All cabins are considered dwellings. They must have at least 600 square feet of floor area when in an Agriculture/Forestry zoning district. Floor area is defined as:
"The sum of the gross horizontal areas of the several floors of the building, measured
from the outer lines of the exterior walls of the building; provided that the floor
area of a dwelling shall not include space not useable for living quarters, such as
attics, unfinished basement rooms, garages, breezeways, and unenclosed porches or terraces."
If your cabin will have interior plumbing please refer back to the
section “Items to be Obtained Prior to Construction of a New Dwelling” and
follow those instructions for obtaining the appropriate permits.
If your cabin will not have interior plumbing a non-plumbing sanitation system
will be required and a sanitary permit application must be completed and filed
with the Zoning Department. A non-plumbing sanitation system is defined as: "Sanitation systems
and devices within the scope of Wisconsin Administrative Code, Chapter COMM91, which are alternatives
to water carried waste plumbing fixture and drain systems; including, but not limited to,
privies, composting toilets and incinerating toilets." A notarized Maintenance Agreement must be recorded
on the property deed and submitted with the sanitary permit application.
Any non-plumbing sanitation system must be National Sanitation Foundation (NSF)
approved. The NSF web site is NSF Certified Products -
Wastewater Treatment Units. After approval of the sanitary permit a land use
permit can be obtained. The fee for the land use permit is $.15/ square foot or a minimum of $200.00.
A county address sign is required.
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When a land use permit is not needed
A land use permit is not needed for maintenance, including reroofing,
residing, window replacement, painting, new furnace, plumbing update,
electrical update and wallpapering. Also, a land use permit is not needed
for a structure under 120 square feet without a foundation.
If you are unsure if a permit is needed, call the Richland County Zoning Department.
Richland County Mutual Aid Fire
Districts Driveway Minimum Standards
Contact your local fire district for standards.
All townships have floodplain, shoreland, and wetland zoning administered through the
Richland County Zoning Office.
All townships are covered under the following ordinances:
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