(430 ILCS 75/2)
(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 3202)
Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Rules.
(a) There is created within the Office of the State Fire Marshal a
Board of Boiler and
Pressure Vessel Rules, which shall hereafter be referred to as the
Board, consisting of 7 members who shall be appointed to the Board by
the Governor, one for a term of one year, 2 for a term of 2 years, 2 for
a term of 3 years, and 2 for a term of 4 years. At the expiration of
their respective terms of office, they, or their successors
identifiable with the same interests respectively as hereinafter
provided, shall be appointed for terms of 4 years each. The Governor
may at any time remove any member of the Board for inefficiency or
neglect of duty in office. Upon the death or incapacity of any member
the Governor shall fill the vacancy for the remainder of the vacated
term with a representative of the same interests with which his
predecessor was identified.
Of these 7 appointed members, 2 shall be
representative of owners and users of boilers and pressure vessels
within the State, with one representing owners and users of high
pressure boilers and pressure vessels in utilities, manufacturing or
processing, who shall be registered in accordance with the
Professional Engineering Practice Act of 1989, and one representing
the owners and users
of low pressure boilers and pressure vessels in commercial buildings,
multiple housing or hotels. Of the remaining 5 appointed members, one
shall be representative of the boiler manufacturers within the State,
one shall be a representative of an insurance company licensed to
insure boilers and pressure vessels within the State,
one shall be a mechanical engineer
registered in accordance with the Professional Engineering
Practice Act of 1989, one shall be representative of the
boilermakers, and one shall be
representative of the practical steam operating engineers.
(b) The Board
shall annually elect one of its members to serve as
chairman. The chairman shall appoint a vice-chairman and secretary to
serve the same term as the chairman. At the call of
the chairman, the Board shall meet at least 4 times each year at the
State Capitol or other place designated by the Board.
(c) The members of the Board shall serve without salary, but shall
receive reimbursement for their actual traveling and hotel
expenses incurred while in the
performance of their duties as members of the Board in
accordance with the State of Illinois Travel Regulations.
(d) The Board shall formulate definitions, rules and regulations for
the safe and proper construction, installation, repair, maintenance,
alterations, inspections, use, and
operation of boilers and pressure vessels in this State. The
definitions, rules, and regulations so formulated shall be based upon,
and at all times follow, accepted engineering
standards, formulae, and practices pertaining to boiler
and pressure vessel construction and safety. The Board shall by
resolution adopt published codifications including, but not
The Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code of The American Society of
Mechanical Engineers, the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel
Inspectors Code, and the Maintenance, Inspection, Rating, Repair, and
Alteration of Pressure Vessels Standards of the American Petroleum
Institute with the amendments and
made and approved by those organizations, and may likewise adopt
the amendments and interpretations subsequently made and published by
the same organizations; and when so adopted those
Codes shall be deemed
the definitions, rules and regulations of the Board. Amendments to and
interpretations of the Codes so adopted shall be
adopted immediately upon
being promulgated, to the end that the definitions, rules and
regulations shall at all times follow
(e) The Board shall promulgate rules and regulations for the safe
and proper repair, maintenance, alteration,
inspection, use, and operation of boilers and
pressure vessels which were in use or installed ready for use in this
State prior to the date upon which the first rules and regulations under
this Act pertaining to existing installations became effective, or
during the 12 month period immediately thereafter.
(f) The rules and regulations formulated by the Board shall have the
force and effect of law, except that the rules applying to the
construction of new boilers and pressure vessels shall not be construed
to prevent the installation thereof until 12 months after approval
of the rules in accordance with the Illinois Administrative Procedure
Rules and regulations of
the Board shall become effective
as provided therein.
(g) The Board shall establish fees for examinations, commissions,
inspection certificates, inspections, annual statements, shop inspections, and
(Source: P.A. 88-608, eff. 1-1-95; 89-467, eff. 1-1-97.)
(430 ILCS 75/5)
(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 3206)
(a) This Act shall not apply to the following boilers and pressure vessels:
(1) Boilers and pressure vessels under federal
regulations, except for boiler and pressure vessels in nuclear facilities subject to Section 2a, and boilers and pressure vessels located in cities of more than 500,000 inhabitants.
(2) Pressure vessels used for transportation and
storage of compressed or liquefied gases when constructed in compliance with specifications of the Department of Transportation and charged with gas or liquid, marked, maintained, and periodically requalified for use, as required by appropriate regulations of the Department of Transportation.
(3) Pressure vessels located on vehicles operating
under the rules of other State authorities and used for carrying passengers or freight.
(4) Pressure vessels installed on the right of way of
railroads and used directly in the operation of trains.
(5) Boilers and pressure vessels under the inspection
jurisdiction of the Department of Natural Resources and located on mine property.
