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Title 11: Building and Electrical Code


Chapter 1: Building Code


Sec. 11-1-1 Scope of Chapter

  The provisions of this chapter shall govern the design, construction, alteration, change of use, moving and demolition of all buildings and structures and all heating, ventilating and airconditioning systems, within the City.

Sec. 11-1-2 Adopted Standards

  In addition to those standards set forth in this chapter, the following are hereby adopted by reference and made part of this Code with respect to those classes of buildings and equipment to which they apply.

(a) Chapter SPS 360, "Erosion Control, Sediment Control and Storm Water," of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, and Chapters 361 through 366, "Wisconsin Commercial Building Code," of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, as well as Chapters SPS 375 through 379. "Buildings Constructed Prior to 1914", of the Wisconsin Administrative Code.

(b) Chapters SPS 320 through 325, “One and Two Family Uniform Dwelling Code”, of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, and Chapter 328, “Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors”, of the Wisconsin Administrative Code.

(c) The "National Fuel Gas Code, most recent Edition," as prepared by the National Fire Protection Association Inc.

Sec. 11-1-3 Building Inspector

(a) POSITION AND AUTHORITY. In accordance with the provisions of Section 62.23(9) of the Wisconsin Statutes, there is hereby created the position of Building Inspector, who shall keep plans, minutes and all other records as required by law and make all inspections, investigations and prepare reports as may be required. He shall keep a record of all permits issued and report the same annually to the City Manager.

(b) INTERFERENCE WITH BUILDING INSPECTOR. No person shall interfere with the Building Inspector while he is in the performance of his duties.

(c) RIGHTS. The Building Inspector or his authorized agent shall have the power and authority at all reasonable hours, for any proper purpose, to enter upon any public or private premises and make inspections thereof and to require the production of the permit for any building, plumbing, electrical or heating work being done or the required license therefore. If consent to entry to personal or real properties which are not public buildings or to portions of public buildings which are not open to the public, for inspection purposes, has been denied, the Building Inspector may obtain a special inspection warrant as provided by law.

(d) APPEALS FROM ORDER OF BUILDING INSPECTOR. Unless otherwise provided in SPS 320, Wisconsin Administrative Code, if any order issued by the Building Inspector in pursuance of this chapter is not acceptable to the owner or tenant affected thereby, such owner or tenant may appeal to the Building Board of Appeals.

Sec. 11-1-4 Board of Building Appeals

(a) The Board of Appeals as provided for in Section 2-5-2 of this Code shall serve as the Board of Building Appeals. The manner of taking such appeals and the manner of hearing and deciding such appeals shall be the same as is provided in Section 2-5-2.

(b) Any persons aggrieved by any decision of the Building Board of Appeals or any taxpayer or any officer, department, board or bureau of the City may present to a court of record a petition setting forth that such decision is illegal in whole or in part specifying the grounds of the illegality. Such petition shall be heard and decided by the court in the manner provided by Section 62.23(7)(e)10, 14, and 15, Wis. Stats.

Sec. 11-1-5 Building Permit Required

(a) No building or structure or any part thereof shall hereafter be built, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved or demolished, nor shall the use of any building be changed within the City except as hereinafter provided unless a permit therefore shall first be obtained by the owner or his agent from the Building Inspector.

(b) BUILDING DEFINED. The term "building" as used in this section shall include any building or structure, any enlargement, alteration, moving, demolishing or change of use of any building or structure; also the installation or replacement of or any material alteration in the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning plant of any building.

Sec. 11-1-6 Grades to be Obtained

(a) No building permit shall be issued for the purpose of initially constructing a principal building on any parcel within the City nor for excavating work for any such principal building until the applicant shall obtain street and sidewalk grades on all streets adjoining the parcel from the City Engineer.

(b) No person before or after obtaining such grades shall construct any building or do any excavating work except in conformity with such grades.

Sec. 11-1-7 Driveway Location Approval Required

  No building permit shall be issued for the purpose of constructing a garage or for a new structure or addition to an existing structure for which off-street parking and loading facilities are required to be provided or enlarged by this Code until the location of all driveway curb openings have been approved by the City Engineer in accordance with Section 4-1-12.

Sec. 11-1-8 Property Lines to be Evident

  No building permit shall be issued for the construction of any structure, addition to existing structures or excavation for such construction until the Building Inspector shall have ascertained to his satisfaction based on evidence available to him through the records in the Assessor's Office that the land upon which such construction is proposed is made up of not more than a single parcel and as determined by field inspection, that sufficient visual evidence of such boundary lines exists to determine that they correspond with the aforementioned records. In the event that there is not sufficient evidence upon which to base such determination, the Building Inspector shall not issue a building permit for such construction or excavation until a certified survey has been made or other evidence is found to satisfactorily verify the boundaries.

