Shed/Garage and Swimming Pool Regulations

Shed/Garage Information


Sheds (150 square feet or less):
  • Can be no larger than 150 square feet or higher than 18 feet.
  • Only 1 shed per property.
  • Developer approval may be needed if applicable.
  • Must be located in rear yard.
  • Minimum 3 feet from side lot line and 5 feet rear lot line. Avoid placement in easements.
  • Must be 10 feet from principal structure or any structure unless shed is fire walled with 5/8" Type X drywall.
  • Must be securely anchored to withstand wind uplift of 20 pounds/per square foot or anchored to a concrete slab with anchor bolts.
  • See Zoning Ordinance Section 19.03.17 for details. 

Garages (greater than 150 square feet):
  • Must obtain Architectural  Review Board approval.
  • Attached garages shall meet the setbacks for the principal structure. Maximum height allowed is 18 feet.
  • Detached garages shall be a minimum of 3 feet from side lot line and 5 feet rear lot line. Avoid placement in easements. Must be 10 feet from principal structure or any structure unless shed is fire walled with 5/8" Type X drywall.
  • Three total structures are permitted by right. An individual detached accessory structure shall not exceed 720 square feet and the total of all detached accessory structures shall not exceed 1,200 square feet. 
  • Minimum 5 feet pavement setback from driveway to lot line. 
  • See Zoning Ordinance Section 19.03.17 for details.

Swimming Pools


Wisconsin Uniform Building Code Section 30.40 General Requirements

(1.) Type of Pools Requiring Permits
(a.) Above ground pools (except wading pools having a depth of less than two (2) feet and which are readily movable).
(b.) Inground Pools.
(c.) Public Pools -- All public pools constructed shall be built and maintained in accordance with the rules of SPS 390.
(d.) Spas (outdoor).

(2.) General Pool Regulations
(a.) Location
1. No person, firm or corporation shall have a swimming pool or spa located in the front yard or side yard setback.
2. Side and rear yard setbacks shall be a minimum of 10 feet from the property line.
3. Swimming pools shall not be located closer than four (4) feet to any wall, fence or structure.
(b.) Access
1. A fence or other solid structure of not less than 48" in height shall completely enclose said premises and/or swimming pool. There shall be no opening in said fence or wall larger than 4 inches square. All gates or doors opening through such enclosure shall be kept securely closed at all times while unattended and shall be equipped with a self-closing and self-latching device designed capable of keeping such door or gate securely closed. Latches shall be located at least three (3) feet above the ground, accessible deck or stairs.
2. A fence is not required around an above ground pool where the pool wall is at least 48" above grade for the full pool perimeter. The finished grade shall be maintained for a minimum of 4 feet beyond the outside perimeter of the pool.
3. When not completely fenced, all ladders, steps or other means of access to an above ground pool shall be removed and/or designed to prevent access when the pool is unattended.
4. Spas shall be made inaccessible by a locking safety cover or other approved safety barrier when not in use.
(c.) Swimming Pool Decks -- All decks shall be constructed in accordance with the Uniform Building Code. Decking shall be considered an integral part of the swimming pool and shall comply with the applicable setback dimensions.
(d.) Drainage -- In no case shall any swimming pool be drained onto lands of property owners other than the owner of the swimming pool. Drainage from said lot shall be in accordance with any local zoning ordinance.
(e.) Lighting -- Lights shall be erected so as to eliminate direct rays and minimize reflected rays of light onto adjoining properties and roadways. Lighting installation shall be done in accordance with the National Electrical Code (NEC).
(f) Electrical – All wiring for pools and spas shall be done in accordance with the National Electrical Code (NEC).
(g) Pools and spas shall be separated from overhead and underground electrical wiring shall be in accordance with the National Electrical Code (NEC).

(3.) Application for Permit.
The following information is necessary:
(a.) Survey or accurate drawing of the property showing all existing structures, proposed swimming pool or spa location, fencing if required, and overhead or underground electrical wiring.
1. Type of pool installation, above ground or inground.
2. Pool height above highest point of grade if above ground installations.
3. Type and height of fence, if proposed.
4. Type and support of decking, if proposed.
5. Overall size and locations of the above in regard to existing buildings and lot lines for property survey reference.
6. Any change in finished grade near pool.