work may be submitted as part of a general building permit application that clearly identifies the scope of mechanical refrigeration or cooling work to be performed or as a separate permit application.
14A-4-404.12.1  Plans and specifications.
A mechanical refrigeration or cooling system may not be installed, erected, or repaired, nor may any reconstruction of old apparatus or old systems for mechanical refrigeration or cooling purposes be undertaken, unless plans and specifications for such work have been approved by the building official. The plans and specifications must identify the kind and amount of refrigerant used.
14A-4-404.13  New construction.
A permit for construction that anticipates the demolition of existing buildings or existing structures on the site may not be issued before the building official has received a substantially complete permit application or has issued a permit for the demolition of the buildings or structures. The construction permit is conditional, subject to lawful demolition of the existing buildings and existing structures before occupancy.
14A-4-404.14  Plumbing.
A permit for plumbing work must be obtained in accordance with Section 18-29-106 of the Municipal Code. A permit application for plumbing work may be submitted as part of a general building permit application that clearly identifies the scope of plumbing work to be performed or as a separate permit application.
14A-4-404.15  Relocating buildings.
A permit must be obtained before relocating an existing building or structure, either on the same lot or from one lot to another. The permit application must be accompanied by plans demonstrating compliance with Chapter 14 of the Chicago Building Rehabilitation Code.
14A-4-404.15.1  Damaged buildings.
A permit may not be issued for the relocation of an existing building or structure that has been damaged by fire, decay, or otherwise to a new lot where repairs necessary to bring the damaged structure into compliance with the Chicago Construction Codes would exceed 50 percent of the value of the damaged structure.
14A-4-404.16  Scaffolding.
In addition to any permit or authorization required for work on or over the public way, a separate permit must be obtained from the building official for scaffolding that meets either of the following criteria:
1.   Erected more than 40 feet (12.2 m) above adjoining grade on a site within the fire limits, as defined in Appendix D to the Chicago Building Code.
2.   Erected more than 80 feet (24.4 m) above adjoining grade.
The permit for scaffolding must be separate from any permit required for construction, demolition, or rehabilitation work.
14A-4-404.16.1  Application.
Application for a scaffolding permit must be submitted on a form provided by the building official for this purpose. The application must clearly describe all scaffolding to be erected or used under the permit. The applicant must provide such information on the application as the building official may require, including the name of the owner, the address of the building, the periods of time during which the scaffolding work will take place, the nature of the scaffolding work to be done, the type and size of the scaffolding to be used, and a telephone number that will enable the City to contact the applicant at all times in case of emergency. The application must include a signed statement by the applicant attesting that the applicant is familiar with all laws, rules, and standards applicable to scaffolding proposed in the application to be erected and used.
14A-4-404.16.1.1  Amendment.
In the event that the owner intends to undertake scaffolding work not stated on the original application, the owner must obtain an amended scaffolding permit before commencing the erection or use of any such scaffolding.
14A-4-404.16.2  Duration.
A scaffolding permit is effective for one year from the date of issuance.
14A-4-404.16.3  Training.
Before commencing the erection, maintenance, or use of any scaffolding that requires a permit, the operator must obtain proof that the operator has successfully completed a training course in scaffolding safety acceptable to the building official. Each individual who participates in any way in the erection, maintenance, or use of such scaffolding must carry proof that he or she has successfully completed an acceptable safety training course when performing scaffolding-related work.
14A-4-404.16.4  Insurance.
Before commencing the erection, maintenance, or use of any scaffolding that requires a permit, the operator must obtain commercial general liability insurance against any liability, loss, or claim caused by, or arising from the erection, disassembly, or use of, the scaffolding. Such insurance must meet all of the following criteria:
1.   Be issued by an insurer authorized to insure in Illinois.
2.   Be in an amount no less than $1 million per occurrence for bodily injury, personal injury, and property damage.
3.   Name the City, its officers, employees, and agents as additional insured on a primary, noncontributory basis for any liability arising directly or indirectly from the operator’s operations.
4.   Be maintained in full force and effect at all times that the scaffolding is present or throughout the permit period.
14A-4-404.16.5  Records.
The operator must keep copies of all required proof of training and proof of insurance at the scaffolding site and at the offices of the operator, and must produce those documents for inspection upon the request of an authorized City official.
14A-4-404.17  Sewer work.
A separate permit for sewer work regulated by Chapter 11-16 of the Municipal Code must be obtained in accordance with that chapter before undertaking such sewer work, either on private property or in the public way.
14A-4-404.18  Signs.
A permit must be obtained for the erection or alteration of any sign or sign structure in accordance with Article XIII of Chapter 13-20 of the Municipal Code.
14A-4-404.19  Tanks for flammable liquids.
In any location where a driveway or driveways across a public sidewalk are required in connection with the installation of a tank for flammable liquids, a permit may not be issued until the applicant has first obtained from the Commissioner of Transportation a use of public way permit for the driveway or driveways as prescribed by Chapter 10-20 of the Municipal Code.
14A-4-404.20  Water service.
A separate permit for work involving a connection to the Chicago Waterworks System regulated by Chapter 11-12 of the Municipal Code must be obtained in accordance with that chapter before undertaking such work.
14A-4-404.21  Warm air heating furnaces.
A permit must be obtained before the installation, alteration, or replacement of a warm air heating furnace or connected ducts and registers. The application for such a permit must be accompanied by drawings or plans, and such specifications or statements as are necessary to indicate conformance of the installation with the requirements of the Chicago Construction Codes.
