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Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 7-24-19, p. 3647.

It is unlawful for any person to alter, build, construct, demolish, erect, extend, maintain, occupy, relocate, remove, or use any structure or equipment regulated by the Chicago Construction Codes, or cause the same to be done, in conflict with or in violation of any provision of the Chicago Construction Codes.
It is unlawful for any person to sell, offer for sale, give away gratis, install, alter, repair, maintain, or use, within the City, any building material, equipment, or appliance intended for use in the City that does not conform to the standards set forth in the Chicago Construction Codes.
Unless otherwise specifically provided, the owner, his agent for the purpose of managing, controlling or collecting rents, and any other person managing or controlling a building or premises in any part of which there is a violation of the provisions of the Chicago Construction Codes, is liable for any violation existing or occurring, or which may have existed or occurred, at or during any time when such person is or was the person owning or managing, controlling, or acting as agent in regard to the building or premises, and is subject to injunctions, abatement orders, or other remedial orders.
The liabilities and obligations imposed on an owner also attach to a trustee under a land trust holding title to a structure or premises without the rights of possession, management, or control unless the trustee discloses the name and last known address of each person who was a beneficiary of the trust at the time of the alleged violation and of each person, if any, who was then acting as agent for the purpose of managing, controlling, or collecting rents, as shown in the records of the trust in accordance with and subject to the penalties provided in the Land Trust Beneficial Disclosure Act, 765 ILCS 405/0.01, et seq.
The liabilities and obligations imposed on an owner also attach to any mortgagee or any other person with or without an interest in the building or premises who knowingly takes any action in any judicial or administrative proceeding that is intended to delay issuance or enforcement of any remedy for any violation of the Chicago Construction Codes then in existence, provided that such person is only liable for fines which accrue on or after the date of such action and no liability may be imposed under this provision for any action taken in any proceeding, including a proceeding to foreclose on a lien, that does not delay or prevent the prosecution of an action brought by the City to enforce the Chicago Construction Codes.
The building official is authorized to serve a written notice of violation or order on the owner or other person responsible for the construction, installation, relocation, rehabilitation, demolition, or occupancy of any building, structure, or system regulated by the Chicago Construction Codes where the building official believes or has reason to believe that there is a violation of the Chicago Construction Codes or of a permit, certificate, or trade license issued under the Chicago Construction Codes. The order must direct the immediate discontinuation of the illegal action or condition and the prompt abatement of the violation. Where the order does not specify the time within which abatement must occur, abatement must occur within 15 days of service of the notice, unless the building official determines that a longer period is necessary and reasonable.
Where the building official is authorized to serve a written notice of violation by Section 14A-3-301.3, the building official is also authorized to publish notice in one or more newspapers or on a public website. This notice may include details of the alleged violation and any information relating to the filing of a case in a court of law or administrative tribunal or any other action taken by the City seeking enforcement of the Chicago Construction Codes.
A written notice of violation or order sent pursuant to this chapter is not a determination by the building official that demolition is necessary to remedy conditions imminently dangerous to life, health, or property for purposes of Section 2-120-780 or 2-120-825(c) of the Municipal Code.
Where the building official is authorized to serve a written notice of violation by Section 14A-3-301.3, the building official may initiate an enforcement proceeding either by requesting an administrative adjudication before the Department of Administrative Hearings as provided in Chapter 2-14 of the Municipal Code or by referring the matter to the Corporation Counsel for prosecution. The Corporation Counsel may initiate an enforcement proceeding irrespective of whether notice has been previously sent. Any written notice served or sent in connection with an enforcement proceeding initiated by the building official or Corporation Counsel has the same force and effect as a written notice of violation or order issued under Section 14A-3-301.3.
Where necessary to abate a nuisance or hazard or otherwise authorized by law, the Corporation Counsel may initiate and prosecute an enforcement proceeding before a tribunal with in rem jurisdiction over a property in violation of any provision of the Chicago Construction Codes irrespective of whether notice has been provided to the owner or the tribunal has personal jurisdiction over the owner.
Where a court or administrative body has preliminarily determined that a violation of the Chicago Construction Codes exists, the building official is authorized to post a sign which is visible to the public on or near the premises to provide public notice of the violation and the enforcement proceeding. The sign may include the address of the premises, the owner of the premises, other information about the owner, the nature of the violation, and information pertaining to the enforcement proceeding.
It is unlawful for any person to remove, alter, cover, or obliterate any notice or sign lawfully posted by or at the direction of the building official or other City official authorized to post notices or signs under the Chicago Construction Codes without the written permission of the building official or other City official who posted or directed the posting of the notice or sign, or a written order authorizing such action from a court or administrative body responsible for an enforcement proceeding to which the notice or sign relates.
Records of investigations by the building official, including inspections of buildings, structures, and premises, are public records and are admissible in administrative and judicial enforcement proceeding as prima facie evidence as to their contents.
Where Sections 14A-3-302 through 14A-3-315 and other provisions of the Municipal Code provide more than one penalty, legal remedy, or method of enforcement for a type of violation of the Chicago Construction Codes, no one penalty, legal remedy, or method of enforcement limits or impairs the scope, operation, or effectiveness of each or any other authorized penalty, legal remedy, or method of enforcement available for the prevention, restriction, correction or abatement of, penalty for, or recovery of costs related to that violation of the Chicago Construction Codes.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Each violation of a provision of the Chicago Construction Codes or interference with the enforcement of the Chicago Construction Codes must be punished by a fine as provided in Section 14A-12-1203. Each day that a violation continues and each act of interference is a separate and distinct offense.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 7-24-19, p. 3647.

