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The Shawano County Planning Department is the designated agency for the State of Wisconsin for issuance of sanitary permits and inspection for all privately owned wastewater treatment systems (POWTS) that are installed in any unsewered portions of the County.

If you are planning a new construction project in Shawano County where public sewer service is not available, a private on-site wastewater sewage disposal system (POWTS) 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 performed. 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, 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 Planning Department or on the link under sanitation forms.
  5. Complete plans and soils tests must be submitted to the Planning Department, 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 triple permit fees 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 by E-mail or by calling 715-526-6766.

Contact:  Andrew Popp - Sanitarian
Phone: 715-526-6767
Fax: 715-526-6273
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Address:  311 N. Main St.
Shawano, WI 54166