Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services

August 15, 2018

Highlights from the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services regarding the bi-monthly newsletter include modified legislature Wisconsin Statute 101.149 as it relates to requirements for carbon monoxide detectors in sleeping places.  Fire Suppression/Fire Alarm Updates, many of you know the updated Commercial Building code package became effective May 1, 2018. The Department has updated the guidelines for fire suppression and fire alarm which reflect the adopted NFPA standards outlined in the updated Commercial Building code package.  The electrical code package has been adopted and published. The new SPS 316 can be viewed in the newsletter.

Also included is a timeline of effective dates related to several parts of the code update:

• August 1, 2018: 2017 NEC adopted for commercial structures and DSPS may begin accepting applications for registration as an electrical inspection agency.

• March 1, 2019: Only registered inspection agencies may provide plan review, permit issuance, or inspections.

• January 1, 2020: 2017 NEC adopted for one- and 2- family dwellings. “One− and 2− family dwellings” means any buildings that contain one or 2 dwelling units the construction of which commenced on or after December 1, 1978 per SPS 316.006(7). Effective August 1, 2018 the 2017 NEC will apply to any building that does not meet the definition of “one and 2- family dwellings”. Statewide requirements for permits and inspections go into effect.