Where the building official or other City official charged with responsibility for administering the Chicago Construction Codes determines that any structure or premises fails to conform to the minimum standards of health and safety set forth in the Chicago Construction Codes and the owner has failed to cause the structure or premises to conform with the provisions of the Chicago Construction Codes, the building official or other City official may request that the Corporation Counsel make application on behalf of the City to any court or administrative body of competent jurisdiction for an injunction requiring compliance with the provisions of the Chicago Construction Codes or for such other order as the court or administrative body deems necessary or appropriate to secure such compliance.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Ammended Coun. J. 10-7-20, p. 21791

The building official may suspend the ability of any person to submit new applications or complete pending applications for a permit where the building official determines that the person has done any of the following:

  1. Performed or directed work requiring a permit under the Chicago Construction Codes where no such permit has been issued.
  2. Performed or directed work deviating from the scope of work identified in a permit or permitted construction documents, where the Chicago Construction Codes require prior approval of the building official for such a deviation, without first obtaining the written approval of the building official or a new permit.
  3. Performed or directed work in violation of a stop work order.
  4. Performed or directed work that results in the issuance of a stop work order by the City under Section 14A-3-306 or the Chicago Zoning Ordinance.
  5. Upon completion of work requiring a rough or final inspection or certification, failed to contact the building official to schedule a required inspection or failed to submit a required certification.
  6. Upon completion of work requiring a certificate of occupancy, failed to contact the building official to obtain a required certificate of occupancy.
  7. Utilized or directed any person who is not a trade license holder to perform work that may only be performed by a trade license holder pursuant to the Municipal Code.
  8. Where a permit or permit application lists the name or identification number of a trade license holder who is authorized to perform a scope of work, utilized or directed a person whose name or identification number is not listed on the permit or permit application to perform that scope of work.
  9. Listed or allowed the listing or use of one's trade license on a permit or permit application where that work is performed by another person.
  10. Made a false statement on a permit application or aided and abetted another person in making a false statement on a permit application.
  11. Performed or directed work contrary to the Chicago Construction Codes or failed to perform work required by the Chicago Construction Codes, and such action resulted in a substantial defect, error, or deficiency requiring a reinspection or re-review by the building official.
  12. Failed to promptly correct any substantial defect, error, or deficiency as directed by the building official.
  13. Performed or directed work that poses an immediate or imminent threat to the health and safety of workers or the public.
  14. Been indicted or charged under any local, state, or federal law with the offense of bribery or fraud or similar offense.
  15. Failed to pay fines or fees due and owing to the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or a similar state or local governmental agency, for violations relating to workplace safety or unsafe work practices.
A suspension may include, but is not limited to, deactivating the ability of the person to submit or update permit applications electronically, suspending further processing of any permit applications that have been submitted but for which the permit has not been issued, withholding approval of any permit applications that have been submitted but for which the permit has not been issued, and declining to accept new permit applications. A suspension under Section 14A-3-304 may not prevent the person from correcting the basis for the suspension.
A suspension under Section 14A-3-304 lasts until the person demonstrates to the satisfaction of the building official that the work or deviation or omission or other basis for suspension has been corrected and all related fines and fees have been paid. If the basis for suspension is work that cannot be corrected due to the work not being eligible a permit under the Chicago Construction Codes, the suspension lasts until the person demonstrates to the satisfaction of the building official that the building, structure, and premises have been fully returned to its pre-work state in a manner consistent with all health and safety provisions of the Chicago Construction Codes, or the building, structure, and premises have been brought into full compliance with any applicable settlement agreement, consent decree, or order by a court of competent jurisdiction.
Where a business entity is subject to suspension under Section 14A-3-304, the building official may extend the suspension to the entity's controlling person(s), as that term is defined in Section 4-4-005 of the Municipal Code.
It is unlawful for a person subject to a suspension under Section 14A-3-304, including a controlling person of an entity subject to a suspension, to evade or attempt to evade the suspension by submitting a permit application through another person, submitting a permit application under a different name, or by creating or using more than one user account.

