Village of Ferryville

Building Regulations - Dwelling Building Permits

15.01 Authority
15.02 Purpose
15.03 Scope
15.04 Definition
15.05 Adoption of Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code
15.06 Building Inspector
15.07 Building permit Required
15.08 Building Permit Fees
15.09 General New Construction Restrictions
15.10 Eagle Mt. Sub-Division Restrictions
15.11 Penalties


These regulations are adopted under the authority granted by s.101.65, Wisconsin Statutes.

15.02 PURPOSE.

The purpose of this ordinance is to promote the general health, safety and welfare and to maintain required local uniformity with the administrative and technical requirements of the Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code.

15.03 SCOPE.

The scope of this ordinance includes the construction and inspection of one and two family dwellings built since June 1, 1980. Notwithstanding s. Comm 20.05, the scope also includes the construction and inspection of alterations and additions to one and two family dwellings built before June 1, 1980. Because such projects are not under state jurisdiction, petitions for variance and final appeals under ss. Comm. 20.19 and 20.21, respectively, shall be decided by the Village Board of Appeals. Petitions for variance shall be decided per s. Comm. 20.19 Intro) so that equivalency is maintained to the intent of the rule being petitioned. As the Board of Appeals approves petitions for variance, the Building Inspector is granted the power to apply the results to similar circumstances by precedent. The building structure and any heating, electrical, or plumbing systems shall comply with the Uniform Dwelling Code. Petitions for variance and appeals shall be handled as noted in the paragraph.


(1) BLACKWATER means wastewater contaminated by human body waste, toilet paper and any other material intended to be deposited in a receptor designed to receive urine or feces.
(2) CLEAR WATER means wastewater other then storm water, having no impurities or where impurities are below a minimum concentration considered harmful by the department, including but not limited to noncontact cooling water and condensate drainage from refrigeration compressors and air conditioning equipment, drainage of water used for equipment chilling purposes and cooled condensate from steam heating systems or other equipment.
(3) DWELLING means a structure, or that part of a structure, which is used or intended to be used as a home, residence or sleeping place by one person or by 2 or more persons maintaining a common household, to the exclusion of all others.
(4) GRAYWATER means wastewater contaminated by waste materials, exclusive of urine, feces or industrial waste, deposited into plumbing drain systems.
(5) HABITABLE LIVING SPACE - Per Comm. 20.7 (37) "Habitable room" means any room used for sleeping, living or dining purposes, excluding such enclosed places as kitchens, closets, pantries, bath or toilet rooms, hallways, laundries, storage spaces, utility rooms, and similar spaces.
(6) MANUFAUFACTURED HOME - Per Comm. 20.7 (52m) "Manufactured home" means a structure that is designed to be used as a dwelling with or without a permanent foundation and that is certified by the federal department of housing and urban development as complying with the standards established under 42 USC 5401 to 5425. A mobile home, unless a mobile home is specifically excluded under the applicable statute.
(7) MODULAR HOME - Per Comm. 20.7 (53f) "Modular Home" means (1) is of closed construction and fabricated or assembled on-site or off-site in manufacturing facilities for installation, connection or assembly and installation, at the building site: or (2) is a building of open construction which is made or assembled in manufacturing facilities away from the building site for installation, connection or assembly and installation on the building site and for which certification is sought by the manufacturer. "Modular home" does not mean any manufactured home under s.101.91 or any building of open construction which is not subject to Comm. 20.7 (53f) 2 above.
(8) OCCUPANCY means the purpose for which a building, structure, equipment, materials, or premises, or part thereof, is used or intended to be used.
(9) PLUMBING has the meaning specified under s. 145.01 (10), Wis. Stats.
Section 145.01 (10), Wis. Stats., reads "Plumbing means and includes:
a. All piping, fixtures, appliances, equipment, devices and appurtenances in connection with the water supply, water distribution and drainage systems, including hot water storage tanks, water softeners, and water heaters connected with such water and drainage systems and also includes the installation thereof.
b. The construction, connection or installation of any drain or waste piping system from the outside or proposed outside foundation walls of any building to the mains or other sewage system terminal within bounds of, or beneath an area subject to easement for highway purposes, including private sewage systems, and the alteration of any such systems, drains or waste piping.
c. The water service piping from the outside or proposed outside foundation walls of any building to the main or other water utility service terminal within bounds of, or beneath an area subject to easement for highway purposes and its connection.
d. The water pressure system other than municipal systems as provided in ch. 281.
e. A plumbing and drainage system so designed and vent piping so installed as to keep the air within the system in free circulation and movement; to prevent with a margin of safety unequal air pressures of such force as might blow, siphon or affect trap seals, or retard the discharge from plumbing fixtures, or permit sewer air to escape into the building; to prohibit cross-connection contamination or pollution of the potable water supply and distribution systems, and to provide adequate supply of water to properly serve, cleanse and operate all fixtures, equipment, appurtenances and appliances served by the plumbing system.
(10) Potable water means water that is both:
a. Safe for drinking, personal or culinary use.
b. Free from impurities present in amounts sufficient to cause disease of harmful physiological effects.
(11) POWTS means a private onsite wastewater treatment system.


The Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code, Chs. Comm. 20-25 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, and all amendments thereto, is adopted and incorporated by reference and shall apply to all buildings within the scope of this ordinance.


There is hereby created the position of Building Inspector, which shall be by contract with the Village Board, and the contract renewed annually, who shall administer and enforce this ordinance and shall be certified by the Division of Safety and Buildings, as specified by Wisconsin Statutes, section 101.62 (2), in the category of Uniform Dwelling Code Construction Inspector. Additionally, this inspector shall possess the certification of UDC HVAC, UDC Electrical, and UDC Plumbing.


If a person alters a building in excess of $3,500.00 value in any twelve month period, adds onto a building in excess of 100 square feet in any twelve month period, or builds a new building, within the scope of this ordinance, they shall first obtain a building permit for such work from the Village Building Inspector. Any structural changes or major changes to mechanical systems that involve extensions shall require permits if over the forging thresholds. Restoration or repair of an installation to its previous code- compliant condition as determined by the Village Building Inspector is exempted from permit requirements. Residing, re-roofing, finishing of interior surfaces and installation of cabinetry shall be exempted from permit requirements.


The building permit fees shall be determined by Village Board resolution.


(1) All new Dwellings by definition of Comm. 81.01 (83) shall conform to these requirements.
(a) Shall be built on a permanent foundation. Note: If the foundation construction is not walls, the space between the ground and the structure must be enclosed and sealed, to be weather and vermin proof, and meet approval by the Building inspector.
(b) Shall have a private potable well or be able to hook onto an open well share.
(c) Shall be hooked up to the Village sewage system if within 100' of an existing Village sewer main, or an approved waste water system (POWTS) or an approved holding tank permit given by the County Sanitarian and approved by the Village Board. Note: No privies (earthen, cement vault or chemical type privies or a composting, incinerating and non water based toilets, installed or placed within the Village limits)


The following restrictions apply to new dwellings constructed in the Eagle Mountain sub- division:
(1) The dwelling shall not be visible from Highway 35, the Great River Road, during summer months.
(2) No part of the dwelling can be placed within the road right-of-way set back line of 30 feet.
(3) Inside habitable living space, excluding basement and garage area must be 700 square feet or greater (see definition).
(4) No permit may be granted for placement of a manufactured home or trailer.
(5) Property sites must be graded to prevent landslide and include an erosion plan to prevent loss of soil.
(6) Restrictions (1),(2) are exempted for Eagle Mountain sub-division lots "1 south thru 9 south".


The enforcement of this section and all other laws and ordinances relating to building shall be by means of the withholding of building permits, or imposition of forfeitures and injunctive action. Forfeitures shall be not less than $25.00 and no more than $1,000.00 for each day of noncompliance.

(Effective 10/19/2011 Chapter 12 prohibits mobile homes, recreational mobile homes, motor homes or travel trailers to be located for use as a residence at any location in the Village of Ferryville).


