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Sep 6, 2023

DSPS licensing times down, number of approvals up, Evers says

Gov. Tony Evers requested the Legislature to allow DSPS keep its improved staffing levels.

Jul 21, 2023

Contractors cite cost increases with new state building code, but HVAC engineers say it will save money

State officials are poised to adopt 2021 International Building Code. Wisconsin uses the 2015 international code.

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
May 1, 2023

Department of Safety and Professional Services adds designers of engineering systems, architects to occupational licensing app

The state agency will move more than 60 occupations to its cloud-based online platform LicensE for people applying for licenses or renewing them.

Mar 31, 2023

Wisconsin license delays improve, but agency needs more help

Wisconsin Republicans questioned the efforts of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' administration to fix lengthy delays in issuing professional licenses, even as an agency head said Thursday that wait times had improved.

Feb 7, 2023

Republicans order audit of licensing backlog (UPDATE)

Republican lawmakers were poised Tuesday to order an audit of a Wisconsin agency that has taken weeks to issue professional licenses, causing lengthy delays for thousands of workers across the state.

Jan 10, 2023

DSPS announces new tool to access plan submissions online

DSPS announced an online tool for project stakeholders to look up plan submissions and delays.

Dec 9, 2022

DSPS secretary announces contractors, engineers, renewables experts as members in sustainable buildings council

Construction professionals and renewables experts were among members appointed to the first Wisconsin Advisory Council on Building Sustainability meeting on Monday. 

Jul 8, 2022

Crim stepping down as DSPS secretary, Hereth taking over

The head of the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, an agency charged with reviewing commercial-building plans and issuing various trades licenses, is stepping down.

Sep 29, 2021

Assembly committee advances bill to exempt projects from DSPS plan review

A state Assembly committee voted on Wednesday to advance a bill that would exempt certain construction projects from state plan-review requirements in hopes of preventing a backlog of reviews that surfaced in 2019 from returning.

Aug 27, 2021

DSPS launches task force to study mass-timber regulations

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has formed a task force to examine the use of mass timber in commercial buildings.

Feb 23, 2021

Lawmakers weigh further changes to state’s plan reviews

A bill circulating in the state Legislature aims to keep a months-long backlog in commercial plan reviews from reemerging by reviving changes to the review process that lawmakers had proposed last year.

Jul 22, 2020

DSPS: Policies have led to faster plan review process

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services released a report Wednesday touting progress it has made in addressing a backlog of plan reviews that left contractors waiting months for the agency to sign off on construction projects.


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