Building Inspection Frequently Asked Questions
We have handouts on:
State and municipal codes require permits to insure that building, plumbing, electrical, heating and zoning code requirements are met.
The fee covers the on site inspection(s) that are conducted to assure the work is done in a workmanship like manner and according to code requirements
Here are some examples:
- Finishing a basement
- Remodeling /rearranging living space (walls)
- Adding a dormer
- Constructing an addition
- Adding a 3 season room
- Adding a deck
- Replacing a porch or deck
Yes, if you have the proper egress window and exiting requirements. We have handouts available.
It varies with the zoning of the property.
At least 5’ from a side or rear lot line and 10’ from the residence and not within any easements.
Accessory structures (including detached garages) cannot exceed 720 sq. ft. total.
Detached garages cannot exceed 720 sq. ft. The maximum height is 18’. Detached garages must be located at least 5’ from a side or rear lot line and 10’ from the house and not within an easement.
Call us at (262) 335-5140 or visit our office to obtain a handout with this information on it.
Yes, if more than a year has passed since an occupancy permit was issued or if the driveway will be wider than shown on the original plat of survey. No permit is required if the driveway is poured as shown on the original plat of survey and within one year of the issue date of the Certificate of Occupancy.
3’ if on a minor street
5’ if on a major street
It cannot be within an easement.
Yes, but we must first have an electrical permit from a licensed electrician who will be doing the electrical work.
Yes, if you are the owner and occupant of a single family home. Duplex and condo owners may not do their own electrical work. A homeowner may not do any work with the electrical service to their home or on a swimming pool or spa.
Yes, if you are the owner and occupant of a single family home. Duplex and condo owners may not do their own plumbing work.
You need to call Building Inspection Office at 262-335-5140.