Permit applications for construction, or alteration, of detached structures must be obtained from:

Village Clerk
Office: (608) 734-9406

Please review Village Ordinance Chapter 14 for requirements. Any questions need to be directed to the Village Clerk. The Building Permit Fee is $55.00

Download Copy of Application for Village Building Permit



14.01 Building Permits Required
14.02 Building Site Inspection Committee Duties-Compensation
14.03 Building Permit Application and Fees
14.04 Standards for Construction of Detached Structures
14.05 Structure Completion Requirements and Variance Requests
14.06 Penalty Provisions


(1) Persons building new detached structures within the Village, of more than 100 square feet, and not subject to the Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code, and not subject to the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code, must obtain a Village of Ferryville approved and issued Building Permit, which must be displayed at the construction site during construction.
(2) Persons intending to complete alterations to detached structures, defined
in 14.01 (1), in excess of $3,500 in a 12 month period, or adds more than
100 square feet, are required to obtain a building permit approved and
issued by the Village of Ferryville, which must be displayed at the
construction site.


(1) The Village President, shall on an annual basis, at the Village Board
Meeting in May, appoint 2 members of the Village Board to serve as a
"Building Site Inspection Committee".
(2) A site inspection shall be conducted by the Committee following
application for a building permit required by 14.01 and each member of
the Committee will receive compensation of $15.00. Inspections are
limited to review of standards contained in 14.04 (1) and (2).
(3) The Committee shall make a recommendation to the Village Board for
approval or denial of the application for a building permit.


(1) The application, for a permit required by this chapter, shall include:
(a) Name, address, phone number of the applicant
(b) Address of the building property site
(c) A plot plan drawing of the property showing the building site location and distance from all 4 lot lines
(d) An erosion control plan
(e) Square footage of the structure
(f) Building type (structural frame)
(g) Exterior finish material
(h) Intended use of the structure
(i) Visibility from Highway 35 (if applicable in 14.04)
(2) Applications shall be obtained from and returned to the Village Clerk thirty (30) days prior to start of intended construction. The Village Clerk shall issue permits following approval of the application by the Village Board.
(3) The building permit application fee shall be $55.00.


(1) Eagle Mountain Sub-division restrictions:
(a) Detached structures cannot be placed within the road right-of-way set back line of 30 feet.
(b) Any part of a detached structure cannot be built which can be seen from Highway 35 during summer months.
(c) Property sites must be graded to prevent landslide and include an erosion control plan to prevent loss of soil.
(d) Detached structures placed less than 10 feet from a "dwelling" or less than 3 feet from a property line are subject to the requirements of Wisconsin Administrative Code "Comm 21.08".
(e) Restrictions (a) and (b) do not apply to Eagle Mountain property lots "1 south thru 9 south".
(2) All other Village property locations:
(a) Property sites must be graded to prevent landslide and include and erosion control plan to prevent loss of soil.
(b) Detached structures placed less than 10 feet from a "dwelling" or less than 3 feet from a property line are subject to the requirements of Wisconsin Administrative Code "Comm 21.08".


(1) Final construction of a structure, granted by a Village building permit, must be completed following twelve (12) months from the issue date of the permit.
(2) The Board may approve an extension of the permit, for completion of the
structure, for a period of an additional 12 months. The person, to whom
the permit is issued, must seek an extension of the permit, in writing to
the Village Clerk, prior to the expiration of the original permit period.
(3) Persons may seek a variance to the standards of 14.04, and the Village
Board, following a hearing on the request, may grant a variance and
approve and issue the Building Permit.


(1) Any person or entity violating any part of this ordinance shall be subject to the following penalties:
(a) Revocation of the building permit may be issued by the Village
(b) Penalties as set forth in Section 13.04 of the municipal code of ordinances for the Village of Ferryville may be applied.
Two types of building permits are required by Village Ordinance. These are:

The construction, or alteration of, one and two family dwellings
The construction, or alteration of, detached structures


Effective 01/01/2018, a new state law, requires applicants to file an application, for a
building permit, electronically using the website below:

The completed application will be forwarded to the Village Building inspector:
Brad Smrcina.

Office: (608) 734-9970
Cell: (608) 799-6229

Please review Village Ordinance Chapter 15 for requirements. Any questions must be directed to the building inspector. Inspector fees are listed below.