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Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services

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.

Wisconsin plumbing code
Sep 1, 2023

Wisconsin updates plumbing code to national standards

The update wasn't an overhaul of the current code, but brought nationally held standards up to date.

Sep 23, 2022

Committee will review proposal to start commercial construction before local and state approval of plans

The legislative study committee for the commercial building process will review a proposal next week to let commercial developers start building before plan approval, as contractors and regulators search for a way to relieve project backlogs.

Aug 18, 2022

GOP questions delays at Evers’ licensing agency

Republican lawmakers are raising questions about why the state Department of Safety and Professional Services is taking weeks to issue licenses.

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.

Mar 15, 2021

DSPS offers new system for plans for elevators, commercial buildings on April 12

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services is switching to a new online submission system for commercial building plans and elevator plans starting in April.

Mar 4, 2021

Lawmakers introduce bill aimed at preventing DSPS plan review backlog

State lawmakers formally introduced a bill on Wednesday to change Wisconsin's commercial plan review process in the hopes of preventing a backlog of plan reviews from resurfacing.

Feb 26, 2021

State revives stricter multi-family sprinkler standard under AG Kaul opinion

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services will again require sprinkler systems in small apartment buildings after Attorney General Josh Kaul reversed a legal opinion from his Republican predecessor last fall.

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.

Feb 15, 2021

AG opinion raises questions about state’s multi-family sprinkler rule

State officials are weighing how a legal opinion requiring fire sprinklers in apartment buildings could affect how state agencies enforce and adopt new administrative rules.

Nov 20, 2020

As plan-review changes move toward permanency, some worry of uncertainty

To speed up commercial-plan approvals, state regulators are planning to make permanent a policy change that would no longer allow contractors and architects to schedule specific dates for plan reviews.

Nov 3, 2020

Committee to consider continuing waivers for UI work-search requirements

Lawmakers this week will consider extending a series of pandemic-related rules intended to freeze employers' unemployment-insurance payments, waive job-search requirements for people receiving unemployment benefits and curtail the need for in-person fire and electrical inspections.


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