ZONING PERMIT PROCEDURES FOR PORTAGE COUNTY ZONING
The Portage County Zoning Ordinance requires property owners to apply for a Zoning Permit issued through the Portage County Planning and Zoning Department before moving forward with a number of activities.
You will need to receive a Zoning Permit before proceeding with your project if you live in the Towns of:
Residents of the Towns of Grant and Pine Grove will also need a Portage County Zoning Permit if their project is located within Shoreland or Floodplain areas.
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Prior to making application for a Zoning Permit, you will need to:
- Identify the Zoning District for your property (utilizing our GIS Website )
- Review the list of Permitted Uses to see if your intended use is allowable in your Zoning District.
If your proposed use is identified as a Permitted Use, you are ready to move ahead with the Zoning Permit application process. If your proposed use is either listed as a Special Exception, or not listed, you will need to go through a separate process, through the Portage County Board of Adjustment. Please contact our office with questions on either of these processes.
Zoning Permits are required to approve a proposed use of property, based on the Portage County Zoning Ordinance requirements for the property. An additional "building permit", is typically required separately by the State of Wisconsin for actual construction of a structure, and is available through Building Inspectors who are retained individually by each Town in Portage County. Other permits may also be required by individual Towns or other agencies.