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The City of Racine is considering starting a courtesy building inspection program.

The goal of the program: help businesses learn about what codes will apply to their building before planning and construction begins. A draft ordinance was drafted by the city’s chief building inspector and is being referred to the Public Works and Services Committee at a Racine Common Council meeting Tuesday night.

If approved, the service will be offered when an existing building or space within a building is being considered for a future business. The service is being offered so that the buyer has the information they need before making a buying or lease decision. The program will also help reduce the amount of risk involved by identifying potential building and zoning code issues.

The cost for the service is $150.

The inspection will focus on identifying issues related to alarm systems, fire suspension systems, ADA, accessibility, boilers, building structure, electrical systems, elevators, plumbing systems, deferred maintenance and zoning code limitations that can impact a new business owner.

The proposed ordinance would allow the building inspector to conduct the inspection at the request of the building owner or any other interested party.

Once the ordnance passes, a business owner can apply for a courtesy inspection between 8 to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:55 p.m. at the City of Racine Building Inspection office, 730 Washington Ave., room 304. The application will take about 30 minutes to complete.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.