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This process is for modular homes, shouses, barndominiums, hunting cabins, sheds with living quarters, existing structures that you are adding living quarters to, any type of structure with sleeping space, and structures that you are converting to living space or partial living space.  This includes both permanent or temporary situations.  This does not include manufactured homes. (See Manufactured Home process here.)

Please follow the steps below to obtain the following documents to submit with your building application.  These steps are meant to be used in conjunction with the application checklist at the bottom of the page.



Contact Your Municipality

Some municipalities require town board approval for your home.  Some municipalities have comprehensive town plans that must be taken into consideration. (For example,  you are required to get town board approval if you are building in the Town of Maiden Rock.)  Some areas are under municipal zoning.

Obtain a Land Use/Zoning/Conditional Use Permit, If Needed.  

(Note: 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.

Obtain a County-recorded Certified Survey Map (CSM) or the County-recorded Complete Plat Map 

Most properties have a certified survey map or  are recorded on a plat map for the development.  These documents can be obtained from the County Register of Deeds.  This document may show the setbacks for the property as well as any easements or pre-platted driveways.  If the property is part of a development, we need the complete plat map for the development (in order to see notes and the legend pertaining to the development.) We do not want the house stake out plan for this requirement. (The house stake-out plan, however,  is sufficient for the site plan.)  We want the official document recorded at the County that includes a legend. Note: It will have a stamped county seal.  If your 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.


Obtain a Driveway Permit

All new homes need 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.


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.

Documents Needed For New Dwelling Application Submittal

(Use this information in conjunction with the Checklist for a New Home Application.)

1. Fully completed UDC Building Permit Application 

Anyone building any structure that has living quarters must fill this out.  It's the law.

2. Building Plans 

Building plans must have information as required by SPS 320.09(5).  This includes site plan, floor plans (including braced wall detail) and floor elevations.

3. Braced Wall Detail

Clearly indicate the description of the circumscribed boxes, the placement of the wall bracing on your plans, the method used, the calculated amount of wall bracing REQUIRED and the amount of wall bracing PROVIDED.  Braced wall detail is required for a house that is a slab on grade.  If you are intending to use SIPS, please have a copy of the engineering.  If you are building a "shouse" with posts in the ground, the braced wall detail is not needed.  For more information watch the WI UDC Wall Bracing Video .   For an example of acceptable wall bracing documentation, click here.

4. Copy of Certified Survey Map (CSM) or Plat Map, if one is available.  (See above.)

5. Site Plan

This should detail house placement, any other structure locations, the well location, septic area, drainage easements, property easements, driveway location, utility placement and any other pertinent information.  All distances must be clearly labeled to determine if setbacks are met. This includes distances from the new house to any roads,  lot lines,  well, septic, driveway, easements and any other other structures   You may also show Erosion Control on this site map  (See below.)

6. Erosion Control 

Indicate on site plan where silt fences, soil piles, and other needed erosion control methods will be placed or  complete the Standard Erosion Control packet.  

7. RESCheck Compliance Documentation

Complete the RESCheck Compliance documentation to submit with your building application and other documents. You will need to supply a copy of the 2009 IECC report AND a copy of the Heating Equipment Sizing Summary or the UDC 2009 report.   Note: Pierce and St Croix Counties are located in Zone 6.

8. Copy of Recorded Deed 

If you have had a recent property transfer, you must provide a copy of the recorded deed if the transfer has not yet been updated in the Pierce County or St. Croix County GIS

9. Copy of Any Approved Zoning Documents

Approved Municipal Variance, Land Use. Conditional Use, or Zoning Permit etc.  All municipalities under Pierce County zoning will have a Land Use permit to turn in.

10. Copy of Approved Sanitary Permit

11. Appropriate Driveway Documentation 

Click HERE for Application Submittal Process




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