BUILDING INSPECTIONS, PERMITS AND INFORMATION

 

CONTACT US:

Phone:  (920) 720-7104

Fax:  (920) 720-7116

Email Building Inspector Lori Jencks

Email Deputy Building Inspector Kevin Schultz

 

 

GENERAL PERMIT NOTES

§  ALL PERMITS must be brought to the Town of Menasha for processing before any work begins.

§  Permit applications and fees may be submitted in person at the Community Development office, or may be mailed to:

Town of Menasha

Building Inspections

2000 Municipal Dr.

Neenah, WI  54956

§  Any permits requiring a Winnebago County Zoning Permit must be processed at the Town of Menasha before submitting to Winnebago County.

§  Any permits requiring a Winnebago County Zoning Permit also require a site plan showing placement and size of all structures (existing and proposed), dimensions of the proposed structures, and setbacks from all property lines and all other structures on the property.

§  If a contractor is doing the work, the Town recommends that the contractor pull the permit.  The contractor will also need to have current credentials from the State of Wisconsin in order to pull a permit. For work on a 1- or 2-family home, contractors need the Dwelling Contractor credential as well as the Dwelling Contractor Qualifier credential. (Please note: General contractors may not pull permits for electrical, HVAC or plumbing work. Electrical work requires a Master Electrician credential, HVAC work requires an HVAC Contractor credential, and Plumbing work requires a Master Plumber credential.)

§  A homeowner who resides or will reside in a home is allowed to pull permits for work on their home, however the State of Wisconsin requires that the homeowner read and sign a Cautionary Statement.

§  Building Permit Fee Schedule

§  Example of site plan

 

 

PROJECT INFORMATION

Not sure if you need to pull a permit for your project?  Check out our Do I need a building permit? brochure, or check out specific project information below.

 

PROJECT

FORMS

HANDOUTS

COMMENTS

WHO CAN PULL THE PERMIT?

Additions

Building/Zoning

Additions Brochure

Site plan required

Dwelling Contractor with Dwelling Contractor Qualifier (1- or 2-family dwellings)

Building Contractor (Commercial/industrial)

Owner residing in the home

Alterations/Remodeling

Town Building Permit

Finishing your basement brochure

 

Dwelling Contractor with Dwelling Contractor Qualifier (1- or 2-family dwellings)

Building Contractor (Commercial/industrial)

Owner residing in the home

Building Identification (House Numbers)

 

Building ID Brochure

 

(n/a)

Commercial Buildings - New

Building/Zoning

New Commercial Handout

 

Building Contractor

Owner residing in the home

Decks

Building/Zoning

Decks Brochure

Site plan required

Dwelling Contractor with Dwelling Contractor Qualifier

Owner residing in the home

Demolitions/Razing

Demo Application

 

Utility disconnects must be submitted at the time of application submittal.

Contractor

Owner residing in the home

Duplexes / Two-Family Dwellings - New

Building/Zoning

Wisconsin BP Application

Drainage Stormwater Permit

State Erosion Control Application Form

New 1- or 2-Family Dwelling Handout

Erosion Control Handout

 

Dwelling Contractor with Dwelling Contractor Qualifier

Owner residing in the home

Electrical Permits

Electrical Application

 

Residential Electrical inspected by Town of Menasha inspectors.

Commercial Electrical inspected by Independent Inspections. (see "Inspections Information" below)

Master Electrician

Owner residing in the home

Erosion Control

Town Building Permit

Erosion Control Handout

 

Dwelling Contractor with Dwelling Contractor Qualifier

Owner residing in the home

Fences

Town Building Permit

Building/Zoning

Fences Brochure

Use Town Permit application for fences of total length 16 feet or less (site plan required) .

Use Building/Zoning application (Town and County permits both required) for all others (site plan required)

Contractor

Owner residing in the home

Garages - Attached & Detached

Town Building Permit

Building/Zoning

Detached garages brochure

Sheds 100 sq. ft. or less brochure

Winnebago County garage sizing ordinance

Use Town Permit application for sheds 100 sq. ft or smaller (site plan required) .

Use Building/Zoning application (Town and County permits both required) for  over 100 sq. ft. (site plan required).  See County garage sizing ordinance.

Dwelling Contractor with Dwelling Contractor Qualifier

Owner residing in the home

HVAC Permits

HVAC Application

 

 

HVAC Contractor

Owner residing in the home

Industrial Buildings – New

Building/Zoning

New Commercial/Industrial Handout

 

Building Contractor

 

Owner

Manufactured Homes - New

Building/Zoning

Wisconsin BP Application

 

Site plan required.

Wisconsin BP Application required for homes produced on or after April 1, 2007.

Manufactured Home Installer

Owner residing in the home

Manufactured Homes - Removal

MH Home Removal Application

 

Utility disconnects must be submitted at the time of application submittal.

Contractor

Owner residing in the home

Moving Permits

Moving Application

Utility Disconnect form

Moving Handout

 

Contractor

Owner residing in the home

Multi-Family Buildings - New

Building/Zoning

New Commercial/MF Handout

 

Building Contractor

Owner

Plumbing Permits

Plumbing Application

 

 

Master Plumber

Roofing

Town Building Permit

 

Permits are required for roofing work in the Town.

