Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
June 2005
Commercial Building Season Permit Refresher

Over 30 years have passed since Commerce recognized that municipalities could provide owners, designers, and contractors a "single source" of plan review and inspection service through their building inspection departments. By certifying local building officials as agents of the State of Wisconsin, plan review and inspection could be provided by local officials, resulting in timely service without duplication of efforts.

The role of an agent under the "certified municipality" definition gave local officials the opportunity to act as not only the building authority under municipal ordinance but also the authority of state review and inspection of commercial buildings. Today Commerce continues to recognize the important role that our agents can play in enforcing the state building code for commercial projects located in those agent municipalities.

Another step was taken when second class cities and appointed agent delegations were made available to all municipalities that wanted to provide this service to projects located within their jurisdiction. This provided all municipalities the opportunity to take on a variety of review and inspection roles.

Projects located within certified or agent municipalities are regulated by the municipal building department for both the state building code as well as municipal ordinance by the municipal inspector. This gives the local official the opportunity to provide local projects a single source when dealing with the complexities that come with commercial development.

Through delegation of qualified municipal agents and the auditing of those agents Commerce looks forward to maintaining compliant and timely service to commercial projects in Wisconsin. When dealing with an agent municipality the local authority assumes the role of both state official as well as local building official. Limited plan review and inspection or inspection of all commercial projects as well as enforcement of municipal ordinance remains with the authority of the local official.

Municipalities that are not certified will continue to rely on the services of Commerce to provide plan review as well as inspection specific to the state building code. In those communities the local official enforces the municipal ordinance.

Commercial plan review and approval remains a service of the state or its' agents. Once plans have been reviewed and conditionally approved, building permits as well as certificates of occupancy can be issued by the local building official. Finally, inspections will be based on state or agent delegation.

To obtain specific information regarding agent status of any municipalities located in Wisconsin, please visit the Commerce Division of Safety and Buildings web site or call Henry Kosarzycki at 608-212-0138.

--Henry Kosarzycki

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Please send comments or questions to Barbro McGinn, editor.

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