Where the building official suspends the ability of any person to submit new applications or complete pending applications for a permit pursuant to Section 14A-3-304, the building official must notify the person in writing by first class mail at the address provided on the person's most recent trade license or permit application. The notice must:

  1. Identify the basis for the suspension.
  2. Identify the scope of activities covered by the suspension.
  3. Identify the process for submitting proof to the building official that the basis for the suspension has been corrected.
  4. Inform the person of the opportunity and procedure to file a written request with the building official to contest the basis for the suspension.
  5. Inform the person that in addition to any other fees and fines, a reinspection fee must be paid to the City for each inspection or review conducted by the City to verify compliance.
  6. Inform the person of that if the person contests the basis for the suspension and does not agree with the final decision of the building official, the person may appeal the final decision to a court of competent jurisdiction.
The building official must adopt and publish uniform procedures consistent with due process for proceedings to contest a decision under Section 14A-3-304. Following a hearing, the building official must issue a written decision to uphold, modify, or reverse the suspension. The written decision of the building official following a hearing is a final administrative decision, subject to judicial review as provided by law.
A person subject to a suspension pursuant to Section 14A-3-304 may file a written petition with the building official for reinstatement of permit privileges at any time. The petition must include evidence that the basis of suspension has been corrected and that all related fines and fees have been paid. In addition to any other fees and fines, a reinspection fee in accordance with Section 14A-6-601.1.2 must be paid to the City for each inspection or review conducted by the City to verify the basis of suspension has been corrected.
After a reinstatement pursuant to Section 14A-3-304.3, the person whose permit privileges were suspended may not be listed on more than 10 active permit applications at any one time for a period of one year from the date of reinstatement.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

In addition to or concurrent with action under Section 4-4-280 of the Municipal Code, the building official may suspend or revoke the trade license of any trade license holder where the building official determines that the trade license holder is subject to any of the conditions listed in Section 14A-3-304.1.
The building official may suspend a trade license for up to 365 days.
Reinstatement of a revoked trade license may only be granted if the former trade license holder establishes, through a written petition for reinstatement submitted to the building official that the former trade license holder is rehabilitated and has remedied the basis for revocation. For any trade license subject to the requirements of Section 2-116-290 of the Municipal Code, the requirements of that section must also be met before the trade license may be reinstated.
If the basis for revocation of a trade license is a conviction or finding of liability by a court or administrative tribunal for an act or underlying act related to bribery or attempted bribery of a government official or government vendor or related to fraud or theft or attempted fraud or theft involving a government project, government program, government procurement, or government contract, the trade license revocation is permanent and reinstatement is prohibited unless the conviction or finding of liability is reversed or vacated.
Where the trade license of a business entity is suspended or revoked under Section 14A-3-305, the suspension or revocation also extends to the entity's controlling person(s), as that term is defined in Section 4-4-005 of the Municipal Code.
It is unlawful for a person subject to a suspension or revocation under Section 14A-3-305, including a controlling person of an entity subject to a suspension or revocation, to evade or attempt to evade the suspension or revocation by acting through another person, acting under a different name, or by creating or using more than one user account.

