Frequently Asked Questions
Choose one... Do I need a permit from the Waukesha County Planning and Zoning Division for my construction or landscaping project? What areas are in the County's zoning jurisdiction? What types of projects require a Zoning Permit? What is the process for applying for a zoning permit? Do I need an appointment to apply for a permit? Where is the Planning and Zoning Division located? How do I find out what zoning district my property is in? Where can I obtain my tax key number? Where can I find the legal description of my property? Do I need a permit to cut trees/remove vegetation on my property? Can I store unlicensed and/or inoperable vehicles and other debris outdoor on my property? Do I need a permit to operate a home occupation from my residential property? Is more than one living unit allowed on a property? Can I have an in-law unit on my property? Can I have a guesthouse on my property? Can I have a mobile home on my property? Is my property in the 100 year floodplain? Does the County issue permits for piers and other structures placed on the bed of a water body? Can I have a boathouse on my property? How many accessory buildings can I have on my property? I have a vacant piece of land. Can I construct an accessory building without a residence on the site? Does a perimeter fence require a permit? Can I have horses on my property? What if I have a legal non-conforming lot, structure or use? Who do I contact for regulations governing land divisions (subdivisions and certified survey maps)? Do I need a permit from Waukesha County to construct a seawall/rip-rap wall along my shoreline? Do I need a permit for a temporary crane? >Zoning Permits
Note: The County also regulates commercial, industrial, and quarry operations as well as public and institutional uses. Please contact our office for an explanation of these regulations prior to operating these types of uses within the County's zoning jurisdiction (see jurisdiction FAQ).
The above information relates to the County's zoning ordinances only. The Shoreland and Floodland Ordinance generally applies to lands in unincorporated Townships within 1,000 feet of a lake and 300 feet of a river or stream, or the 100 year floodplain, whichever is greater. In addition to the objectives of the Zoning Code, the Shoreland Ordinance seeks to prevent water pollution and protect or improve the quality of lakes and streams.
Please check with your local Town to determine if they have other regulations or procedures that may apply Municipal Contacts.
In the event it is determined there is a violation of the County's ordinances, the property owner will be asked to correct the violation or face the penalties outlined in the ordinances, including the issuance of citations.
For mapping related questions, please contact us or the Land Information System Division.
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