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Palatine has amended the following ordinances.  The main changes include: 

          1)     Each building owner must obtain a license to operate a multiple dwelling, rooming house or rental dwelling unit and pay a license fee
          2)     Multiple rental dwellings (i.e. apartments) and Single-family rental dwellings  have a new inspection schedule
          3)     Fees have been established   
                              a)   $100 if building not registered after 30 days & before 60 days
                              b)   $100 registration fee  plus $250 late fee  after 60 days
                              c)   $50  to not more than $750 for offenses  person, firm or corporation violates, disobeys, omits, neglects or refused to comply  with the enforcement of any of the provisions of this chapter

Amended     Palatine Ordinance for Multi-Unit Apartment Buildings


Ordinance No. 0-159-10
Amended December 13, 2010

An Ordinance Amending the Village of Palatine Code of Ordinances
Chapter 10, Sections 10-2, 10-15, 10-17 and 10-44
Effective April 1, 2011

  Sec. 10-2  Definitions  Changes:

The following definitions shall apply  in the interpretation and enforcement of this chapter:

 Common area     Common areas include, but are not limited to, all hallways, stairways, lobbies, utility rooms, laundry rooms, storage rooms, recreation rooms, grounds, refuge areas, parking areas, building extensions, signs and other areas designed for common use by dwelling unit occupants.  A common area shall be counted as a single unit with the calculation of the average number of violations per dwelling units as outlined in Sec. 10-17.






Section 10-15 Changes

Sec. 10-15   Licensing of the operation of multiple dwellings, rooming houses and rental dwelling units

 (a)  No person shall operate a multiple dwelling, rooming house, or rental dwelling unit unless he holds a current, unrevoked operating license issued by the Village Manager or his designee in his name for the   specifically named multiple dwelling , rooming house or rental dwelling

(b)  All operating licenses for multiple dwellings under common ownership with common facilities (laundry, garage, furnace and storage rooms, etc.) and/or utilities (heat, water, etc) for rooming houses and for those multiple dwellings in the process of converting to condominiums, where the conversation of the entire building has not been completed, shall be used for a period of one (1) year from the date of application, unless sooner revoked, and may be renewed for successive periods not to  exceed one (1) year.

1.  Operating licenses for all other rental dwellings or dwelling units (single-family home, condominium, townhouse, duplex, etc.) shall be used for a period of one (2) year from the date of application, unless sooner revoked, and may be renewed for successive periods not to exceed one (1) year.  The license shall not be transferable.  Each new owner of the rental dwelling unit must obtain an operating license.

2.  A conditional approval may be granted for a term not exceeding six months to those rental dwellings which cannot be fully licensed due to special circumstances, (e.g. weather conditions, unavailability of required materials or services, and other circumstances as approved by the code official).  All requests for a conditional approval shall be submitted in writing and approved by the code official.  The conditional term shall be subtracted from the remaining one year license period. All properties  which have not completed full licensee by the end of the conditional term shall be considered unlicensed and shall forfeit all paid fees. 


(Ord. 0-72-09, Section 8, 6/15/09)

(c)  The Village Manager or his designee is hereby authorized, upon application therefor, to issue new operating licenses and renewals thereof in the names of applicant owners or operators of multiple  dwellings, rooming houses, and rental  dwelling units.  No such license shall be issued unless the multiple dwelling and rooming house, in connection with which the license is sought, is found after inspection to meet all applicable rules and regulations pursuant thereto.  Rental dwelling units that change ownership will be required to be inspected before a new operating license can be issued.  No such license shall be issued unless the rental dwelling unit is found after inspection to meet all applicable requirements of this chapter and applicable rules and regulations pursuant thereto.

(d)  No operating license shall be issued or renewed unless the applicant owner or operator has first made application therefor on a fully completed application form provided by the Village Manager or his designee.  The Village Manager or his designee shall develop such forms and make them available to the public.

