Building, Safety & Zoning

Building, Safety & Zoning Department

The Building, Safety and Zoning (BS&Z) Department administers City plans, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to the development of the City of Watertown.  BS&Z enforces zoning, building, floodplain, sign, and other codes.  The department also performs reviews and approvals for development projects, issues permits, and handles enforcement issues.

We are located at 106 Jones Street, Room 2034, PO Box 477, Watertown, WI
Office Hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Our offices are closed for the following holidays:
New Year's Day; Good Friday; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Veterans Day; Thanksgiving; the Friday after Thanksgiving; Christmas Eve; Christmas; and New Year's Eve.

Contact Building, Safety & Zoning Staff here

To schedule inspections, please call the main office number (920-262-4060) to set up a specific day and time for the inspection to be completed.

Looking to develop a commercial or industrial property?  Or, are you just looking to start a new business?  To help you through the Zoning process, Building, Safety & Zoning has developed a Commercial/Industrial Development Flowchart to guide you through the process. This flowchart provides timelines and cost associated with the Zoning process.

When in doubt, check it out!

We strongly encourage you to call our office prior to the start of any project to verify the necessity of any permits. 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.

Click here to view and print all permits and applications.

  • Locate your property stakes before starting your project.  If you cannot 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.