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Building Applications and Procedures


1. The first step in the building application process is  figuring out what municipality you are building in and who your building inspector is. 


2. Determine the type of application you need and what documents you need to turn in with it.  

3.  Complete the application in its entirety and have ALL the documents needed before submitting. We can not accept any applications with missing information nor can we hold applications for you.

4.  Submit your application. 

  •     New house applications, new commercial applications, or any application with extensive plans cannot be emailed; they must be submitted in our office.  If they are submitted during walk-in office hours or with a scheduled appointment, the application will be reviewed to ensure it is complete (saving you valuable time in the plan review queue.) 


  •    Other applications can be emailed in their entirety to  All documents must be attached to one email.  Please do not send picture files in the body of the email. The documents should be sent as attachments. If you are notified that your application cannot be accepted because you are missing information, you must email back the entire application including all of the documents.  We can not print and hold an incomplete application.

5.  Applications are processed in the order in which they are received.   WI Code SPS 320.09 (11) dictates that the inspectors have 10 business days to review a fully complete application. If an application is missing pertinent information, it will lose its place in the plan review queue and start over when the missing information is received.   Please refrain from inquiries regarding the status of your permit unless it has been 10 business days since submitting.   


6. The Building Permit must be issued (and paid for) prior to any construction, including excavations ( SPS 320.08 (1)).

7. Picking up your permit will fall under one of three scenarios:

  •    Due to Covid-19, payment and pick up procedures sometimes vary.  As a result you will be emailed instructions for paying for and  picking up your permits once the permit is ready.

  •     If your project is in a City or a Village, the City or Village will contact you when your permit is ready for pick up.  You will follow their process for permit payment and pick up.

8.  Once your permit has been paid for and picked up, you are ready to schedule the first inspection listed on your permit.  Inspection Procedure

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