Uniform Dwelling Code Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the purpose of the UDC?
- What buildings are covered by the UDC?
- What structures are not covered by the UDC?
- What about homes built before June 1, 1980.
- How is the UDC enforced?
- What are the typical steps in building, adding onto or altering a code-complying home?
- Who may do the work?
- What could happen if the code is not followed?
- What if I am not able to exactly follow the Code?
- What if I have a problem with my home?
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Building a UDC Compliant Home
The statewide code for newer homes in Wisconsin is the Uniform Dwelling Code(UDC), Chs. SPS 320-325 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code and its adopted references. It is a uniform building code that replaces numerous local or non-existent building codes for new homes. Municipalities may not adopt a more or less stringent code. The UDC was developed and is updated with input from a citizens' Dwelling Code Council.
The UDC is principally enforced by municipal building inspection departments. The Wisconsin Division of Safety and Buildings facilitates uniformity of its enforcement through code development, code interpretations, special investigations, inspector training and certification, processing of petitions for variance and monitoring manufactured dwelling firms.