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Chicago Crane License Program Updated, Requiring New Tests for Operators

Chicago’s new crane ordinance will be effective on September 1, 2015.

The new ordinance 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.

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 more information about the Chicago Crane License, please click the links below.

2015 Crane Testing – Frequently Asked Questions

2015 License Conversion Chart

Class 1 and 2 Equipment List 

2015 Crane Study Guide



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