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The Shawano County Zoning & Sanitation Division is the designated agency for the State of Wisconsin for the issuance of sanitary permits and inspection of all on-site waste disposal system in the County.

If you are planning a new construction project in Shawano County where public sewer service is not available, an on-site wastewater sewage disposal system is required. A sanitary permit must be obtained to ensure that wastes do not create a public health hazard. A sanitary permit must be obtained prior to a building permit and all appropriate fees must be paid. The process to obtain sanitary permit is as follows:

1. Have a soils test taken. These tests must be performed by a Certified Soil Tester (CST) licensed by the State of Wisconsin. A list of CST’s who perform this work in Shawano County can be obtained from the Zoning Division.
2. If the soils are suitable for a conventional, in-ground septic system and the system is to service a one or two family dwelling the County can issue a sanitary permit without a state plan review.
3. If the soils dictate a mound system, in-ground pressure system or a holding tank or if the system is to serve a commercial building then the plans must be approved by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce before the County can issue a sanitary permit.
4. Plans for both county and state (if required) approval must be drawn by an architect, engineer, plumbing designer or the master plumber installing the system. A list of septic system installers who work in Shawano County is available from the Zoning Division.
5. Complete plans and soils tests must be submitted to the Zoning Division, along with the appropriate fees before a permit will be issued.
6. Once a permit is approved and issued then construction of the system can begin.

Please remember that arranging for soil tests, review of permit applications, site inspections, etc. takes time. Plan your building project well in advance to account for these requirements.

The excavation of a basement or footings is considered start of construction and is prohibited until a sanitary permit and building permit are obtained. Starting construction without these permits will result in a double permit fee as a penalty.

The application of a sanitary permit is typically one of the first steps in the construction sequence. Other steps may include local town requirements and the issuance of an E-911 address. Be sure you know all required steps in the process of permit issuance to ensure a smooth flow through the subsequent development process steps.

For further information on the sanitary permit process please contact Andy Popp of the Zoning Division by E-mail or by calling 715-526-6766.

The Shawano County Zoning & Sanitation is the designated agency for the State of Wisconsin for issuance of sanitary permits and inspection for all privately owned wastewater treatment systems that are installed in any unsewered portions of the County.

Sanitarian Andrew Popp
Phone: 715-526-6767
Fax: 715-526-6273
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Shawano, WI 54166

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