Permitting Process

 

OVERVIEW

The Department of Community and Economic Development is engaged in both residential and commercial building projects from:

    • the site plan review,
    • to the building plan review,
    • to permitting,
    • to the inspections and to issuing of the Certificate of Occupancy.

 

 

SITE PLAN PROCESS 

Overview of the Site Plan Process

See Chapter 13 for detailed information relative to criteria including height restrictions, minimum lot area, and building area for the typical single-family zoning district.  Specifically see Section 13.23 – Height, Area, & Setback Regulations.  The process and requirements of site plans for residential and commercial are different and outlined below.

Residential Site Plan

The following projects require submission of site and building plans:

  • New home construction
  • Additions to homes
  • Decks and porches
  • Detached garages
  • Yard sheds larger than 50 square feet

The following types of projects require a site plan submission, but not a building plan:

  • Yard sheds smaller than 150 square feet
  • Swimming pools and outdoor hot tubs
  • Fences
  • Driveway expansions
  • Radio towers
  • Site filling or excavating

 

Erosion Control Permits
Depending on the area of disturbance, an Erosion Control Permit application is to be included with site plan submittals.  When required, submit 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 prior to commencing land-disturbing construction or land development activity.

 

Residential Site Plan Example

 

Commercial Site Plan

The Commercial Site Plan requirements and process are summarized in the Site Plan Information Guide. Additional questions can be directed to siteplangb@greenbaywi.gov.

Site Plan Review Application


 

 

BUILDING PLAN REVIEW PROCESS

Residential Plan Review

NEW CONSTRUCTION

New construction designs shall be compliant with all State Codes and Municipal Codes.  Relative to plan review and permitting, the City of Green Bay is in compliance with State ACT 211 and requires all applications to be initiated online.  Here are the Act 211 Instructions and the link to the ACT 211 Application Site.  Be sure to follow the Act 211 Instructions and submit paperwork to City Hall in Room 608.

 

ALTERATIONS/REPAIRS

The following projects require a floor plan and/or building plan submission:

  • Interior alterations changing floor plan
  • Basement remodeling
  • Structural alterations
  • Stoop, stairs, ramps smaller than 25 square feet, landing

The following projects require a project description:

  • Siding
  • Roofing
  • Window/Door replacement
  • Fireplace or chimney
  • Foundation repair
  • Wrecking buildings
  • Moving buildings

 

 

Commercial Plan Review

Overview of Commercial Plan Review

Building, HVAC & Plumbing Plan reviews are required for all commercial projects.  They all must be submitted and approved before a permit is issued and work begins.  The State currently does not require the submittal or review of electrical plans.

 

Building & HVAC Plan Review

The City of Green Bay has been granted plan review authority by the State of Wisconsin.  The City can provide plan review for all building and HVAC projects requiring State Plan Review except for those plans requiring Department of Health Services (DHS) review, those buildings exempt under SPS 361.02(3) and fire protection system approvals.  Designs shall be compliant with all State and Municipal Codes.  The plans must be submitted and approved before work begins.

The City’s submittal requirements are the same as the State’s with minor differences.  The State form SBD-118 is used for submittal along with 4 sealed plan sets and a copy of required supporting calculations.  For calculating review fees, use the lower fee table on the SBD-118 form and include the $100 submittal fee.  Fees for a plan review can be paid with cash, credit card (a 3.5% fee is applied), or by check (made out to the City of Green Bay).  The City does not accept electronic plans, and the City does not invoice fees.  The submittal package shall follow SPS 361.3 and be submitted to City Hall, Room 610 to the attention of the Plan Review Administrator.

 

Electrical Plan Review

The State currently does not require the submittal or review of electrical plans. All work shall be compliant with all State and Municipal Codes.

 

Plumbing Plan Review

Plan reviews are required for all commercial projects requiring plans.  When more than 5 fixtures are involved on the project (counting both internal and external) then plans are required to be submitted to the City, rather than the State, unless those plans require Department of Health Services (DHS) review and/or they contain bio-infiltration as part of the stormwater management plan.  Only the bio-infiltration portion of the site work is reviewed by the State, the rest of the external plumbing is required to be reviewed by the City.  The plans must be submitted and approved before work begins.  Designs shall be compliant with all State and Municipal Codes.

The State form SBD-6154 is used for submittals.  The City does not accept electronic plans, and the City does not invoice fees.  Fees for a plan review can be paid with cash, credit card (a 3.5% fee is applied), or by check (made out to the City of Green Bay).  The submittal package shall follow SBD-6154 and be submitted to City Hall, Room 608.

 

 

 

PERMITTING PROCESS

Overview of the Permitting Process

Building permits are required for all new construction, including alterations and improvements, reconstruction and temporary tent events. 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. See this link for sample projects requiring permits.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Estimated Project Cost
  4. 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.
  5. 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 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. Apply for permits online as explained below or at the Building Inspection office, 100 N. Jefferson Street, Room 608.

 

Erosion Control Permits
An approved 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.

 

Residential

Building Permit – Contractor vs Home Owner

To obtain a building permit in the City of Green Bay, a contractor must carry the State of Wisconsin Dwelling Contractor Certification and a Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification from the Department of Safety and Professional Services.  Prior to issuing a local building permit on a one- or two-family dwelling, the City is required by the State to verify that a contracting business owner possesses or employs at least one individual who holds both certifications.    If you have any questions regarding these certifications, contact the State of Wisconsin Licensing Department at (608) 261-8500. An inspection is required by the City upon completion of work.

The owner of an existing single-family dwelling where he/she resides may obtain a building permit for work in that dwelling.

