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Life Safety Evaluations
This dataset is a listing of the report status of all residential buildings required to submit a Life Safety Evaluation under city ordinance. Because the Chicago building code has since 1975 required new high-rise residential buildings to be constructed with sprinkler systems, the Life Safety Ordinance mostly impacted high-rise residential buildings constructed prior to 1975. This dataset does not describe the overall safety of a building, only whether or not the life safety evaluation was submitted and approved by the City of Chicago. Please note that the majority of reports “failed” initially as a result of a new reporting process and changes to building standards. For more information on the City’s life safety ordinance, visit http://bit.ly/ygORcq. Data Owner: Buildings. Frequency: Data is updated monthly.
Violations issued by the Department of Buildings in the City of Chicago from 2006 to the present. The dataset contains more than 1 million records/rows of data and cannot be viewed in full in Microsoft Excel. Therefore, when downloading the file, select CSV from the Export menu. Open the file in an ASCII text editor, such as Wordpad, to view and search. Violations are always associated to an inspection and there can be multiple violation records to one(1) inspection record. Data fields requiring description are detailed below. VIOLATION DATE: The date the violation was cited. INSPECTION CATEGORY: Inspections are categorized by one of the following: COMPLAINT – Inspection is a result of a 311 Complaint PERIODIC – Inspection is a result of recurring inspection (typically on an annual cycle) PERMIT – Inspection is a result of a Permit REGISTRATION – Inspection is a result of a Registration (typically Vacant Building Registration) PROPERTY GROUP: Properties (lots) in the City of Chicago can typically have multiple point addresses, range addresses and buildings. Examples are corner lots, large lots, lots with front and rear buildings, etc.. As a result, inspections (and their associated violations), permits and complaints related to a single property could have different addresses. This problem can be reconciled by using Property Group. All point and range addresses for a property are assigned the same Property Group key. Data Owner: Buildings Time Period: January 1, 2006 to present Frequency: Data is updated daily Related Applications: Building Data Warehouse http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/provdrs/inspect/svcs/building_violationsonline.html
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