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Chapter 15. Buildings and Building Regulations

Sec. 15-03. Issuance of building permits and inspection.

(1) Generally. If the building services supervisor finds that the proposed building will comply in every respect with all ordinances of the city, and all laws and lawful orders of the state, he shall officially approve the proposed building and stamp one set of the plans and return them to the owner, and shall issue a building permit therefor which shall be kept at the site of the proposed building. After being approved, the plans and specifications shall not be altered in any respect which involves any of the mentioned ordinances, laws or orders, or which involves the safety of the building, except with the written consent of the building services supervisor. If adequate plans are presented the building services supervisor may, at his discretion, issue a permit for a part of the building before receiving the plans and specifications for the entire building. No person shall commence work on any building or alteration before the building permit or waiver of plans has been issued.

(2) Fees. Before receiving a building permit, the owner or his agent shall pay to the City of Marshfield the following fees:

  1. Residential (one- and two-family) new construction and additions: $0.14 per square foot, with a minimum of $30.00, plus the cost of the applicable Wisconsin Uniform Building Permit Seal.
  2. Manufactured homes manufactured after April 1, 2007 in mobile home courts and parks:  $75.00.
  3. Commercial, institutional, industrial and multiple-family construction and additions: $0.15 per square foot up to 10,000 square feet plus $0.05 per square foot over 10,000 square feet or fraction thereof, with a minimum of $50.00.
  4. Foundation permits: residential one- and two-family, $50.00; all others, $150.00.
  5. Residential (single-family, owner occupied) one bathroom, kitchen or laundry room remodel done by owner where plumbing and/or electrical permits are needed:  $60.00.  If no plumbing or electrical work needed, the same fee as set forth in subsection g of this section with a minimum of $30.00.
  6. Residential garages, residential accessory buildings and additions thereto: the same fee as set forth in subsection a. of this section with a minimum of $30.00.
  7. All other remodeling and alterations $1,000 or over, where square footage cannot be calculated (for all categories of occupancy): $5.00 per $1,000.00 of cost up to $100,000.00, plus $1.50 per $1,000.00 over $100,000.00 or fraction thereof, with a minimum of $30.00.
  8. For heating, ventilating and air conditioning, new and replacements:
    1. New construction, residential one- and two-family: $.015 per square foot with a minimum of $30.00.
    2. Residential one- and two-family, installation or replacements: $30.00 per unit. All wood-burning devices and fireplaces are subject to this subsection h.2.
    3. Multiple-family and nonresidential: $5.00 per $1,000.00 of cost up to $100,000.00, plus $1.50 per $1,000.00 over $100,000.00 or fraction thereof, with a minimum of $50.00.
  9. Razing of structures: $30.00 per residential accessory structure; all other structures, $50.00 per structure. Fee may be waived if structure has been ordered to be razed.
  10. Moving permits onto public rights-of-way (all structures over 8 1/2 feet must complete the moving clearance form before a moving permit will be issued):
    1. Residential garages and accessory buildings: $50.00 per building over eight feet wide. Eight feet or less: $30.00.
    2. Dwellings and other structures: $125.00 per building.
  11. Roof replacement (full and partial): nonresidential and multiple-family up to 2,500 square feet, $30.00; over 2,500 square feet, $60.00; over 10,000 square feet, $125.00.
  12. Failure to obtain a building permit prior to commencing work: $100.00 or double permit fee, whichever is more, except for emergency work. (Permits for the emergency work need to be taken out within 48 hours after the work was performed.)

(3) Definitions. The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this section, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this subsection, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Cost means the entire cost of the contract, subcontract, bid and proposal or estimate, including all accepted alternates.

Square footage means the entire total of square feet of all floors of a building including basement, other floors and garages. Outside dimensions are used to calculate square footage.

(4) Posting of building permit. It shall be the duty of each applicant to place the building permit in a conspicuous place on the premises, a window of the home that faces the road or where the building is to be erected.

(5) Duration of permits. A building permit shall lapse and be void unless building operations are commenced within six months from the date thereof.  A building permit shall be valid for a period of one year from the date of issue, unless by written extension from the Building Services Supervisor.

(6) Revocation of permit; effect. If the building services supervisor finds at any time that the above-mentioned ordinances, laws, orders, plans and specifications are not being complied with, he may revoke the building permit and written notice of such action shall be posted at the site of the work. When any such permit is revoked no person shall do any further work upon such building until the permit is reissued, excepting such work as the building services supervisor shall order to be done as a condition precedent to the reissuance of the permit.

(7) Report of violation. It shall be the duty of all police officers to report at once to the building services supervisor any building upon or in which work is being carried on without a building permit as required by this chapter.

(8) Inspection. Buildings shall be inspected at such times and in such manner as may be necessary to secure compliance with the laws, ordinances, rules and orders applicable thereto. The building services supervisor shall inspect all buildings prior to application of other finish, of which the general contractor or other person in charge of such work shall notify the building services supervisor, and in no case shall drywall or other finish material be done before inspection. After inspection, the building services supervisor shall approve the drywall or other finish material, or prescribe any changes necessary to such compliance, and upon the making of such changes, the approval shall be issued. After the issuance of such approval, no structural part of such building shall be changed.

(9) Certificate of occupancy. Buildings shall have final inspection before occupancy except as herein provided. If on final inspection by the building services supervisor, the electrical inspector and the plumbing inspector, no violation of this chapter or any other ordinance, law or order is found, the fact shall be so certified to the building services supervisor who shall thereupon issue a certificate of occupancy, stating the purpose for which the building is to be used, and the maximum load and the maximum number of persons that may be accommodated on each floor of buildings to be used for public purposes. No building or part thereof shall be occupied in any manner which conflicts with the conditions set forth in such certificate of occupancy.

(Ord. No. 969, 1, 1-28-2003; Ord. No. 1039, 1, 1-11-2005; Ord. No. 1095, 1, 3-27-2007)