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Building & Zoning Permits

Many projects and additions in and around your home require village approval. Permits are required to ensure the integrity of the work and the safety of your home. Inspections (roughs and finals) should be scheduled with our office as work progresses and when the work has been completed. Inspections protect you by verifying any finished work is safe and meets statewide statutes and village ordinances. Completing and passing final inspections is the only way to close a permit on your property.

The sample projects listed below and others that are similar are permitted through the Building Inspector. If your project is not listed below and are unsure if a permit is required, feel free to contact us.

building permit (PDF) is needed when your project involves:

  • An addition or change to the exterior or interior of your home or any accessory structure
  • Any type of electrical, heating or plumbing work


For exterior work, a permit is needed for:

  • Roof replacement on a house or a garage
  • An addition of a screened, three or four-season porch (Plan required)
  • Window and/or door replacements or additions
  • Swimming pool or spa installation (Plan required)
  • Demolition of a house or an accessory structure
  • Construction of a new house, garage or storage shed (Plan and site plan required)
  • An existing home addition (Plan required)
  • A Deck addition, replacement or alteration (Plan required)
  • Storm lateral replacements or installations
  • A Fence addition, replacement or alteration (Plan required)


For interior work, a permit is required for:

  • Furnace and/or central air conditioner installation or replacement
  • Water heater and/or water softener installation or replacement
  • Basement finish or remodel (Plan required)
  • Bathroom or kitchen remodel and/or alteration (Plan may be required)
  • Other interior remodeling, including kitchen cabinets
  • Hot tub or whirlpool installation
  • Ceiling fan installation
  • Drain tile and/or basement drainage system installation

Note: The list of projects above is only a sample and is not limited to these types of projects. If you are not sure if you need a permit, please contact the building inspector and he can inform you if you need one or not.

Permit Not Required

A building permit is not required for:

  • Flooring changes (e.g. carpet, inlaid tiles or wood)
  • Painting
  • Private sidewalk installation on your property
  • Storm window and/or screen installation
  • Replacing deck boards

Penalty for Working Without a Permit

If a building permit is not obtained prior to the start of the work, the village has the right to double the permit fee and fine you per day until a permit is obtained.

Obtaining a Permit

Print out a Building Permit Application (PDF). You may drop it off in person, mail or email to

Tracy Johnson
345 West Street
Arena, WI 53503

Phone: 608-444-0372