Frequently Asked Questions

Future Plans

Q: The City’s overall plan for future economic social and physical development
A: City of Green Bay Smart Growth 2022 Comprehensive Plan

Q: What specific plans for my neighborhood, commercial corridor, and other sub-areas exist?
A: City of Green Bay Smart Growth 2022 Comprehensive Plan – District Plan
A: Military Ave Market Study and Corridor Redevelopment Plan
A: University Ave Corridor Redevelopment Plan
A: Downtown Design Plan – 2013 Update

Q: What are the plan for future streets, parks, parkways, and residential areas?
A: City of Green Bay Official Map
A: Street reconstruction: Contact Operations Division of Public Works.
A: Park development: Contacts Parks, Forestry, and  Recreation
A: Development Districts Map

If you have further questions, please contact staff at (920) 448-3400.

Land Divisions

Q: When must a division of land be reviewed by the City?
A: Any division of land within the incorporated area of the City or its extraterritorial platting jurisdiction which results in a land division as defined by this ordinance shall be surveyed and a Certified Survey Map (CSM) or Plat of such division approved and recorded as required by the State Statutes and this ordinance.
A: Common exemptions: See Section 14-202 of the Subdivision and Platting Code.

Q: How can I divide this lot?
A: Whether an existing lot or parcel can be divided depends on several factors
– Compliance with the Subdivision and Platting Code
– Compliance with the Zoning Code & Zoning Map
– Presence of or ability to extend city services and streets
– Compliance with the Official Map

Q: Who can prepare a Certified Survey Map, Subdivision Plat, or other dividing instruments?
A: A licensed and professional surveyor.

If you have further questions, please contact staff at (920) 448-3400.

Floodplain

Q: Is a property located in a Floodplain?
A: See the interactive parcel map
– Search or zoom to parcel and use interactive layers in the top-left corner tool bar.

Q: What are the standards for constructing in a floodplain?
A: See Section 13-300 of the Zoning Code.
A: See City of Green Bay Floodplain Brochure.

Q:What are the  requirements for existing structures within the floodplain?
A: See Section 13-300 of the Zoning Code.
A: See City of Green Bay Floodplain Brochure.

Q: What can be done if a floodplain map may have an error or be to be modified?
A: FEMA Contact

If you have further questions, please contact staff at (920) 448-3400.

Zoning

Q: What is the zoning of a property?
A: A: See the interactive parcel map.
– Search or zoom to parcel and use interactive layers in the top-left corner tool bar.
– Search zoning code use tables found in each district section and those with a “P” are permitted and those contain a “C” are required to obtain a Conditional Use Permit.

Q: The process to rezoning a property
A:  The process may take anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks to complete.

  1. Verify the potential zoning options by reviewing the Zoning Code and zoning map
    1. Use tables are found in each district section and those with a “P” are permitted and those contain a “C” are required to obtain a Conditional Use Permit. Identify current district and the desired districted to be rezoned. If questions arise, please contact staff for assistance at (920) 448-3400.
  2. Apply:  complete Request for City Action application, required fee made payable to the City of Green Bay and any supporting documentation.
  3. Planning staff will notice property owners within 100’, the Alderperson and the affected neighborhood association of the Plan Commission meeting at which the applicant should attend.
  4. The staff will provide a report and recommendation at which time the Plan Commission will make a recommendation to the Common Council.
  5. The Common Council will review the request as part of the Report to Council and a resolution may be prepared for a first reading of the ordinance.
  6. A final reading and Public Hearing would be conducted at the next available Council meeting.

If you have further questions, please contact staff at (920) 448-3400.

Q: The process to obtaining a Conditional Use Permit (CUP)?
A:  The process may take anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks to complete.

  1. Verify the potential of a CUP by check the Zoning Code.
  2. Use tables found in each district section and those with a “C” are required to obtain a Conditional Use Permit.
  3. Apply: complete Request for City Action application, required fee made payable to the City of Green Bay and any supporting documentation such as maps, operating plans support from surrounding neighbors.
  4. Planning staff will notice property owners within 100’, the Alderperson and the affected neighborhood association of the Plan Commission meeting at which the applicant should attend.
  5. The staff will provide a report and recommendation at which time the Plan Commission will make a recommendation to the Common Council.
  6. The Common Council will review the request as part of the Report to Council and a resolution may be prepared for adoption at the same time.

If you have further questions, please contact staff at (920) 448-3400.

Q: What is a Planned Unit Development (PUD)?
A: A Planned Unit Development (PUD) is a type of building development and also a regulatory process. As a building development, it is a designed grouping of both varied and compatible land uses, such as housing, ecreation, commercial centers, and industrial parks, all within one contained development or subdivision. UD as a regulatory process is a means of land regulation which promotes large scale, unified land development by means of mid-range, realistic programs in chase of physically curable, social and economic deficiencies in land and cityscapes. Where appropriate, this development control promotes:

  • A mixture of both land uses and dwelling types with at least one of the land uses being regional in nature
  • The clustering of residential land uses providing public and common open space
  • Increased administrative discretion to a local professional planning staff while setting aside present land use regulations and rigid plat approval processes
  • The enhancement of the bargaining process between the developer and government municipalities which in turn strengthens the municipality’s site plan review and control over development for potentially increased profits due to land efficiency, multiple land uses, and increased densities.

If you have further questions, please contact staff at (920) 448-3400.

Site Plan

Q: What is a site plan?
A: Is a graphical representation of a proposed development that depicts building footprints, property lines, parking, green space fencing, dumpsters, etc.  Plans are to be legible and drawn to an engineer’s scale. Site plan review is the process of reviewing documents and drawings required by the zoning ordinance to ensure that a proposed land use or activity meets zoning ordinance standards as well as state and federal statutes. A site plan includes existing and proposed man-made features, as well as natural site characteristics. A site plan is required when improvements are to be done on a site that include earth filling, paving or building construction.

Q: How do I submit a site plan?
A: See the Site Plan Information Guide

Q: Can I apply for a variance?
A: A site plan and/or a building plan is submitted for review to the Building Inspection Department.  After a plan review the staff will discuss options to meet the ordinance.  If a hardship can be demonstrated, the applicant may apply to the Board of Appeals for a variance or relief from the applicable ordinance.  Please contact staff at (920) 448-3400 for further details and assistance.

Inspection

Q: How do I schedule an inspection?
A: Call (920) 448-3300 to schedule a building, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, or clearwater inspection.

Q: How do I enter a complaint about a residence?
A: Call (920) 448-3300 to enter an anonymous complaint.

Q: When is a plumbing permit required?
A: Whenever the plumbing drain, waste, vent, or water supply systems are altered.  Examples:  relocation of a plumbing fixture, installation of a new water heater or dishwasher

Q: Who can obtain a plumbing permit?
A: Any licensed plumbing contractor or homeowner who owns and occupies a single-family dwelling.

Neighborhoods

Q: How do I purchase a tax-foreclosed property?
A: Call the Brown County Treasurer’s Office at (920) 448-4074.

If you have further questions, please contact staff at (920) 448-3400.