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Adult abuse is the mistreatment of an impaired adult, age 18 or older, who may be dependent on someone else for basic needs. Further explanation can be found on the Definitions page.
Some signs that abuse may be taking place are unexplained injuries, sudden decrease of financial resources and sudden changes in mood or behavior. Further explanation can be found on the Abuse & Neglect page.
Report suspected abuse to Adult Protective Services. By law, reports always remain anonymous.
Adult Protective Services (APS) has the legal responsibility to investigate alleged abuse, neglect or exploitation of impaired adults, age 18 and older who live in the community.
Adult protective services are available to adults 18 or older, who are at risk of abuse or neglect. Options and services vary with the needs and willingness of the adult but can include:
Please call the Kenosha County Elder Abuse Helpline at 262-605-6646 or 262-657-7188 (evening and weekend emergencies only).
Select this link: ADRC Homepage
You can contact the ADRC by calling us locally at 262-605-6646 or toll-free at 1-800-472-8008, or by sending us an email.
Assisted living cost ranges from $2,500-$6,000 per month. Medicare and Medicaid do not pay for assisted living facilities; however, there may be other funding assistance to pay for part of the costs of assisted living. Call the ADRC at 262-605-6646 for further information and a qualifying screen.
There are several subsidized and rent-assisted apartment buildings/complexes in Kenosha County. For more information on housing options, please call the ADRC at 262-605-6646 or see our Resource Database.
Call Adult Protective Services (APS) at 262-605-6646 or 800-472-8008. An APS worker will investigate in a manner that is not threatening to the alleged victim. Your identity will be kept confidential. For more information, see the Adult Protective Services FAQs.
There is a variety of transportation, including some door-to-door services, available in Kenosha County. For information on private and public transportation, including bus services and taxicabs, please call the ADRC at 262-605-6646 or visit the transportation resources page.
Call the ADRC locally at 262-605-6646 or toll-free at 1-800-472-8008, or send us an email.
Please complete the test at home or at your business and ensure you are using Wi-Fi, not a cellular connection or hotspot. To confirm you are on Wi-Fi, look for the Wi-Fi icon on your computer or mobile device.
The speed test software tests how fast data can be downloaded and uploaded with the internet connection used to run the test.
The information collected from the speed test will be used to prove the actual internet speed for homes and businesses within Kenosha County. This information will be used by the County government and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin and will be shared with granting agencies.
Service maps that are created as a result of the test will be shared with numerous agencies, service providers, businesses and the general public.
Results from the speed test will likely shorten the time it takes for service providers to receive funding to improve broadband infrastructure in Kenosha County, meaning residents could have faster internet sooner.
By taking the speed test, you are helping Kenosha County and your local community achieve greater access to high-speed internet.
The more Kenosha County residents and businesses take the speed test, the more likely it is that internet service providers who serve the County will qualify for grants from the State of Wisconsin and the federal government. Typically, grant money is allocated to areas with the lowest download and upload speeds.
The data collected from this test may also be used for school district and government planning.
If you currently do not have internet access at all, go to a public library or a family/friend’s house to take the test. Make sure to type in your address and note that your address currently does not have service.
You can also call the Kenosha County Broadband Hotline at 262-653-2515 to share your broadband service information.
To see what internet services are currently documented at your address, check the FCC broadband map at broadband477map.fcc.gov and enter your address.
Yes, the speed test data is protected through nondisclosure and public information connected to a speed test is anonymized where possible. Some information may already be public, such as property ownership via tax rolls.
Data will be shared at local, state and federal levels. It may also be shared with internet service providers.
No. The speed test data will be shared with internet service providers who may qualify for grants from the state and federal levels to improve infrastructure in Kenosha County. Funding will not go through the County.
While efforts have been made in the past, this point in time presents a unique opportunity for progress. There are an increased number of federal grants available for internet service providers to invest in communities across the country. We want to position Kenosha County for private investment. Data from this speed test will help us do so.
No. Counties across the state of Wisconsin and beyond are implementing speed tests to get an accurate read of internet speeds.
View the statewide map here: maps.psc.wi.gov/apps/WisconsinBroadbandMap
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) assign nursing home facilities that participate in Medicare & Medicaid a rating from a low 1 star to a high of 5 stars, based on health inspection surveys, staffing information, and quality of care measures.
The ratings are available online at CMS's Nursing Home Compare website at www.medicare.gov.