Sec. 11-1-9 Application for Building Permit; Contents

  Application for a building permit shall at the Building Inspector's prerogative, be made in writing to the Inspections Department which shall include the name and address of the owner of the building, the owner of the land upon which the building is to be erected, the name and address of the designer, the location of the building, the purpose for which it is to be used, and shall contain such other information as the Building Inspector may require.

Sec. 11-1-10 Plans Required

(a) Application for a building permit shall be submitted together with no less than two (2) copies of complete plans and specifications.

(b) Plans shall be drawn to scale of not less than 1/8 inch per foot and shall include the following:

(c)Site and Architectural Plan Approval Requirements:

(d) Provisions for landscape buffer yards around parking areas in the Central Business District


Sec. 11-1-11 Alteration of Plans

  After being approved, the plans and specifications shall not be altered in any way without written consent of the Building Inspector.

Sec. 11-1-12 Waiver of Plans

  If in the opinion of the Building Inspector, the character of the work is sufficiently described in the application, he may waive the filing of plans for accessory buildings and additions or alterations thereto, or for alterations or small additions to principal buildings when such plans are not required by state building codes.

Sec. 11-1-13 Unusual Conditions

  When applications for unusual design or magnitude of construction are filed, the Building Inspector may refer such plans and specifications to the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, Safety and Buildings, for analysis and recommendation as to the safety of design in compliance with this chapter.

Sec. 11-1-14 Payment of Permit Fees

  Before receiving a building permit the owner or his agent shall pay the following fees:

(a) The city permit fees set forth in Section 1-2-1 of this Code.

(b) In addition to the above, a fee commensurate with the provisions of SPS 302 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code may be required.

Sec. 11-1-15 Permit Not Required for Minor Repairs

  This chapter shall not require a permit for any repairs or minor alterations costing less than $1,000.00 which do not change the occupancy, area, structural strength, fire protection, exits, lights or ventilation of a building.

Sec. 11-1-16 House Numbering

(a) Upon issuing a building permit for a principal building on any parcel of land, the Building Inspector shall assign a door number in accordance with the plan on file in his office.

(b) The owners of all principal buildings are hereby required to cause such buildings to be equipped with the assigned door number in the manner hereby specified.

(c) MANNER OF NUMBERING. Numbers shall not be less than three (3) inches in height and shall have a legible style and contrasting background. Script number may be used IN ADDITION to the use of numerals.

(d) Numbers shall be conspicuously placed on the front facade of the principal building or each residential unit so that the numerals are clearly visible from the street. When due to the physical location, design of the building or the nature of the surrounding area, numerals may be placed on a gatepost, mailbox or other appropriate place to be clearly visible from the street.

(e) Any deviations from the above requirements must be approved by the Inspection, Police and Fire Departments prior to installation.

(f) PENALTY. Any person who shall violate any provision of this Ordinance shall be subject to a penalty as provided in Section 1-1-7 of this Code.

Sec. 11-1-17 Issuance of Permit

(a) If the Building Inspector finds that the proposed building will comply in every respect with the ordinances of the City and all laws and lawful orders of the State, he shall officially approve one set of the plans and return them to the owner, and shall issue a building permit therefore which shall be kept at the site of the proposed building.

(b) If adequate plans are presented, the Building Inspector may, at his discretion, issue a permit for a part of the building before receiving the plans and specifications for the entire building. No work shall be commenced on any building or alteration before the building permit has been issued.

Sec. 11-1-18 Weatherproof Card to be Posted

  With every permit issued, the Building Inspector shall issue to the applicant thereof a weatherproof card properly filled out. It shall be on the premises where the building is to be erected; the card to be unobstructed from public view and not more than 7' above the grade.

Sec. 11-1-19 When Building Permit to Lapse

(a) A building permit shall lapse and be void if building operations are not commenced within four (4) months from the date thereof, or if there is a cessation of the building operations of more than six (6) months continuously or intermittently.

(b) A building permit shall lapse and be void from and after twelve (12) months from its date of issuance.

Sec. 11-1-20 Notice of Compliance or Non-Compliance and Suspension or Revocation of Permit

(a) If the Building Inspector finds at any time that any ordinance, law, orders, plans or specifications are not being complied with, he shall notify the owner and applicant in writing of the violation to be corrected. All cited violations shall be corrected within thirty (30) days after written notification, unless an extension of time is granted.

(b) The building permit may be suspended or revoked where it appears that the permit or approval was obtained through fraud or deceit, where the owner or applicant has willfully refused to correct a violation or where the Building Inspector is denied access to the premises. No construction shall take place after suspension or revocation of the permit.

