Shoreland Permit Procedures


A Shoreland Permit (PDF) is required when one of the following projects occur within the unincorporated Townships or the Village of Somers. Note: the more common projects that occur within the County include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Shoreline stabilization - includes projects such as retaining walls, riprap or bio-revetment installation to prevent erosion.
  • Fill placement - includes projects designed to improve drainage in the shoreyard (provided it is not a zoned wetland), or fill used in the foundation of new home construction beyond "usual and customary" amounts normally used for home site development.
  • Dredging or removal of sediments from streams or lake beds - includes agricultural sediment removal projects or dredging near the shoreline for watercraft docking.
  • Earth movement / grading, major landscaping and berms.

For a more comprehensive list of permissible projects, consult the Kenosha County General Zoning and Shoreland Floodplain Zoning Ordinance (PDF). Most projects requiring a shoreland permit from Kenosha County will require a corresponding Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and possibly a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit. Kenosha County shoreland permits are not valid without the necessary federal or state permits.


  • To promote public health, safety and welfare
  • To achieve the purposes of s.281.31, Wisconsin Statutes, which are to "maintain safe and healthful conditions; prevent and control water pollution; protect spawning grounds, fish and aquatic life; control building sites, placement of structures and land uses; and preserve shore cover and natural beauty".


You must submit a complete Stipulated Shoreland Permit Application (PDF) including a property survey / site plan (PDF) and submit the appropriate fee based upon the Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development fee schedule.

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