Langlade County Land Records & Regulations Department FAQ



When should I apply for a permit?
The earlier the better because some of the permits may need to be amended or need to go through committees if all the requirements are not met. Zoning permits are usually processed in less then 10 days if the application is completed and no ordinance amendments are needed.

Where are shoreland zoning areas located?
Areas within 1,000 feet of a lake  or 300 feet from a river or stream. These requirements are mandatory in zoned and unzone townships

What do I need a zoning permit for?
A zoning permit is required anytime a structure is to be built, moved or structurally altered (including porches and decks) in all zoned areas of the county. 

What are some cases that a zoning permit is NOT needed?
Cases that are exempt from the permit requirement are accessory structures that are valued at less than $1,000.00 such as small storage sheds without a foundation.  Please contact the Land Records & Regulations Department before beginning any construction.

Who is in charge of getting a permit?
Either the property owner or the contractor, as the owner’s agent, can obtain permits.  It is your responsibility, as the property owner, to ensure that your builder or contractor obtains all necessary permits and complies with the regulations.

What does the typical permit process consist of?
Listed below is a convenient checklist to help you through the permit approval process:
  • Zoning  -Check the zoning and parcel size to verify that a structure can be built on the lot.
  • Legal Title -The Land Records & Regulations Department can issue permits only to the legal owner of the property or to the owner’s agent/contractor.
  • Soil Test  -A soil test is performed by a certified soil tester and is required to determine the type of sanitary system to be installed and where it can be located on the property.  The soil test will become part of the sanitary permit. 
  • Sanitary Permit  -A licensed plumber usually acts as the property owner’s agent to apply for a sanitary permit and any state approvals that are needed.  The plumber submits the sanitary permit to the Land Records & Regulations Department with the required fee.
  • Fill & Grade Permit  -A fill and grade permit is required for any filling, grading or excavating within 300’ of a navigable water body including digging a basement.  A fee is required and possible site inspection by staff prior to issuance of permit.
  • Zoning Permit (Often referred to as a building permit)  -A zoning permit is required for construction of any structure valued at $1,000.00 or more.  Information required will include size of structure, use of structure, general property owner information and a site plan of proposal showing setbacks to lot lines, roads, water, septic and well, and any other structures on property.  Homes and additions also require a UDC (Uniform Dwelling Code) permit that is obtained through the County Building Inspector. The county has contracted with Duff Leaver Inspections to issue UDC permits & perform the required inspections during construction. He can be reached by phone at 715-216-4734.
  • Rural Address A rural address application must be completed to obtain a rural number.  The number will be assigned once the necessary permits have been obtained.


What is the difference between a mobile home and manufactured home?
Mobile homes are constructed prior to 1976 and do not have HUD (Housing & Urban Development) approval.  Manufactured homes are constructed after 1976 and do have HUD approval stamps/stickers fastened to the home. Manufactured homes are allowed in the same zoning districts that stick-built homes are permitted.  All homes must be placed on permanent foundations, tied down, and skirted.