In the latest of a series of Executive Orders from Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wisconsin law has temporarily been altered regarding the submission process of paper plans in the construction industry. Per Executive Order 22, this temporary change requires that all plans for new commercial Buildings, elevators, plumbing, electrical, fire alarms, and similar plans that need to be approved by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) be submitted in an electronic format. During this period, paper plans will not be accepted. This Order will be in place for the duration of the public health emergency declared by Gov. Evers in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
For those looking to submit multiple copies of paper plans for fire alarm, fire suppression, commercial buildings, commercial building products, elevators, Petitions for Variances for fire alarm, fire suppression, commercial building, commercial building products, and elevators, these plans should be submitted to DSPSSBPlanSchedule@Wisconsin.gov. Submissions for plumbing, plumbing products, swimming pools, electrical, gas systems, cross connections, mines, amusement rides, and POWTS, Petitions for Variances for plumbing, plumbing products, swimming pools, electrical, gas systems, mines, amusement rides, and POWTS can be submitted via the electronic safety and licensing app https://esla.wi.gov/PortalCommunityLogin.
DSPS also has a few suggestions to make this transition easier. It recommends submitting plans at least 10 days before your appointment to allow the DSPS team time to review them. It also advises that you can request an earlier meeting in April or May if your plans are completed and you already have a meeting scheduled for later in the year. Additionally, it is important to note that DSPS has introduced a few policies that will continue after the pandemic. These include banning duplicate appointments, and cancelling appointments if complete plans are not provided 10 days before the scheduled meeting.
Not only is this a safer option given the current safety crisis in the United States, this also has the potential to increase efficiency after this pandemic ceases. The full text of the order can be found in this Emergency Order, and further guidance from DSPS can be found on dsps.wi.gov.
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