Dwelling Contractor with Dwelling Contractor Qualifier (1- or 2-family dwellings)

Building Contractor (Commercial/industrial)

Owner residing in the home

Sheds & Accessory Buildings

Town Building Permit

Building/Zoning

Detached garages brochure

Sheds 100 sq. ft. or less brochure

Winnebago County garage sizing ordinance

Use Town Permit application for sheds 100 sq. ft or smaller (site plan required) .

Use Building/Zoning application (Town and County permits both required) for over 100 sq. ft. (site plan required).  See County garage sizing ordinance.

Dwelling Contractor with Dwelling Contractor Qualifier

Owner residing in the home

Siding

Town Building Permit

 

Permits are required for siding work in the Town.

Dwelling Contractor with Dwelling Contractor Qualifier (1- or 2-family dwellings)

Building Contractor (Commercial/industrial)

Owner residing in the home

Signs

Sign Permit

Building/Zoning

 

Sign permit for wall-mounted signs, Building/Zoning for free-standing (site plan required).  If replacing face-plate only on free-standing, County Zoning is not required.

Contractor

Owner

Single Family Dwellings – New

Building/Zoning

Wisconsin BP Application

Drainage Stormwater Permit

State Erosion Control Application Form

 

 

Dwelling Contractor with Dwelling Contractor Qualifier

Owner residing in the home

Stairs

 

Stairs Brochure

 

(n/a)

Sump Pump Regulations

 

Sump Pump Handout

 

(n/a)

Swimming Pools – Permanent

Building/Zoning

Electrical Permit Application

Swimming Pools Brochure

Site plan required.

Contractor (Master Electrician for electrical permit)

Owner residing in the home

Swimming Pools – Temporary

Town Building Permit

Swimming Pools Brochure

Includes the blue inflatable pools and similar.

Owner residing in the home

Utility Disconnections

Utility Disconnect form

 

For use with Demolition Permits, Moving Permits, etc.

(n/a)

Water & Sewer Permits

Water/Sewer Application

 

 

Utility Contractor

Master Plumber

Windows –

Basement Bedroom/

Egress Windows

Town Building Permit

Basement Bedroom/Egress Window Brochure

 

Dwelling Contractor with Dwelling Contractor Qualifier

Owner residing in the home

Windows - Other

 

 

If reducing or enlarging existing windows, or if adding new windows, see Alterations/Remodeling above.  If simply replacing windows, no alteration of window opening size or alteration of walls, no permit required.

(n/a)

 

 

INSPECTIONS INFORMATION

Call (920) 720-7104 at least 24 hours in advance to schedule an inspection.

 

§       Footing (before pouring)

§       Foundation (before backfilling)

§       Electrical service

§       Underground plumbing (before pouring basement floor)

§       Rough-ins (before covering up with insulation or drywall): Building/Framing, Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing

§       Insulation (before sheetrock/drywall)

§       Final/Occupancy

 

Hours of inspection (Monday through Friday): 

10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm

 

NOTE:  For Commercial Electrical inspections, contact Independent Inspections (1-800-422-5220) to schedule. Have your Independent Inspections Permit Number (20##-##-##E) ready.

 

 

CODES & ORDINANCES LINKS

Town of Menasha Municipal Ordinances Main Page

§       Chapter 12 – Minimum Standards Housing Code

§       Chapter 13 – Town Building Code

State of Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code (SPS Chapters 320-325, One & Two Family Dwellings)

State of Wisconsin Commercial Building Code (SPS Chapters 360-366)

State of Wisconsin Plumbing Code (SPS Chapters 381-387)

Winnebago County Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 17)

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS LINKS

Town of Menasha Radon Information Page

Winnebago County Property Information Lookup

Winnebago County Zoning Department (920-232-3344)

State of Wisconsin Safety & Building Division Home Page

Diggers Hotline (1-800-242-8511)

 

ADA Americans with Disabilities Act

ADA Guide for Small Businesses

ADAAG Accessibility Guidelines

American Wood Council Online Lumber Span Calculator
American Wood Council Wood Span Charts

Building Inspectors Association Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter

Building Inspectors Association Northwestern Wisconsin Chapter
Building Inspectors Association Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter

Building Inspectors Association Southwestern Wisconsin Chapter

Building Science.com

Contractor Complaints "Right to Cure Law” Brochure

Inflatable Pool Safety report from Consumers Reports

U.S. Consumer Safety Swimming Pool Guidelines

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Fair Housing & Tenants info

WAFRP - Foundation Repair Information

Winnebago County Website

Wisconsin Asbestos Abatement Information (Contact Todd Drew at City of Menasha: 920-967-3522)

Wisconsin Builders Association

Wisconsin Consumer Protection Information

Wisconsin Home Improvement Laws

Wisconsin Lead Abatement Information

Wisconsin State Statutes

Wisconsin State Website

Wisconsin Tenant's Rights Information

Wisconsin Radon Abatement Information


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