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City of Chicago Ordinance

Thursday, November 8, 2018  
Posted by: ECA
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An Ordinance amending Chapter 4-290 of the Chicago Municipal Code recently passed through the City Council in late September 2018.  The Ordinance concerned electrical contractor registration and related trade licensing.  Upon review of the Ordinance, the ECA appreciates the Chicago Department of Buildings’ efforts to ensure that buildings are safe in the City of Chicago.  The ECA is in support of the Ordinance as written.  As this current building boom continues, it is in the best interest of the City to ensure that Chicago’s high standards of building safety, job-site safety, quality construction be maintained as evidenced in the Chicago Electric Code, as well as the entire Chicago Building Code.  The proposed Ordinance codifies what is currently in practice. The ECA approves of the requirement for electricians who are working “in any building that exceeds 55 feet in height prior to initial legal occupancy of the portion of such building where work is performed” to have “…successfully completed an electrician apprenticeship program recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor and requiring at least 8,000 hours of relevant on-the-job training and classroom instruction, as evidenced by a written certificate of completion.”  Passage of this Ordinance, which also applies to large assembly areas, proactively solidifies that the jobsite pressures for an active, qualified workforce will be alleviated as unsafe conditions will not be created as workers will have had the proper training.  As project schedules accelerate and construction timelines condense, the current qualifications on large, new construction developments must be maintained.  The Ordinance ensures that electricians received the proper training and experience to install complex electrical systems on large construction sites with multiple layers of workers. 


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