A zoning permit application form must be completely filled out and a plat of survey (prepared by a registered land surveyor showing all existing and proposed structures) shall be attached to the permit application, including the required fee (Zoning Fees (PDF)). Any construction started without permit approval will be charged a double fee. Additional supporting materials may be required for certain projects such as building plans, grading plans, existing and proposed contours, etc. Zoning permits are valid for two years.
If your zoning permit is denied, the applicant has 30 days to appeal the denial to the Walworth County Board of Adjustment (Variance Application (PDF)). Depending on the request, additional reviews of the proposed project may be required by the:
Permit Process Outline
- Apply for Zoning Permit and any other applicable County Permit (i.e, Erosion Control Permit, Sanitary Permits, Address Request).
- The Code Enforcement Officer reviews the permit.
- The permit is either issued or denied.
- If the permit is issued, the property owner must obtain a Building Permit through the appropriate Township Building Inspector.
- If the permit is denied, the owner may either amend their plan to meet with the Ordinance provisions and submit the new plan for reconsideration; or apply for a variance.
- Construction may commence.
- The Zoning Permit will require one of the following:
- An updated plat of survey within 30 days of backfilling the foundation.
- An inspection of the project upon backfilling or the submittal of a waiver form.
- It is important to read the permit card and comply with any condition of approval. Please remember; it is ultimately the property owner's responsibility to comply with any conditions of the permit as issued!
- Submit the required survey, waiver, or call 262-741-4972 for an inspection.