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Do I need a Permit?

Do I need a permit?

You can determine if you need a permit, however, this does not exclude you from getting approvals on projects that may NOT require a permit. Please contact Zoning Staff for further clarification: (608) 266-4551.

Project

Need a Permit?

Who should I contact?

Additions - One and Two Family Yes Zoning: (608) 266-4551
Aerosol Products - manufacture, store or handle Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Amusement Buildings - operation Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Assembly, Places of - operation Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Attic - alterations or conversions Yes Zoning: (608) 266-4551
Aviation Buildings Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Basement - alterations or conversions Yes Zoning: (608) 266-4551
Bathroom - alterations Yes Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
Battery Systems - install Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Beekeeping Yes Zoning: (608) 266-4551
Cellulose Nitrate Film - store, handle or use Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Central Air Conditioner - install Yes Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
Chickens - raising Yes Zoning: (608) 266-4551
Combustible Dust Producing Operation Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Combustible Fibers - storage or handling Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Compressed Gases - storage, use or handling Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Covered Malls Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Cryogenic Fluids - produce, store, transport on site, use, handle or dispense Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Cutting or Welding - conduct operations Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Deck - build Yes Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
Demolition, of Structures Yes Zoning: (608) 266-4551
Door - replacement Yes Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
Drive Opening, Commercial - constructing or replacing Contact Traffic Engineering Traffic Engineering: (608) 266-4761
Drive Opening, Residential - constructing or replacing
(1-2 Family Residential with less than 4 stalls)
Obtain: Street Terrace Permit or Permit to Excavate in the Right of Way
Yes Engineering: (608) 266-4537
Driveway Yes Zoning: (608) 266-4551
Dry Cleaning & Dry Dyeing Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Dwelling Units, Change Number of - 1 & 2 Family Residential Yes Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
Dwelling Units, Change Number of - Other Residential Yes Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
Electrical Work, All Yes Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
Excavating for ANY reason in the public right-of-way Obtain: Excavate in the Right-of-Way Permit Yes Engineering: (608) 266-4751
Explosives - manufacture, storage, handling, sale or use of Yes Fire: (608) 266-4420
Fence - install or replace No (may need approvals) Zoning: (608) 266-4551
Fireplace Yes Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
Flammable and Combustible Liquids - store, handle or use Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Furnace - install Yes Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
Garage - build or replace Yes Zoning: (608) 266-4551
Garage - demolish Yes Zoning: (608) 266-4551
Garages, Repair or Service - operation Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Hazardous Materials - store, transport on site, dispense, use or handle Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Hazardous Production Materials (HDM) Facilities - store, handle or use hazardous production materials Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Grading or Land Disturbance
Obtain: Erosion Control Permit (pdf)
Yes Engineering: (608) 266-4751
Handicapped Ramp, on private property Yes Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
Hot Tub, Whirlpool, Spa - install Yes Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
House (One and Two Family) - Addition Yes Zoning: (608) 266-4551
House (One and Two Family) - New Construction Yes Zoning: (608) 266-4551
Insulation Contact Building Inspection Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
Kitchen - alterations Yes Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
Landscaping No (might need approvals) Zoning: (608) 266-4551
LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) - install
(500 - 1,999 gallons)
Yes Fire: (608) 266-4420
LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) - install
(2,000 gallon or larger water capacity, or 4,000 gallon or larger aggregate water capacity)
Yes State of Wisconsin - Department of Commerce
Lumberyards, Woodworking Plants, and Building Material Dealers - storage or processing of lumber Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Magnesium - melt, cast, heat treat, or grind Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Multi-Family Residential - New Construction Yes Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
Non-Residential - New Construction Yes Zoning: (608) 266-4551
Occupancy Yes Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
Organic Coating Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Parking Yes Zoning: (608) 266-4551
Parking Slab (One and Two Family) Yes Zoning: (608) 266-4551
Patio No Zoning: (608) 266-4551
Plumbing - All Yes Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
Pyrotechnic Special Effects Material Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Pyroxylin Plastics - storage, handling or the assembly or manufacture of articles involving Pyroxylin plastics Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Rain Garden - installation in the street terrace or right of way
Obtain: Street Terrace Permit
Yes Engineering: (608) 266-4751
Roofing - Reroof your house or garage Yes Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
Sanitary Sewer - connect to
Obtain: Permit to Excavate in the Right of Way
Yes Engineering: (608) 266-4751
Sanitary Sewer Lateral - abandoning or plugging Obtain: Permit to Plug Sewer Lateral Yes Engineering: (608) 266-4751
Screened Porch Yes Zoning: (608) 266-4551
Sewer Deduct Meters - install Yes Water Utility: (608) 266-4646
Shed - build or replace Yes Zoning: (608) 266-4551
Shed - demolish Yes Zoning: (608) 266-4551
Sidewalk or Residential Drive Apron in Right-Of-Way - replacing or constructing
Obtain: Street Terrace Permit
Yes Engineering: (608) 266-4751
Siding - replace on house or garage Yes Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
Signs and Street Graphics Yes Zoning: (608) 266-4551
Solar Energy System - install Yes Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
Spraying or Dipping - conduct a spraying or dipping operation utilizing flammable or combustible liquids or the application of combustible powders Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Storage, High-Piled Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Storage of Scrap Tires, Tire Byproducts (pdf) Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Storage Tank, containing flammable / combustible / hazardous liquid - install
(Less than 5,000 gallons)
Yes Fire: (608) 266-4420
Storage Tank, containing flammable / combustible / hazardous liquid - install
(5,000 gallons or larger)
Yes State of Wisconsin - Department of Commerce
Storage Tank, containing flammable / combustible / hazardous liquid - removal or closure Yes Fire: (608) 266-4420
Storm Sewer - connect to
Obtain: Permit to Excavate in the Right of Way
Yes Engineering: (608) 266-4751
Street Encroachment Yes Office of Real Estate Services: (608) 266-4222
Street Occupancy Yes Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
Street Terrace, alterations (sidewalk, terrace, drive apron) Yes Engineering: (608) 266-4751
Swimming Pool Yes Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
Trees on the street terrace - planting, maintenance, and removal Contact City Forestry Forestry: (608) 266-4816
Waste Handling - operation of wrecking yards, junkyards and waste material-handling facilities Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
Water Heater - install Yes Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
Water Meter (City of Madison) - change the location, its inlet or outlet, valves, the meter bypass, or meter test piping Yes Water Utility: (608) 266-4646
Water Service (City of Madison) - install, connect to existing, or replace Yes Water Utility: (608) 266-4646
Water Softener - install Yes Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
Windows & Frames - replace Yes Building Inspection: (608) 266-4551
Wood Products - store chips, hogged material, lumber or plywood Contact Fire Fire: (608) 266-4420
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