New Commercial Construction

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You want to construct a new commercial building.


The permitting process for new commercial construction is designed to ensure compliance with the Kenosha County General Zoning and Shoreland / Floodplain Zoning Ordinance (PDF). A zoning permit must be issued prior to receiving a building permit from your local town building inspector.

How It is recommended that you meet with county development staff prior to submitting your zoning permit application for new commercial construction to discuss the basics of your application including sanitation, access, building design and building setback requirements.

You must submit your zoning permit application, stake-out survey, floor plan layout(s) and architectural drawings along with the appropriate fee(s) based on the Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development Fee Schedule (PDF).

Procedures & Documents

Ordinance Requirements

Ordinance requirements vary for new commercial construction, depending on the zoning district classification of the property, special plat restrictions and/or covenants and the type and proximity of any environmental assets.


You can anticipate that the review of your zoning permit application will take approximately seven to ten working days dependent on whether the application documents contain all pertinent information in relationship to the requirements for your proposal.