Sec. 11-1-21 Building Inspections

(a) The applicant or an authorized representative shall, in writing or orally, request inspections of any building or structure. The following sequence of inspections shall be performed for the purpose of determining if the work complies with this Code:

(b) Notice of compliance or non-compliance shall be written on the building permit posted at the site. Upon finding of non-compliance, the Building Inspector shall notify the owner or his agent in writing, of the violations to be corrected. No work shall be concealed until approved by the Building Inspector.

Sec. 11-1-22 Standards for Other Structures

  Structures to which the standards referenced in Section 11-1-2 are not applicable by intent as stated in purpose and scope, including but not limited to, existing dwellings, accessory structures, additions and alterations to the same, shall conform to the following standards:

(a) General construction shall follow design criteria and construction standards set forth in SPS 321, Wis. Adm. Code; garages and accessory buildings shall comply with construction requirements for one-story dwellings with the following exceptions:

(b) Insulation shall be provided in accordance with design criteria and standards as set forth in SPS 320 through 322, inclusive, Wisconsin Administrative Code where major alterations and additions to dwelling structures are to be constructed. This section shall apply only to that portion of the structure to be constructed or reconstructed and shall not be construed to require that portions of the existing structure not otherwise intended to be altered meet such requirements.

(c) Heating, ventilation and air conditioning appliances and systems shall be designed and installed in accordance with the criteria and standards set forth in SPS 323, Wisconsin Administrative Code.

(d) Insulation shall be provided in accordance with design criteria and standards as set forth in Comm 20 through 22, inclusive, Wis. Adm. Code where major alterations and additions to dwelling structures are to be constructed. This section shall apply only to that portion of the structure to be constructed or reconstructed and shall not be construed to require that portions of the existing structure not otherwise intended to be altered meet such requirements.

(e)Heating, ventilating and air conditioning appliances and systems shall be designed and installed in accordance with the criteria and standards set forth in Comm 23, Wis. Adm. Code.

Sec. 11-1-23 Habitable Rooms Below Grade

(a) The following conditions shall be met when either through change of use or occupancy or by additions, rooms or spaces having floors below the adjoining yard, court, alley or street grade are to be occupied as living or sleeping rooms or spaces:

Sec. 11-1-24 New Methods and Materials

  The Building Inspector shall make or cause to be made investigations of new developments in the building industry. He shall accredit a test or tests meeting the functional requirements of this Code conducted by accredited authoritative agencies or he may accept reports from recognized authoritative sources of all new materials and methods of construction proposed for use which are not specifically provided for in this Code. No new materials or methods of construction shall be approved hereunder which would violate the State Building Code unless approved by the Commerce.

Sec. 11-1-25 City Not Liable

  This chapter shall not impose any liability on the part of the City for damages, property destroyed or defects in any building or equipment.

Sec. 11-1-26 Duty of Police

  All police officers shall report at once to the Building Inspector any buildings at which building operations are being carried on without a building permit as required by this chapter.

Sec. 11-1-27 Moving Buildings

(a) BOND REQUIRED. Before a permit to move any building is granted, the party applying therefore shall give a bond of $1,000 with good and sufficient sureties to be approved by the City Manager, conditioned among other things that such party shall save and indemnify judgments, costs and expenses which may in any way accrue against the City and keep the City harmless against liabilities, judgments, costs and expenses in consequences of the granting of such permit. Upon the filing and approval of such bond herein, permits may be granted thereunder for a term of one year unless notice be had of liabilities under such bond before the expiration of one year when a new bond shall be furnished before any further permit be granted. Before a permit to move any building is granted, the applicant shall present to the Building Inspector any permit required by the State Highway Commission or County Highway Commission.

(b) REGULATIONS. Every permit to move a building shall state all conditions to be complied with, designate the route to be taken and limit the time for removal. The removal of a building shall be continuous during all hours of the day, and day and night if the Building Inspector so orders, until completed, with the least possible obstruction to thoroughfares. No building shall be allowed to remain overnight upon any street crossing or intersection or so near thereto as to prevent easy access to any fire hydrant. Lighted lanterns shall be kept in conspicuous places at each end of the building during the night.

(c) REPAIR DAMAGED STREETS. Every person receiving a permit to move a building shall within one day after the building reaches its destination report that fact to the Building Inspector who shall thereupon inspect the streets over which the building has been moved and ascertain their condition. If the removal of such building has caused any damage to the streets, the house mover shall place them in as good repair as they were before the permit was granted. Upon the failure of the house mover to do so within ten (10) days thereafter to the satisfaction of the City Manager, the person obtaining such permit and the sureties on his bond shall be responsible for the payment of the same.

(d) DEPRECIATION OF PROPERTY VALUES PROHIBITED. No permit shall be issued for the moving of any structure or portion thereof into the City or from one premises to another premises:

(e) APPLICATION. This section shall apply to any structure or portion thereof to be moved into the City or from one premises to another or from one location to another location on the same premises.


