IS THERE A GENERAL GUIDELINE FOR
WHEN A PERMIT IS NEEDED?
Yes, generally speaking, if the work that you plan on doing is an alteration, that might affect light, ventilation, structural elements, or exiting, a building permit is required.
GETTING A PERMIT -
Applications for a permit may be picked up at the City of Wausau Building Inspection department, the City of Schofield City Hall or downloaded from the link above, filled out, and returned for review and possible approval from the City of Wausau Building Inspector.
Please contact the City of Wausau Building Inspection department at 715-261-6780 with any questions regarding building permits. Please note: Zoning requirements may be necessary when requesting a building permit. Mark Thuot is the zoning administrator for the City of Schofield and can be reached at 715-571-8286.
IS A PERMIT NEEDED FOR –
- New construction or an addition to a building? YES
- Remodeling of a house? YES
- Construction of detached garages and storage buildings? YES
- Construction of decks and porches? YES
- Residing or repairing a building with the SAME materials? NO
- Replacement of shingles? NO (one overlay only – however, if a structural repair is needed – a building permit is needed)
- Replacement of windows in the same openings? NO
- Installation of new windows? YES, if changing the opening size.
- Replacement of heating units, water heaters or air conditioners? NO
- Replacement of light fixtures, switches or plumbing fixtures? NO
- Installation of a satellite dish? YES
- Demolition or moving of a building? YES
- Construction of a fence? YES
WHAT IS THE COST OF A PERMIT?
Permit fees vary depending on the work that you will be doing. Always check if there is a question, as failure to get a required permit is a DOUBLE FEE.
CHANGES OF USE –
Did you know that the change of use in a building requires that building to be reviewed for changes in the code? Recent examples might include a cold storage warehouse that is now being used to store something hazardous; or an office building being converted to a restaurant. Several important code issues may need to be addressed, such as exiting, toilet rooms and sprinkler systems.
Another type of change in use, involves the zoning and building code. As an example, if you have a single-family residence in a commercial zoning district, the use of the building is only approved as a single-family dwelling. It may not be converted to a commercial use, even though the underlying land is zoned commercial. Changing a residence to a commercial use usually involves having a registered Architect, Engineer, or Designer review the building for commercial code compliance, and then submitting it to the State of Wisconsin for their approval.