Permitting Process

The Department of Community and Economic Development is engaged in both residential and commercial building projects including the Site Plan Review, the Building Plan Review, Permitting, and the Inspections and to Issuing of the Certificate of Occupancy.

Overview of the Permitting Process

Building permits are required for all new construction, including alterations and improvements, reconstruction and temporary tent events (PDF). Permits are required to have approved plans that are in compliance with the building and zoning codes before work begins. Permits are also very important to ensure quality construction and to have the work inspected for resident safety. Failure to obtain a building permit may result in the doubling of permit fees, a municipal citation of over $500, and the work ordered redone or removed if in non-compliance. View sample projects requiring permits (PDF).

Obtaining a Permit

It is ultimately the responsibility of the property owner to make sure a permit is obtained. If you hire a contractor, make sure you see a permit card displayed in your front window before work begins. To obtain a permit, you may need the following:

  • Site Plan – A site plan is a bird’s eye view of your property drawn to scale showing property lines, buildings, and driveways. Include as many measurements as possible, especially distances from buildings to the property lines.
  • Building Plan – For anything involving structural changes or new construction, a framing plan is needed. Often you can obtain this when you order your lumber, especially for garages and sheds.
  • Estimated Project Cost
  • Names of All Contractors – This includes plumbers and electricians, along with state credential numbers, addresses, and phone numbers. All trades permits must be submitted with the Building Permit Application.
  • Historic Preservation Commission Review – Any property located in the historic district must go before this Commission before building permits for exterior work will be issued. The Commission meets the second Monday of every month at 4:15 p.m. at City Hall in Room 310. Please reference the Historic Preservation Commission Permit Process (PDF) for information on how to get on the agenda.

The City has two project permit applications. The short project permit application form is to be used for driveway expansions, yard sheds, and fences. The long project permit application form shall be used for all other projects. All commercial projects shall use the long form. Access building permits here or at the Building Inspection Office.

Erosion Control Permits

An approved erosion control permit application and erosion control plan demonstrating reasonable compliance with Chapter 34, Green Bay Municipal Ordinance and/or DSPS 20.09(4), Department of Safety and Professional Services Uniform Dwelling Code is required prior to permitting and prior to commencing land-disturbing construction or land development activity.