CDOT violations are initiated by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT).  A CDOT inspector who discovers a violation pertaining to the public way will issue your business an Administrative Notice of Ordinance Violation (ANOV).  The most common of these violations occur when the street has not been properly asphalted, work is done on the public way without a permit, a dumpster box is placed on the public way without a permit, or the work violates the permit terms and conditions.  These cases are heard at 400 West Superior Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654.

At these hearings, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will decide, based on the ANOV, whether or not the City has met its prima facie case.  If the facts as alleged by the ANOV are insufficient to support the contractor, plumber or utility company's (“Owner”) liability, or the ANOV is filled out incorrectly, the case will be dismissed.  If the ANOV both alleges a sufficient factual basis and is filled out correctly, the Owner will be given a chance to explain and defend his case.  Based on the ANOV and the Owner’s presentation, the ALJ will determine whether or not the Owner is liable. 

Approaching a CDOT violation hearing with an attorney at your side offers many advantages.  An attorney can help you prepare your evidence before the trial and determine which facts will be most helpful in presenting your case.  An attorney familiar with administrative hearings will both ensure your case is presented in the most favorable light and help pinpoint possible flaws in the City’s presentation of its prima facie case.  Also, an attorney can help you avoid common pitfalls inherent in a detail-driven legal system. Thus, an attorney’s representation can be of great service in defense of your case.    

If you have a Chicago Municipal Code violation, and want to discuss your options and defenses, contact now Aaron Fox Law for professional, high-caliber, legal expertise by email at afox@aaronfoxlaw.comby phone at (312) 224-0028, or by filling out and submitting the interactive form below.  With our representation and finessed handling of your case, you do not even need to come to court.  We look forward to representing you.

CDOT violations

Most Common Violations

Pavement Restoration (MCC 10-20-155)

The fine on this ordinance violation ticket is $5000 per day the violation continues. Additionally, the City can levy costs for the City to restore the pavement.  This comes with court costs between $40 and $60, depending on several determining factors.

You should consult with an attorney on these matters.

Tearing Up Public Ways without a Permit (MCC 10-20-160)

The fine range on this ordinance violation ticket is between $500 and $1000. This comes with court costs between $40 and $60, depending on several determining factors.

You should consult with an attorney on these matters.

Placing an Object upon the Public Way (MCC 10-28-040)

The fine range on this ordinance violation ticket is between $50 and $500 per day the violation continues. This comes with court costs between $20 and $60, depending on several determining factors.

You should consult with an attorney on these matters.

Advertising Signs (MCC 10-28-064)

The fine range on this ordinance violation ticket is between $200 and $500 per day the violation continues. This comes with court costs between $40 and $60, depending on several determining factors.

You should consult with an attorney on these matters.

Failure to Obtain or Amend Public Protection Permits (MCC 10-28-281.5)

The fine range on this ordinance violation ticket is between $500 and $2500 per day the violation continues. This comes with court costs between $40 and $60, depending on several determining factors.

You should consult with an attorney on these matters.

Regarding the Construction and Maintenance of Public Protection Canopies (MCC 10-28-283)

The fine on this ordinance violation ticket is $500 per day the violation continues. This comes with court costs between $40 and $60, depending on several determining factors.

You should consult with an attorney on these matters.

Dumpster on Public Way (MCC 10-28-281.5)

The fine range on this ordinance violation ticket depends on multiple factors.  If the violation is for not having a dumpster permit and the location of violation is in the Central Business District, then the fine range is between $500 and $3000, but for all other locations, the fine range is between $250 and $1500.  If the violation is for non-compliance with other provisions of the ordinance and it occurred in the Central Business District, the fine range is between $100 and $2000, but for all other locations, the fine range is between $50 and $1000.

Additionally, this comes with court costs between $20 and $60, depending on several determining factors.

You should consult with an attorney on these matters.

Snow and Ice Removal (MCC 10-8-180)

The fine on this ordinance violation ticket is between $50 and $500 per day the violation continues. This comes with court costs between $20 and $60, depending on several determining factors.

Please Note: that there is a similar ordinance for snow removal (MCC 4-4-310(c)) for a licensee, and the fine range is between $200 and $1000 per day the violation continues.

You should consult with an attorney on these matters.

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