To place a new business in an existing structure, the property owner must undergo a site plan review and obtain a certificate of compliance from the Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development.
A certificate of compliance authorizes a certain business operation to be run from a parcel. Certificates are used to ensure that the intended use of the property and/or building is allowed under the zoning district for which the parcel is placed and that any negative elements of the business use are mitigated in accordance with zoning ordinance requirements.
For instance, the B-2 Community Business District is intended to provide for the orderly development of business activities, such as retail stores, office buildings, and services, in the center of communities and settlements throughout Kenosha County. Businesses placed within this district tend to be quieter, more passive business uses that do not require outside storage or operational facilities. The B-2 Community Business District does not allow the placement of businesses, such as contractor yards and freight forwarding services (these business uses are permitted in the B-5 Wholesale Trade and Warehousing District).