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City Pauses Nonpayment Penalties, Enforcement

Post Date:03/18/2020 11:06 AM

Water faucet_smallTo reduce the financial impact to residents and businesses during the statewide response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Evanston has announced the temporary elimination of nonpayment penalties and delay of enforcement measures. 

Elimination of nonpayment penalties – The City will eliminate nonpayment penalties for certain bills due to the City between March 16 and April 30 for the next 60 days. This includes:

  • Water, sewer and sanitation bills
  • Parking and compliance citations
  • Liquor taxes
  • Amusement taxes

Delayed enforcement – The City will pause the enforcement of certain enforcement measures for 60 days, from March 16 through May 16, including water service shutoffs and vehicle immobilizations.

Parking – To facilitate transportation and parking during the citywide response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Evanston has suspended parking enforcement for non-safety related issues through the end of March. Parking enforcement officers will continue to issue fines for public safety violations, such as blocking a fire hydrant, stop sign, bike lane, or alleyway, or parking in a “No Parking” zone.

Street cleaning operations will continue in order to clear streets of litter and debris, and facilitate the flow of stormwater to prevent flooding. Residents should continue to comply with the street cleaning schedule. Warning citations will be issued for street cleaning parking violations through April 12; no fines will be assessed. 

In addition, the City has waived nonpayment penalties for parking violations and citations due to the City between March 16 and April 30 for the next 60 days. Vehicle immobilization has also been suspended through May 16. 

Business registration – Business registration fees will be waived for the remainder of 2020; however, businesses are still required to register with the City in order to facilitate communication.

Administrative Adjudication –The City has suspended all in-person administrative adjudication hearings. Previously scheduled administrative adjudication hearings will be rescheduled for a future date, and new hearing notices will be mailed. Parking citations can still be contested online at evanston.rmcpay.com.

Building permits and inspections – Due to reduced staff presence at the Morton Civic Center, the last day to submit paper building permit applications will be Friday, March 20 at noon. After that time, all permit applications must be submitted electronically by emailing permitdesk@cityofevanston.org. Permits that were submitted prior to Friday, March 20 will continue to be reviewed and processed for permit issuance. Staff in the Community Development Department will follow up with applicants on status, revisions, and next steps.  All questions and comments should be directed to permitdesk@cityofevanston.org. Building inspections will continue on a case-by-case basis depending on what the inspection is for and the occupancy of the structures. Appointments can continue to be made by calling/texting 847-448-4311.

For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

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