Brookside accepts residents for admission based on the type of care required and bed availability based upon the type of care required. Residents are accepted for admission to Brookside Care Center regardless of sex, race, religion, national ancestry, age, handicap, or any other disability.
For more information, please view the Admission section of our website.
Typically a resident who needs short term care is eligible for Medicare Part A benefits, which covers a maximum of 100 days of skilled nursing facility charges. The first 20 days in a skilled nursing facility are covered in full by Medicare and days 21 through 100 are covered with a beneficiary co-insurance.
Brookside also accepts Medicaid/Title 19 as a method of payment.
The Division of Children and Family Services is mandated by law to investigate complaints about child abuse and neglect. If you suspect a child to be a victim of abuse or neglect, call the ACCESS number 262-605-6582.
In your report, you should tell the ACCESS worker the following:
First-hand information is very important.
It is the mistreatment or neglect of a child by parent(s) or other caretaker(s) resulting in injury or harm. Abuse of a child can be physical, sexual or emotional.
Neglect is typically defined in two ways:
Under Wisconsin Law, child abuse is a crime.
When you know or have reasonable suspicion that a person who cares for a child, lives with a child, or works with or around children has caused injury/harm or put the child at risk of physical injury.
Reports should be made in good faith. A report of child abuse can have a lifelong impact on a child and his or her family. Never make a false or malicious report.
If you have any doubts about whether to report a situation, call the DCFS ACCESS number at 262-605-6582 and discuss your concerns with them.
Individuals who report abuse or neglect in good faith cannot be held liable for damages under criminal or civil law. Your name is not given to the person named as the abuser or anyone else, unless ordered by a hearing officer or judge. Members of the public may make reports without giving their names.
All reports of abuse or neglect remain strictly confidential. However, if the matter goes to court, the court may obtain access to the reporter's identity.
If it is determined that the referral warrants investigation, a Child Protective Services (CPS) worker will first have contact with the child and the reporting person. The caseworker will assess the situation and determine the immediate protection needs of the child. A worker's contact with the child is determined on a risk scale. It can be within a period of 24 hours, 48 hours or 3-5 days, depending upon the severity of the referral.
Once the caseworker has completed the investigation, they will make one of three findings:
The investigation must be completed within 60 days. Depending on the results of the investigation, the family may be offered in-home voluntary services, services in the home through a court order, family preservation services or shelter care. If the child is at imminent risk, this may include substitute care services, such as relative placement or foster care.
No. Most reports of child abuse and or neglect do not result in the child being removed from the home. The goal of DCFS is to enable the child to remain safely in their own home.
However, if the Child Protective Worker finds that the child is at risk of harm, they may, with the approval of Juvenile Court Intake, detain the child until the investigation is complete and the child’s safety assured.
If the copy needs to be certified, there is an additional charge of $5.00.
If you just want a copy for your records, it is not necessary to get a certified copy. It is helpful to have your case number.
If you should need copies of any of the documents, the fee is $1.25 per page. If the document needs to be certified, an addition fee of $5.00 is charged.
Shorts, tank tops, halter tops and hats are not permitted in courtrooms. Proper courtroom attire is necessary for anyone appearing in court, including litigants, witnesses, jurors and gallery members (audience).
Our office cannot give you legal advice. However, a copy of the Petition has been forwarded to the State Public Defender’s Office for the appointment of an attorney to represent your child.
Contact the ACCESS Unit of the Kenosha County Division of Children and Family Services.
If it is after regular business hours or on the weekend, contact Juvenile Crisis at 262-657-7188.
Contact the Kenosha County Division of Children and Family Services.
Contact the Probate Office of the Kenosha County Circuit Court.
Contact the Kenosha County Juvenile Intake Services.
If you do not appear at your DA Pre-Trial, the court will be notified and your case will be set for a Default Hearing. The court will send you notice of the Default Hearing. If you do not attend the Default Hearing, you will be found guilty in absentia and you will be required to pay the fine on your citation.
The Department of Children and Family Services maintains several requirements that must be met by persons interested in the foster care program:
Beyond these technical licensing requirements, persons considering becoming foster parents should also ask themselves the following:
Because of the important, complex role foster parents play, the Division of Children and Family Services utilizes Community Impact Foster Care Program to carefully assess all applicants. It also provides the opportunity for prospective foster parents to assess themselves before they accept the role of foster parent.
You may want to call the Community Impact Foster Care Program at 262-654-1004 to obtain information brochures and discuss your questions and concerns with a Foster Care Program specialist.
If your family wishes to move forward, a Foster Care Program specialist will come to your home to acquaint you with the process and explain the forms and training you will be asked to complete. The Foster Care Program specialist will schedule a home study/visit(s) with each prospective foster family to determine whether state licensing requirements are met. Part of the state requirements includes a criminal background check, personal references, proof of physical health and insurance. The process takes from 1-2 months, and there is no fee. The Community Impact Program Specialist will be available every step of the way to guide you through the process.
Before having a placement of a child, each foster parent is required to attend a 6-hour training. Thereafter, foster parents are required to complete additional foundation training. After the first two years, foster parents are required to attend 10 hours of ongoing training. Their foster care license is reviewed for re-licensing every two years.
When approved, a family is considered available to care for foster children. The request of the foster parents as well as the individual needs of the child will determine when a placement occurs in your home.
Of course, it is also your responsibility to provide the child a safe home, adequate meals, clothing and a warm, nurturing family environment that recognizes the child’s individual needs and ethnic/cultural heritage.
Yes, if you like. This is usually discussed at the time of licensing. You can specify that you would prefer to take children of a certain age or gender. You can also say no to a placement.
The testing fee is $30.00 per sample. Pay when picking up the collection kit at Kenosha County Public Health Main Office or Laboratory. Insert check (payable to Kenosha County Division of Health) inside the collection kit when returning the sample to Kenosha County Center on Tuesdays before 3:00 p.m.
The Kenosha County Public Health Laboratory also tests for nitrates and fluorides in drinking water. Each test costs $27.00 or all three tests for $70.00.
Visit the Beach Information page to see if any area beaches are closed.
Visit the Immunizations page.
See the Kenosha County Public Health Contact Information page.
June 1 - November 30
Tuesday: Pennoyer Park (Band Shell) (35th St. & 7th Ave.) - 6:00 am - 12 noon
Wednesday: Columbus Park (54th St. & 22nd Ave.) - 6:00 am - 12 noon
Thursday: Lincoln Park (70th St. & 18th Ave.) - 6:00 am - 12 noon
Friday: Baker Park (66th St. & Sheridan Rd.) - 6:00 am - 12 noon
Saturday: Columbus Park (54th St. & 22nd Ave.) - 6:00 am - 1 pm
HarborPark Marketplace (56th St. & 2 Ave.) - 9:30 am - 2pm
You do not have to visit the job center to post your open positions. Open positions can be posted through one of the following methods:
Employers who use the Internet to complete job orders are required to register as a user with the State of Wisconsin. Job orders must also be completed by the employer if this option is selected.
The Business Service team has qualified representatives that can assist you in completing your job order, as well as developing job descriptions and providing labor market information.
Applicants can see posted positions on the Job Center of Wisconsin website (listed by category) and apply for those positions for which they are qualified. We do not have a “pool” of applicants that we can call upon to fill open positions. We leave it up to the job seeker to make the connections.
The Supreme Court ruled that juveniles have the right:
Parents may wish to obtain their own lawyer or representation to present their position to the court and preserve their interests:
Juvenile Intake has a list of resources for community service in Kenosha County. They also keep track of the amount of community service work that has been completed. The parent(s) and child will receive a letter from Juvenile Intake regarding an appointment to discuss the community service site. Juvenile Intake will also regularly send letters reminding the child and parent(s) of the community service work obligation and the number of hours remaining.
The child and parent(s) may find their own source for community service work. For example, it could be an elderly person in the neighborhood who needs help with yard work or shoveling snow. Nursing homes, churches or other non-profit organizations are also sources for community service.
An adult must keep track of the number of hours completed and give it to the caseworker or directly to Juvenile Intake. Forms are available for this purpose. Discuss this issue with the assigned caseworker for more information.
Documents are processed on a daily basis. Most name changes will be shown on the public record by the next day. Depending on the complexity of a split or combination of lands, most new parcel numbers will be on the public record within 2 – 5 days.
Ownership of lands can be found using the County public access property inquiry page or by using the County interactive mapping page.
The Land Information Office is in charge of making address changes for assessment and taxation purposes. It is important to remember to send an address change form if you are building a new home and intend to reside there by the end of the year.
If the Land Information Office does not receive an address change form, they will send the assessment notice and real estate bill to your previous location. This could result in delays of retrieving documents and possible penalties associated with late payments.
Kenosha County has an interactive mapping page that the public can use to view cadastral, zoning, aerial photographs and other land attribute information.
