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A boot is a mechanical device that is designed to immobilize an automobile. In addition to the booting operations performed by the City of Chicago under the public Boot Program, the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection licenses and regulates private vehicle booting businesses in the city of Chicago. These businesses perform booting operations on private property and in private parking lots on behalf of other private businesses.
Private booting companies are subject to specific regulatory requirements detailed in section 4-6-230 (“Booting of Motor Vehicles”) of the Chicago Municipal Code.
Each employee of a booting company is required to wear an identification placard displaying the employee’s name and the name and contact information of the booting company.
A booting company may not assess a fee in excess of $170.00 to remove a boot.
No. In addition to cash, a booting company is required to have available means for collecting fees via credit card.
Booting companies are expressly prohibited from attaching boots to occupied vehicles. Pets do not qualify as vehicle occupants.
A booting company must immediately remove a boot from any vehicle, at no charge, if the owner of vehicle returns prior to complete attachment of the boot.
Booting companies must:
Comply with Section 4-6-230(g)(5) of the Municipal Code of Chicago which identifies where private booting operations are permitted.
Upon attachment of a boot, booting companies must: