The Division of Industry Services has the authority to delegate certain plan review, permitting, and inspection responsibilities to municipalities or other local government entities. The requesting agency must provide applicable information, as required below based on the type of delegation being requested.
Programs available for delegation include:
- Commercial Structures and HVAC Plan Review
- Fire Suppression and Fire Alarm Plan Review
- Commercial Structures, HVAC, Fire Suppression, and Fire Alarm Inspection
- Commercial Electrical Permitting and Inspection
- Commercial Plumbing Plan Review
- One- and Two-Family Dwelling (UDC) Permitting and Inspection (includes camping units)
- Private On-Site Wastewater Treatment System (POWTS) Plan Review
- Conveyance Equipment Plan Review and Inspection
See the side menu for lists of municipalities currently exercising delegation authority.Department fee schedules for plan review and inspection services (for delegated and non-delegated communities) can be found under
Wis. Admin. Code § SPS 302.
Requesting a Delegation
To be delegated one or more of the responsibilities listed above, complete the delegation application. The application provides instruction on how to complete your delegation request. This may include submitting a copy of your building ordinance and/or credential numbers.
The Department will review the request and provide a formal response granting delegation approval or requesting more information. Note that the requesting agency is not permitted to perform the requested services until it receives the formal delegation approval letter from the Department.
As a delegated agent of the Department, your agency agrees to uphold the requirements of the Wisconsin Administrative Code. This includes, but is not limited to, employing/contracting with appropriately certified individuals and/or agencies.
The Department will periodically monitor municipalities and request activity reports to ensure that the delegated responsibilities are being properly fulfilled by the municipality. Additionally, the Department is implementing a five-year electronic renewal process and your municipality may be requested to renew an existing delegation. Please continue to monitor Department correspondence as further details regarding this process are communicated.
Act 270 Grandfathered Ordinances
2013 Act 270 establishes a uniform commercial building code in Wisconsin, while allowing municipalities to grandfather fire detection, prevention, and suppression ordinances that relate to the construction, alteration, or addition to a public building or building that is a place of employment. An ordinance that is grandfathered has passed the requirements laid out by the Legislature in Wisconsin Statute §101.02(7r)(b).