Where the building official suspends or revokes a trade license pursuant to Section 14A-3-305, the building official must notify the trade license holder in writing by first class mail at the address provided on the person's trade license record. The notice must:

  1. Identify the basis for the suspension or revocation.
  2. Identify the duration of the suspension or revocation.
  3. Identify the process for submitting proof to the building official or to the Board of Examiners or Commission that oversees the trade license, as applicable, to contest the basis for suspension or revocation.
  4. Inform the trade license holder of the opportunity and procedure to file a written petition with the building official or the Board of Examiners or Commission that oversees the trade license, as applicable, to contest the basis for suspension or revocation.
  5. [Reserved]
  6. Inform the trade license holder that if the trade license holder contests the basis for the suspension or revocation and does not agree with the final decision of the building official or the Board of Examiners or Commission that oversees the trade license, as applicable, the person may appeal the final decision to a court of competent jurisdiction.
Nothing in Section 14A-3-305 relieves or excuses a trade license holder from maintaining any and all prerequisites, conditions, and requirements for a valid and active trade license, including but not limited to: maintaining valid insurance, bonding, letter of credit or other financial liability coverage; maintaining valid licensing, registration or certification with a regulatory entity of the United States or the State of Illinois; payment of local, state or federal fees and taxes; and other prerequisites, conditions and requirements for a valid and active trade license during any period when the trade license is suspended.
Any person whose trade license is suspended or revoked pursuant to this section may not be issued a new trade license during the period of suspension or revocation. Where the trade license holder is an entity, then no controlling person(s) of that entity, as defined in Section 4-4-005 of the Municipal Code, may be issued a new trade license during the period of suspension or revocation.
The building official must adopt and publish uniform procedures consistent with due process for proceedings to contest a decision under Section 14A-3-305. Following a hearing, the building official must issue a written decision to uphold, modify, or reverse the suspension. The written decision of the building official following a hearing is a final administrative decision, subject to judicial review as provided by law.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 2-19-20, p. 14474.

The building official and any other City official charged with responsibility for administering the Chicago Construction Codes is authorized to issue a stop work order directing that the following prohibited activities cease and desist immediately:

  1. The construction, demolition, rehabilitation, or relocation of any structure that is being done or has been done without a permit required by the Municipal Code.
  2. The construction, demolition, rehabilitation, or relocation of any structure which is being done or has been done contrary to a permit or contrary to permitted construction documents.
  3. The maintenance or operation of any building, structure, premises, or equipment without any permit or certificate required by the Municipal Code.
  4. The construction, demolition, rehabilitation, or relocation of any structure which is being done by a person lacking a trade license for such work required by the Municipal Code or a person required by the Municipal Code to be listed on the permit application who was not listed.
No stop work order may be issued to prohibit the construction, demolition, rehabilitation, or relocation of any structure that is being performed pursuant to a valid permit issued by the building official for any reason not specified in Section 14A-3-306.1, unless such order is necessary to prevent an imminent threat to the safety of workers or the public.
A stop work order must be in writing. The stop work order must be either given to the owner or the person performing the work or posted at the work site. Upon issuance of a stop work order, the cited work must immediately cease.
Any City official who has reason to believe that construction, demolition, maintenance, operation, rehabilitation, or relocation of any structure is being done or has been done in violation of a lawful stop work order is directed to immediately request that the Corporation Counsel seek remedies provided by law.
It is unlawful for any person to knowingly violate a stop work order, or to knowingly cause, allow, encourage, assist, aid, abet, or direct another person to violate a stop work order, or in any manner to knowingly be a party to a violation of a stop work order. A separate and distinct offense is committed for each stop work order which is violated and each day that a violation continues.
It is unlawful for any person to knowingly destroy, deface, remove, damage, impair, mar, cover, or obstruct any stop work order which a City official has posted or affixed at a work site. A separate and distinct offense is committed for each stop work order which is violated and each day that a violation continues.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 2-19-20, p. 14474.

Where a building, structure, or premises has been damaged by fire, deterioration, or other cause, or shows clear evidence of structural failure, and where it constitutes an actual and imminent danger to the public, the building official, fire code official, Superintendent of Police, or Commissioner of Public Health is authorized to order said building, structure, or premises vacated and closed.