(e)  All condominium associations, town home associations and/or management companies maintaining records of non-owner occupied units shall provide on an annual basis the names and current mailing addresses of all owners of said units and if available names of tenants occupying said units (Ord. 0-140-08, par 1 10/608)  Ord. 0-72-09 par 9, 6/15/09)

(f)  No rental property shall be scheduled or inspected, nor will an operating license be issued or renewed unless the completed application form for each building is accompanied by payment of the appropriate license fee, cancellation fee,  re-inspection fee and/or late fees as applicable.  (Ord. 0-72-09 par 10, 6/15/09)


Sect. 10-17  Rental Property Inspection

(a)  The Village Manager or his designee shall conduct inspections of rental dwellings as follows:

(1)  Multiple rental dwellings (i.e. apartments)     Inspections of multiple dwellings shall  be performed annually with the units to be inspected chosen at random.  The number of dwellings required to be inspected shall be determined using the current years inspection results and then applying the following:

a.  Twenty-five percent (25%) of dwelling units must be inspected annually if the average number of violations per dwelling unit and its common areas equal three or less violations:

b.  Fifty percent (50%) of dwelling units must be inspected annually if the average number of violations per dwelling unit and its common areas equal four to five violations.

c.  One hundred percent of dwelling units must be inspected annually if the average number of violations per dwelling unit  and its common areas equal six or more violations.

i.     In addition to part c., when the average number of violations per dwelling unit and its common areas equal six or more violations, one hundred percent (100%) of the dwelling units must be inspected within 60  days of  the current inspection.

(2)     Single-family rental dwellings (attached, detached and condos).    An inspection of a single-family rental dwelling  shall be performed at least every other year provided that the number of violations found on the premises equal three or less.

a.  If the number of violations found on the premises equals four or more, the premises must be inspected with the next 12-month period.

(b)     The Village Manager or his designee shall conduct annual inspections of common areas of multiple dwellings.  The inspection of the common areas shall include, but is not limited to, all hallways, stairways, lobbies, utility rooms, laundry rooms, storage rooms, recreation rooms, grounds, refuse areas, parking areas, building extensions, signs and other areas designated for common use by  dwelling unit occupants.    Such inspections are for the purpose of enforcing this article and any other sections of this Code applicable or pertaining thereto.


Sec. 10-44   Penalties and Rental Fees

(a)     Penalties     Any person, firm or corporation who violates, disobeys, omits, neglects, or refuses to comply with, or who resists the enforcement of any of the provisions of this chapter, shall upon conviction be subject to a penalty of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) for such offense, and a separate offense shall be deemed commited on each day during  or which a violation occurs or continues.

(b)  Rental Property Fees    

(1)  License fees.     There is hereby established an annual rental license fee.  The fees shall be as provided in the fee schedule supplement to the Palatine Code of Ordinances.

(2)     Re-inspection fees.   There is hereby  established re-inspection fees associated with dwelling unit license authorized by said Code.  Re-inspections shall be performed, as necessary, after each compliance date set forth in the inspection report.  The first re-inspection for each such compliance date shall be free of charge.  All subsequent re-inspections necessitated by the continued existence of violations shall be assessed a fee per dwelling unit and common areas to be inspected as provided in the fee schedule supplement to the Palatine  Code of Ordinances.  No operating license shall be issued unless such fees are paid in full.

(3)    Cancellation and absentee fees     There are hereby established  unauthorized cancellation and absentee fees.  When an owner or agent fails to keep a scheduled  inspection , or fails to cancel a scheduled appointment by 4:00 PM on the previous day for inspections.  Inspections not canceled in this manner shall  be  charged a minimum inspection fee as provided in the fee supplement to the Village of Palatine Code of Ordinances.  Such fee shall be assessed per building or property, not for each individual dwelling unit.  No operating license shall be issued unless said fees are paid in full.

(4)     Late charge fees.     There are hereby established late charge fees.  When an owner or agent fails to obtain a dwelling unit operating license after the first thirty (30) days and before sixty (60) days of the expiration of said license, a late charge fee of one hundred ($100.00) dollars shall be assessed.  After sixty (60) days from the expiration of the license, the property will be considered to be unlicensed, in addition to the late charge fee of one hundred ($100.00) dollars previously assessed, an addition two hundred fifty dollars($250.00) late fee shall be assessed and be subject to the  penalty as stated in subsection (a) above.  No operating license shall be issued unless such fees are paid in full.