Whenever a building or structure or part thereof shall have been damaged by fire, deterioration or other cause, or shows clear evidence of structural failures and where it constitutes an actual and imminent danger to the public, the buildings commissioner shall have the power to order said building, structure or part thereof vacated and closed and to order any licensed and bonded wrecking contractor forthwith to remove said building or structure or part thereof. When the buildings commissioner has ordered a building, structure or part thereof vacated and closed as provided in this section, the buildings commissioner may post or cause to be posted in a conspicuous place near each entrance to the building or structure, a notice measuring no less than 17 inches by 22 inches, stating substantially as follows:
This building has been ordered closed by the City of Chicago due to code violations that threaten life, health or safety. Entry is forbidden except for necessary repairs and government inspection.
The notice shall be dated, and shall bear the city seal. If only a portion of the building has been ordered closed, removed or shut down, the notice shall be modified to identify the affected portion, and shall also be affixed at each interior entrance to that portion. The commissioner shall cause a notice as provided in section13-12-130" destination-id="JD_13-12-130">13-12-130 to be sent to the owner of the property.
Whenever any building, structure or part thereof shall have been vacated and shall have been posted with a sign as hereinbefore specified, it shall be unlawful for any person to enter any closed portion of the building or structure except for the express purpose of wrecking or removing or repairing same as directed by said notice, or for purposes of inspection at the direction of the commissioner of buildings. Any person who enters such a building in violation of this subsection shall be fined not less than $25.00 and not more than $100.00 for such offense. Any owner, manager, tenant or person in control of the premises who permits any person to enter in violation of a notice posted under this section shall be subject to a fine of not less than $200.00 and not more than $500.00 for each time that any person is permitted to enter illegally.
(Prior code § 41-9; Amend Coun. J. 9-13-89, p. 4604; Amend Coun. J. 10-1-03, p. 8498, § 1)