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Permits Issued by Inspection Services

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 record keeping functions of the department.

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  One and Two Family Residential Dwellings

A building permit is required to construct any new One and Two Family Residential dwelling, add to an existing dwelling, remodel any living space, and/or perform repairs or modifications that involve structural components. 

PLEASE NOTE:   Permits are processed in the order in which they are received.  Please allow a minimum of 10 business days for processing.

Permits for One and Two Family Residential new construction must be applied for within 10 days of Architectural Review Board approval. 
 
Any contractor applying for a permit for One and Two Family Residential new construction, additions, or alterations must have valid State of Wisconsin certifications.


One and Two Family New Dwelling Construction

***NOTE***** Effective immediately - permit application for One and Two Family Residential New Dwelling construction must be submitted to DSPS prior to submittal to the City of Franklin

Electronic Building Permit► - (link will take you to the DSPS website)
 

One and Two Family Residential New Dwelling Construction  - Handout

Architectural Review Board Application

Architectural Review Board Meeting Dates

2019 New Construction Fee Schedule

Sewer/Water Connection Fees

Grade Certification Form

Information on Plat of Survey Requirements


One and Two Family Residential Additions/Alterations

One and Two Family Residential Additions/Alterations Handout - (for projects requiring Architectural Review Board approval only)

One and Two Family Residential Alterations - Handout

Architectural Review Board Application

Architectural Review Board Meeting Dates

City of Franklin Building Permit Application (for additions/alterations only)

  Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Multi-Family New Construction/Additions/Alterations

A building permit is required to construct any new building, add to an existing building, alter the interior/exterior of an existing building, and/or perform repairs or modifications that involve structural components. 

Please contact Inspection Services PRIOR to applying for a building permit.  All projects must have all the required City approvals in place (contact the Department of City Development for approvals that will be necessary) before application is accepted.  Building permit submittals must be submitted with all the information required/listed on the handout below, including the plan review fee.  INCOMPLETE SUBMITTALS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED.


Handout - Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Multi-Family

City of Franklin Building Permit Application

Water Impact Fee Form     

Sewer/Water Connection Fees

SBD-118 Form

MMSD Notice of Intent Form and Instructions

COMM 63 Building Envelope & Lighting Worksheets

Schedule of Building Permit Fees

Grade Certification Form

Information on Plat of Survey Requirements

  Garages and Accessory Buildings

Building permits are required for garages, accessory buildings, and agricultural buildings.

Garages and Accessory Buildings Handout

Accessory Buildings/Prefabricated Storage Enclosures - 120 sq. ft. or less

City of Franklin Building Permit Application

We Energies Clearance Guidelines► (These are WE Energies guidelines and are not enforced by the City of Franklin.)

Diggers Hotline►

  Decks

Permits are required for attached and detached decks.  Any contractor applying for an attached deck permit for One and Two Family Residential Dwellings must have valid State of Wisconsin certifications.
            
City of Franklin Building Permit Application

Deck Handout

SPS 321.225/SPS 320-325 Appendix B

SPS 321.225/SPS 320-325 Appendix C

DCA6 Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide

We Energies Clearance Guidelines► (These are WE Energies guidelines and are not enforced by the City of Franklin.)

Diggers Hotline►

  Fences

Building permits are required for all fences except snow fencing (snow fencing is only allowed between November 15 and April 15 of each year.)

Fence Handout 

Owners Acknowledgement of WEnergies Utility Easements (Must be submitted with ALL Fence applications.)
                                                       
City of Franklin Building Permit Application

The links below are provided solely for your convenience.  When clicking on these links, you will leave the City of Franklin's website and be redirected to another site.  These sites are not under the control of the City of Franklin and the City of Franklin is not responsible for the content or availability of these or any of its linked sites.

We Energies Clearance Guidelines► (These are WE Energies guidelines and are not enforced by the City of Franklin.)

Diggers Hotline►                            

  Pools, Above Ground, Inground, Air Inflated, Hot Tubs, Spas
Building permits are required for all pools including above ground, inground, hot tubs, spas, and air inflated pools.


Pool Handout

City of Franklin Building Permit Application

We Energies Clearance Guidelines► (These are WE Energies guidelines and are not enforced by the City of Franklin.)

Diggers Hotline►

  Plumbing Permits

Plumbing permits are required for all plumbing work, equipment replacement, and the addition or replacment of dishwashers, water softeners, and hot water heaters.  Permits must be obtained by a licensed plumbing contractor.  Permits are also required for burying of downspouts, sump pump discharge, and lawn irrigation systems (owners can obtain these).

Completed plumbing applications should be submitted to the City of Franklin -  Inspection Services, 9229 W. Loomis Road, Franklin, WI 53132.  

Plumbing Permit Application

POWTS Mound System - New/Replacement Application Packet (individual forms/applications can be found on the forms/application page)

POWTS Holding Tank - New/Replacement Application Packet (individual forms/applications can be found on the forms/application page)

Burying of Downspouts/Sump Pump - Application

Wisconsin Fund Grant Program - Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Replacement or Rehabilitation Fianancial Assistance Program

Schedule of Plumbing Permit Fees

DNR Link to Information on Wells►

  Drive Approach and Culverts

Permits are required for the installation of drive approaches, curb cuts, and culverts.  Drive approach/curb cut permits can be obtained in the  Inspection Services Department.  

