§ 13-20-090

Inspection of amusement park devices – Permits – Fees

The building commissioner shall inspect, or cause to be inspected annually and periodically, all amusement riding devices, mechanisms and structures and such other mechanical structural devices or contrivances which will permit the movement of a person by mechanical means in any direction for amusement, where such devices are erected and operated within a building, amusement park, fair or carnival situated on any lot, tract of land or public way, before said devices will be opened to the public. A fee for each annual inspection of a mechanical amusement riding device in an amusement park, other than coin- operated riding device, shall be $100.00.

Where said devices are taken down, removed, reassembled or re-erected in another location, the building commissioner shall inspect or cause to be inspected said devices after each removal and before said devices are opened to the public for the purpose of ascertaining whether they comply with the provisions of this Code and the rules and regulations of the department of buildings. No device shall be operated unless they do comply with the provisions of this Code and the rules and regulations of the department of buildings. Load test, where required, shall be performed in the presence of the enforcing authority.

Every permit application for a mechanical amusement riding device shall be accompanied by a certificate of comprehensive general liability and property damage insurance, which will name as an additional insured the City of Chicago, its officers and employees, in an amount of $500,000.00 for any one person and $1,000,000.00 for any one accident and be filed with the building commissioner and the city comptroller. The applicant or permittee shall maintain such insurance policy in full force and effect at all times during the permit period. Each policy shall include a provision to the effect that it shall not be subject to cancellation, reduction in the amounts of its liabilities, or other material change until notice thereof has been received in writing by the city comptroller, not less than 30 days prior to such action. Failure to maintain insurance coverage as required by this section shall result in the revocation of the mechanical amusement riding device permit.

A permit as required in Section 13-32-190 for every new or previously unregistered mechanical amusement riding device installed or altered, a fee as provided in Section 13-32-310 shall be paid. Where amusement riding devices are erected within a building above the lowest floor, a plan shall be either made or checked and certified by an architect or structural engineer approving the strength of the floor load.

Every permit application for a mechanical amusement riding device shall be accompanied by a letter from the organization sponsoring the carnival, a letter from the owners of the property where the rides are to be located, an alderman’s letter of permission, and a description of the toilet facilities; also a street permit when a mechanical amusement riding device is to be located upon a public way, as required in Sections 10-28-590 through 10-28-640* of this Code.

* Editor’s note – Repealed by Coun. J. 10-3-01, p. 68139, §5.

Every carnival permit and inspection for a mechanical amusement riding device shall be for a term of not more than 14 days. A renewal of every carnival permit and reinspection for a mechanical amusement riding device shall be made every 14 days. A fee as provided in Section 13-32-310 shall be paid.

A permit and inspection for each location shall be required annually for every coin-operated mechanical amusement riding device. A fee as provided for in Section 13-32-310 shall be paid.

(Prior code § 46-10; Amend Coun. J. 7-9-84, p. 8218; Amend Coun. J. 6-8-88, p. 14117; Amend Coun. J. 9-13-89, p. 4604; Amend Coun. J. 11-17-93, p. 42192)

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