Important Notice

The following list of Building Services Department permits is not all-inclusive. This list contains common projects that require permits in the Village of Whitefish Bay. If you have any questions regarding a project, please contact the Building Services Department at 414-962-6690.

Owner Responsibility

It is the responsibility of the property owner or his / her delegated agent to procure the proper permit(s) for a specific project. The property owner is wholly responsible for any actions taken on their property. A permit must be applied for and issued prior to the commencement of any project. Failure to obtain proper permits will result in a four times permit fee.

Building Permit - Application (PDF)

Common list of projects that require a Building Permit

Project Type
Requires a Building PermitRequires a SurveyMay Require ARC Approval
Exterior Remodelsyes
Remodels - Kitchen, Bathroom, Attic, Basement.
New cabinets, walls open to studs.
Foundation Repairsyes  
FenceFence Permitsite plan 
Decks / Porches / Stoopsyesyesyes
New Garageyesyesyes
Demolition of Structuresyes  
Roofing (any type of roof work)yes  
Accessory Structuresyesyesyes
Window Replacementsyes  
Any Structural Workyes  
Swimming Poolsyesyesyes

Electrical Permit - Application (PDF)  

  • New or Relocated Lighting Fixtures, Switches and / or Outlets
  • New or Replacement Furnace, Boiler, or A/C Units
  • Upgrade Electrical Service
  • Appliances (Dishwashers, Disposals, etc.)
  • Electric Water Heaters
  • Hot Tubs, Whirlpool Tubs, Swimming Pools
  • Baseboard Heaters

Plumbing Permit - Application (PDF)

  • New or Replacement - Sink, Toilet, Dishwasher, Disposal, Laundry Tray, Tub, Shower, Whirlpool Tub, Sump Pump, Water Heater, Water Treatment Systems, Laterals, Sprinkler Systems, on Demand Water Supplies.
  • Re-piping
  • Extensions of Supply or Waste Lines
  • Permit only issued to master plumbers

HVAC Permit - Application (PDF)

  • New or Replacement - Furnace, Boiler, Fireplace, Air Conditioner, Vent Fans, Air Exchange Units, Combined Heat And Air Units, Ductwork Alterations
  • Swimming Pools

Right of Way Permit - Application available at Village Hall

  • Driveway Approach, Carriage Walks, Lateral Repairs
  • Any other disturbance in the Right of Way

Dumpster/Storage Unit Permit - Application (PDF)

  • Placement of Dumpsters on Private or Village Property

Drainage Review Application - Application (PDF)

  • A Drainage Review is required for any new homes, home additions, or as prescribed by the Village Engineer for a project.

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