RESIDENTS: How to Take Out a Building Permit


As of May 3, 2021 – our building has reopened to the public.

ALL projects (residential and commercial) that are completed by contractors require a building permit and inspection. Work completed without proper permitting and inspection can incur penalty fees and may cause future issues for property resale.

Many projects that a homeowner completes within their home require a building permit and inspection. Not sure if the project you are completing requires a permit? It’s better to check than to complete the work without one. Work completed on your home without proper permitting and inspection can incur penalty fees and may cause future issues for the resale of your home.

The most common homeowner projects that require a permit include:

  • Decks
  • Detached garages
  • Fences
  • Pools
  • Razing (or Demolition)
  • Remodeling a rental property (that you do not live in)* | Permit Application
  • Remodeling that involves removal of walls (in a rental property or in the home you live in)* | Permit Application
  • Siding
  • Storage sheds

*Remodeling permits (depending on the extent of the work) follow a slightly different process and will require plan review with the Building Inspector. Please submit your permit following the same criteria listed below and a member of our Building Inspection team will follow up directly regarding what plans are needed.

Don’t see your project listed above? Check the list of permits here. It might be a permit that a licensed professional needs to take out (such as a plumbing or electrical permit).


Q&A – Top 5 Resident Questions for Building Inspection

How to Take Out a Building Permit

1. Permit Application. Download and complete the appropriate permit or stop in person to pick up a permit if you do not have access to a printer. Find the permit applications noted above linked on this page.

2. Site Plan. Some permits require a site plan (decks, garages, fences, pools and storage sheds). You can draw a picture of your lot and where your proposed deck/garage/fence/pool/shed will be located. Be sure to include setbacks (the distance away from) from property lines and your home on the site plan. If you’d prefer to have us email or mail you an aerial map of your lot on which you can draw your site plan – please request one below. We’ll do our best to get your site plan to you in 1-2 business days.

Request a Site Plan here:

Site Plan Request

3. Permit Submission. Submit your permit and site plan (if required) to the City of Kaukauna by email, by mail or in-person. You can email your permit or mail it to us at City of Kaukauna, Attn: Building Inspection, PO Box 890, Kaukauna, WI 54130. You can drop off permits and site plans during business hours.

4. Permit Payment. Permits will not be issued until payment has been received. Payments are accepted in-person or by mail. In-person payments for cash or credit card transactions can be made during business hours. Payments are also accepted by check – either by mail or by dropping off payments to our 24-hour drop box outside of the Municipal Services Building, 144 W. 2nd Street, Kaukauna.

5. Permit Review. Once we receive your permit, site plan (if required) and payment, staff will review your permit application. We will verify that your project meets our zoning code requirements and follow up with you if your project has any issues (such as not meeting a setback requirement or if your property has a conflicting easement).

6. Permit Issuance. Once staff reviews your permit and confirms that there are no issues, a building permit will be issued. We will mail the building permit to the listed address of the property owner on the permit application unless otherwise specified. We can send permits to you by email if that is preferred, but you will need to print a copy of it on your own to post in a visible location. Your building permit should be posted in a visible location while the project work is happening (such as in a window on the front of your home).

7. Request Final Inspection. A member of our building inspection team will inspect your project to ensure that it was built as described. You can request a final inspection using the form below. It is the property owner’s responsibility to request a final inspection! Failure to request a final inspection may result in open permits associated with your home, which can slow the process of real estate closings when your home sells in the future. You will only hear from our office if an issue is found on a final inspection. Otherwise, you are good to go!

Request a Final Inspection here:

Final Inspection Request