In response to a perceived increase in rodent activity throughout the city and potential public health threats, the city of Chicago proposed an ordinance that mandates rodent abatement on all "new construction" sites. The ordinance was authored by Michele Smith (Alderman 43rd Ward, Lincoln Park) and sponsored by 35 city counsel members in total.
The "New Construction Site - Rodent Abatement Ordinance" was proposed on 1/15/2014 and passed on 1/21/2015 and is effective on 3/23/2015. This ordinance mandates that a rodent abatement plan be maintained throughout the excavation process of any new construction within City limits. The city of Chicago’s “Department of Buildings” and Streets and Sanitation will enforce it.
Who is subject to the "New Construction Site - Rodent Abatement Ordinance"?
The “New Construction Site - Rodent Abatement Ordinance" refers to any construction site that requires a building permit and includes excavation as part of the construction.
Section 3.13-32-140 (b):
"At a minimum, the plan should include provisions for abatement of the site by a structural pest control company licensed by the State of Illinois by means of above-ground bait boxes around perimeter of the site until all excavation is completed."
Section 3.13-32-140 (c):
"The owner shall maintain a written record of the plan and any pest control measures performed by pest management professional at the site and include any reports and receipts prepared by the structural pest control company. The plan and records shall be maintained at the new construction site until the site is completed and open to inspection upon requests by authorized city personnel, including but not limited to employees of the departments of streets and sanitation and buildings.
There are many ways to violate the "New Construction Site - Rodent Abatement Ordinance" and below are the consequences for doing so.
Consequences for violating the rodent abatement procedures:
1st violation: results in a 10-day stop work order to be issued.
2nd violation w/in 6 months: results in a 10-day stop work order to be issued.
The department that issued the 10-day stop work order shall lift that order only if sufficient evidence of compliance with this section is provided to the department.
Consequences for knowingly violating a stop work order:
(i) Incarceration for a term not less than 3 days nor more than 6 months; or
(ii) Community service of not less than 10 hours nor more than 100 hours; or
(iii) A fine of $5,000.00.
Consequences for knowingly destroying, removing and/or obstructing any stop work order:
(i) Incarnation for a term not less than 3 days, nor more than 6 months; or
(ii) Community service of not less than 10 hours, nor more than 100 hours; or
(iii) A fine not less than $200.00, nor more than $5,000.00.
We can add these new regulations to long list of rules that construction companies and pest management professionals alike have to comply with in the land of Lincoln. Here is a link to a notification that was sent out by the alderman's office that authored the ordinance.