City Code Compliance for Mosquito Season

The City of Superior municipal code MANDATES insect screens.  That’s right, you MUST have insect screens on certain windows and doors! I stumbled across this gem by accident but think it’s a fun one to share!

Sec. 104-284. Insect screens.

Every door, window and other outside opening required for ventilation of habitable rooms or food preparation areas shall be supplied with approved tightly fitting screens of not less than 16 mesh per inch (16 mesh per 25 mm) and every screen/storm door shall have a self-closing device in good working condition.

During that portion of each year when the chief building inspector or designee deems it necessary for protection against mosquitoes, flies and other insects, every door, required for ventilation, opening directly from a dwelling unit to outdoor space shall have supplied screens and a self-closing device; and every window or other device with openings to outdoor space, used or intended to be used for ventilation, shall likewise be supplied with screens. However, screens shall not be required during such period in rooms deemed by the chief building inspector or designee to be located high enough in the upper stories of buildings as to be free from such insects, and in rooms located in areas of the city which are deemed by the building inspector to have so few such insects as to render screens unnecessary.

Exception: Screen doors shall not be required where other approved means, such as air curtains or insect repellent fans, are employed.

(Ord. No. O13-3828, § 1, 4-3-2013)


Attorney Johanna R Kirk

Kirk Law Office, Superior WI