Where a City official has ordered a building, structure, premises, or specific portion vacated and closed as provided in Section 14A-3-307, the City official must post or cause to be posted in a conspicuous place near exterior entrances, a notice measuring no less than 17 inches (432 mm) by 22 inches (559 mm), stating substantially as follows:

THIS BUILDING HAS BEEN ORDERED CLOSED BY
THE CITY OF CHICAGO DUE TO CODE VIOLATIONS
THAT THREATEN LIFE, HEALTH, OR SAFETY.
ENTRY IS FORBIDDEN EXCEPT FOR NECESSARY
REPAIRS AND GOVERNMENT INSPECTION.

The notice must be dated and bear the City seal and the title of the City official who issued the order. If only a portion of a building has been ordered vacated and closed, the notice must specify the affected portion, and must also be affixed at interior entrances to that portion. The City official must also cause a written notice of violation as provided in Section 14A-3-301.3 to be served upon the owner of the property.

Where any building, structure, or premises has been ordered closed pursuant to Section 14A-3-307.1 and notice is posted in accordance with Section 14A-3-307.2, it is unlawful for any person to enter the closed portion of the building, structure, or premises except for the express purpose of correcting violations of the Chicago Construction Codes, or for purposes of inspection at the direction of the City official identified on the notice.
Any person who enters any building, structure, or premises in violation of Section 14A-3-307.3 must be fined in accordance with Section 14A-3-302. Any owner, manager, tenant or person in control of premises who directs or allows any other person to enter in violation of a notice posted under Section 14A-3-307 must be fined in accordance with Section 14A-3-302 for each time that any person is directed or allowed to enter unlawfully.
Where necessary for public safety, the building official is authorized to close or order the authority having jurisdiction to close sidewalks, streets, public ways, and other places adjacent to unsafe structures, including private property, and prohibit the same from being utilized until the unsafe condition is remediated.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Upon a report to the Mayor by the building official, fire code official, Commissioner of Public Health, or Superintendent of Police that any business for which a license is required by any provision of the Municipal Code is being conducted on premises where the provisions of the Chicago Construction Codes or any proper order given by such City official under the Chicago Construction Codes, has been violated or not complied with, the Mayor may revoke the license of the business and cause the business to be closed.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

If, after ten days from the date of providing notice as provided in Section 14A-3-312.1, the owner of a vacant and open structure has failed to enclose the structure, the City may board up or otherwise secure the structure at the owner's expense.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 7-24-19, p. 3647.

The building official is authorized to terminate or direct the termination of utility service to a building, structure, or system regulated by the Chicago Construction Codes in case of emergency where necessary to eliminate an immediate hazard to life or property or where such utility connection has been made without a permit or approval required by the Chicago Construction Codes as provided in Sections 14A-3-310.2 through 14A-3-310.5.
The building official is authorized to cut off and discontinue current to electrical wiring and apparatus found to be dangerous to life and property. The building official is authorized to attach to electrical cabinets and equipment, an official notice or seal to prevent use of electricity, and it is unlawful for any other person to put or attach such seal or to break, change, destroy, tear, mutilate, cover, or otherwise deface or injure any such official notice or seal posted by the building official.
The building official is authorized to request termination of water service in accordance with Chapter 11-12 of the Municipal Code.
The building official may not knowingly request that the Department of Water Management shut off the water supply to a secure building with an operational automatic sprinkler system.
The building official is authorized to cut off and discontinue gas service to installations and equipment found to be dangerous to life and property. The building official is authorized to attach to gas installations and equipment an official notice or seal to prevent use of gas. It is unlawful for any other person to put or attach such seal or to break, change, destroy, tear, mutilate, cover, or otherwise deface or injure any such official notice or seal posted by the building official.
The building official is directed to notify the serving utility and, wherever possible, the owner and occupants of the building, structure, or system of the decision to disconnect before disconnection. If not notified before disconnection, the owner must be notified as soon as practical thereafter.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Where a building, structure, or premises has been damaged by fire, deterioration, or other cause, or shows clear evidence of structural failure, and where it constitutes an actual and imminent danger to the public, the building official is authorized to order a licensed and bonded wrecking contractor to immediately remove the dangerous building or structure.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 7-24-19, p. 3647.

