Applications for Permits

 

Permit applications are available in pdf files and listed alphabetically below. If you have questions, contact the Town Clerk at 608-767-4152 or twnberry@chorus.net.

Mail completed permit applications to the Town of Berry, 9046 State Road 19, Mazomanie, WI 53560 or deliver to the town hall. If a fee is due, make the check payable to the Town of Berry.


 

Activities in the Town Road Right-of-Way Permit

No person shall make any excavation, or fill, or install any culvert, or make any other alteration, or deposit or store materials in any Town Road right-of-way, or in any manner disturb any highway or bridge without a permit thereof from the Town. Installation of a mailbox or newspaper tube, harvesting of trees, mowing, recovering of gravel washed onto town road or right-of-way, cleaning manure or debris that has fallen in the right-of-way, repair or regrading of existing driveway or field road to return to original condition and control of invasive weeds, will not require a permit.

Click to download application form: Permit for Activities in the Town Road Right-of-Way. After filling in the application form, mail to the Town. The permit application requires approval of the Town Chair, and may take up to one month for response.

 

Building Permits

Contact Dean Eppler, Building Inspector, for all questions pertaining to a building permit. Dean's phone numbers are 608-576-6370 or 608-688-0997. Permits are issued by appointment only. Permit applications can be picked up in person from the Town of Berry Town Hall.

 

What needs a permit?

Except as otherwise provided herein, no owner or contractor may commence construction of any building, portion of a building, or mechanical system prior to obtaining a valid permit from the municipal building inspector.

The construction which shall require a building permit includes, but is not limited to:

* New buildings including detached structures (decks) and accessory buildings over 32 square feet in floor area.

* Additions that increase the physical dimensions of a building including decks.

* Alterations to the building structure, cost shall include market labor value.

* Alteration of plumbing, HVAC or electrical systems.

* An electrical wiring for new construction or remodeling.

* Any HVAC for new construction or remodeling.

* Any plumbing for new construction or remodeling.

* Agricultural buildings – Administrative permit only – no inspections.  (Agricultural buildings are defined as agricultural barns, agricultural sheds, or agricultural accessory structures located on A-1 exclusive zoned property.)

 

* Application to apply for a building permit for all structures

Click to download application form: Uniform Building Permit Application.

 

What doesnotrequire a building permit?

The following construction activities shall not require a building permit:

* Re-siding, re-roofing and finishing of interior surfaces, replacement of windows, installation of cabinetry and minor repairs.  Notwithstanding this section, however a permit accompanied by structural load-bearing calculations shall be required for re-roofing a building if the proposed re-roofing would constitute a third or more layer of roofing.

* Normal repairs and replacements of HVAC, plumbing and electrical equipment or systems such as replacing switches, receptacles, light fixtures, dimmers, furnace, air conditioning, garbage disposal, water heater and water softener.

* Construction of accessory buildings of less than 32 square feet in floor area and not served by any utility (excluding telephone).   

 

Burning Permits

State law requires burning permits in the Extensive Fire Protection Area (EFPA) from January 1st through May 31st unless the ground is completely snow-covered where the burning will take place. Only fires used exclusively for the purposes of cooking food or warming the body do not require a burning permit. Permits are free and may be obtained in several ways. DNR offices or volunteer Emergency Fire Wardens can prepare a permit for you. Stop at the town office to fill one out. Or, prospective burners may go online at http://dnr.wi.gov/burnpermits/ or call the toll free hot-line (1-888-947-2876) to have a permit mailed or instantly emailed to you.

 

It is safest to burn when the humidity and wind speeds are down, and when the ground is snow covered. Hours when burning is allowed is from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. If your brush pile has the potential to produce a large quantity of smoke, it's best to let your Sheriff Department and Fire Department know. This cuts down on unnecessary fire department and DNR fire response calls.

