Where do I need a Uniform Dwelling Code Permit?

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Permitting Authority

When do I need a Uniform Dwelling Code Permit? 

Construction activities that require a permit include, but are not limited to, construction of:

  • New one- and two-family dwellings including manufactured homes;
  • Additions that increase the physical dimensions of a one- and two-family dwelling including decks serving an exit from the dwelling;
  • Decks serving an exit from the dwelling;
  • Alterations/remodeling to the structure or alterations to the plumbing, heating, or electrical systems of a one- and two-family dwelling;
  • New or re-wired electrical services of a one- and two-family dwelling;
  • All electrical wiring in a detached residential structure;
  • Any conversion of a building from one use to a different use.

Application Submittal for NEW 1 & 2 Family Homes

The link below will take you to the start page for the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) Online Permitting System.

Wisconsin DSPS Online Permitting Portal

Follow the instructions and complete the application online. When completed, print out a copy of the application to bring to the Eau Claire County Planning & Development Office along with your plans, data, and other required applications (zoning, address, etc.) to apply for your building permit. THIS IS FOR NEW 1 AND 2 FAMILY HOMES ONLY.  All other projects such as additions, alterations, decks, electrical permits, etc. must be done on paper—not through this portal.


What do I need to submit for a Uniform Dwelling Code Permit?

Building Permit Checklist
Building Permit - Early Start Application  (Printable  /  Fillable)
Setback Requirements by Zoning District

Required Plans:

Submit three complete sets of legible building plans for all one and two family dwellings and for all additions to one and two family dwellings (including decks).  Plans shall be legible and drawn to scale showing enough information on the plan so it can be used to construct the dwelling or addition.

  1. Site Plan – The site plan shall show the exact location of the dwelling and any other buildings, wells, and disposal systems on the property with respect to each other and to all property lines, the right-of-way line, and the centerline of the road. This plan should also show the distance from the driveway centerline to the property line in feet.

  2. Erosion Control Plan – See section on this topic.  It is recommended that you combine the site plan above with the erosion control plan information.

  3. Floor Plans – Floor plans shall be provided for each floor.  The size and location of all rooms, doors, windows, structural features (i.e. footings, headers, special construction features, exit passageways, and stairs), braced wall panels and wall bracing construction details shall be indicated.  The location of plumbing fixtures, chimneys, and heating and cooling appliances shall be included.  Room use must be indicated.

  4. Elevations – The elevation views of the building (front, back, and two sides) shall contain information on the exterior of the building including the location, size, and configuration of doors, windows, roof, chimneys, exterior grade, footings, and foundation walls, as well as the type of exterior materials.

  5. Cross Sections – Cross sections shall include the footings, foundation, and framing.  Detail on the beams, headers, columns, and the truss layout should also be included here or on the job site.  

Things to keep in mind:

The site selection is governed by the Floodplain Code, Shoreland/Wetland Code, Comprehensive Zoning Code, and the soil criteria for a sewage disposal system.  Check the information for your site!  Some examples of site considerations follow:

  • Consideration of the terrain can reduce footing, foundation, and grading costs while enhancing views and improving basement utilization.
  • Building with a very shallow basement on a site with soil moisture problems can reduce or eliminate those moisture problems.
  • Orienting the dwelling on the property correctly can take advantage of passive solar heat.
  • Building with erosion control in mind can reduce site repair work caused by storms.
  • Professional assistance or computer design software can help you add value and enjoyment to your completed building project.  

Related Documents

Conversion to a Dwelling
Cross Section
Detached Garage Fire Separation
Egress Window
Final Inspection Checklist
Handrail Shapes
Heat Loss Calculator
Manufactured Home Slab
Notching of Joists
Required Plans
Pole Barn as a Dwelling
Propane Tank Clearances
Religious Waiver
Residential Decks
Residential Deck Worksheet
Stairway Diagram
Vapor Retarder Certificate
Wisconsin Energy Certificate

Internet Links

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
One- & Two-Family (Uniform Dwelling Code)
Wisconsin DSPS Online Permitting System