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New Building Construction: Other Residential

Contact: Email Building Inspection Phone Number (608) 266-4551
Before beginning development on any residential project there are several steps you will need to take to make sure your new building will be in compliance with local regulations regarding land and construction. Some examples of other residential buildings may be: Apartment buildings, Condominiums, lodging houses, or hotels/motels.

You will need to make sure the site you intend to build on is appropriate regarding setbacks and use based on zoning and other requirements.

PROCESS OVERVIEW:

  1. Determine Zoning

    Before developing a parcel of land, you will need to determine if the parcel is zoned for your desired use or if there are any special development considerations for your project.

    Zoning will be able to tell you the zoning of the property or if there are any special considerations for your project. Most all of this type of project will require special approvals such as conditional use. Zoning staff can guide you through this process and there is also additional information on this site under Land Development.

    Find out the zoning for your property

    Who to contact:
    Zoning Staff, (608) 266-4551

  2. Submit Plans to Building Inspection

    A minimum of two sets of plans are required for any plan review. If the building for which the plans are being submitted is over 50,000 cubic feet, all plans must be signed and sealed by a registered Architect or Engineer. All plans must be submitted with a City of Madison plan approval application form, which also must be signed by the Building Designer and Supervising Professional. Omission of any required items on your plans or application may result in a delay of your project. The plan review fees need to be paid at the time of submittal.

    Note: If your project cannot conform to building code, follow the variance procedure. See the Petition for Variance Application (pdf) for more information. Please contact Building Inspection at 266-4551 with any questions.

    Once the plan approval is obtained, permits can be issued as long as all other Departments have approved the project. For example, Zoning needs to sign off on the permit and any other departmental holds will also need to be resolved. You can contact Zoning at (608) 266-4551 regarding any additional approvals.

    Where to go:
    Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
    Madison Municipal Building
    215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite LL 100
    Madison, WI 53703

    What to Include:
    A minimum of two sets of plans are required for any plan review. All plans need to be drawn to scale and include all dimensions. Your plans should include:
    • Floor plans
    • Foundation/Basement plans
    • Elevations
    • Section details
    • Site plan
    • Structural components & structural calculations
    • The listing laboratory and system numbers of all fire-resistive assemblies
    • Window and door schedules
    • Energy calculations
    The plan review process typically takes no more than 5 working days to complete assuming there are no problems.

  3. Submit Plumbing Plans

    Plumbing plans are required to be submitted for more than 16 fixtures and must be approved prior to a permit being issued. Plumbing plans are a separate submittal to the Plumbing section. Contact Sean Sutter at (608) 266-4551 with questions.

    Where to go:
    Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
    Madison Municipal Building
    215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite LL 100
    Madison, WI 53703

    What to Include:

  4. Submit Plans to Fire Prevention

    The Fire Prevention Division reviews the following:
    • Fire Sprinklers
    • Fire Alarms
    • Kitchen Hood Suppression Systems
    • Standpipe Systems
    • Alternate Fire Extinguishing Systems
    • Access Controlled/Delayed Egress Devices
    • Fire Command Centers
    • High-piled Storage

    There are specific submittal requirements for each type of fire protection system. The requirements vary depending on the type of fire protection system proposed for installation. The Plan Submittal Checklist (pdf) for Fire Protection System Plans has been provided to assist you in preparing your complete fire protection system plan submittal.

    Where to go:
    Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday
    City of Madison Fire Department
    325 W Johnson St
    Madison, WI 53703
    Phone: (608) 266-4420

    What to Include:

  5. Get the permits and pay the fees

    Once the plans are approved and all other concerned departments have signed off a permit can be issued. Inspection/permit fees will be collected at the time of issuance. If plans have been withheld revisions will need to made and resubmitted for review.

    Where to go:
    Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
    Madison Municipal Building
    215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite LL 100
    Madison, WI 53703

  6. Schedule Inspections

    During the construction process multiple inspections will need to be made on the project.

    • Building:
      • Footing (before the concrete is poured)
      • Foundation (when forms are removed)
      • Rough framing (before framing is covered)
      • Insulation (before drywall is installed)
      • Final
      To schedule an inspection:
      Call for inspection request, (608) 266-4551

    • Plumbing, HVAC, & Electrical:
      • Underground work (before it is covered)
      • Rough (all work in concealed spaces must be visible)
      • Final
      To schedule an inspection:
      Call for inspection request, (608) 266-4551

    • Fire Code Requirements:
      • Rough (all work in concealed spaces must be visible)
      • Hydrostatic tests
      • Flow tests
      • Final tests
      To schedule an inspection:
      Call for inspection request, (608) 266-4420

  7. Completion

    When all inspections have been done and approved the Inspectors will sign off on the Certificate of Occupancy. You are required to have this Certificate in hand prior to moving in to the building. The Fire Inspector also needs to sign off and your Design Professional must submit a Completion Statement (pdf) before the Certificate of Occupancy can be issued.

    Submit Fire Evacuation Plans for your facility to the City of Madison Fire Department for review. Find out more about developing Fire Evacuation Plans.

Related Forms & Handouts


Have Questions?

Contact Building Inspection - (608) 266-4551