Building in the Town of Liberty
Please read these important points before scrolling down to download the Building Permit Application.
All building of roofed structures on a permanent foundation (concrete slab, frost wall, foundation wall, pier, or posts in the ground to the frost line) larger than 100 sq ft. require a Town of Liberty Building Permit (see below) and ultimate approval by the Town Board before construction begins.
If your building project requires a primary, secondary, or more driveway access to a Town road you will need a Driveway Permit. Be aware High Voltage Power and Telecommunications lines run underground near our Town roads. State law mandates that you must call Diggers Hotline (811) before any grading, augering, trenching, driving posts (including ground rods), and excavation work.
If you are building a NEW “primary dwelling” (home or cabin) for full or part-time residence, you must obtain a Wisconsin Uniform Building Permit (PDF download) in addition to the Town of Liberty Permit and contact UDC (Uniform Dwelling Code) State inspector:
State Building Inspector:
Wayne Haugrud - (608) 625- 2661
When you are installing bathroom facilities/septic system and running water you will need a Sanitary Permit. You can contact Vernon County Sanitation Dept. at (608) 637- 5271 for this application.
If you are installing a manufactured home or mobile home you will need to adhere to the Mobile Home Ordinance.
It is advised that you download and read the Town of Liberty Building Permit Ordinance so that you understand the offsets from the right of way (how far from the road) and other property lines your project must be. You must also check with Vernon County as to the floodplain status of your building site and the offset necessary from creeks and dry washes. Note: all questions related to State UDC building codes would be directed to the State Building Inspector, currently Wayne Haugrud. For Vernon County, contact:
Vernon County Zoning/Sanitary Administrator:
If you have a building project that runs into a conflict with Town Board approval you may request a hearing for Variance at the Town Meeting. For general questions regarding the Permit Application for the Town (not the State of WI UDC permit) or to obtain a paper copy by mail contact:
Town of Liberty Building Permit Agent:
Orlin Engh - 608.606.5365
If you want to file a building permit application, please complete the form below
PDF Fill-In Form
Download the form before filling in.
When you are finished you may submit your form by mail or via email,
Email your form:
Mail your form to:
E9364 State Hwy 56,
Viola, WI 54664
*Special Note on Tiny Houses*
A "tiny house" is considered a recreational mobile home when built on a trailer bed with wheels and less than 45 feet in length 1.02(2). As such, it follows line 1.03 of the Mobile Home Ordinance in that it can be parked and unoccupied on a property year round without any Town of Liberty permit needed - just like any other RV, or trailer camper. It can be used intermittently as a temporary shelter less than 30 consecutive days and less than 150 days per year 2.02(3).
However in any circumstance where occupants (property owners or renters) take up residence (more than 30 consecutive days or 150 days in the year) in the "tiny house" trailer- it is no longer considered a temporary shelter and would require the Liberty Building Permit as its use has changed to a residential dwelling.