17-13-1300  Zoning Certificates.
   17-13-1301 When Required. Except as hereinafter provided, no permit pertaining to the use of land or buildings may be issued by any officer, department, or employee of this City unless the application for such permit has been examined by the Office of the Zoning Administrator and has affixed to it a certificate of the Office of the Zoning Administrator that the proposed building or structure complies with all the provisions of this Zoning Ordinance. Any permit or certificate of occupancy issued in conflict with the provisions of this Zoning Ordinance will be null and void.
   17-13-1302 Applications.
      17-13-1302-A Filing. Applications must be filed with the Zoning Administrator.
      17-13-1302-B Contents. Every application for a building permit will be deemed to be an application for a zoning certificate and must be accompanied by:
         1.   A plat, in duplicate, of the piece or parcel of land, lot, lots, block or blocks, or parts or portions thereof, drawn to scale showing the actual dimensions and certified by a Land Surveyor or Civil Engineer licensed by the State of Illinois, as a true copy of the piece, or parcel, lot, lots, block or blocks or portions thereof, according to the registered or recorded plat of such land; and
         2.   A plat, in duplicate, drawn to scale in such form as may, from time to time, be prescribed by the Zoning Administrator, showing the ground area, height, and bulk of the building or structure, the building lines in relation to property lines, the use to be made of the building or structure or land and such other information as may be required by the Zoning Administrator for the proper enforcement of this Zoning Ordinance. When a building permit application for the repair, remodeling and/or alteration of residential buildings or buildings of mixed residential occupancy that have been in existence for 50 or more years and that contain no more than 6 dwelling units is filed with the Department of Planning and Development, and zoning certification is sought for the present number of dwelling units existing at the time of submittal of such application, such zoning certification must be limited to certify not more than one unit over the number of units originally authorized. The permit application must be accompanied by such documents and be in such form as prescribed by the Zoning Administrator to substantiate the lawful existence of dwelling units in the building. Such documents may include, but not be limited to, affidavits, leases, utility records, or any other instruments deemed necessary by the Zoning Administrator to make a determination of authorized nonconformity.
         3.   One copy of each of the two plats must be attached to the application for a building permit when it is submitted to the Office of the Zoning Administrator for a zoning certificate and must be retained by the Zoning Administrator as a public record.
   17-13-1303 Performance Bonds. At the time the Zoning Administrator issues a zoning certificate for a land use, building or parking lot that requires the submission of a landscape plan or the planting of street trees, the Zoning Administrator must require the posting of a performance bond or other form of financial security approved by the Zoning Administrator. The bond or other form of financial security must be in a form and amount as deemed adequate by the Zoning Administrator to ensure that the required landscape materials will be installed within 6 months or the next planting season.
(Added Coun. J. 5-26-04, p. 25275; Amend Coun. J. 11-19-08, p. 47220, Art. VII, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 11-17-10, p. 106597, Art. IX, § 11; Amend Coun. J. 11-26-13, p. 67481, Art. I, § 30)