Building Inspection Department
The Building Inspector manages the process of residential and commercial construction projects. The requirements for obtaining a permit are for the benefit of the property owner. The process begins with permit application, review and issuance. The Building Inspector performs field inspections for compliance of these building codes and standards to provide for the health and safety of all occupants. The process is completed with final inspection and the issuance of an occupancy permit when applicable.
When can I obtain a permit?
The Building Inspector is generally in the office from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. to issue permits and answer your questions. The remainder of the work day, he is conducting on-site inspections, meetings, etc. If these times are not convenient for you, please contact our office at 715.623.3633 x 154 and we will arrange a meeting time for you. Please be aware that proper credentials will be needed at the time of application for any permit.
What is the cost of a permit
Permit fees vary depending on the work you are doing and the scope of the project but generally a minimum fee for residential projects is $35.00. Please contact our office to discuss specific permit needs and costs.
Projects That Require A Building Permit
Permits are required not only to ensure your project meets City zoning regulations and complies with City and State codes, but they also let us assist you in achieving a project that is safe and structurally sound.
- New construction or an addition to a building.
- Alterations/remodeling (kitchen cabinets, drywalling, etc.)
- Construction of a detached garage, lean-to, storage building or gazebo, decks, porch, stairs, etc., or any other additions or alterations thereto.
- Re-siding of a building. (Make sure house numbers are re-installed on the right side of the front door on completion of project.)
- Installation/replacement of roofing (shingles, re-decking, etc.).
- Roofing material can be installed over no more than one layer of existing roofing material if approved by the Building Inspector.
- Replacement of windows and doors. (Exception: you are allowed to replace two windows or doors without a permit provided they are the same size and type as the existing.)
- Installation of new windows. (Exception: a permit is not required for sash replacement only.)
- Installation or replacement of electrical circuitry.
- Installation or replacement of plumbing where the cost exceeds $250.
- Installation or replacement of heating units.
- Installation or replacement of air conditioning units. (Exception: a permit is not required for window-mounted units.)
- Construction or installation of a swimming pool. (Exception: Storable children’s swimming or wading pools with a maximum dimension of 15 feet and a maximum wall height of 15 inches do not require a permit).
- Construction of a retaining wall (2′ or more in height–from ground level).
- Demolition of a building.
- Construction, replacement or expansion of a fence. There are regulations regarding height and location.
Questions / Contact:
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Associated Appraisal Consultants, Inc.
1314 West College Avenue
P.O. Box 2111
Appleton, WI 54912
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