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Building Inspection

Building Inspection
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Welcome to the Waupaca County Building Inspection Department

At this time, this page only applies to the Townships of Iola, Lind, Matteson and Scandinavia. If your project is in a different Township, please refer to this list.
The inspection service is provided by General Engineering. Our office is located on the basement level of the County Courthouse Room LL23 by appointment only.  Please contact : Rodney Schoepke (608)617-9253, email: rschoepke@generalengineering.net or John Siebert at (608)697-7773, jsiebert@generalengineering.net.

Your first contact will be with the Planning & Zoning Office at 715-258-6255 to see if a Land Use Permit, or other action will be required through the Planning & Zoning Office. Land Use Permits are concerned with the use of property as well as setbacks to property lines, roads and septic system components. Land Use Permits are required for any new/replacement structures as well as structural modifications and starting up any kind of business in an unincorporated area. Obtain a Land Use Permit for any size accessory structure, patios, decks, additions, etc.

After the Land Use permit is issued, if required, we can issue your Building Permit. We make sure your project complies with the Uniform Dwelling Code (UDC). You can find the application packets for each type of project on the blue bar to the left, or in the Planning & Zoning Office. Each packet is complete with the information you will need to apply for the Building Permit. Please apply for both land use and building permits at the same time to make the process more timely for you. Please talk to the Building Inspector for applicable fees for your project.


 When do I need a Building Permit for my home project?
Answer: Building Permits are required for new one and two family homes, remodeling and additions for all homes that exceed $5,000 in assessed value, or an alteration/addition that is greater than 100 square feet, and accessory structures greater than 200 square feet. (Land Use permits are required regardless of value or size.)

What about if I am just doing a deck?

 Answer:  All decks require a Land Use Permit. A deck that attaches to a home or serves as an exit path from the home requires a Building Permit. Decks that do not serve the dwelling but are over 200 square feet require a Building Permit. There are many code requirements that govern the construction of a deck that serves a dwelling. Please contact the Inspector prior to the start of your project to ensure that the materials you order will meet code compliance.

What if I am just doing some plumbing or electrical work?

 Answer: Plumbing, electrical, and heating/AC work, may require a Building Permit depending on the type of project. It is best to check with the Inspector to determine if a Building Permit will be needed. Examples of work not needing a permit would be the replacement of electrical outlets or kitchen faucets. The replacement of air-conditioners, furnaces, and water heaters do not require a permit.

I plan on putting in new windows should I get a permit?

 Answer: Replacement windows that do not increase the dimension of the opening will not require a Building Permit.

I bought a new shed from my local lumber company, do I need a Building Permit?

Answer: Any accessory structure greater than 200 square feet will require a Building Permit (all accessory structure require a Land Use Permit).

Do I need a razing permit to tear down a structure on my property?

Answer: Yes. In order to ensure DNR requirements are followed as well as documentation to remove the structure from the tax roll.

Our company is remodeling their offices, should they get a Building Permit?

 Answer: Most commercial projects will require a Building Permit and may require State plan approval. Check with the Building Inspector prior to starting the project.

Other projects that do not need a Building Permit:

Fences and signs. Be sure and check with your local community on any local requirements concerning Building Permits.


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