Sec. 11-1-28 Structures Projecting Into Right-of-Way

(a) The provisions of this Section shall apply to structures which project into or over any public right-of-way including marquees, canopies, fixed awnings, fire escapes, bay windows, balconies, mansards, and other similar projections or structures exclusive of signs and folding awnings as defined and governed by Title 10, Chapter 3 of this Code.

(b) Such projecting structures shall:

(c) PLAN APPROVAL AND PERMIT REQUIRED. No person shall construct any structure as described in Subsection (a) until plans therefore have been approved and a permit has been issued by the Building Inspector.

(d) COMPLIANCE. Projecting structures such as are described in Subsection (a) lawfully existing at the time of adoption of this ordinance which do not comply with the provisions herein contained may be continued as legal non-conforming projecting structures and may be maintained but in no case shall they be enlarged or structurally altered without conforming to the provisions of this Code.

Sec. 11-1-29 Demolition of Buildings and Structures

(a) Permit Required. No person, firm or corporation shall demolish or cause to be demolished any building, structure or part thereof without first obtaining a permit from the Building Inspector.

(b) Permit Duration. Demolition activity and site restoration shall be substantially completed within thirty (30) days from the start of the demolition activity. If the demolition activity is completed after September 15, the site restoration may be deferred until no later than the following May 15. Failure to complete the demolition and site restoration work within these time constraints may result in daily fines at a rate of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) with each day being considered a separate offense.

(c) Certificate of Insurance Required; Indemnification and Hold Harmless. Evidence of liability and property damage insurance with a company licensed to do business in the State of Wisconsin shall be provided to the Building Inspector. Maintaining such coverage for the duration of the project shall be a condition of the permit.

  In the case of all permit applications, the applicant must provide evidence of such coverage in the amount of at least $500,000.

  Provided, however, if the permit addresses demolition activity involving any building or structure having interior floor space of over ten thousand square feet (10,000 sq. ft) that had a principal non-residential use as its most recent use allowed by law, which principal use has ceased, the permittee shall be required to maintain insurance coverage in the amounts stated below, and to provide the City with proof of such insurance upon request:

  In addition, the permittee shall agree to indemnify and hold the City harmless from any and all claims, demands, actions, judgements, liabilities and obligations of any nature whatsoever arising from the demolition activity or site restoration for which the permit is issued, including any attorneys fees and costs incurred by the City as a result thereof.

(d) Demolition Plan Required. Every person filing an application for a permit for the demolition of a building or structure or part thereof having a total floor area in excess of 10,000 square feet shall file with such application a detailed plan indicating the manner in which the building is to be demolished, the time schedule for all phases of the demolition work, a disposal plan for debris that include identification of the manner in which such aspects as noise, dust, transporting debris, building, hours of work, protection of excavated or hazardous areas and disposal areas are addressed.

(e) Optional Site Plan. The Building Inspector may require the property owner or its agent to file a site plan for the property upon which the building to be demolished is located.

(f) Disconnection of Utilities. Before commencing any demolition activity, the owner or his agent shall notify all utilities having service connections thereto such as water, sewer, gas, electric, telephone, cable TV and other such connection. Disconnection of all utilities shall occur prior to the start of any demolition activity and shall be in accord with the requirement(s) of any utility service provider.

(g) Requirements if Demolition Costs Exceeds Land Value. Whenever the Building Inspector determines that the estimated cost of demolition and removal and disposal of debris exceeds the assessed value, or the value asserted by the owner or owner's representative in any thencurrent appeal of the assessed value, of the land (including remaining improvements) upon which the building is located, the applicant shall:

  Provided, however, that if the demolition cost exceeds land value in the manner described above and the permit addresses demolition activity involving any building or structure having interior floor space of over ten thousand square feet (10,000 sq. ft) that had a principal nonresidential use as its most recent use allowed by law, which principal use has ceased, the permittee shall provide to the City an Irrevocable Letter of Credit in an amount required by the City Council and in a form acceptable to the City Attorney. Such letter of credit is required in such instances in lieu of the requirements stated in (g)(1) and (g)(2) above.

  The Irrevocable Letter of Credit must be issued by a financial institution certified by the State to conduct such business within the state of Wisconsin, allowing for direct draw by the City on demand without court action and without approval by permittee, to complete work or to repair damage that was the obligation of or caused by the permittee. The Irrevocable Letter of Credit must contain as a part of its provisions that it remains as an obligation to the City for no less than one year after completion of the last act of demolition or site restoration by the permittee or after the expiration of a permit issued under this section to the permittee, whichever is later. In considering the amount of the Irrevocable Letter of Credit, the City Council shall consider: the recommendation, if any, of the staff review committee; the expertise of the applicant; the longevity of the applicant; the capitalization of the applicant; the scope of the proposed project; the effect of the proposed environmental hazards that could be created; the effect of the proposed operation on the surrounding neighborhood; the cost of remediation to the City if the City should have to address any matter due to unwillingness or inability of the permittee to complete its obligation.

