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* Editor’s note – Title 14C was added by Coun. J. 3-28-18, p. 74459, Art. I, §§ 1 – 12.
Ch. 14C-1 Scope and Administration
Ch. 14C-2 Definitions
Ch. 14C-3 Elevators, Escalators, Dumbwaiters, Moving Walks, Material Lifts, and Dumbwaiters with Automatic Transfer Devices
Ch. 14C-4 Existing Elevators, Escalators, Dumbwaiters, Moving Walks, Material Lifts, and Dumbwaiters with Automatic Transfer Devices
Ch. 14C-5 Alternative Performance-Based Requirements for Elevators and Escalators
Ch. 14C-6 Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts
Ch. 14C-7 Automotive Lifts
Ch. 14C-8 Stage and Orchestra Lifts
Ch. 14C-9 Permanent Window Washer Power-Operated Platforms
Ch. 14C-10 Construction and Industrial Equipment
Ch. 14C-11 Mechanical Amusement Riding Devices
* Editor’s note – Chapter 14C-1 was added by Coun. J. 3-28-18, p. 74459, Art. I, § 2.
14C-1-104 Certificate of compliance.
14C-1-106 Unsafe conditions.
14C-1-107 Mandatory incident reporting.
This Title 14C shall be known as the “Conveyance Device Code” of the City of Chicago, hereinafter referred to as “this code.”
The provisions of this code govern the design, construction, installation, alteration, maintenance, and repair of conveyance devices and their components.
The purpose of this code is to establish the minimum standards to provide a reasonable level of safety, health, property protection and public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, construction, installation, alteration, maintenance, and repair of conveyance devices and their components.
The following persons are responsible for the safety of a conveyance device regulated by this code and shall comply with the requirements of this code: the owner of the real property on which the conveyance device is located; any lessee of the real property on which the conveyance device is located; the real property owner or lessee’s agent; the owner of the conveyance device; any lessee of the conveyance device; the conveyance device owner or lessee’s agent; and any person charged with managing, controlling, or reporting on the conveyance device within the scope of services provided by such person pursuant to a contract.
Where there is a conflict between a general requirement and a specific requirement of this code, the specific requirement shall govern. Where, in any specific case, different sections of this code specify different materials, methods of construction or other requirements, the most restrictive shall govern.
Conveyance devices lawfully installed at the time of the adoption of this code shall be permitted to have their use and maintenance continued if the use, maintenance or repair is in accordance with the original design and hazard to life, health or property is not created by such conveyance device.
Every conveyance device now in operation, or which may hereafter be installed, together with the hoistway and all equipment thereof, shall be inspected under the authority or pursuant to the mandate of the authority having jurisdiction as often as the authority having jurisdiction deems necessary, and in no case shall any new conveyance device be placed in operation until an initial acceptance inspection of such conveyance device has been made.
(1) Mechanical amusement riding devices shall be inspected in accordance with Section 14A-6-605.
(2) Platform lifts and stairway chairlifts installed within a private residence shall not require an initial inspection or periodic inspections. The person responsible for such a conveyance device may request an inspection by the authority having jurisdiction, subject to payment of a $100.00 inspection fee. If the device passes the inspection and tests, the authority having jurisdiction shall cause a certificate to be issued stating that the device passed all inspections and tests. The certificate shall be valid for one year.
(Amend Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029, Art. V, § 1)
It shall be the duty of every person responsible for the conveyance device within the meaning of section 14C-1-101.4, or occupant of any building in which any such conveyance device is installed, and of the person in charge or control of any such conveyance device, to allow the testing and inspection of such conveyance device, and all equipment used in connection therewith, within five days after a demand for testing and inspection is made by the authority having jurisdiction.
If, pursuant to the requirements of Section 14A-1-104.7 or 14A-6-601.1.4, the authority having jurisdiction authorizes a mandated inspection of any equipment regulated by this code, the owner of the building in which such equipment is located shall comply with Section 14A-6-601.1.4 and with all applicable rules. For purposes of this section, the term “owner” shall have the meaning ascribed to the term in Chapter 14A-2.
(Amend Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029, Art. V, § 2)
If a permit is required for any conveyance device, the person responsible for such conveyance device shall pre-test such conveyance device in advance of any initial acceptance inspection to ensure that such conveyance device is fully operational prior to the time of inspection. If the pre-test indicates that the conveyance device will not be fully operational at the time scheduled for the initial acceptance inspection, the person responsible for the conveyance device shall, at least two business days in advance of the scheduled initial acceptance inspection, cancel such scheduled inspection by notifying the authority having jurisdiction in writing.
No person responsible for any conveyance device regulated by this code, as defined in section 14C-1-101.4, shall operate or cause to be operated any conveyance device unless a certificate of compliance has been issued by the authority having jurisdiction and is posted or kept in accordance with this section.
