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Record #: SO2016-775   
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
Intro date: 2/10/2016 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards
Final action: 5/18/2016
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Chapter 13-12 to allow use of polycarbonate clear boarding to secure vacant residential buildings
Sponsors: Burke, Edward M.
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 13 - Building & Construction - Ch. 12 Enforcement of Building, Electrical & Fire Regulations
Attachments: 1. SO2016-775.pdf, 2. O2016-775.pdf


SECTION 1. Section 13-12-126 of the Municipal Code of Chicago is hereby amended by inserting the language underscored, as follows:

13-12-126 Vacant buildings - Mortgagee required to act - Enforcement authority.

{Omitted text is unaffected by this ordinance)

(b) The mortgagee of any residential building that has become vacant and which is not registered pursuant to Section 13-12-125(a) of this Code shall, within the later of 30 days after the building becomes vacant and unregistered or 60 days after a default:

(1) secure the building's doors and windows so that all such building openings are closed and secured, using secure doors, windows without broken or cracked panes, commercial-quality metal security panels, filled with like-kind material as the surrounding wall, polycarbonate boarding, or boarded with plywood installed and secured in accordance with rules and regulations issued by the commissioner of buildings. At least one building entrance shall be accessible from the exterior and secured with a door that is locked to allow access only to authorized persons. If two or more exit doors exist, a minimum of two exit doors shall be available to exit from the interior of the building, with at least one exit door available per 150 linear feet of horizontal travel at ground-floor level;

(Omitted text is unaffected by this ordinance)

SECTION 2. Section 13-12-135 of the Municipal Code of Chicago is hereby amended by inserting the language underscored, as follows:

13-12-135 Minimum requirements for vacant buildings.

For purposes of this section the terms "vacant" and "'owner" shall be defined as provided in section 13-12-125. In addition to any other applicable code requirements each vacant building must be kept in compliance with the following requirements for as long as the building remains vacant:
{Omitted text is unaffected by this ordinance)

(d) Building security standards ...

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