Manufactured Homes

Follow These Steps to Obtain a  Permit for Your Manufactured Home

1.  Obtain a Driveway Permit

All new homes need  either a driveway application or a copy of an approved driveway permit (from the municipality) turned in with the new house building application.  If you are building in the towns of Clifton, Hammond, Oak Grove, or the Village of Baldwin, you will obtain a driveway permit from us.  If you are building in any other municipality you will get your driveway permit from them.

2.  Obtain a Sanitary Permit

Your licensed plumber will apply to the county in which you are building in unless you are connecting to village or city sewer. In that case, you will contact the Village/City Administrator.  If you are replacing a manufactured home with another manufactured home, you will need to obtain a sanitary "reconnect" permit.

3.  Obtain a Land Use Permit  

(Note: A Land Use permit is NOT the same as a building permit.)

If you are in Pierce County (with the exception of the City of Prescott, the Town of River Falls, the Village of Elmwood, the Village of Spring Valley, or the Village of Ellsworth (ETZ))  you will get your Land Use permit from Pierce County Land Use and Zoning. 


If you are in the Village of Ellsworth (ETZ)  which includes portions of the Town of Ellsworth and the Town of Trimbelle, you will get your land use permit from the Village of Ellsworth.

If you are building in St. Croix County (with the exception of the Village of Baldwin, the Village of Spring Valley, and the Village of Wilson)  we will need a copy of your issued Land Use Permit or documentation that one is not required.   The documentation can be a copy of an email.  

3. 2 Sets of Building Plans

Please include 2 sets of plans or manufactured home packet.   You must include anchoring detail. You may have to provide the HUD certified manufacturing specifications for anchoring if it differs from the requirements of the UDC.  We will also need the construction plans for any decks or exiting stairs.

4. Certified Survey Map (CSM) or Plat/Site Plan

This should  show lot dimensions, easements (public & private), location of dwelling and any other buildings.  You may also indicate your method of erosion control on this site plan.


If you were issued any variances by the State, County, Village, City, or Town, please submit a copy with your building application and other necessary documents.  

7.  Cautionary Statement to Owners Obtaining Building Permits

If you are an owner acting as your own general contractor or you do not have a WI licensed Manufactured Home Installer, you must sign a cautionary statement of liability.

8. WI Uniform Dwelling Application

Please fill out in its entirety. The Manufactured Home Installer license substitutes for the Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification (DCQ.) You will also need to enter the WI Licensed Master plumber, Electrical Contractor, and Master Electrician.  

You do need a building permit for your manufactured home per the State of WI (SPS 320.02(1)(d).  So whether you are replacing an existing manufactured home  or moving a new or used manufactured home onto your property, you are required to get a building permit.  
FYI: Some municipalities have zoning ordinances that may dictate style, size, year, and location of your manufactured home.  Please check the zoning requirements in your municipality. 
SPS 320.10 On-Site Inspections of Modular and Manufactured Homes The inspections shall follow the same general procedure as the stick-built home. There shall be an inspection of the excavation, footing, foundation, below and above grade foundation insulation, and a final inspection. All of the rough inspections on the home itself will have been made by certified inspectors in the plant. The municipality or agency performing on-site inspections will be responsible for inspecting the electrical, plumbing, structural and insulation systems installed at the site. Although in-plant work may be done by non-licensed workers, any on-site work must be done by properly credentialed workers and contractors.

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