14A-4-404.22  Work on, above, or below the public way.
A separate permit for work on or above the public way must be obtained before beginning such work in accordance with Sections 14A-4-404.22.1 through 14A-4-404.22.3.
14A-4-404.22.1  Driveway permit.
A permit may not be issued for the construction or rehabilitation of any building or structure, the operation of which will require a driveway across a public sidewalk, until the applicant has first obtained from the Commissioner of Transportation a driveway permit as prescribed by Chapter 10-20 of the Municipal Code or the Commissioner of Transportation has notified the building official that the application for such a driveway permit is substantially complete and under review.
14A-4-404.22.2  Use of subsidewalk space for natural light or ventilation.
A permit may not be issued for the construction or rehabilitation of any structure where windows or other openings located in a wall abutting and below the level of the public way require the use of subsidewalk space for light or ventilation before the applicant has first obtained specific authority for such use as provided in Section 10-28-010 of the Municipal Code.
14A-4-404.22.3  Canopies.
It is unlawful for any person to erect or construct any canopy on or over the pubic way under any provision of the Municipal Code or any special ordinance without first submitting the plans of such canopy, and also of the part of the building or other structure to which it is to be attached, to the building official as part of an application for permit. The Department of Transportation may not issue a permit for use of the public way to install a canopy unless a permit for the canopy has been obtained from the building official.
14A-4-405  TEMPORARY STRUCTURES AND USES.
14A-4-405.1  General.
The building official is authorized to issue a permit for temporary structures and uses. The building official is authorized to grant extensions for demonstrated cause.
14A-4-405.2  Conformance.
Temporary structures and uses must comply with the requirements in Articles XIII and XVI of Chapter 13-96 or Section 3103 of the Chicago Building Code, as applicable.
(Amend Coun. J. 7-24-19, p. 3646, § 20)
14A-4-405.3  Permit application.
Construction documents must be submitted with each permit application for installation of a temporary structure. The construction documents must include a site plan indicating the location of the temporary structure relative to lot lines and information delineating the means of egress and the occupant load and location and type of heating and electrical equipment.
14A-4-405.3.1  Preparation of construction documents.
For temporary structures not exceeding 600 square feet (56 m2), construction documents submitted with a permit application may be prepared by any responsible person. All other construction documents must be prepared by a registered design professional and include an analysis of structural stability.
14A-4-405.3.2  Contractor.
For temporary structures exceeding 400 square feet (37 m2), the permit application must identify the City- licensed general contractor that will be responsible for erection and removal of the structure.
14A-4-405.4  Temporary electrical service.
The building official is authorized to give permission to temporarily supply and use power in part of an electric installation before such installation has been fully completed. Temporary supply and use of electrical power must comply with the requirements specified for temporary lighting, heat, or power in the Chicago Electrical Code.
14A-4-405.5  Termination of approval.
The building official is authorized to terminate a permit for a temporary structure or use and to order the temporary structure or use to be discontinued at any time.
14A-4-406  EXCAVATION WORK ON PRIVATE PROPERTY.
14A-4-406.1  Scope.
All excavation work on private property must comply with Chapter 10-21 of the Municipal Code and Chapter 33 of the Chicago Building Code. A permit is required before beginning excavation work that will be either:
1.   More than 5 feet (1524 mm) vertically below existing grade and within 5 feet (1524 mm) horizontally of an existing building or structure on a different lot or the public way.
2.   More than 10 feet (3048 mm) vertically below existing grade at any location.
The permit application must clearly identify excavation in the scope of work and be accompanied by documents establishing compliance with requirements of Section 14A-4-406.
Exceptions:
1.   The City itself is exempt from obtaining a permit for excavation work, however contractors performing work on behalf of the City must obtain a permit for excavation work.
2.   Excavation required for emergency repairs is not required to obtain a permit but must comply with the insurance requirement in Section 14A-4-406.6.
14A-4-406.1.1  Declaration of policy.
Notwithstanding any provision of state law to the contrary, the owner of property on which excavation work is to be performed, and the person actually performing the work, must protect the adjacent and subjacent support of the adjoining public way and structures located on the property of another and within five feet (1524 mm) of any portion of the excavating work, in accordance with this section.
14A-4-406.2  Notice.
At least 30 days before beginning excavation work that requires a permit, the owner of the property where the work is to be done must notify the owners of adjacent properties of the anticipated starting date and three-dimensional measurement of the excavation work. The notice must be in writing and must be delivered by certified mail, return receipt requested, or by personal delivery to the person entitled to receive the notice, accompanied by a receipt for delivery. Where the notice is served by personal delivery, the owner of the property must submit to the building official a signed affidavit stating the date and time of the delivery and an explanation of how the notice was delivered. The receipt, affidavit, and a copy of the notice must be attached to the permit application and available for inspection at the excavation site.
14A-4-406.3  Bracing for adjacent structures.
Where excavation work that requires a permit will be within 5 feet (1524 mm) of any portion of a structure on the property of another, the owner of the property to be excavated or the person performing the excavation work must reinforce or brace the adjacent structure in order to prevent sagging, settling, cracking, or collapse of its foundation and walls. The owner of the property to be excavated is responsible for the entire cost of the reinforcement or bracing. The reinforcement or bracing must be done in a manner consistent with the provisions of the Chicago Construction Codes. Bracing, including earth retention systems, required by this section must be designed by a registered design professional.