Heads up: There are no amended sections in this chapter.

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

This chapter provides minimum standards for electrical systems and equipment in existing structures.
Every occupied building must be provided with an electrical system in compliance with the minimum requirements of this chapter.

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

The electrical service must be sufficient to supply the calculated and actual electrical loads determined in accordance with the Chicago Electrical Code based on the actual size and usage of appliances and equipment.
The disconnecting means for each service, feeder, or branch circuit originating on a switchboard or panelboard shall be legibly and durably marked to indicate its purpose unless such purpose is clearly evident. Where buildings or structures are supplied by more than one power source, markings shall be provided at each service equipment location and at all interconnected electric power production sources identifying all electric power sources at the premises in accordance with the Chicago Electrical Code.
A minimum of 60 amperes supply must be provided for each dwelling unit.
Where the electrical system in a structure constitutes a hazard to the occupants or the structure by reason of inadequate service, improper fusing, insufficient receptacle, or lighting outlets, improper wiring or installation, deterioration or damage, or for similar reasons, the owner must make repairs or alterations to the electrical facilities sufficient to eliminate the hazard.

Electrical distribution equipment, motor circuits, power equipment, transformers, wire, cable, flexible cords, wiring devices, ground fault circuit interrupters, surge protectors, molded case circuit breakers, low-voltage fuses, fuses, luminaires, ballasts, motors, and electronic control, signaling, and communication equipment that have been exposed to water must be replaced in accordance with the Chicago Building Rehabilitation Code.

Exception: The following equipment may be repaired where an inspection report from the equipment manufacturer or manufacturer's representative indicates that the equipment has not sustained damage that requires replacement:

  1. Enclosed switches, rated a maximum of 600 volts or less.
  2. Busway, rated a maximum of 600 volts.
  3. Panelboard, rated a maximum of 600 volts.
  4. Switchboards, rated a maximum of 600 volts.
  5. Fire pump controllers, rated a maximum of 600 volts.
  6. Manual and magnetic motor controllers.
  7. Motor control centers.
  8. Alternating current high-voltage circuit breakers.
  9. Low-voltage power circuit breakers.
  10. Protective relays, meters, and current transformers.
  11. Low- and medium-voltage switchgear.
  12. Liquid-filled transformers.
  13. Cast-resin transformers.
  14. Wire or cable that is suitable for wet locations and whose ends have not been exposed to water.
  15. Luminaires that are listed as submersible.
  16. Motors.
  17. Electronic control, signaling, and communication equipment.

Electrical switches, receptacles, and fixtures, including furnace, water heating, security system, and power distribution circuits, that have been exposed to fire must be replaced in accordance with the Chicago Building Rehabilitation Code.

Exception: Electrical switches, receptacles, and fixtures may be repaired where an inspection report from the equipment manufacturer or manufacturer's representative indicates that the equipment has not sustained damage that requires replacement.

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

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

Electrical equipment, wiring, and appliances must be properly installed and maintained in safe and operational condition.
Open junction boxes and open-wiring splices are prohibited. Covers shall be provided for all switch and electrical outlet boxes.
Abandoned or non-operational wiring, raceways, cables, conductors, boxes, and electrical equipment in locations that are able to be accessed without causing damage, or requiring demolition to the building, must be removed.
Flexible cords may not be used for permanent wiring, or for running through doors, windows, or cabinets, or concealed within walls, floors, or ceilings.
Every habitable space must contain not less than two separate and remote receptacle outlets. Every laundry area must contain not less than one groundingtype receptacle or a receptacle with a ground fault circuit interrupter. Every bathroom and toilet room that contains a lavatory must contain not less than one receptacle. All receptacle outlets must have the appropriate faceplate cover for the location.
Every public corridor, interior stairway, exterior exit stairway, toilet room, kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, boiler room, and furnace room must contain not less than one electric luminaire.
In public corridors, interior stairways, and exterior exit stairways, the luminaires must provide the minimum level of illuminance required by Section 14X-5-505.6.
Electrical motors must be maintained free from excessive accumulations of oil, dirt, waste and debris.

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

An emergency electrical system must be provided in accordance with Article 700 of the Chicago Electrical Code.

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

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

Known electrical hazards must be abated. Electrical wiring, devices, appliances, and other equipment that is modified or damaged and constitutes an electrical shock or fire hazard may not be used.
Use of multiplug adapters, such as cube adapters, unfused plug strips, and any similar device not complying with the Chicago Electrical Code, is prohibited.
Relocatable power taps must be of the polarized or grounded type, equipped with overcurrent protection, and must be listed in accordance with UL 1363.
Relocatable power taps may only be directly connected to a permanently installed receptacle.
Relocatable power tap cords may not extend through walls, ceilings, floors, under doors or floor coverings, or be subject to environmental or physical damage.
Extension cords and flexible cords may not be used as a substitute for permanent wiring and must be listed and labeled in accordance with UL 817. Extension cords and flexible cords may not be affixed to structures, extended through walls, ceilings, or floors, or under doors or floor coverings, nor shall such cords be subject to environmental damage or physical impact. Extension cords may only be used with portable appliances. Extension cords marked for indoor use may not be used outdoors.
Extension cords may only be plugged directly into a permanent receptacle and shall serve only one portable appliance.
The ampacity of the extension cords must be not less than the rated capacity of the portable appliance supplied by the cord.
Extension cords must be maintained in good condition without splices, deterioration, or damage.
Extension cords must be grounded where serving grounded portable appliances.
Where not prohibited by other sections of the Chicago Construction Codes, portable, electric space heaters may be used in all occupancies in accordance with Sections 14X-7-705.4.1 through 14X-7-705.4.4.
Only listed and labeled portable, electric space heaters may be used.
Portable, electric space heaters may only be plugged directly into a permanent receptacle.
Portable, electric space heaters may not be plugged into extension cords.
Portable, electric space heaters may not be operated within 3 feet (914 mm) of any combustible materials. Portable, electric space heaters may only be operated in locations for which they are listed.
UpCodes Premium
Leverage the most sophisticated code compliance platform.
TRY FREE FOR TWO WEEKS VISIT PRICING