Building Permits

Instructions for Online Payment

Make an Online Payment for a Building Permit – requires project number from Inspection Department.

 

Electrical Permit – Contractor vs Home Owner

Permits are required for new construction and remodeling projects.  An electrical permit is required when any electrical work is being done in conjunction with a building permit.  If no building permit is required, and more than three outlets (receptacles, lights, switches, etc.) are added, an electrical permit is required (this usually excludes minor repairs).

The owner of an existing single-family dwelling where he/she resides may perform the work but must obtain an electrical permit for wiring in that dwelling.  Electrical services and all other wiring in the City must be done by an electrical contractor licensed in Green Bay.  If you are hiring a licensed electrical contractor to do the wiring, they will submit the electrical permit (there is no need for you to meet with an electrical inspector in City Hall).

If you intend to do the wiring yourself, you must meet with one of the electrical inspectors in City Hall at 100 N. Jefferson Street.  Please call (920) 448-3300 to schedule an appointment.  Please bring a floor plan with you showing the location of all receptacles, lights, switches, etc. that you intend to install.  The inspector will then ask you some basic wiring questions to determine if you are knowledgeable about that wiring, such as:

  • What type of wiring are you using?
  • What is the size of the wire?
  • What size overcurrent device will protect the wire?
  • How will you ground the devices or equipment?
  • Is ground fault protection required?

If you can answer these basic wiring questions and/or others, the inspector can issue an electrical permit to you.

An inspection is required by the City upon completion of work.  Before any electrical work can begin, the permit and fee needs to be received by the Inspection Division.  No appointments can be scheduled until this happens.

Electrical Permits

Instructions for Online Payment

Make an Online Payment for an Electrical Permit – requires project number from Inspection Department.

 

HVAC Permit – Contractor vs Home Owner

HVAC permits are required when any heating work is being done.  Permits are required for furnace replacements, air conditioning replacements, etc.  The owner of an existing single-family dwelling where he/she resides may perform the work but must obtain a HVAC permit for work in that dwelling.  In any rental property work must be done by a licensed contractor.  If you are hiring a licensed HVAC contractor to do the work, he/she will submit the permit. An inspection is required by the City upon completion of work.

HVAC Permits

Instructions for Online Payment

Make an Online Payment for a HVAC Permit – requires project number from Inspection Department.

 

Plumbing Permit – Contractor vs Home Owner

The owner of an existing single-family dwelling where he/she resides may perform the work but must obtain a plumbing permit for work in that dwelling.  Work must be done by a licensed contractor in any rental property.  If you are hiring a licensed plumbing contractor to do the work, the contractor will submit the permit.  The City requires that plumbing contractors be master plumbers licensed with the State of Wisconsin in order to work within the city limits.  Permits are required for turf watering systems, sanitary sewers, storm sewers, and water heater replacement, etc.

Mini Storm Sewer Connection

An inspection is required by the City upon completion of work.

Plumbing Permits

Instructions for Online Payment

Make an Online Payment for Plumbing – requires project number from Inspection Department.

 

Commercial

Building Permit – Contractor/Tenant/Owner

Building permits may be taken out by a contractor, the tenant or the property owner.  An inspection is required by the City upon completion of work.

Building Permits

Instructions for Online Payment

Make an Online Payment for a Building Permit – requires project number from Inspection Department.

 

Electrical Permit – Contractor

To perform electrical contracting work in the City, a firm shall be properly licensed by the State of Wisconsin.  An electrical permit is required when any electrical work is being done in conjunction with a building permit.  If no building permit is required, and more than three outlets (receptacles, lights, switches, etc.) are added, an electrical permit is required (this usually excludes minor repairs). Before any electrical work can begin, the permit and fee needs to be received by the Inspection Division.  No appointments can be scheduled until this happens. An inspection is required by the City upon completion of work.

Electrical Permits

Instructions for Online Payment

Make an Online Payment for an Electrical Permit – requires project number from Inspection Department.

 

HVAC Permit – Contractor

HVAC permits are required when any heating work is being done.  Permits are required for furnace replacements, air conditioning replacements, etc.  An inspection is required by the City upon completion of work.

HVAC Contractor Licensing

To obtain a HVAC license with the City that must be renewed every year, the Inspection office needs the following:

  • A $2,000 surety bond filed with the Risk Management Department (920- 448-3125), 100 N. Jefferson Street, Green Bay, WI 54301
  • A copy of your driver’s license
  • A copy of your State of Wisconsin Credential card and HVAC Qualifier Certificate
  • $100 license fee

HVAC Permits

Instructions for Online Payment

Make an Online Payment for a HVAC Permit – requires project number from Inspection Department.

 

Plumbing Permit – Contractor

Permits are required for turf watering systems, sanitary sewers, storm sewers, and water heater replacement, etc. An inspection is required by the City upon completion of work.

Plumbing Permits

Instructions for Online Payment

Make an Online Payment for Plumbing – requires project number from Inspection Department.

 

 

 

INSPECTION PROCESS

The Building Inspection Division strives to provide the citizens of Green Bay with the highest inspection standards consistent with the adopted codes and regulations.  This is accomplished through the consistent and equitable application of regulations in the built and natural environment through plan review, inspections, enforcement, and the issuance of permits and licenses. The Building Inspection Division inspects both residential and commercial buildings.

To schedule an inspection, call (920) 448-3300 between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM at least one business day prior to inspection date needed.  FINAL INSPECTIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL PROJECTS.  It is the responsibility of whoever pulls the permit to call in inspections.  Certificates of Occupancy are not issued until all the inspections are successfully completed.