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The Building Inspection Services staff is primarily responsible for overseeing new construction and alterations of commercial and residential buildings, as well as the installation of plumbing, electrical, and heating/air conditioning systems. Plans are reviewed and permits are issued with conditional approval within the restrictions of State and Village codes.
Inspections are made at various stages of construction. For each inspection made, a written report is filed. These reports are kept in property files as a history of the property for current and future owners. Property files are public record and open for public inspection during regular office hours.
All buildings including out-buildings and garages require a permit before they are built. Individuals seeking to make changes and alterations to, or installations of electrical systems, plumbing, HVAC systems, and driveways must obtain a permit before work begins. It is not just new construction that requires permitting; other common projects that require Inspection Services include basement remodeling, kitchen remodeling, re-roofing, re-siding, swimming pools and decks. The Village website includes detailed information for each of these types of projects.
Check with Building Inspection Services if you are unsure of what work needs a permit or what type of permit you need. Their number is 262-250-4760. Each of these projects will then need to be inspected by the building, fire, and/or electrical inspector periodically throughout the process to ensure compliance with building and fire codes.
It is likely that you will be able to put a fence in your yard; however, the Village Code has requirements for fence height and placement. For example, fences in the rear or side yard can be up to 6 feet in height, but in the front yard the maximum height is four feet (up to 6 feet could be allowed with Plan Commission approval). You also can’t put a fence on an easement without Plan Commission involvement, and fences cannot be closer than 2 feet from the public right of way. Because fences include these types of restrictions, there is a permit and inspection required for building a fence. In addition to the application, residents must include a copy of their property survey that identifies right of ways, easements, and property lines, as well as the proposed placement of the fence. For questions, contact Building Inspection Services staff at 250-4760.
You can obtain copies of property surveys, building permits such as plumbing, electrical, and heating, and address displays and signs.