Where any building or structure is found to be dangerous and unsafe or uncompleted and abandoned, the building official and fire code official are authorized to notify the owner in writing, directing the owner to demolish, repair, or enclose the building or structure or to remove garbage, debris, and other hazardous, noxious, or unhealthy substances or materials from the premises, so as to put the building or structure in a safe condition.
The building official or fire code official may request that the Corporation Counsel send the notices required by Section 14A-3-312 and concurrently initiate an enforcement proceeding to remedy violations of the Chicago Construction Codes identified by the building official or fire code official.
Where, upon diligent search, the identity or whereabouts of the owner of the building or structure, including the lien holders of record, is not ascertainable, notice must be mailed to the person in whose name the real estate was last assessed.
If, after 15 days from the date of mailing the notice authorized by Section 14A-3-301.3, the owner has failed to put the premises in a safe condition, to demolish, repair, or enclose the building or structure, and to remove garbage, debris, and other hazardous, noxious, or unhealthy substances or materials from the premises, as specified in the notice, the building official or fire code official may request that the Corporation Counsel apply to the Circuit Court of Cook County for an order authorizing the City to demolish, repair, or enclose the structure or to remove garbage, debris, and other hazardous, noxious, or unhealthy substances or materials from the premises or requiring the owner to perform these actions. The Corporation Counsel may initiate a court action to obtain the appropriate orders in the Circuit Court of Cook County irrespective of whether notice has been previously sent.
All costs of demolition, repair, enclosure, or removal incurred by the City, including court costs, attorney's fees, and other enforcement costs are recoverable from the owner and are a lien on the real estate as provided by law.
Any owner who fails to take the action demanded in the notice must also be fined in accordance with Section 14A-3-302 for each day from the 16th day after the notice has been given until the premises has been brought into compliance. If court action is initiated by the Corporation Counsel without prior notice as described in Section 14A-3-312.4, the fine will be imposed beginning on the 16th day after the summons is served on the owner.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 7-24-19, p. 3647.

The following buildings and structures are declared to be public nuisances subject to abatement proceedings under Section 14A-3-313:

  1. A building or structure found to be vacant and open after the effective date of an order to secure and enclose issued by a court of competent jurisdiction or the Department of Administrative Hearings within the previous 12 months, unless stayed by a court of competent jurisdiction.
  2. A building or structure found to contain any violation of the Chicago Construction Codes or Chicago Zoning Ordinance that is imminently dangerous and hazardous.
  3. A building or structure for which the costs of repair necessary to bring the building or structure into compliance with applicable laws would exceed the market value of the building or structure after repair, or where the owner cannot show that the owner has readilyavailable and sufficient assets to make the necessary repairs, or where necessary repairs otherwise are economically infeasible.
  4. A building or structure where the owner has failed to correct violations of the Municipal Code that form the basis of an order or judgment involving that building or structure, issued by a court of competent jurisdiction or a hearing officer of the Department of Administrative Hearings, within 60 days of entry, unless such order or judgment has been stayed by a court of competent jurisdiction.
  5. A building or structure subject to enforcement proceedings by the City, and whose owner is identified as a building code scofflaw or problem landlord pursuant to Section 2-92-416 of the Municipal Code because of violations that caused such enforcement proceedings.
Where the building official determines that a building or structure is a public nuisance, the building official is directed to notify the Corporation Counsel. The Corporation Counsel is authorized to bring an action in a court of competent jurisdiction to abate a public nuisance as described in Section 14A-3-313.1 by attempting to serve a complaint on all owners of record, beneficial owners of any Illinois land trust having title to the property, and all lienholders of record in the property, including persons owning certificates of purchase under the Property Tax Code.
If the court finds that the City has established by a preponderance of the evidence that the building or structure identified in the notice is a public nuisance as described in Section 14A-3-313.1, the court must enter an order of abatement requiring the owner, within a time frame specified in the order, to take all reasonable measures necessary to abate the public nuisance. The court's order of abatement may include, but is not limited to: correcting all code violations; altering, repairing, or improving the building or structure, rendering the building or structure fit for human use or habitation; vacating or enclosing the building or structure; or demolishing the building or structure. The court may also appoint a receiver; authorize a lienholder to take possession of the property to abate the nuisance; or, if requested by the Corporation Counsel and reasonable in light of the magnitude of the harm caused or which can reasonably be expected to be caused by the nuisance, the market value of the property in its current condition, and the extent to which the owner has failed to take effective measures to abate the nuisance, the assignment to the City or to a third party designated by the City or forfeiture to the City of all of the defendants' rights, title, and interest in the real estate.
There is a rebuttable presumption that the issuance of an order of forfeiture or assignment of all of the defendants' rights, title and interest in the real estate is appropriate for any property that is determined to be a nuisance under Items 1, 2, 4, or 5 of Section 14A-3-313.1.
Any property assigned or forfeited to the City under this section may only be disposed of as authorized by the city council.
For any building or structure that is a public nuisance subject to abatement proceedings under this section, the owner must be fined in accordance with Section 14A-3-302 for each day the nuisance has existed until the nuisance is abated.
The amount of any fine imposed under Section 14A-3-302 in a proceeding involving a building or structure that is a public nuisance, any cost to the City for repairs, alterations, improvements, vacating and enclosing, or demolition, and the costs to the City of bringing an abatement proceeding are recoverable from the owner, are a lien on the property upon which the building or structure is or was located, and are enforceable against any person against whom the order of abatement issues, as provided by law.
Any lien created under Section 14A-3-313.5 may, upon a showing of good cause, be waived by the Corporation Counsel.
Any lien for the cost of repairs, alterations, improvements, demolition, receivership, vacating or enclosing incurred by the City is a first lien upon the real estate and the rents and issues thereof, and is superior to all prior assignments of rents and all prior existing liens and encumbrances, except taxes, and may be enforced pursuant to applicable law.
A business license may not be issued relating to the property subject to a lien under Section 14A-3-313.5 until the lien is satisfied or, upon a showing of good cause, the lien is waived by the Corporation Counsel.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 7-24-19, p. 3647.