Exception: Mechanical amusement riding devices shall be inspected in accordance with Section 14A-6-605.
Whenever any conveyance device has been inspected under the authority or pursuant to the mandate of the authority having jurisdiction and the tests herein required shall have been made of all safety devices with which such conveyance device is required to be equipped and the result of such inspection and tests show such conveyance device to be in good condition, and that such safety devices are in good working condition and in good repair, the authority having jurisdiction shall issue or cause to be issued a certificate setting forth the result of such inspection and tests and containing: the date of inspection; the weight which such equipment will safely carry; and a statement to the effect that the shaft doors, hoistway, and all equipment, including safety devices, comply with all applicable provisions of this code, subject to payment of the required inspection fee.
Where any inspection or test shows that a conveyance device is in an unsafe condition or in bad repair, or that any required safety device has not been installed or, if installed, is not in good working order or not in good repair, a certificate of compliance shall not be issued until such conveyance device, or such safety device has been put in good working order.
Nothing in this section shall prohibit the authority having jurisdiction from issuing a conditional certificate of compliance for a conveyance device undergoing repairs.
(Amend Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029, Art. V, § 3)
It shall be the joint and several duty of all persons responsible for an elevator to frame such certificate of compliance and to place such framed certificate in a conspicuous place in the elevator to which the certificate applies.
Certificates issued under this section for any conveyance device other than an elevator shall be kept on site by the owner, agent, lessee, occupant or person in charge or control of such equipment and, upon request by a city inspector or other authorized person, shall be made available for inspection by such city inspector or other authorized person.
It shall be unlawful for any person to forge, alter, deface or modify, or to cause to be forged, altered, defaced or modified, a certificate of compliance issued or caused to be issued by the authority having jurisdiction.
It shall be the duty of the person responsible for the conveyance device to immediately notify the authority having jurisdiction if any certificate of compliance has been altered, defaced or modified in any way.
Any person who violates any requirement of this section shall be fined not less than $2,000.00 and not more than $5,000.00 for each offense. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate and distinct offense to which a separate fine shall apply.
Whenever any inspector finds any conveyance device in an unsafe condition, the inspector shall immediately report the same to the authority having jurisdiction, together with a statement of all the facts relating to the condition of such conveyance device.
Upon receiving such a report, the authority having jurisdiction shall order the operation of such conveyance device to be stopped and to remain inoperative until it has been placed in a safe condition.
The authority having jurisdiction shall post or cause to be posted a conspicuous written notice prohibiting operation of the conveyance device on or adjacent to the conveyance device. The authority having jurisdiction may order persons responsible for the conveyance device to post such notice.
The prohibitions set forth in this subsection shall remain in effect until such time that the authority having jurisdiction determines that the unsafe equipment identified in the order or notice has been restored to a safe and proper condition as required by the provisions of this code and the order to cease operation of the equipment is lifted or otherwise released by the authority having jurisdiction.
It shall be unlawful for any person to violate an order to cease operation of unsafe equipment issued under this section; to remove or modify any notice posted pursuant to this section without permission from the authority having jurisdiction; or to permit or allow any equipment identified in such order to be used or to remain in use or to be placed back into operation without permission from the authority having jurisdiction.
Any person who violates any requirement of this section shall be fined not less than $10,000.00 and not more than $50,000.00 for each offense. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate and distinct offense to which a separate fine shall apply. In addition to the fine prescribed in this subsection, any person who violates any requirement of this section where such violation results in the death or injury of any person shall be subject to a term of imprisonment for a period of not less than 7 days and not more than 6 months under the procedures set forth in Section 1.2-1.1 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as amended, and under the provisions of the Illinois Code of Criminal Procedure, as amended.
It shall be the joint and several duty of all persons responsible for a conveyance device regulated by this code to report to the authority having jurisdiction within 24 hours any incident involving the conveyance device which results in:
1. an injury to a person resulting in a response by emergency medical personnel;
2. the death of a person;
3. damage to the conveyance device requiring a repair permit;
4. damage to the conveyance device due to fire or water.
The conveyance device shall not be placed in service for public use until the authority having jurisdiction inspects the equipment and determines in writing whether the incident was caused by any defect in the equipment. If a defect in the equipment is identified, the conveyance device shall not be placed in service for public use until:
1. a permit is obtained from the authority having jurisdiction to repair the defect;
2. the conveyance device passes an inspection by the authority having jurisdiction; and
3. all required permit, testing, and inspection fees have been paid.
It shall be the joint and several duty of all persons responsible for an elevator regulated by this code to report to the authority having jurisdiction within 24 hours any incident involving the elevator which results in a person being detained within an inoperable or malfunctioning elevator for more than 30 minutes.