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Permit Application Process

STEPS to Obtain
the Building Permit:

Do I need a permit for an OUTBUILDING?

Yes, in all municipalities contracted by All Croix except:


Town of Eau Galle

Town of Martell

Town of River Falls

Town of Salem

Note: A zoning permit from the County or some other type of permit may still be required in those  towns that All Croix does not issue a building permit for.

Are you building a shed or an outbuilding with LIVING QUARTERS?

Any structure that a person sleeps in (even occasionally or temporarily) is a dwelling and must be permitted like one.  Please see the process for that here.

  • Gather required documents #1- #10 (see below) to make complete application packet. 
  • Submit complete application packet via email to You will be sent an email back stating it was received.  You can also drop it off in the office during Walk-in Office Hours.  (See the Contact Us page for details.)
  • 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. 

DOCUMENTS Needed for Application Packet: 


We can't accept singular documents that do not comprise a complete application packet. Provide copies of all documents listed below.

1. Application Checklist

2.  Copy of Land Use/Zoning/Conditional Use Permit 
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.
3.  Copy of 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.
4.  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.
5.  Copy of Sanitary Permit 
If your structure will have plumbing, 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 do not have to provide a sanitary permit in your packet.
6.  Complete the Residential Outbuilding Permit Application
7.  Complete the Cautionary Statement
If you are the homeowner applying for the permit, you must sign and submit the cautionary statement.
8.  Complete the Building Cross Section Worksheet
You may also turn in plans, just make sure they include all the information from the Building Cross section worksheet.
9.  Complete the Subcontractor List
​​10.  Site Plan
This should detail shed placement, any other structure locations (like the house), 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 outbuilding to any roads,  lot lines,  well, septic, driveway, easements and any other other structures.  
​11. 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.
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