(6) Boilers and pressure vessels located on farms and
used solely for agricultural purposes.
(7) Steam boilers of a miniature model locomotive,
boat, tractor, or stationary engine constructed and maintained as a hobby and not for commercial use, that have an inside diameter not exceeding 12 inches and a grate area not exceeding 1 1/2 square feet, provided they are constantly attended while in operation and are equipped with a water level indicator, pressure gauge, and a safety valve of adequate capacity.
(8) Pressure vessels regulated and inspected under
the Illinois Fertilizer Act of 1961.
(9) Pressure vessels containing liquefied petroleum
gas regulated under the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Regulation Act.
(b) The following boilers and pressure vessels shall be exempt from
the requirements of Sections 10, 11, 12, and 13 of this Act:
(1) Steam boilers used for heating purposes and
operated at a pressure not in excess of 15 pounds per square inch gauge (psig) and having a rating not in excess of 200,000 B.T.U. per hour input.
(2) Hot water heating boilers operated at a pressure
not in excess of 30 psig and having a rating not in excess of 200,000 B.T.U. per hour.
(3) Boilers and pressure vessels, located in private
residences or in multi-family buildings having fewer than 6 dwelling units.
(4) Hot water supply boilers that are directly fired
with oil, gas, or electricity when none of the following limitations are exceeded:
(A) Heat input of 200,000 BTU per hour.
(B) Water temperature of 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
(C) Nominal water containing capacity of 120 U.S.
(5) Coil type hot water boilers where the water can
flash into steam when released directly to the atmosphere through a manually operated nozzle provided the following conditions are met:
(A) There is no drum, headers, or other steam
(B) No steam is generated within the coil.
(C) Outside diameter of tubing does not exceed 1
(D) Pipe size does not exceed 3/4 inch NPS.
(E) Water capacity of unit does not exceed 6 U.S.
(F) Water temperature does not exceed 350 degrees
(6) Pressure vessels containing only water under
pressure for domestic supply purposes, including those containing air, the compression of which serves only a cushion or airlift pumping function.
(7) Pressure vessels operated at a pressure not
exceeding 15 psig with no limitation on size.
(8) Pressure vessels that do not exceed:
(A) Both a volume of 15 cubic feet and 250 psig
when not located in a place of public assembly.
(B) Both a volume of 5 cubic and 250 psig when
located in a place of public assembly.
(C) A volume of 1 1/2 cubic feet or an inside
diameter of 6 inches with no limitation on pressure.
(9) Water conditioning equipment used for the removal
of minerals, chemicals, or organic or inorganic particles from water by means other than application of heat including, without limitation, water softeners, water filters, dealkalizers, and demineralizers.
(10) Steam boilers of railroad locomotives and
traction engines built prior to 1955 that were constructed or operated in compliance with the Federal Locomotive Inspection Law and are in the permanent collection of a museum or historical association are exempt from the requirements of subsection (c) of Section 10 upon proof of such construction or inspection being furnished to the Board.
(Source: P.A. 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)
(430 ILCS 75/6)
(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 3207)
(a) The State Fire Marshal shall
employ a Chief Inspector who has not less than 10 years practical
experience in the construction, maintenance, repair, or operation of
high pressure boilers and pressure vessels as a mechanical
engineer, steam engineer, boilermaker, or boiler inspector and has
passed the examination prescribed in Section 9 of this Act.
(b) The Chief Inspector has the following powers and duties:
(1) To cause the prosecution of all violators of this
(2) To issue, or to suspend or revoke for cause,
Inspection Certificates as provided for in Section 11 of this Act.
(3) To draw upon the State funds necessary to meet
the expense authorized by this Act, including the necessary traveling expenses of the Chief Inspector and his Deputies and the expenses incident to the maintenance of his office.
(4) To take action necessary for the enforcement of
the laws of the State governing the use of boilers and pressure vessels and of the rules and regulations of the Board.
(5) To keep a complete record of the type,
dimensions, maximum allowable working pressure, age, condition, location, and date of the last recorded internal inspection of all boilers and the last recorded internal or external inspection of all pressure vessels to which this Act applies.
(6) To publish and distribute, among manufacturers
and others requesting them, copies of the rules and regulations adopted by the Board.
(Source: P.A. 87-1169.)
(430 ILCS 75/8)
(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 3209)
Office of the State Fire Marshal shall, upon the request of
any company authorized to write boiler and pressure vessel insurance
in this State or authorized under Section 15 of this Act, issue to inspectors of the company
commissions as Special Inspectors, provided that each inspector
before receiving his commission shall meet the experience requirements of
the Board and shall:
(1) satisfactorily pass the examination provided for
in Section 9 of this Act; or
(2) in lieu of that examination, hold a Certificate
of Competency as an inspector of boilers or pressure vessels for a jurisdiction that has a standard of examination substantially equal to that of the State of Illinois; or
(3) hold a Commission as an inspector of boilers and
pressure vessels from the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors.
