Accessory Buildings / Storage Sheds

Before You Apply
It is important to contact the Zoning Department while planning your project to confirm size and setback requirements in your zoning district. By doing so, you will insure the proper placement of the structure on your property, avoiding any complications which could delay the process.

If you have a private sewage system, you must also contact Waukesha County for a Preliminary Site Evaluation (PSE) before you can receive a building permit from the village.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding your project.

Requirements for Building Permit Application & Permit Fee
  • Completed Building Permit Application
  • Two copies of a survey with the structure drawn on to scale
  • Two copies of the construction plan only if shed is over 200 sq. ft.
Fee: $.30/sq ft ($50 minimum) Permit + $20 Plan Review

Inspections
Structures less than 200 sq. ft. will not be inspected for construction, but will be checked for setback requirements.

Structures 200 sq. ft. or larger are required to have a slab and final inspection.

If the structure has an interior finish, a rough inspection will be performed.

Additional Information

Requirements for an accessory buildings include a survey, construction plan for structures 200 sq. ft. or larger, and permit fee. The survey must show the location of the proposed building in relation to property lines and other structures. Once all required information has been submitted, please allow 5-7 days to complete your permit.

The village differentiates between a garage and shed, not by the size of the structure, but by the means of access. Sheds have man doors, not overhead doors.

Detached accessory buildings greater than 200 sq. ft. serving one and two family dwellings must abide by the following Municipal Code guidelines:

  • Grade-beam slabs are required for structures with a continuous floating slab of reinforced concrete. Slab shall not be less than 4" in thickness. Reinforcement shall be a minimum of 6" x 6", number ten wire mesh or by using 1.5 pounds of fiber mesh per cubic yard of concrete with varying fiber mesh lengths. The slab shall be provided with a thickened edge all around, 8" wide and 8" below the top of the slab. The thickened edge shall have two #4 horizontal reinforcement bars placed at the center. The lower reinforcement bar shall be set 2" above the bottom of the thickened edge, and the upper reinforcement bar shall be set 6" above the bottom of the thickened edge.
  • Structures not constructed with a floating slab shall have footings and foundations placed below frost penetration level, but in no case less than 48" below grade per COMM 21.10.