A permit is required for a wide variety of building, electrical, plumbing and heating/ventilation/air-conditioning work (see examples below). Please contact a Village inspector to discuss permit requirements and fees. Effective February 13, 2017, the building and HVAC inspector is Al Kosterman (262-989-9215), electrical inspector is Gregg Hansen (262-977-0488) and plumbing inspector is Rick Herman (262-498-3191).

  • Examples of projects requiring a Building Permit include, but are not limited to, additions, decks and patios, retaining walls, roofing and siding (including replacements), window replacement, interior remodeling (such as kitchens and baths), cabinetry, accessory structures (such as garages, sheds and pergolas), recreation rooms and more.
  • Examples of projects requiring an Electrical Permit include, but are not limited to, new or replacement dishwashers, disposals, ranges, cooktops, electric dryers, furnaces, central air conditioning units, hot tubs, fire alarm systems, water heaters and air handlers. New switches, receptacles, fixtures and ceiling fans also require an electrical permit.
  • A Plumbing Permit is required for any plumbing fixture that is removed, replaced or relocated. A few examples of such fixtures include bathtubs, dishwashers, disposals, laundry trays, shower stalls, sinks, wash basins, water closets and water heaters.
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Permits are required when the furnace, boiler or air conditioning in your property is initially installed or replaced.

The Village uses the Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code for permit standards. Please note that although contractors are usually hired to complete the work, it is ultimately the homeowner’s responsibility to ensure that permits were properly obtained prior to starting the work. The fees are doubled for permits obtained after work has started; work conducted without permits is subject to forfeiture.

Download permit applications on the Licenses & Permits page. Submit applications and fees to the Village Office at 215 E. Four Mile Rd., Racine, WI 53402. A stamped, addressed envelope must be included with mailed submissions for return of your permit placard. When work is complete, contact the Building Inspector to schedule the inspection.