(b) Special Inspectors shall receive no salary from, nor shall
any of their expenses be paid by, the State. The continuance of a
Special Inspector's Commission shall be conditioned upon his continuing
in the employ of the duly authorized insurance company or
owner-user and upon maintenance of the standards
imposed by this Act.
(c) Special Inspectors shall inspect boilers and pressure
vessels insured or operated by their respective companies.
The Board may impose limitations on owner-user inspectors who have
received their commissions based on the American Petroleum Institute API-510
Inspectors Examination. When
so inspected, the owners and users of insured or self-insured
boilers and pressure
vessels shall be exempt from the payment to the State of the inspection
fees provided for in Section 13 of this Act.
(d) Within 10 business days following each boiler or pressure vessel certificate inspection,
except the inspection of pressure vessels covered by subsection (c)
of Section 11 of this Act, made by
a Special Inspector, the company employing the
inspector shall file a report of the inspection with the Chief
Inspector either electronically or upon the appropriate forms. Reports of non-certificate external inspections need
not be submitted except when those
inspections disclose that the boiler or
pressure vessel is in an unsafe condition or in
violation of the rules and regulations of the Board.
(e) The State Fire Marshal, the Chief
Inspector, or any Deputy or Special Inspector, shall have free access to any
premises in the State to perform
inspections and investigations in accordance with the
provisions of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-748, eff. 5-8-06.)
(430 ILCS 75/10)
(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 3211)
Inspection of boilers and pressure vessels.
(a) Each boiler
or pressure vessel used or proposed to be used within this State, except
boilers or pressure vessels exempt under this Act or rules and regulations of
the Board, shall be
thoroughly inspected as to its construction, installation, condition, and
operation as follows:
(1) Power boilers shall be inspected annually both
internally and externally while not under pressure and shall also be inspected annually externally while under pressure if possible; provided that any power boiler or steam generator, the operation of which is an integral part of or a necessary adjunct to other continuous processing operations, shall be inspected internally at such intervals as are permitted by the shutting down of the processing operations. The Board may provide by rules and regulations for extension of time within which power boilers are required to be inspected based upon type, function, or manner of operation.
(2) Low pressure steam, hot water heating, and hot
water supply boilers shall be inspected biennially as required by the rules and regulations of the Board.
(3) Traction steam engine boilers and other boilers
constructed before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1992 and operated solely for exhibition purposes may be issued an inspection certificate by the Chief or Deputy Inspector, provided the owner can establish and document that the design, materials, fabrication, examination, testing, and operation are in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Board. Traction engine boilers and other boilers used solely for exhibition purposes shall be inspected every 2 years.
(4) Pressure vessels subject to internal corrosion
shall receive a certificate inspection every 3 years as required by rules and regulations of the Board. However, the standards of inspection and repair of pressure vessels in service by an owner-user authorized under Section 15 shall, at the option of the owner-user, be either (1) the applicable rules and regulations in the National Board Inspection Code, or (2) the applicable section in the American Petroleum Institute API-510, "API Recommended Practice for Inspection, Repair, and Rating of Pressure Vessels in Petroleum Refining Service".
(5) Pressure vessels not subject to internal
corrosion shall receive certificate inspection at intervals set by the Board, but internal inspection shall not be required of pressure vessels containing materials that are known to be noncorrosive to the material of which the shell, heads, or fittings are constructed, either from the chemical composition of the materials or from evidence that the materials are adequately treated with a corrosion inhibitor, provided that the vessels are constructed in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Board.
A grace period of 2 months beyond the period specified in this Section
may elapse between internal
inspections of a boiler while it is not under pressure and between external
inspections of a boiler while it is under pressure. The Board may, in its
discretion, permit longer periods between certificate inspection.
The inspections herein required shall be made by the Chief Inspector, a
Deputy Inspector, or a Special Inspector provided for in this
(b) If at any time a test is deemed necessary for a stated cause by
the inspector, the owner or user shall perform a
test acceptable to the inspector in the
presence of and under the direction of the
(c) All boilers and pressure vessels, except those
otherwise exempted by the Board, shall be inspected during
construction, as required by the applicable rules and regulations of the
Board, by an inspector authorized to inspect boilers and pressure vessels
in this State or, if constructed outside of the State, by an inspector
holding a Certificate from the National Board of Boiler and Pressure
Vessel Inspectors or a Certificate of Competency as an inspector of
boilers and pressure vessels for a jurisdiction that has a standard of
examination substantially equal to that of this State as provided in
(Source: P.A. 94-748, eff. 5-8-06.)