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Building Inspection

Steve Kittelson - Building Inspector              
Rodney Scheel - Backup Building Inspector          

Steve Kittelson: 608-873-7626 or 608-577-1893
Rodney Scheel: 608-873-6619

City Hall Fax: 608-873-5519       

The Building Inspectors are certified by the State of Wisconsin for inspection of residential dwellings; commercial structures; residential and commercial plumbing, heating\ventilation\air-conditioning systems, and residential electric. The Building Inspectors review plans; issue building permits and perform inspections. The main objective  for obtaining a building permit is to ensure that a structure is constructed according to code requirements making sure the structure is safe from defects and to protect the owner. Building permits are required by city ordinance.  If a permit is required, but not obtained, a fine may be imposed. In addition to the fine, the permit would still need to be obtained. 

A building permit is required for the following:

  • New residential buildings
  • New commercial buildings
  • Residential additions/remodels/repairs 
  • Commercial additions/remodels/repairs
  • Any deck addition
  • Fencing
  • Swimming Pools
  • Reroofing
  • Residing
  • Windows
  • Driveways/public sidewalks
  • Commercial signage
  • New furnace/retrofit furnace/air conditioning
  • Residential/Commercial electrical
  • Plumbing
  • HVAC

You do not need a building permit for the following projects:

  • Repainting the interior or exterior of your building
  • Installing storm windows and screens
  • Installing gutters and downspouts
  • Installing garage doors
  • Private sidewalk
  • Playground equipment

Information needed for a building permit:

  • Name of the applicant
  • Property address
  • Type of improvement
  • Name, address and phone number of the person completing the work, as well as license number, if applicable
  • Estimated cost
  • Square footage of improvement, if applicable
  • A detailed diagram with all dimensions
Additional information may be required, depending on the project.  The above list is not all inclusive.  Most projects require a permit though a fee may not be charged if the cost, including labor, is under $500. 

Inspections required by code:

  • Water and Sewer Laterals
  • Building Footings
  • Building Foundations
  • Drain Tiles
  • Any Plumbing work
  • Any Electrical work
  • Any HVAC work
  • Building Rough - Framing, Insulation, Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC
  • Final Inspection for Occupancy