TITLE 9
BUILDING REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 1
GENERAL BUILDING REGULATIONS 1
SECTION:
9-1-1: Permit Required
9-1-2: Certificate Of Occupancy
9-1-3: Restroom Facility Required
9-1-4: Construction Hours
9-1-5: Use Of Streets And Sidewalks
9-1-6: Safeguards
9-1-7: Mailboxes
9-1-8: Penalties
9-1-1: PERMIT REQUIRED:
It shall be unlawful to construct, enlarge, alter or demolish a structure or change the occupancy of a building or structure requiring greater strength, means of egress or sanitary provisions, to change to another use, install or alter any equipment for which provision is made or the installation of which is regulated by the Building Code, install or alter any electrical equipment or wiring, or to install or alter any plumbing equipment or piping without first filing an application with the Director of Building and Engineering, in writing, and obtaining the required permit therefor; except that "repairs," as defined in the Building Code, which do not involve any violation of the Code shall be exempt from this provision.
   Exception:  Minor repairs that do not require changes in the piping to/from plumbing fixtures or that involve the removal, replacement, installation, or reinstallation of any plumbing fixtures do not require a plumbing permit.
   Exception:  Minor repairs that do not require changes in the wiring to/from electrical fixtures or that involve the removal, replacement, installation, or reinstallation of any electrical fixtures do not require an electrical permit.
   A.   Application for Permit: Each such application shall contain the name of applicant, name of the owner of the premises to be served, name of the contractors doing the work, and the nature of the work to be completed.  Where the work consists of new installations or extensive repairs or alterations, plans and specifications of the work shall accompany the application.
   B.   Plans and Specifications: No permit shall be issued until after plans and specifications showing the proposed work have been submitted, reviewed, and approved by the Building and Engineering Department.  If a permit is denied, the applicant shall submit revised plans and specifications. When it is found necessary to make any change from the plans and specifications on which a permit has been issued, amended plans and specifications shall be submitted to the Building and Engineering Department for final review and approval.
   C.   Failure to Obtain a Required Permit: In the event that construction work commences without a permit as required by section 9-1-1A., the permit fees assessed for said permit will be double the applicable amounts listed in Chapter 9-2.
(Ord. 2019.20, 9-16-2019, eff. 1-1-2020)
9-1-2: CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY:
   A.   Certificate of Occupancy: A building or structure shall not be used or occupied, and a change in the existing use or occupancy classification of a building or structure or portion thereof shall not be made, until the Code Official has issued a certificate of occupancy.  A certificate of occupancy shall not be issued until a final inspection has been performed by the Code Official in order to verify that all work covered by the permit is code compliant and complete. 
   B.   Temporary Certificate of Occupancy: The Code Official may issue a temporary certificate of occupancy before the completion of all work covered by the permit, provided that such portion or portions shall be occupied safely.  The Code Official shall set an expiration date on which the temporary certificate shall expire.
   C.   Winter Temporary Certificate of Occupancy: The Code Official may issue a winter temporary certificate of occupancy when winter weather conditions are present that may prevent the completion of exterior work, such as driveways, sidewalks and landscaping.  Winter temporary certificates of occupancy will only be issued during the period between November 15th and April 15th.  All winter temporary certificates of occupancy shall expire on June 1st.
   D.   Revocation of Certificate of Occupancy:  The Code Official shall, in writing, suspend or revoke a certificate of occupancy wherever the certificate is issued in error, or on the basis of incorrect information supplied, or where it is determined that the building or structure or portion thereof is in violation of any ordinance, regulation or provision of this code.
(Ord. 2019.20, 9-16-2019, eff. 1-1-2020)
9-1-3: RESTROOM FACILITY REQUIRED:
The owner or the owner's representative of any building being constructed, enlarged, altered or demolished shall ensure that employees working on the construction site have access to restroom facilities in accordance with the Illinois State Statute (410 ILCS 37/et seq.) Construction Site Temporary Restroom Facility Act.
(Ord. 2019.20, 9-16-2019, eff. 1-1-2020)
9-1-4: CONSTRUCTION HOURS:
   A.   No person shall make, cause to be made, or permit to be made, any unreasonable noise or sound which disturbs the peace.