Amended Coun. J. 2-19-20, p. 14474.

In addition to any other penalty or remedy provided for in this chapter, punishment by a term of incarceration for not more than 6 months must be imposed when specifically sought by the Corporation Counsel and where authorized by Sections 14A-3-314.1.1 through 14A-3-314.1.7.
An individual who knowingly violates a stop work order issued under Section 14A-3-306, or knowingly causes, allows, encourages, assists, aids, abets, or directs another person to violate a stop work order issued under Section 14A-3-306 is subject to incarceration for a term of not less than 3 days.
An individual who knowingly destroys, defaces, removes, damages, impairs, mars, covers, or obstructs a stop work order notice posted by the City at a work site is subject to incarceration for a term of not less than 30 days.
An individual who performs or authorizes excavation work in violation of the Chicago Construction Codes that results in the injury or death of a natural person is subject to incarceration for a term of not less than 3 months.
An individual who tampers with, deactivates, or removes a smoke alarm or smoke detector, other than as part of routine maintenance, is subject to incarceration for a term not to exceed 6 months.
The owner of a vacant building is subject to incarceration for a term not to exceed 6 months if the building is found by the building official to be vacant and open on three or more days within any 365-day period.
The owner of a vacant building is subject to incarceration for a term of not less than 30 days where an individual suffers a severe injury or death as a result of any condition on the premises of the vacant building that is a violation of the Chicago Construction Codes. For purposes of this provision, "severe injury" means any physical injury that results in loss of soft tissue; a broken bone; hospital admittance; impairment of any bodily function; or disfiguring laceration.
The owner of a vacant building that is not secured as required by Chapter 12 of the Chicago Minimum Requirements for Existing Buildings is subject to incarceration for a term of not less than 30 days where a forcible felony occurs in the vacant building. For purposes of this provision, "forcible felony" has the same meaning as in the Criminal Code of 2012, 720 ILCS 5/2-8.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Notwithstanding other provisions of the Chicago Construction Codes, whenever, in the opinion of the building official, there is imminent danger to life or property due to an unsafe condition caused by a violation of the Chicago Construction Codes, the building official may order temporary work to be done, including the boarding up of openings, to abate the imminent danger, whether or not the procedures described in the Chicago Construction Codes have been followed, and may cause such other action to be taken as the building official deems necessary to meet such emergency.
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