Building/Rental Housing Services
Purpose and Intent
Municipal Building and Housing Codes help protect the safety and welfare of residents. They promote property maintenance, which in turn protects the value of property. They help to ensure that residential rental property is maintained in a safe and sanitary condition. To that end, the Municipal Building and Housing Codes are enacted for the following purposes:
- To establish minimum standards governing supplied utilities and facilities and other physical things and conditions essential to make all buildings safe, sanitary and fit for human habitation.
- To fix certain responsibilities of owners, contractors, and occupants of new and existing dwellings.
Building permits are required for any work that involves new framing, electrical, plumbing, heating & air conditioning, and windows. Projects exempt from requiring a building permit include replacing roofing, siding, windows, doors, furnaces, water heaters, driveways and parking lots, and the installation of bypass water meters and back flow preventors.
Please note: Office hours for unscheduled consultations or building permit requests are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.. We will continue to be available throughout the day for scheduled appointments.
It is recommended that you phone and make an appointment to obtain a permit. To obtain a permit you must complete the appropriate application, submit detailed plans of the proposed work, engineering specs as needed, and pay the required fees. Fees are determined by the estimated labor and material costs of construction. To schedule an inspection, you must make an appointment at least 24 hours in advance. Please phone (725) 426-3426 to schedule.
Rental Housing Permits
Rental housing permits are required for any residential dwelling unit that produces rental income. Rental "income" may include house sitting, babysitting, elderly care, housework, lawn care, general maintenance or paying utility bills. Prior to allowing occupancy of a rental dwelling unit, the following must be completed:
- Submit a completed Rental Housing Permit application indicating the location of legal bedrooms within the dwelling unit and their corresponding dimensions, excluding closet and door swing spaces.
- Pay the annual rental fee of $10.00 per dwelling unit.
Schedule your INSPECTION online.
For appointment, schedule an inspection, code or rental housing questions, please phone (715) 426-3426.
Wisconsin Administrative Codes:
- Contractor Licensing (scroll to Chapter 5)
- Electrical (scroll to Chapter 16)
- Uniform Dwelling (1-2 Family) (scroll to Chapters 20-25)
- Commercial Buildings (scroll to Chapters 60-65)
- Plumbing (scroll to Chapters 81-84)