 

Sheriff Department West Precinct: 608-267-4936
Black Earth Fire District Non-Emergency: 608-767-3949
Cross Plains-Berry Fire District Non-Emergency: 608-798-3241

 

If you have any questions regarding burning, location of Emergency Fire Wardens, or permit information call the DNR Fire Control office in Poynette at 608-635-8121. Or call 1-888-WIS BURN (947-2876) or visit http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/forestfire/restrictions.html for daily burning restrictions

 

Conditional Use Permit Application

A conditional use permit (CUP) is an approval by the Town Board for certain specific uses listed in the Dane County Zoning Ordinance. Within each zoning district there are uses that are permitted by right, and other uses allowed only under certain conditions. A CUP is needed for any use identified in the zoning ordinance as a conditional use. The Dane County Zoning and Land Regulation Committee also approve conditional use permits.

 

* Application to apply for a conditional use permit

Click to download application form: Conditional Use Permit Application. Mail completed application to the Town Hall. This application requires approval by the Town Town Board, and may take up to two months for a response.

 

Cycle Road Event Permit

Organizers of all cycle events (including motorcycle rides and rallies) and of bicycle rides, rallies and races large enough to disrupt the normal flow of traffic or resident’s access to town roads, normally about fifty- (50) cycles must obtain a permit from the town. Cycle events are covered in detail in Policy 201.1 which is available in the Government/Ordinances & Policies tab of this web site.

 

* Permit used by cycle organizations.

Click to download application form: Cycle Road Event Permit. Mail completed application to the Town Hall. The permit requires Town Board approval and the turn around is about one month.

 

Driveway Construction Permits

Driveway and field road construction and modifications are covered in detail in Ordinance 301.1 which is available in the Government/Ordinances & Policies tab of this web site. It covers the procedures and requirements for nearly everything related to driveways in the Town of Berry. Once you have read and understand Ordinance 301.1, download the “Driveway Construction Permit Application” below.

 

* Application for driveway construction

Click to download application form: Driveway Construction Permit Application. Mail completed application to the Town Hall. This application requires approval of the Town Board, and may take up to two months for a response.

Applications Guide

Meeting Schedule

 

Fireworks Permit

Fireworks permits will be issued for individuals or organizations of individuals over the age of 18. Permits shall be issued in accordance with State Statute 167.10(3). Fireworkds permits are covered in detail in Ordinance 203.1 which is available in the Government/Ordinances & Policies tab of this web site.

 

* Application for a fireworks permit.

Click to download application form: Fireworks Permit. Mail completed application to the Town Hall. The permit requires Town Chair approval.

 

Rezone Application

A petition to rezone is a request to change either the zoning district designation of your parcel or to adjust the zoning district boundaries on your property. Rezoning may be necessary if your proposed use or structure does not meet the requirements of your current zoning district. Among other factors, consistency with the recommendations of the Town Comprehensive Plan and County Farmland Preservation Plan will be important in the review of your rezoning request.

 

* Application to apply for a rezone

Rezone Application Cover Letter

Click to download application form: Rezone Application. Mail completed application to the Town Hall. This application requires approval by the Town Board, and may take up to two months for a response. Review the meeting schedule link below.

Meeting Schedule

 

Variance Application

A variance is an exception to the requirements of the zoning ordinance granted by the Dane County Board of Adjustment (BOA). Variances are generally limited to setbacks or other dimensional requirements. The standards for granting a variance are very strict; they are only approved when unique or unusual conditions prevent strict compliance with the requirements of the ordinance. You must demonstrate a unique physical or other unusual condition beyond your control, other than economic hardship to be eligible for a variance. Furthermore, the Dane County Board of Adjustment only grants variances when they are consistent with the spirit of the ordinance, the character of the surrounding neighborhood, and the public interest. Town of Berry also reviews variance requests.

 

* Application to apply for a variance

Click to download application form: Variance Application. Mail completed application to the Town Hall. This application requires approval by the Town Board, and may take up to two months for response.

 

Weight Limit Permits

A Weight Limit Permit is needed when the Town posts weight limits on Town Roads.

 

* Application for Weight Limit permit

Click to download application form: Permit Application and Indemnification Agreement

 

The Single Trip Overweight Permit and the Multiple Trip Overweight Permit will be given to you by the Town Chair or Highway Superintendant after the Permit Application and Indemnification Agreement is submitted to the Town. Mail completed application to the Town Hall. This application requires approval of the Town Chair, and may take up to a week for a response.

 

Click to download application form: Single Trip Overweight Permit

Click to download application form: Multiple Trip Overweight Permit