Kinnickinnic: State contractor licensing, certification changes discussedDeputy Zoning Administrator and Building Inspector Dave Phillips reported on the new Wisconsin building codes at last week’s Kinnickinnic Town Board meeting.
By: By Patricia Huber, staff correspondent, River Falls Journal
Deputy Zoning Administrator and Building Inspector Dave Phillips reported on the new Wisconsin building codes at last week’s Kinnickinnic Town Board meeting.
There is a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 21, in Madison to discuss licensing and certification for all dwelling contractors.
The building code changes will affect all electrical contractors, plumbers, utility contractors, fire inspectors, pipe layers and all general dwelling contractors.
The frequency of licensing varies and is based on contractor categories but many categories now require testing and continuing education.
A plumbing redraft and new electrical codes were recently approved and are expected to take effect March 1. There are also major revisions to the home dwelling energy codes with changes taking effect on April 1.
Other code changes:
Carbon monoxide alarms will be required in all commercial and residential buildings by 2010.
New lead paint rules that will require inspection and certification of all pre-1978 residential properties and includes daycares and kindergartens.
Lead safe work environment requirements.
Inspection of all commercial buildings including electrical inspections with a completion target date of 2011.
Phillips also presented his year-end building permit summary to the Town Board. Four new single family home permits were issued in 2008 compared to 11 in 2007 and 13 in 2006.
There were 20 permits issued for building additions and alterations in 2008, up one from 2007.
In other action:
The Town Board discussed possible changes to the animal control ordinance and ways to better enforce it. A policy and procedure will be developed to explain licensing requirements and fees for non-compliance.
Road Committee members will begin marking trees for removal along the roadsides that are obstructing the view of drivers and those that are deemed safety hazards.