• Permit Guide Procedures

  • Zoning Permit - Streambank & Shoreline Stabilization Structures


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    WHEN: An applicant is proposing to construct a new Streambank/Shoreline Stabilization Structure (also known as a rip-rap wall or seawall) or repair an existing structure on the shore of any lake, pond, river or stream within the jurisdiction of the  Waukesha County Shoreland and Floodland Protection Ordinance.

    WHY: To prevent soil erosion, control shoreline alteration and restrict the removal of shoreline vegetation in areas covered by the Waukesha County Shoreland and Floodland Protection Ordinance – Appendix B of the Waukesha County Code, copies of which are available online and in the office of the Waukesha County Clerk.

    WHO: The staff of the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use – Planning and Zoning Division reviews the Zoning Permit, and if approved, mails the issued permit to the property owner. See Staff Who Can Help.

    HOW: Applicant must submit a complete application packet and fee.

    A COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKET SHALL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: 

    • Application for Zoning Permit - Streambank/Shoreline Stabilization Structure form.
    • An accurate set of plans including a site plan, existing and proposed contours, areas of disturbance, cross sections, vegetative and seeding schedule, construction period, and erosion control methods.
    • Written Department of Natural Resources (DNR) approval.


    FEE 

    • See Department of Parks and Land Use – Planning and Zoning Division fee schedule 


    VARIANCE OR APPEAL 

    • An appeal of a decision of the staff of the Planning and Zoning Division must be made to the Waukesha County Board of Adjustment within twenty (20) days of the staff’s decision.


    TIME: 

    • An applicant can anticipate the zoning permit will take approximately two (2) weeks upon submittal of a complete application packet, fee, and DNR approval, if required.


    NOTES: 

    • Written approval by the DNR for the structure shall be submitted to the Planning and Zoning Division prior to the issuance of the Zoning Permit.
    • A site inspection and evaluation by the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use – Land Resources Division may be required for questions on erosion control practices and/or impact on surface water drainage. A site drainage plan and Storm Water Permit may also be required. Contact the Planning and Zoning Division and they will contact the Land Resources Division for assistance. See Staff Who Can Help.
    • A Minor Grading Zoning Permit may also be required.
    • An inspection of the site may be required.