CONTRACTORS: How To Take Out a Building Permit

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.

Homeowners are allowed to take out building permits for many smaller scale home projects. Projects that require that a contractor pull the permit include:

Don’t see your project listed above? Check the full list of permit applications here.

Much of the permit process can be completed online.

1. Permit Application. Download and complete the appropriate permit. Find the permit applications noted above linked on this page.

2. Site Plan. Some permits require site plans or a formal plan review process. Plans must include setbacks (the distance away from) from property lines. All new construction and remodel permits require a full size plan set. Please mail or drop off these plan sets at our offices located at 144 W. 2nd Street, Kaukauna or mail to City of Kaukauna, Attn: Building Inspection, PO Box 890, Kaukauna, WI 54130.

3. Permit Submission. Submit your permit and site plan (if required) to the City of Kaukauna by email. You can email your permit to [email protected] or mail it to us at City of Kaukauna, Attn: Building Inspection, PO Box 890, Kaukauna, WI 54130. If emailing, please put BUILDING PERMIT in the subject line.

4. Permit Payment. OUR ONLINE PAYMENT SYSTEM FOR CONTRACTORS IS COMING SOON! Learn how to make permit payments and request inspections on MyGov by watching the short video below:

Contractors will soon be able submit payments for building permits online by creating an account with MyGov, the software program that the City of Kaukauna Inspection Department utilizes. Payments are also accepted by cash (in-person only), checks or money orders made payable to City of Kaukauna (in-person or by mail), or by credit card in-person. Permit fees for decks, fences, pools, razing, roofing, siding and sheds are flat fees. Permit fees are listed on the permit application. Permits for projects that involve plan review remodeling and detached garages depend on square footage and project value and some may incur an additional plan review fee.

5. Creating an Online Account with MyGov. Learn how to create a MyGov Account by watching the short video below:

By creating an online account with MyGov, contractors can submit payments, check on the status of permits and can request inspections. In order to create an online account, you need a 16-digit activation code to be issued to you from the Building Inspection Department. Request your activation code here:

MyGov Account Number

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 can either mail the building permit to the listed address of the property owner on the permit application or can make the permit available for in-person pickup at City Hall. Building permits should be posted in a visible location while the project work is happening (such as in a window on the front of the building).

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 via your MyGov online account. It is the contractor’s responsibility to request necessary inspections! Failure to request a inspections may result in open permits associated with a project, which can slow the process of real estate closings for future resale.