(h)General Procedures. The holder of a permit to demolish a building shall comply with the following:

(i) Removal of salvageable non-structural materials from vacated buildings shall comply with Chapter 12, Title 6 of this Code.

(j) All work shall comply with the City's Storm Water Ordinance, as amended from time to time

(k) Exemptions and Modifications to Requirements. Exemptions and modifications to the requirements described in this section may be granted by the Building Inspector. Such exemptions or modification may be granted provided the Building Inspector determines that the exemptions and modifications are consistent with the purpose and intent of the applicable requirements

  Any exemption or modification to the requirements of Section 11-1-29(h) may only be granted by the Building Inspector following review by the Plan Commission and authorization by the City Council, and then only if the site of the demolition activity is the subject of a City approved redevelopment plan that specifically addresses a public purpose for said exemption or modification of this section.

(l) Severability. If any provision of this ordinance or its application to any person or circumstances be held invalid by any court having jurisdiction, that invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this ordinance that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application.

Sec. 11-1-30 Installation of Gas Appliances

(a) APPLIANCES TO CONFORM TO SAFETY STANDARDS. All gas appliances and accessories hereafter installed, sold or offered for sale shall conform to reasonable standards of safety. The presence on a gas appliance or accessory of a safety seal or label of a nationally recognized testing agency or a certificate or letter of approval from any such agency or the inclusion of an appliance or accessory in an approved listing by such agency shall be prima facie evidence that such appliance or accessory conforms to reasonable standards of safety. Such nationally recognized testing agency shall be one qualified and equipped to perform and one that does perform, periodic inspections of current models of gas appliances and accessories.

(b) INSTALLATION TO CONFORM TO SAFETY STANDARDS. All gas appliances and piping systems shall be installed to conform to reasonable standards of safety. Installation of appliances, accessories and piping that comply with the standards set forth in Comm 23, Wis. Adm.Code or with the standards recommended by the American National Standards Institute, "National Fuel Gas Code most recent Edition" shall be considered prima facie as conforming to reasonable standards of safety.

(c) SUPPLIER TO TURN ON GAS SERVICE. No person except an authorized agent or employee of the gas supplier shall turn on or reconnect gas service in or on any premises where and when gas service is not at the time rendered. This shall not prohibit an installer from turning on the supply of gas temporarily for the purpose of testing the installation for the purpose of connecting an appliance or making repairs.

(d) LIMITATIONS ON SALE OF GAS SPACE HEATERS. No person shall install any gas appliance for the purpose of space heating without first determining from the gas supplier that adequate facilities are present to supply gas to such appliances in quantities that shall assure reasonably safe and uninterrupted operation.

(e) UNSAFE APPLIANCES AND INSTALLATIONS PROHIBITED. No person shall sell or offer for sale or install any gas appliance or accessories or gas piping system if the same when installed for use would be in violation of this section or would be unsafe or dangerous.

(f) AUTHORITY TO DISCONNECT. The Building Inspector may disconnect any gas appliance, accessory or gas piping which does not conform to the requirements of this Section or which may be found defective and in such condition as to endanger life or property. Where such disconnection has been made, a notice shall be attached to such appliance, accessory or gas piping which shall state that it has been disconnected and the reasons therefore. Such notice shall not be removed or the appliance, accessory or gas piping be reconnected until it shall have been made to conform with the requirement of this Section and its reconnection been authorized by the Building Inspector.

Sec. 11-1-31 Penalty

  Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter or any order or regulation issued hereunder shall be subject to a penalty as provided in Section 1-1-7 of this Code.

Chapter 2: Electrical Code


Sec. 11-2-1 Electrical Work Defined

  Electrical work means and includes the installation or inspection of electrical wiring and equipment for the production, modification, regulation, control, distribution, utilization or safeguarding of electrical energy for mechanical, chemical, heating, lighting or similar purposes.

Sec. 11-2-2 Electrical Codes Adopted

  All electrical work in the City shall be done in conformity with the most recently adopted edition of the National Electrical Code as well as Chapter Comm 16 of the Wisconsin Electrical Code and Chapter Comm 73 of the Wisconsin Illumination Code. It is intended that all modifications, amendments, re-codification and renumbering of the foregoing provisions as may occur form time to time shall likewise be immediately adopted and fully incorporated into this Code by reference.

Sec. 11-2-3 Scope of Activity

  The Electrical Inspector may plan, superintend, install and repair electrical systems and equipment in or upon structures and lands owned by the City. However, he shall not otherwise engage in the business of installation and maintenance of electrical wiring either directly or indirectly, and he shall have no financial interest in any concern engaged in such business in the City while holding the office of Electrical Inspector.

