Apply For A Wisconsin Building Permit

When do I need to get a building permit in Wisconsin?

Generally, in Wisconsin you will need to get a permit to build all new structures, remodel or renovate an existing building, and for electrical, plumbing, and mechanical work. Structures include commercial buildings, houses, sheds, decks, fences, patios, pools, and garages. In sum, you will need a permit for almost all construction projects in Wisconsin. If a permit is required, you will need to apply for and receive your permit before any work starts. Not doing so can subject you to fines and double the cost of the building permit fees.

Are there situations in Wisconsin where a building permit is not required?

Projects that only involve basic repairs and finishing work such as painting and carpeting will normally not require a building permit in Wisconsin. Cabinet installation and similar work will also not usually require a permit. Work such as replacing doors and windows will not require a permit as long as you are keeping the door and window frames the same size. When in doubt about whether you need a permit, check with your local Building Inspections Office.

Where do I get my building permit in Wisconsin?

All building permits are issued by the city Building Inspection Office in you local city in Wisconsin. The Building Inspection Office will have information on what permits you should get for your project and the application process. It is also the office you will need to schedule your building inspections with once that time comes.

What do I need to turn in with my application?

Because building regulations are set by your local municipality, the application requirements depend on where you are applying. However, you generally need to turn in a signed and completed application form along with drawn plans of the project. Your local Building Inspection Office in Wisconsin can give you the details on what needs to be included in the project blueprints. You may also need to turn in copies of any required survey reports. Also keep in mind that any permit fees will need to be paid at the time you file the application.  


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