Building Inspections and Permits

The primary objective for the Town of Lawrence Building Inspection Department is to protect the safety, health, and welfare of the residents, transients, and general public through the issuance of building permits and inspections while maintaining neighborhood aesthetics and property values. The Building Inspection Department also works closely with other Town Departments as well as the Town Board and Planning and Zoning Board.

The Building Inspection Department manages the process of residential and commercial construction projects. The requirements for obtaining a permit are for the benefit of the property owner. The process begins with permit application, review and issuance. The Building Inspector performs field inspections for compliance of these building codes and standards to provide for the health and safety of all occupants. The process is completed with final inspection and the issuance of an occupancy certificate when applicable.

Building Permit Applications

Do I need a permit?

This question is asked more than any other. Please call our office for clarifications. Permit fees are doubled for projects started without proper permits. Other Violations and Citations may be issued.

In general, permits are needed for the following projects…

  • New Construction
  • Additions
  • Remodeling/Renovation
  • Garages/sheds/outbuildings
  • Excavating
  • Fences
  • Decks
  • Pools
  • New Driveways
  • Plumbing
  • Heating/AC
  • Electrical
  • Landscape projects near lot lines or potentially altering drainage or structures

Permits are typically not required for the following projects…

  • Re-siding
  • Re-roofing (See Uniform Dwelling Code for restrictions)
  • New window of same size replacements
  • Paint/stain
  • Floor Coverings
  • Cabinets (unless walls, plumbing, electrical will be altered)
  • Simple Landscape projects
  • Gardens
  • Snow Fences
Inspection List By Project
  New Home Basement Remodel Home Addition Swimming Pool Fence Deck Shed Signs
Foundation Inspection X   X     X    
WPS Electrical Service/Electrical Inspection X     X     (inground pool only)        
Underfloor Plumbing Inspection X              
Rough In Inspection X X X          
Insulation Inspection X              
Final Inspection X X X X     X X  
No Inspection Needed               X


Contact Us

Scott Beining, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator
Town Hall (more)
2400 Shady Ct
De Pere, WI 54115

  • Phone: (920) 347-3715
  • Mobile: (920) 621-1775
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