What is the difference between a Land Use Permit and a Building Permit?

What projects need a Building Permit?

How is the permit fee determined?

Where and how do I get permits?

How long does it take to get a Building Permit?

What information is needed to get a Building Permit?

Who can obtain a Building Permit?

Who can do the construction work?

What licenses or registrations are needed?

How many Inspections are required?

How do I schedule an inspection?

How long is the Building Permit good for?

What buildings are covered by the Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code (UDC)?

What buildings are not covered by the UDC?

What about homes built before 1980?

How is the UDC enforced?

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1. What is the difference between a Land Use Permit and a Building Permit?

A Land Use Permit is issued by the Zoning Department of your municipality. It is a permit that allows you to build a structure in a certain spot, meaning it meets all the setback and allowable uses and size requirements.

A Building Permit is issued by the Building Inspector. It is a permit that allows you to build a structure within a certain set of building codes and is inspected during the building process.

2. What projects need a Building Permit?

A Building Permit is needed for all New Houses, Modular and Manufactured Home installations. In some municipalities’ additions, including decks and other things may be included. Check your municipality in Areas we Serve to find out the specifics or call Moriak Enterprises for more answers.

3. How is the permit fee determined?

The permit fee is determined by the amount of living space and other space including basement, garage and deck in the house. Check your municipality in Areas we Serve to find your specific permit fee calculations.

4. Where and how do I get permits?

Each municipality can have a different process to handle its permits. Check your municipality under Areas we Serve to find out your specific permit procedures.

5. How long does it take to get a Building Permit?

If all the required information is supplied with the Permit Application, the permit will usually be issued in 1-3 days. If some of the required information is not supplied, the permit will be held until all of the information is received.

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6. What information is needed to get a Building Permit?

You will need a Wisconsin Uniform Building Permit Application, contractor names and certification numbers, a plot plan, 2 sets of floor plans, an elevation plan, an energy calculation and possibly a Land Use permit and a Sanitary permit plus others. For a more detailed checklist, please check your municipality in Areas we Serve. Each municipality may have a different set of requirements.

7. Who can obtain a Building Permit?

The Building Contractor or the Homeowner can obtain the Building Permit. Whoever signs the Permit Application is ultimately responsible for the completion of the work. If a homeowner signs the permit, they may be responsible for any injury or damages that occur. See the last page of the Wisconsin Uniform Building Permit Application for a cautionary statement.

8. Who can do the construction work?

The homeowner can do work on his own building, except Plumbing and Electrical in a new house.

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9. How many Inspections are required?

For a new house, there are usually 8-10 inspections during the building process. A colored sheet of paper will accompany the Building Permit entitled Inspection Notice. This document will explain the different times that the inspections need to take place.

10. How do I schedule an inspection?

Call Moriak Enterprises at 715-948-2003 or by cell 715-641-0196 to schedule an inspection. The inspector has 48 hours to make the inspection but usually can make it with one days notice.

11. How long is the Building Permit good for?

In most areas it is good for two years to get the building weather tight. Check your municipality under Areas we Serve to get your specific permit length.

12. What buildings are covered by the Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code (UDC)?

The Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code (UDC) covers all new one and two family homes, Manufactured homes built after 2007 and additions to post 1980 homes. Some municipalities include all additions to all buildings and some include detached buildings. Check your municipality under Areas we Serve to find the specific information.

13. What buildings are not covered by the UDC?

Additions to Pre 1980 homes, farm buildings and detached buildings, unless the municipality has an ordinance that includes them. Check your municipality under Areas we Serve to find the specific information.

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14. What about homes built before 1980?

TheWisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code was established in 1980. No code was required for homes built before 1980. In some municipalities, additions to pre 1980 built homes will need a permit and inspections but only for the new portions. The old portion does not have to be brought into code compliance. Check your municipality under Areas we Serve to see what is required for you.

 15. How is the UDC enforced?

Since January 1, 2005, every municipality is required to have a Building Inspector. There are three different ways a municipality can hire a Building Inspector. They can have a Certified Inspection Employee. They can have a State appointed Inspector or the municipality can appoint their own Independent Inspection Agency, such as Moriak Enterprises, to do the Permitting and Inspection Process.

Every permit will have an inspection during the construction process. The owner or the builder will need to call for those inspections that are required by the Inspection Notice sheet.

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