Sec. 11-2-4 Duties of Electrical Inspector

  The Electrical Inspector shall enforce the provisions of this chapter. He shall keep complete records of all permits issued and submit reports thereof annually to the City Manager. He shall keep all records of official work performed under this chapter and all correspondence and other important records in such manner as to afford prompt retrieval of such data.

Sec. 11-2-5 Powers of the Electrical Inspector

(a) The Electrical Inspector and his assistants may, during reasonable hours, enter any public or private building or premises in the discharge of their official duties or for the purpose of making any inspection or test of electrical wires or appliances contained therein, except as restricted by law. They shall be given prompt access to any premises upon notification to the proper authority.

(b) The Electrical Inspector may cause the turning off of all electrical currents to any equipment which he finds to be in an unsafe condition and cut or discontinue electrical service in case of emergency or where such electrical currents are dangerous to life or property or may interfere with the work of the Fire Department. No person shall reconnect any equipment thus cut off until written permission is given by the Electrical Inspector.

(c) The Electrical Inspector may annually inspect all the electrical installations and apparatus in the factories, mills, shops or residences and other buildings within the City, and when such installations or apparatus are found to be in dangerous condition, the Inspector shall notify the person owning, using, operating or installing same to place them in a safe condition. The Electrical Inspector may conduct an inspection of a premise in the event that it becomes vacant upon notification of the owner or his agent. He shall serve written notice to the owner or his agent of any unsafe condition found existing in the electrical system or equipment. Such premises shall not thereafter be re-occupied until all such unsafe conditions have been corrected and approved.

Sec. 11-2-6 Deputy Electrical Inspector

  To efficiently carry out all the duties of the office, the Electrical Inspector may be provided with a deputy inspector or such number of assistants as are required. The deputy inspector shall be vested with the authority of the Electrical Inspector when the latter is not acting.

Sec. 11-2-7 Master Electrician

  The work of a Master Electrician consists of the planning, superintending and installing, altering or repairing of electrical wiring and equipment as covered by the most recently adopted NEC & Wis. Admin. Chap. Comm 16. Before any person shall be licensed as a Master Electrician he shall present valid evidence of Master Electrician certification by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce under the provisions of Wisconsin Administrative Code Article Comm 5.43. This provision does not apply to renewal of current licenses.

Sec. 11-2-8 Plant Electrician

  A plant electrician is a person regularly employed and whose electrical work is limited exclusively to the plant or shop of his employer and does not include the installation of service equipment, distribution panel, bus bar or other feeder circuit systems.

Sec. 11-2-9 Licenses Required

(a) No person shall perform the work of a Master Electrician unless licensed by the City.

(b) No person shall perform the work for which a Master Electrician license is required unless at all times a licensed Master Electrician is regularly, fully and continuously employed to supervise the work.

Sec. 11-2-10 Issuance of Licenses

(a) Application for a license shall be made to the Electrical Inspector on forms furnished by him.

(b) Master Electrician licenses shall be issued subject to the provisions of this Section. Such licenses shall not be assignable or transferable.

(c) In acknowledgment of Wisconsin Administrative Code Article Comm 5.43, within ten (10) days of receipt of a properly executed application form accompanied by the appropriate fee as specified in Section 1-2-1, and of being presented with valid evidence of state certification status, the Electrical Inspector or his deputy may authorize the City Clerk to issue a license to a state certified electrician.

Sec. 11-2-11 License Fees

  The fees for a Master Electrician License shall be as specified in Section 1-2-1. All such licenses shall be issued for one (1) year commencing July 1 and expiring June 30 following, unless sooner revoked. The fees for such licenses shall be paid to the Inspections Department.

Sec. 11-2-12 Persons Exempt From License Requirements

(a) Employees of electrical, telephone, telegraph and railway utilities may perform the planning or superintending and installation, operation and maintenance of equipment and materials required for the operation of the business of such utilities without a license, but when such employees perform work on property or premises of other persons, except when making service connections and installing and testing transformers, meters and other equipment ordinarily furnished by and remaining the property of the utility, they shall be licensed in the same manner provided for in this Chapter. Failure to be so licensed shall constitute a violation of this Chapter.

(b) Other operating engineers and their assistants in charge of power generating plants, prime movers and all auxiliary equipment and the appliances connected therewith shall be exempt in the supervision, maintenance, repairs and in the operation of the electrical equipment under their jurisdiction.

(c) Plant electricians regularly employed in a plant or shop need not be licensed while doing electrical work that is limited exclusively to the plant or shop of their employer.

(d) The owner of a single family dwelling which he occupies may wire such dwelling after procuring a permit. All such work shall be inspected and approved in the same manner as if such work were performed by a licensed electrician.

