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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 April. 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. No citations will be issued through April.

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 – Plan review and permit applications can continue to be submitted in digital format only at permitdesk@cityofevanston.org; however, with a few exceptions, new permits will not be issued until the Stay at Home Order is lifted. To request a future building inspection, community members may call or text 847-448-4311 to be placed on a list to be contacted when inspections resume. Some inspections deemed necessary may be performed during the Stay at Home Order via phone/video.

The Community Development Department will give consideration to building permit issuance and inspection requests for emergency work, projects with extenuating circumstances and exterior projects that can be performed safely by following recognized COVID-19 procedures. Residents and contractors who believe their projects meets this criteria should email emergencypermits@cityofevanston.org.

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

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