Inspection & Permits

Building Inspection & Permits

Building permit applications can be obtained at the Town Hall. The cost for a general permit can vary depending on the size of the building/remodeling project. Double fees may be charged for any project that is started without a properly issued building permit. Please allow at least a week's time for processing at the Town Hall once applied for and fees are paid. If special issues or circumstances apply, that timeline may be extended.

Permits are required for the following projects (this list is not all inclusive):

  • Houses, duplexes and apartments
  • Garages
  • Fences
  • Decks
  • Sheds
  • Swimming pools (permanent ones, above or below ground)
  • Barns and silos
  • Roofing, siding and windows
  • Interior remodeling & additions
  • Electrical, plumbing and HVAC upgrades
  • Commercial buildings, interior changes to commercial builidings and signs
  • Demolition/razing a building
  • Gas and pellet stoves

Any questions regarding the permit application process, or if your project needs a permit, please stop at the Town Hall (N178 County Rd N, Appleton, WI), during normal business hours.

Town Building Inspector

For questions on specific building requirements, codes and inspections, the Town Building Inspector should be contacted. Inspector Paul Hermes can be reached at (920) 858-0102.

For further details on the Code of the Town of Buchanan (including zoning) please refer to the Municipal Code page.  The Zoning Administrator for the Town of Buchanan is the Town Administrator.

Town Fees and Licenses Schedule

The Town of Buchanan regularly updates the fees associated with permits. Click on the following fee schedule to see fees which may apply to your building project.

Please Note: The fee paid for the general permit for building a new home includes the HVAC, electrical and plumbing while the home is being constructed.

Town of Buchanan Fees & Licenses Schedule (effective 1/1/2017)