   B.   No person shall operate, permit to be operated, or cause to be operated on the exterior of any premises any power tools, such as but not limited to gas or electric powered lawnmowers, chain saws, power saws, sweepers, or yard equipment, outside the hours of seven o'clock (7:00) A.M. and nine o'clock (9:00) P.M. on weekdays and eight o'clock (8:00) A.M. and seven o'clock (7:00) P.M. on Saturdays and Sundays, unless otherwise approved by the City Manager or his/her designee.
   C.   No person shall operate, permit to be operated, or cause to be operated on the exterior of any premises any heavy construction equipment such as but not limited to tractors, excavators, augurs, backhoes, cement mixers, or construction vehicles, outside the hours of seven o'clock (7:00) A.M. and nine o'clock (9:00) P.M. on weekdays and eight o'clock (8:00) A.M. and seven o'clock (7:00) P.M. on Saturdays and Sundays, unless otherwise approved by the City Manager or his/her designee.
(Ord. 2019.20, 9-16-2019, eff. 1-1-2020)
9-1-5: USE OF STREETS AND SIDEWALKS:
   A.   Streets:  The use of streets for the temporary storage of materials in the process of construction or alteration of a building or structure may be granted by the Director of Building and Engineering or his/her designee where the same will not unduly interfere with traffic and will not reduce the useable width of the roadway to less than eighteen feet (18'). No portion of the street other than that directly abutting on the premises on which work is being performed shall be used, except with the consent of the owner or occupant of the premises abutting on such portion.
   B.   Sidewalks:  No sidewalk shall be obstructed in the course of building construction or alteration without approval of the Director of Building and Engineering or his/her designee, and whenever removal of a sidewalk is required, the replacement of said sidewalk shall be at the applicant's expense and in accordance with the city's standards and specifications. No construction or excavation vehicle shall be driven on, over, or upon the sidewalk, except where there are finished driveways intersecting said sidewalk.
(Ord. 2019.20, 9-16-2019, eff. 1-1-2020)
9-1-6: SAFEGUARDS:
It shall be the duty of the person performing any construction, alteration, or demolition work in the city to do the same with proper care for the safety of persons and property. Warnings, barricades, and lights shall be provided and maintained whenever necessary for the protection of pedestrians or traffic, and temporary roofs over sidewalks shall be constructed whenever there is danger from falling articles or materials to pedestrians.
(Ord. 2019.20, 9-16-2019)
9-1-7: MAILBOXES:
   A.   The placement and use of rural-type, freestanding, individual mailboxes at the curb on the city right-of-way in front of each residence is permitted and recommended.
   B.   Wherever curbside mailboxes are required to be used in the city, the standards for placement of said mailboxes are as follows: the face of the mailbox (or nearest supporting member) shall be at least six inches (6") behind the face of the curb and no further than eight inches (8") behind the face of the curb. Any horizontal member that supports the mailbox shall not project beyond the front of the mailbox. The bottom of the mailbox shall be at least forty-one inches (41") but not more than forty-five inches (45") above the top surface of the curb below. The vertical member(s) of the standard for the support of the mailbox must be a minimum of ten inches (10") behind the face of the curb, must be of wood that is resistant to decay or of various metals that provide adequate support and must be buried to a minimum depth of twenty-four inches (24") for stability. The standard and properly mounted mailbox must be installed prior to the final inspection so that verification may be made as to proper installation.
   C.   Property owners shall be responsible for repairing, replacing and maintaining said mailboxes in compliance with this section. The city will not replace or repair any damaged mailbox except in the case of a properly maintained mailbox that was damaged by city vehicles.
   D.   The placement of "cluster boxes" for delivery within the city right-of-way is not permitted in single-family residential zoned areas.
(Ord. 2019.20, 9-16-2019, eff. 1-1-2020)
9-1-8: GENERAL PENALTIES:
Any person violating any provision of this chapter, or of any code included herein, shall be subject to penalties as provided in section 1-4-1 of this Code.
(Ord. 2019.20, 9-16-2019, eff. 1-1-2020)

 

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1. See subsection 1-9C-1C of this Code for stop order provisions.