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Permit Application Process

STEPS to Obtain the Building Permit

Checklist for Final Inspection 

Commercial Document Upload 
for Final Inspection

Looking Ahead

  • Wait patiently for permit application to be reviewed.  The review process may take up to 10 business days to complete. (This timeline is dictated by state code and the countdown starts upon the receipt of a complete packet.)  Plan accordingly.
  • Pick up and pay for your permit.  When your permit is ready for payment, an email will be sent with the cost and instructions for paying if you are in a township.  If you are building in a City or Village, the City or Village will contact you for payment and pick up.
  • Begin inspection process. To find out more about the inspection process, click here. 
  • Submit complete application packet via email to You will be sent an email back stating it was received. 

For more information on WI State Commercial Building Code

DOCUMENTS Needed for Application Packet:


A Land Use or Zoning permit is NOT the same as a building permit.


It is up to the applicant to make sure that all zoning regulations are being followed. 


This includes but is not limited to making sure there are not restrictions on what you intend to use the structure for, how many structures are allowed, the height of a structure, and the physical landscape of the lot (i.e. slopes, ponds, rivers, easements, protected areas....) 


Your building permit only addresses construction codes etc.  Anything relating to the above is outside All Croix's responsibility.   


If you are unsure who to contact about zoning,

click here.

Driveway Permit

General Info

​Exit to Town Roads: Permit application needed from the township.

Exit to County Roads: Obtain permit application from County HWY Department

Exit to State HWY: Obtain permit from Wisconsin Department of Transportation – Eau Claire.

SPS 361.30(5)

Calculating total building volume.

Total building volume shall be determined by calculating the cubic footage of space enclosed within the outer surfaces of the building's outside or enclosing walls and the space between the upper most surface of the roof and the underside of the lowest floor of a building. The outer surface of structures or portions of structures without enclosed walls shall be established by projecting vertical planes from the outer surface of exterior supports or columns. The total building volume shall be calculated on structures with interior supports by establishing a vertical plane projected from the farthest roof projection. Roof overhangs less than 24 inches from a vertical wall may not be included in the calculation. Total building volume shall include the cubic footage of space in dormers, penthouses, vaults, pits, enclosed porches, and other enclosed appendages to the building.



1.  Copy of Land Use/Zoning/Conditional Use Permit 

If you are in a Village (other than the Village of Ellsworth) or a City, please contact the zoning administrator of that City or Town for information about land use/zoning permits.  

If you are in the Town of River Falls, please contact the zoning administrator of River Falls Township  or a Land Use/ Zoning permit.

If you are in the Town of St. Joseph, please contact the zoning administrator of the Town of St. Joseph.

If you are in the Village of Ellsworth or the ETZ area, All Croix Inspections administrates the Village of Ellsworth zoning as well as the ETZ.  

If you are unsure about who is the zoning administrator, click here

2.  Copy of County-recorded Certified Survey Map (CSM) or the         County-recorded Complete Plat Map 
Obtain from County. Show lot dimensions, easements (public & private), location of project and any other buildings, wells and disposal systems (septic) on the property and all property lines. Include proposed driveway location and % slope. If the property is unplatted and a formal map is not available, it is your responsibility to contact the zoning administrator for your property for setbacks or any other information pertinent to zoning.   If you are unsure who to contact about zoning for your property,  click here.
3.  Copy of Driveway Permit
If this is the first structure on the property in St. Croix County, you need one of the following:
  • a driveway application (if All Croix is the issuing agent,)
  • or a copy of an approved driveway permit or documentation stating a permit is not needed from the proper issuing agent.   For more information, click here.   
In Pierce County you need a driveway permit to obtain a Land Use permit.
4.  Copy of Sanitary Permit 
Obtain through St. Croix County Zoning office (715)-386-4680 or Pierce County Land Management (715)-273-6747 by a licensed installer. Copy of Sanitary Permit not needed if hooking to municipal water and sewer. 
​​5.  Complete the Subcontractor List
Name, address, phone number and license number of all your contractors (General Contractor, HVAC contractor, Master Electrician and Master Plumbing Licenses.)

​6Village or City Plan Commission or Board approval

Please provide documentation of any plan commission or board approval.   ​If approval is not needed for your particular project, please provide documentation of that.

7. State Plan Approval Letter and State-Stamped Plans

If state plan approval is required per SPS 361.30 then bring a copy of state approved building plans along with a copy of plan approval letter from the state. You must have a copy of the state approved plans/letter upon submittal of building application or it will not be accepted.  

​8.  Two sets of plans for any project located in a Town, the Village of Maiden Rock, or the Village of Bay City.  We need three sets of plans for all projects located in all other villages or cities.

9.  Variances issued by the State, County, Village, City, or Town

Please include a copy with your application. Separate emails will not be accepted.


10. Storm Water Runoff Permit - Wisconsin DNR

​Obtain from the DNR if disturbing more than one acre of land

11. Commercial Permit Application

​Fill out all applicable areas including the CUBIC Footage measurements.  

STEPS to Obtain  Footing & Foundation Permit

Early Start?
In some situations it may be possible to apply for a
Footing and Foundation permit.  

A Footing and Foundation permit is for footing and foundation ONLY.  Any work done beside Footing and Foundation is work done without a valid permit and will be charged accordingly.  Please allow up to 10 business days to review a Footing and Foundation permit application.

For  a Footing and Foundation permit application, please submit the following documentation:
  1. Footing and Foundation Application
  2. State of WI Permission to Start letter
  3. Construction plans 
  4. Site Plan
  5. Approved Land Use Permit, if applicable
  6. Approved Storm Water Run-off Permit 
  7. Approved Sanitary Permit
  8. Any other documentation noted on State Permission to Start letter

This documentation above may also be required for the full building permit application.  We cannot share documents between files so please be prepared to submit duplicates to us upon application for the full permit.

Also, take into consideration that the full building permit reviewal will also take up to 10 business upon receipt of all needed documentation.
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