Building & Remodeling
Building Permits are required for any new residential or commercial building construction, any additions or changes to the exterior of your building or property, and any additions or changes to the interior of your building.
A general permit applies to remodeling, decks, driveways, fences, signs, etc., not new construction.
Building Permit Applications (PDF) require all information on the application which is highlighted in yellow completed. Drawings with layout and dimensions are required for an addition, alteration, basement completion, or the like. Driveway, fences, decks, sheds, any outside site proposed work also require a site plan showing measurements and locations of the proposed changes/additions.
Please submit general building permit applications a minimum of 3 to 5 business days prior to your anticipated start date. Once your permit is approved and issued you will need to pick up and pay for your permit. Payment can be made by correct cash amount, check or credit card (fees apply) at the Village Municipal Building, or, by mailing a check or money order made out to "Village of McFarland." Sorry, we are unable to take online, or, over the phone payments. Starting work prior to having your permit picked up and paid for can result in work stoppage, and fines.
New permit applications should be submitted electronically to the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (WIDSPS) first. A copy of the submitted permit and all below paperwork should then be submitted to the McFarland Community Development Department. This should be completed a minimum of 2 weeks prior to anticipated start date. Incomplete applications can delay the permit process. A permit is not considered issued until picked up and paid for. Starting work without an approved permit can cause the work to be stopped, and fees doubled. Not filing your permit electronically will add additional time and fees to your permit.
The following is needed to complete your New Construction building permit application after completion of your online WIDSPS form:
- Two sets of plans, 1 signed by the developer if required by restrictive covenants.
- Two copies of site plans
- A completed Village of McFarland Building Permit Application (PDF)
- Energy worksheet
- Erosion control plan
After your permit is reviewed and approved - a check/cash for permit fees. Sorry, we do not accept credit cards. Please make checks out to "Village of McFarland".