(e) Heating contractors and persons engaged in the business of selling heating equipment and heating controls and their employees may install all heating equipment and heating controls without a license in or on the premises occupied by the buyers of such equipment and may, without a license, repair or service such equipment whether or not such repair or service constitutes electrical work as defined herein. However, such installation, repair and service work shall not include installation of branch circuits.

Sec. 11-2-13 Electrical Permits

  The Electrical Inspector shall issue permits for all electrical installations for light, heat or power upon the filing of proper application which shall be made on forms furnished by the Inspector and shall describe the nature of the work as well as such other information as may be required for inspection. No electrical work shall be started unless a permit has been obtained unless the same be exempt from this Chapter.

Sec. 11-2-14 Permit Fees

(a) Fees for permits for electrical work shall be as specified in Section 1-2-1.

(b) No permit shall be issued unless approved by the Electrical Inspector and the fee paid. No further permits shall be issued to any person until all arrears in fees have been paid and all lawful orders of the Electrical Inspector have been complied with.

(c) Permits shall lapse and be void from and after twelve (12) months from date of issuance.

Sec. 11-2-15 Where No Permit Is Required

(a) No permit shall be required for the usual operation of the local electric and power company on their lines, service and up to and including the service switch and meter.

(b) No permit shall be required for manufacturing, assembling, repairing or testing of electrical equipment for which no license is required.

(c) No permit shall be required for minor repairs such as repairing cords, switches or changing lamp sockets.

(d) No permit shall be required for work done by a plant electrician in the plant of his employer.

Sec. 11-2-16 Temporary Work

  On applying for a permit for temporary work, a specified period of time for which such wiring is to remain in service must be stated. Service shall be cut off at the end of this period and shall not be again connected without written permission from the Electrical Inspector. Such work shall be in accordance with this Chapter, and shall have made application and paid the fees as required for the original license. The Board of Electrical Examiners may withhold the granting of a new license for cause for a period to be determined by the Board.

Sec. 11-2-17 Emergency Work

  In emergency work, the person doing or causing the work to be done shall report the same to the Electrical Inspector and such work shall be in accordance with this Chapter.

Sec. 11-2-18 Inspection Required

(a) No person installing any electrical work for which a permit is required by this Chapter shall, except with the written permission of the Electrical Inspector, utilize the same for heat, light, power or other purposes until an inspection is made by the Electrical Inspector and approval is given.

(b) Upon the completion of the wiring of any building or before any wiring is to be hidden from view, the person doing the same shall notify the Electrical Inspector who shall inspect the installation. If, upon inspection, it is found that such installation is fully in compliance with this Chapter and does not constitute a hazard to life or property, the Electrical Inspector shall approve the same and authorize concealment of such wiring or connection for electrical service. If this installation is incomplete or not strictly in accordance with this Chapter, the Inspector shall issue orders to the person installing the same to remove the hazards and make the necessary changes or additions within ten (10) days. Concealment of electric work before inspection or failure to comply with the orders of the Electrical Inspector shall constitute an offense.

Sec. 11-2-19 Fee for Additional Inspections

  The permit provided for herein shall cover the cost to the City of inspection of the electrical work and of one further inspection after the same has been found defective and the defects pointed out to the person doing such work. If other further inspections are required because of continued defects in the work, the person doing the work shall pay the fee for each additional inspection as set forth in Section 1-2-1, before the work is approved.

Sec. 11-2-20 Installer Responsible Until Approved

  Any person who shall install electric wires or appliances shall be responsible for same until approved by the Electrical Inspector. Any person who shall make any additions, corrections, alterations or connections to the installations thereafter shall be responsible for the correct operation of such installation.

Sec. 11-2-21 City Not Liable by Reason of Inspection

  This Chapter shall not affect the responsibility or liability of any party owning, operating, controlling or installing any electrical equipment for damage to persons or to property caused by any defect therein; nor shall the City be held as assuming such liability by reason of the inspection or reinspection authorized herein, or by reason of the approval or disapproval of any equipment authorized herein; nor shall the City be held in any way liable for any work performed by any individual or group of individuals licensed under this Chapter.

Sec. 11-2-22 Interference with Radio and Television Reception Prohibited

(a) INTERFERENCE PROHIBITED. No person shall operate within the City any electrical apparatus, device, machine or equipment which causes interference with radio reception or television reception when such interference can be reasonably prevented by means of repairs, adjustments, the installation of corrective appliance or other practicable alterations.


Sec. 11-2-23 Penalty

(a) Any person who shall violate any provision of this Chapter or any order, rule or regulation issued hereunder shall be subject to a penalty as provided in Section 1-1-7 of this Code.

Chapter 3: Plumbing Code


Sec. 11-3-1 Plumbing Defined

(a) In this Chapter, "plumbing" means and includes:

(b) "Plumbing" does not include minor repairs to faucets or the removal of stoppages in soil or waste pipes.

