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Safety and Buildings Division - Obtaining the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code

In November 2007 the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services adopted code changes for Comm 60-66, Commercial Buildings Code, and Comm 14, Fire Prevention Code.

Main features of the code changes include adoption (with exceptions and additions) of the 2006 editions of the previously-adopted model codes from the International Code Council and the National Fire Protection Association.  The changes are expected to go into effect on March 1, 2008.

Building construction plan submittals made before the code change effective date to the Department of Safety and Professional Services or delegated plan review municipalities will be reviewed under the old/current code.   How to obtain a paper copy of the old/current code.

Submittals after the new code change effective date will use the new code provisions, with a few vital exceptions dealing with initiated, ongoing projects.  (See Sections 29m, 30, and 30m in adopted draft for extensions of review.)

New printed copies of the Wisconsin commercial building and fire prevention codes are expected to be available from state Document Sales in February. 

The 2006 versions of the adopted national model codes can be obtained from the International Code Council, http://www.iccsafe.org/ and the National Fire Protection Association, http://www.nfpa.org, respectively. 

There will not be a new "Enrolled Code," which has been a printed combination of the Wisconsin and model building codes. Instead, the Safety and Buildings Division will put code insert pages on the Internet in early 2008.  The pages will be designed to fit Wisconsin code provisions into the loose leaf versions of adopted model codes.

The adopted draft of the code changes is available on Commerce's  Safety and Buildings Division Website.

People wishing to follow the process of bringing the code changes into fruition can become part of the S&B commercial buildings, fire prevention, or fire protection email groups, http://dsps.wi.gov/SB/SB-DivEmailSignup.html


Paper WCBC copies (not with ICC code provisions) may be purchased from the Document Sales and Distribution office of the Wisconsin Department of Administration. Document Sales does offer an update service, for a fee, to provide copies of any state code revisions during a subscribed period of time. (The state update service does NOT include any update to the Enrolled WCBC. There is no automatic update service for revisions to the Enrolled WCBC.)

- You may telephone Document Sales (with a Visa or Master Card credit card), 800-362-7253, or 608-264-9419.
- You may purchase from the Document Sales office, 202 South Thornton Avenue, Madison, 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Document Sales through the mail (with an order form) using a check, money order, or Visa or Master Card credit card. The order form is available by calling 800-362-7253, or 608-264-9419, or from the
Document Sales Web site.
- Document Sales fy fax, 608-261-8150, using the order form along with a Visa or Master Card credit card.


ICC Codes: Effective March 1, 2008, Comm 60 to 66 will adopt and modify some 2006 edition codes produced by the International Code Council: International Building Code, International Energy Conservation Code, International Mechanical Code, and International Fuel Gas Code. International Code Council, 4051 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478-5795; 708-799-2300, or www.iccsafe.org .


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