No provision in this chapter is intended to prohibit or prevent the use of any alternate material or method of construction not specifically mentioned in this chapter. Approval of alternate materials or methods of construction shall be obtained from the Department. Requests for approval shall be accompanied by evidence showing that the alternate material or method of construction performs in a manner equal to the material or method required by this chapter. The Department may require any claims made regarding the equivalent performance of alternate materials or method to be substantiated by test.
The Department may require that the materials, methods, systems, components or equipment be tested to determine the suitability for the intended use. The Department will accept results conducted by a recognized independent testing agency. The cost of testing shall be borne by the person requesting the approval.
The test method used to determine the performance shall be one that is a nationally recognized standard.
If no nationally recognized standard exists, past performance or recognized engineering analysis may be used to determine suitability.
Ungraded or used building materials may be used or reused as long as the materials possess the essential properties necessary to achieve the level of performance required by this chapter for the intended use. The Department or the municipality enforcing this chapter may require tests in accordance with this section.
Manufacture, sale and installation of dwellings. No manufactured dwelling, manufactured building system or component of the building system subject to this part shall be manufactured for use, sold for initial use or installed in this state unless it is approved by the Department and it bears the Wisconsin insignia issued or a state seal or an insignia reciprocally recognized by the Department.
Installation. A permit shall be obtained before any on-site construction falling within the scope of this chapter is commenced for a manufactured dwelling.
Approval. An application for the approval of any manufactured dwelling, building system or component shall be submitted to the Department, in the form required by the Department, along with the appropriate fees in accordance with the Wisconsin Administrative Code.
All materials shall be identified by the approved label, the grade mark, the trademark or by other approved manufacturer's identification.
If any section, subsection, paragraph, clause or provision of this chapter shall be adjudged invalid, such adjudication shall apply only to the provisions so adjudged and the rest of this code shall remain valid and effective.
It shall be unlawful for any person to erect, use, occupy or maintain any building or structure in violation of any provisions of this Code, or to cause, permit or suffer any such violations to be committed. Any person, firm or corporation found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to the penalties provided in § 1-4. It shall be the responsibility of the offender to abate the violation as expeditiously as possible, and each day that such violation is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense.
If, in any action, a permit was issued, it shall not constitute a defense nor shall any error, oversight or dereliction of duty on the part of the Building Inspector constitute a defense.
It shall be unlawful to commence work prior to obtaining a permit therefor. Double fees shall be charged if work is commenced prior to the issuance of a permit.
[Amended 8-13-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-13; 5-14-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-03; 12-8-2020 by Ord. No. 2020-08]
General requirements. Wisconsin Administrative Code § SPS 321.225(1) and (2), and the provisions referenced therein, are hereby adopted by reference and shall apply to attached and detached decks, subject to the following exception.
Exception: Detached decks not serving as an exit shall not be required to have frost protected footings, and are not subject to SPS 321.225(1)(b) and (c). Such decks, however, shall have footings placed on non-organic material at a uniform depth below grade, and all other Subsections of SPS 321.225 apply. This exception would typically apply to "detached" pool, spa, patio and other yard decks.
Permits required. No deck or any other structure, as defined in this section, or any part thereof, shall hereafter be built, enlarged, or altered within the Village, except as hereinbefore provided, and unless a permit therefor shall first be obtained by the owner or his agent from the Building Inspector. Permits issued under this section shall be subject to the requirements and provisions of § 756-7A(1).
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ATTACHED DECK
- Any deck which is physically connected to the principal building or accessory structure.
- Any structure which serves as a raised horizontal platform or floor constructed of wood or other materials, without enclosing walls or roof.
- DETACHED DECK
- Any deck which is not physically attached to the principal building or accessory structure.