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Thursday, 17 October 2019 08:36

Building division works to ensure safety, compliance

Written by  Staff Writer
To the editor,
2019 has been a very busy year with building construction activity in the city of Janesville. From the completion of two new hotels adding 140 rooms, to new retail and restaurant construction, the city of Janesville has seen a flurry of activity.
Construction has begun on two multifamily developments with additional apartment units coming to the market in 2020, which will help alleviate the current housing shortage. Commercial building activity remains steady and more than 80 new housing permits have been issued, providing a total value of building activity of more than $73 million to date.

In addition to issuing permits, the knowledgeable and dedicated staff of the city’s Building and Development Services Division is responsible for the following:

  • Building, heating/cooling, electrical and plumbing inspections
  • Commercial and residential building plan review and approval
  • Providing occupancy inspections and certificates
  • (Providing) staff to the zoning board of appeals
  • Reviewing and approving commercial signs
  • Responding to complaints from citizens regarding building, zoning and commercial property code violations

We also work with many other city departments and divisions including the fire department to make sure buildings and structures are built to code to protect life and safety. For more information about the building division, I invite you to visit the city of Janesville website at

Tom Clippert, building director
Department of Public Works Building and Development Services Division
City of Janesville



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