Builders in Wisconsin are breathing a little easier after the state attorney general released an opinion preventing local municipalities from placing unreasonable restrictions on applicants for residential building permits. According to the Milwaukee Business Journal, those restrictions had included a requirement that permit applicants have at least eight years of construction experience. But under the new opinion — issued by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen — local authorities are prohibited from imposing standards that create costs or educational requirements more stringent than those mandated by state law.

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