Crane Operator License

A new Crane Ordinance was fully effective on March 1, 2016.

The previous ordinance required licensed operators for any crane equipment with a rated lifting/hoisting capacity of over 10,000 pounds. The NEW ordinance lowers the threshold and requires that any person operating crane equipment with a rated lifting/hoisting capacity of over 2,000 pounds to obtain a Chicago Crane Operator License. The ordinance also establishes two classes for large and small hoisting equipment and provides an option to obtain a 1-year to 5-year license term. The ordinance also clarifies and add new classifications of cranes now covered by the Crane Operators License.

These license requirements include deliveries to the construction site where the materials are delivered to an upper level of the building. Those making deliveries to the ground level of a job site will not require a license.

Please also note that Crane Operators and their employers are now required to immediately report accidents and safety issues to the Department of Buildings as well as immediately shut down crane equipment when safety devices and operational aids are not working properly.

For detailed information, please refer to the FAQ document and other information in Related Links below.


Related Links:

2018 Crane License Testing - Frequently Asked Questions

Class 1 and 2 Equipment List

2017 Crane License Study Guide


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