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Posted on: May 5, 2017

West Allis Building Inspection and Neighborhood Services Excels in State Audit

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West Allis, WI – May 05, 2017 – The West Allis Building Inspection and Neighborhood Services (BINS) Department received high praise following an audit of its Commercial Building Code Enforcement Program by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS).

The City of West Allis is a certified second class city for plan review and inspection and may perform plan review and inspections of building projects of all sizes, with the exception of state-owned buildings. The audit, conducted in January 2017, evaluated three plans for accuracy and code compliance.

DSPS auditors noted that West Allis inspectors “appear extremely well qualified, cross-trained, and credentialed” and “work closely with each other and related municipal departments.” The audit praised the BINS staff for their use of technology and familiarity with all facets of the enforcement process, commending them for “providing competent and efficient plan review and inspection services.”

According to the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services website, there are currently about 200 municipalities in the state of Wisconsin that do commercial inspections and plan reviews for small sized projects as an agent for the state. Of those, only about ten cities, including West Allis, do plan reviews for any sized building in addition to the inspections.  West Allis has been able to provide that service to architects, contractors and developers since 2011.

“To obtain a favorable audit by the state is a major accomplishment for West Allis,” says Dan Devine, mayor of West Allis. “There is a huge economical and developmental advantage to be able to offer these services to potential developers and contractors, and with our streamlined processes, we provide the added benefit of getting them through our process at least a month faster than most other municipalities.” 

Information about the City of West Allis and BINS Department can be found at http://www.westalliswi.gov/BINS or by contacting Ed Lisinski at elisinski@westalliswi.gov or Mayor Dan Devine at ddevine@westalliswi.gov.

ABOUT WEST ALLIS BUILDING INSPECTION AND NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES DEPARTMENT

The West Allis Building Inspection and Neighborhood Services Department provides for the health, safety and welfare of the community through regulation of building and zoning codes. BINS issues building, plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits for all buildings and perform all necessary inspections and plan reviews to ensure compliance with local, state and national life safety codes. For more information, visit http://www.westalliswi.gov/bins. BINS is also on Houzz®. Houzz® users can follow the West Allis Building Inspection and Neighborhood Services Department at http://www.houzz.com/city/west-allis.

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