Building, Safety & Zoning Forms
*Payments are acceptable in the form of cash, check made payable to "City of Watertown", or credit card. For payments with cash or check, please provide a copy of the online permit so we know which permit to apply the payment to. For credit card payments, please click HERE for online payment information.
We encourage you to call our office at (920) 262-4060 prior to beginning any project to verify the necessity of a permit. Please plan ahead!! Many permits can be issued the same day. Other permits (i.e. building permits, fence permits, pool permits, etc.) require review by one of our inspectors. Due to limited staff and inspection hours, we highly suggest turning in all paperwork at least 1 week prior to the date you would like to begin a project. All permits are good for 1 year from the date they are issued.
Additions or Alterations will require a building permit application form (either Residential or Commercial) as well as separate permits for any electric, HVAC, and plumbing if included in the scope of the work.
Building Permit Application - Commercial (also reference Building Permit Information)
Building Permit Application - Residential (also reference Building Permit Information)
Building Permit - New Home Application ***Please note that erosion control measures must be put into place for new residential construction. Information on this can be found by clicking HERE.
Burglar Alarms/Robbery Alarm Information and Paperwork - handled through the Clerk/Finance Department
Chickens Permit please note that this also requires a Building Permit (also reference Building Permit Information)
Curb Cut Permits
Decks: Please click here for the regulations and please click on this link for the residential building permit
Egress Window Information *Note* this DOES require a Residential Building Permit Application
Erosion Control and Stormwater Runoff Permit
Exhaust/Hood System Permit
Filling of Land Permit
Fire Alarm System *separate from the Fire Suppression Permit*
Fire Suppression Permit *separate from the Fire Alarm System*
Food Vending on Public Streets
Landscape Permit Application (to be submitted to the Street Department
Mobile Food Vending
Occupy the Right of Way (Placing of any item in the street or sidewalk right of way)
Outdoor Dining/Sidewalk Cafe Application
Plan Commission Application **Note** Requires staff review
Plot Plan/Site Plan Information for Plans
Pool Permit **Note** Requires staff review
Registration of Vacant & Foreclosed Buildings - Commercial
Registration of Vacant & Foreclosed Buildings - Residential
Roofing - there is not a permit required for the removal of old roofing and replacement of new. However, if a dumpster is being utilized and that dumpster is sitting in the street, blocking the sidewalk, or sitting within the public right of way, please note that a Permit to Occupy the Right of Way will be required. If a dumpster is within the private property area (i.e. a driveway or the yard area not encroaching within the public right of way), no permit is required.
Sign Permit - for a permanent sign
Site Plan Review Application **Note** Requires staff review
Solar Panel Installation
Successor Conditional Use Permit Application Form
Temporary Sign Permit **Per Ordinance #21-43 adopted on December 21, 2021, there is no longer a permit requirement for temporary signs. However, they must not be placed within the right of way (ROW) and they must be set back from the property line in a location equal to the height of the sign (i.e. a 5-foot tall sign must be set back 5 feet from the property line).
Utility Accommodation Permit
Windows - If replacing a window in the same size and location, no permit is required. If the size and/or location is being altered, a building permit will be required.
Zoning Board of Appeals Application Form
Please be sure to:
*Locate your property stakes before starting your project. If you can not locate, please contact a land surveyor for assistance.
*Contact Diggers Hotline 800-242-8511 before digging
*Be sure to check for any deed restrictions / subdivision covenants before starting work.
*Check for any easements that would be on your property. These easements will require a minimum setback from the easement.
*Please note that payment is accepted in the form of cash, check made payable to "City of Watertown", or credit card . Please note that there are additional fees apply with credit card payments as detailed by clicking HERE.
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