Please contact the Engineering Department at 414-425-7510 for culvert installation information.  Culvert orders are placed with the Engineering Department and installed by the Department of Public Works. 

Drive Approach/Curb Cut Permit Application

Culvert Permit Application

  Electrical Permits & License

Electrical permits are required for all electrical work and replacements.  Permits must be obtained by a Master Electrician licensed in the State of Wisconsin.

Completed electrical permit applications should be submitted to the City of Franklin - Inspection Services, 9229 W. Loomis Road, Franklin, WI 53132
  
Electrical Permit Application

Schedule of Electrical Permit Fees

  HVAC
An HVAC permit is required for the installation of new HVAC and ductwork, fireplaces, wood burning stoves, pool heaters, and replacement HVAC equipment.


HVAC Permit Application (new minimum fee - $60)

  Reroofing

Building permits are required for the installation of replacement roofs.  

METAL ROOFING REQUIRES ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD APPROVAL - call the Inspection Services Department at 414-425-0084 for additional information.

State Code allows a maximum of two layers of shingles.

Contractors applying for a reroofing permit for One and Two Family Residential dwellings must have valid State of WI certifications.  

Residential (1 & 2 Family): $60 plus $4 Technology Fee

Multi-Family, Commercial, Industrial, Institutional: $11.75/1,000 Value plus $7 Technology (Maximum Fee $265 plus $7 Technology Fee)


City of Franklin Building Permit Application

  Residing
Building permits are required for the installation of new and replacement siding. 


PLEASE NOTE: Changes to the type of siding and/or change in direction of the siding could require Architectural Review Board approval. Call Inspection Services for more informaiton - 414-425-0084.

Contractors applying for a residing permit for One and Two Family Residential dwellings must have valid State of WI certifications.  

City of Franklin Building Permit Application

  Signs

Permits are required for signs, including new, temporary mobile, and the replacement of sign faces.  Signs must be approved by the Architectural Review Board with the exception of signs in the Master Sign Program, Subdivision Identification Signs (contact the Department of City Development at 414-425-4024 for more information) and temporary mobile signs. 

Architectural Review Board Application

Master Sign Program Application

Master Sign Program Amendment Application

Sign Permit Application 
*NOTE* - Architectural Review Board and Application Fees are paid at the time of application. *Permit fees are additional, and assessed when the permit has been processed (the Schedule of Sign Permit Fees can be found below.)*

Schedule of Sign Permit Fees

Sign Code - Chaper 210 of the Municipal Code

  Demolition or Moving

Demolition: Permits are required for the demolition of all buildings and structures.  Plumbing permits and inspections are required for disconnection/abandonment of sewer, water, or septic systems.  Utilities (electric/gas) must be disconnected and verified in writing by the agency.

Building Move:  The City of Franklin Building Code requires Plan Commission approval of any building move within or from outside Franklin prior to the move. 

Questions can be directed to the Department of City Development at 414-425-4024

Contact the Inspection Services Department at 414-425-0084 for information regarding required permits.

Demolition Handout

Building Move Handout

City of Franklin Building Permit Application

  Occupancy

Occupancy permits are required for all changes of use, changes in ownership, and changes in tenant for commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings. 

Approval by the Department of City Development is required prior to application for Occupancy. 

Occupancy permits are not required for change of ownership of residential dwellings.

City of Franklin Building Permit Application

  Foundation Repair

Building permits are required for foundation repairs and damp proofing.  Any contractor applying for a foundation repair permit for One and Two Family Residential Dwellings must have valid State of Wisconsin certifications. 

Application for permit shall include a statement of the existing defects and an analysis of the cause.  Plans and/or specifications must be submitted with permit application and shall follow "The Best Managment Standards for Foundation Repair" - March 2003 - (June 13, 2012 Revision) or have site specific engineering when conditions do not conform to those standards.


City of Franklin Building Permit Application

Foundation Repair Memo

WAFRP Best Management Standards for Foundation Repair

  Miscellaneous Permits and Links

Listed below are permits not addressed on other pages.  Call the Inspection Services Department at 414-425-0084 for further information.

Satellite Dishes over 24"
Construction/Sales Trailers
Model Home Permits 
Arbors, Gazebos, Pergolas
 

External websites that might be helpful:

Wisconsin Uniform Building Code►

Department of Safety & Professional Services formerly Department of Commerce Web Site► 

Department of Safety & Professional Services Credential Status►

Diggers Hotline►

Building Inspectors Association - SE Wisconsin (BIASEW)►

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection Complaint Form►

DNR Link to Information on Wells►

We Energies Clearance Guidelines► (These guidelines are NOT enforced by the City of Franklin - contact We Energies for more information.)

Inspection Services

9229 W. Loomis Road
Franklin, WI  53132
generalinspection@franklinwi.gov
(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.

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W. Scott Satula,
Dir. of Inspection Services

 
Steve Ketterhagen,
Chief Building Inspector

 
Jason Hendrix, Building Inspector
 
Ted Juerisson, Building Inspector
 
Steve Froemming
Chief Electrical Inspector
 
Justin Ligocki
Chief Plumbing Inspector

 
Lynn Tome, Permit Technician
 
Dale Hochevar, Permit Clerk
 
Mary Dalton, Secretary