Deadline Extended for Installation of Voice Communication System(s)
November 23, 2012
At the request of the Chicago Buildings Commissioner and the Fire Commissioner, the City Counsel of the City of Chicago recently extended the deadline for existing buildings over 80 feet to install a voice communication system or systems from January 1, 2012 to January 1, 2015.
The requirement to install voice communication systems in existing buildings applies to all buildings exceeding 80 feet in height above grade, which as a general rule, will apply to condominium associations with six to seven (or more) floors. This statutory extension is positive for condominium associations as it will delay the impact of a substantial budget increase in the short term to install a communications system or systems.
The text of the ordinance is below:
O R D I N A N C E
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO:
SECTION 1. Section 13-196-204 of the Municipal Code of the City of Chicago is hereby amended by deleting the language stricken through, and by inserting the language underscored, as follows:
13-196-204 Voice communication systems in existing buildings.
(A) Subject to the exceptions listed below, no later than January 1,
2012 2015, every existing building exceeding 80 feet in height above grade shall be equipped with the following: (i) a one-way voice communication system meeting the requirements of Section 13-76-050(b); and (ii) a two-way voice communication system meeting the requirements of Section 13-76-050(a); provided, however, that a telephone or other two-way communication system connected to an approved station, and installed pursuant to and in accordance with Option 2 of Section 13-196-084(a), shall be deemed to satisfy the requirements of item (ii) of this subsection.
(Omitted text is unaffected by this ordinance)
SECTION 2. This ordinance shall take full force and effect upon its passage and publication.
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