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1. When do I need a building permit?

Building permits are required to construct any new building, add to an existing building, and alterations involving structural changes.  Permits are also required for, but not limited to, accessory buildings, residing, reroofing, fences, decks, swimming pools, and HVAC.  (for more information - see Permit Types)

2. Why do I need permits?

The City of Franklin adopts State and local building, plumbing, and electrical codes to protect its citizens.  Permits are required to track the work being done, and the permit fees pay for the inspections and recordkeeping functions of the department

3. Who is responsible for obtaining permits?

It is common for contractors to obtain permits, however, it is the responsibility of the home owner to make sure that the required permits are obtained.  It's always a good idea to check with the City about required permits before hiring a contractor

4. Can I do my own electrical and plumbing work?

The City of Franklin requires that all electrical and plumbing work be done by licensed contractors who must first obtain permits.

5. What work as a homeowner can I do on my property?

All work other than electrical and plumbing can be performed by homeowners.  Please check for required permits.  Permits must be obtained before starting any work.

6. What if obtaining a permit was a part of my contract and the contractor neglected to do so?

Homeowners should always find out which permits are required before hiring a contractor to do work on their home and then request a copy of the permit before allowing the contractor to start work.  If a permit would not be obtained, it is ultimately the property owner's responsibility.  If there would be an instance where work was done on your property without a permit, please contact the Building Inspection Department at 414-425-0084 - 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  We will assist you in obtaining the required permit(s) and inspections as best we can, however, the City cannot intervene in contract issues between the contractor and homeowner.

7. If I still have questions, who should I contact?

For questions regarding inspections, permits, applications, fees, or the permit process, please call the Building Inspection Department at 414-425-0084, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For questions related to building, plumbing, or electrical codes, Inspectors are available for phone calls between 8:00 and 9:15 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

8. What are the rules regarding the hours of construction and tool use?

City of Franklin Municipal Ordinance 183.40D states – “Construction and tool use. Operating or permitting the operation of any tools or equipment between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. the following day such that sound therefrom creates a noise disturbance, except for emergency work of public service utilities. Hours of operation may be extended, except on Sundays, for operations or work under public contracts where the Clerk, upon the request of the City Engineer, deems such extension reasonably necessary under the circumstances. The Clerk may revoke such permission upon twenty-four-hour notice to the general contractor of such work, where the Clerk determines the benefits to the community by such extension are outweighed by the noise disturbance created thereby.”

Can I pay my permit fee online using a credit card?

Yes, please follow these steps for all on-line credit card payments:

  1. Prior to payment, submit permit application to Inspection Services along with the name that will come through on the credit card payment.
  2. Once the permit is issued, Inspection Services will contact the applicant and let them know the permit is ready for pick-up.  To pay by credit card go to these online payment options (service fees will apply based on transaction type and are non-refundable).

Inspection Services

9229 W. Loomis Road
Franklin, WI  53132
(use this email for general inquiries, record requests related to Inspection Services, and departmental/inspector correspondence )

Phone:  414-425-0084
Fax:  414-425-7513
Hours:  M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Justin Ligocki
Dir. of Inspection Services

Jason Hendrix
Chief Building Inspector

Ted Juerisson, Building Inspector

Korey Schuett, Building Inspector
Steve Froemming
Chief Electrical Inspector

Lynn Tome, Permit Technician
Aimee Schlueter, Permit Technician
Andrea Straus, Secretary