A building permit and inspection are required for all new buildings, additions and alterations to existing buildings. A building permit is also required for outside improvements, including but not limited to swimming pools, hot tubs, porches, garages, decks, and fences. You do not need a building permit for construction of a residential storage building that is less than 80 square feet in size; however, applicable zoning setbacks still apply. A permit is required for replacement or addition of a heating or cooling unit, upgrading of an electrical service or installing new/upgrading existing wiring, and any kind of plumbing work except minor repairs or fixtures replacement. You do not need a permit to replace existing electrical switches or outlets or plumbing fixtures in the same location.
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Who may obtain permits
- Homeowners may obtain electrical permits for a single-family residence, which he/she occupies, (otherwise permit must be pulled by a Master Electrician licensed through the City of Janesville).
- Homeowners may obtain a plumbing permit for a single-family residence, which he/she occupies.
- Homeowners may obtain a heating permit for any heating or air conditioning replacements or additional heating and cooling equipment.
- If the homeowner has a licensed contractor install the electrical, plumbing or heating, then the licensed contractor shall obtain the required permit.
Inspectors are available in the office daily from 7:00 am to 9:00 am or by appointment. For more information, contact the Community Development Department at 608-755-3060.
Any contractors you hire to do one and two-family construction, heating, electrical, or plumbing work are required to be licensed by the State of Wisconsin.
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