Sec. 11-3-2 State Code Adopted

  Wis. Stats., Ch. 145, Wis. Adm. Code, Chs. SPS 382-387 and NR 110,113, and 810 are hereby made a part of this Chapter by reference with the same force and effect as though set forth in full. They shall govern the installation of all plumbing installed, altered or repaired in the City. Failure to comply with any of the provisions of such regulations shall constitute a violation of this chapter, punishable according to the penalties provided herein.

Sec. 11-3-3 Plumbers to be Licensed

  All plumbing work shall be done by a plumber licensed by the State for such work. A property owner may make repairs or installations in a single-family building owned and occupied by him as his home if a permit therefore is issued and the work is done in compliance with the provisions of this Chapter.

Sec. 11-3-4 Street Excavations; Bond Required

  See Section 4-1-1 of this Code of Ordinances.

Sec. 11-3-5 Plumbing Inspector

(a) APPOINTMENT; DUTIES. The Plumbing Inspector shall be appointed by the City Manager. He shall perform the duties required under Section 145.05(1), Wis. Stats., and those prescribed under this chapter and delegated to him by the City Manager, the City Engineer Water Superintendent or the Council.


Sec. 11-3-6 Plumbing Permit

(a) REQUIRED; APPLICATION. No plumbing shall be installed in the City without first filing an application and receiving a permit. Each application shall be approved by the Plumbing Inspector before the permit is issued. Licensed master plumbers only may receive such permits, except that a permit may be issued to a property owner to install plumbing in a single-family building owned and occupied by such owner as his home.

(b) ISSUANCE, TERM, SUSPENSION AND REVOCATION. When the Plumbing Inspector is satisfied that the work proposed by the applicant can be done in conformity with the provisions of this Chapter, and after the appropriate fees have been paid to him, he shall issue the permit. Such permit shall be good for the continuous performance of the work named thereon. A permit shall automatically expire when work ceases for sixty (60) days without good and reasonable cause for same or on completion of the work for which it was issued. The Plumbing Inspector may, upon notice, suspend or revoke such permit for violation of the provisions of this Chapter.


(d) APPEALS FOR FAILURE TO ISSUE, SUSPENSION AND REVOCATION. Any person directly interested who is aggrieved by the decision of the Plumbing Inspector to refuse to issue a permit or to suspend or revoke such permit as provided in Subsections (b) or (c) shall be entitled to an appeal before the State Plumbing Supervisor of this district within ten (10) days.

(e) FEES. Fees shall be paid to the Plumbing Inspector as provided in Section 1-2-1 before the plumbing permit is issued.

Sec. 11-3-7 Inspection

  The plumber in charge shall notify the Plumbing Inspector whenever any work is ready for inspection (i.e., soil vent, underground drain, final inspection), such notification and inspections to be done in compliance with subsection Comm 82.21, Wis. Adm. Code.

Sec. 11-3-8 Plumbing Inspector to Report Data to Engineer

  The Plumbing Inspector, when the application for a permit does not state the exact location where a connection is to be made with a public sewer or water main or the exact location of a stop box or other apparatus, shall report such location to the City Engineer in writing. The Plumbing Inspector shall furnish to the City Engineer such other data as the City Engineer may require for his records with reference to any plumbing work for which a permit has been issued and which has been inspected by the Plumbing Inspector.

Sec. 11-3-9 Plans

  Architects, engineers, designers and plumbers should consult with the Plumbing Inspector before proceeding with the plans for the installation of plumbing and drainage in buildings to be erected or submit complete plans thereof so that they may be examined, corrected or approved before estimates are received or contracts let.

Sec. 11-3-10 Cross Connections

(a) PROHIBITED. No person shall establish or maintain any cross connection within the City any cross connection as defined in Wis. Adm. Code SPS 381.10(65), except as expressly allowed by applicable law

(b) CONTROL PROGRAM. The City Council shall adopt by resolution a Cross Connection Control Program that meets the requirements of Wis. Adm. Code Section NR 810.15(1).

(c) PLUMBING INSPECTOR, CITY ENGINEER, PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR AND WATER SUPERINTENDENT AUTHORIZED. It shall be the duty of the City Manager to assign responsibility for administering and enforcing said Cross Connection Control Program to the Plumbing Inspector, City Engineer, Public Works Director, and/ or Water Superintendent or their designated agents (referenced hereafter in this section as "Authorized Officials")such program to cause inspections to be made of all properties served by the City's public water system where cross connections are deemed possible. The frequency of inspections and reinspections based on the potential health hazards involved shall be part of the program and as approved by the Department of Natural Resources.


Sec. 11-3-11 Penalty

  Any person who shall violate any provision of this Chapter or any order, rule or regulation hereunder shall be subject to a penalty as provided in Section 1-1-7 of this Code.