Hard copies of maps are available through the Planning and Development GIS Division. Cadastral (tax maps) and various other maps may also be purchased through the Planning and Development - Land Information Office at (262) 653-2622.
View available “hard copy” maps and associated costs.
Acreage and Building information can be found on the County public access property inquiry page. Exact lot dimensions can be found on the Interactive Mapping page.
Plat books may be available through Rural Mutual Insurance Company. For more information please contact Rural Insurance - 2215 63rd Street, Kenosha, WI 53143. Phone: (262) 654-0427
Aerial photographs can be viewed through the Kenosha County interactive mapping page and purchased through the Kenosha County GIS/Mapping Division or the Land Information Office. An aerial will also appear when viewing the County public access property inquiry page.
The Land Information Office is the “repository” of all surveys done in Kenosha County. You may contact our office at (262) 653 – 2622, and we will check our records to see if there is a survey on file. We are currently in the process of scanning surveys and anticipate that survey information will be available for most surveys on the website. There is a number available now by using the quick links.
The Land Information Office has no knowledge of what areas have been surveyed. Surveys are required to be filed according to State Statute 59.45(1)(b). Surveyors record their surveys on their own volition. Although, there are fines associated with failure to file. As such, a survey may have been completed but may not be on record with the Land Information Office.
A survey does not automatically split a parcel of land. Most surveys are done to locate buildings on a parcel of land for mortgage purposes or to determine lot lines for putting up fences. A survey will be required when building a structure on a parcel of land.
A specialized survey called a certified survey map (CSM) will split land once it is recorded with the Register of Deeds Office. A CSM constitutes property that has been surveyed by a Registered Land Surveyor and has been approved by appropriate units of government.
Addresses and Street names are assigned by various entities as follows:
All even numbered address can be found on the North and West side of a road. All odd numbered addresses can be found on the East and South sides of a road.
The location of an address can be found through the County interactive mapping page.
Assessors vary for individual municipalities. View a listing of assessors by municipality.
Building information can be found on the Kenosha County public access property inquiry page. More specific information can be obtained by contacting the local assessor.
The latest sale, including sales price, date of sale and document number, is recorded by the Register of Deeds Office.
The number of parcels included in the sale can be found on the Kenosha County public access property inquiry page.
Previous sales information can be obtained by contacting the Land Information Office.
School District associated with lands can be viewed using the Kenosha County public access property inquiry page or the Kenosha County interactive mapping page.
Present real estate tax amounts and amounts for previous years can be found on the Kenosha County public access property inquiry page. Questions on tax delinquent properties and associated penalties can be determined by contacting the County Treasurer's Office.
Copies of deeds can be obtained by contacting the County Register of Deeds Office.
Floodplain, soils, environmental corridors, watersheds, topography and other zoning related information may be obtained by contacting the various municipal planning departments. Some information may be found on the County interactive mapping page.
Copies of Subdivisions or Condominium Plats may be obtained through the Register of Deeds Office.
Voting information can be found in the County Clerk's Office.
Pursuant to Wisconsin State Statute 979.01, the Medical Examiner's Office is required to investigate deaths that fall into the following categories:
An autopsy is a medical examination of a decedent. It consists of two parts: an external examination and an internal examination.
During the external examination, the decedent is first examined as received (including any clothing present), again after removal of clothing, and yet again after being cleaned up. Throughout the examination process, the findings (traumatic injuries, disease states, etc.) are documented. Following the external examination, the decedent is then examined internally. All organs and tissues are examined for the presence of injuries and pre-existing natural diseases.
In the course of an autopsy, samples of various organs, tissues and body fluids are retained for additional studies, if warranted. These studies include toxicology (testing for drugs, etc.), microscopic examination and microbiology (bacterial, viral, or fungal cultures). Other items of evidence may be collected, such as trace evidence, bullets, knife blades, ligatures, hair, fingernail clippings, sexual assault swabs, etc.
Because Kenosha County has a lay-person Medical Examiner, all autopsies are performed at the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office by a board-certified forensic pathologist.
All personal property that is received with the decedent’s body is released to the funeral home chosen by the legal next of kin. In some instances, personal property may be retained by law enforcement or the KCMEO for evidentiary purposes. A property release form listing all property with the decedent is signed by the person transporting the decedent for the funeral home.
In some cases, the cause of death is evident at the time of autopsy. The death certificate is completed immediately, and the examination report will typically be mailed out shortly thereafter. In other cases, the cause of death may require additional studies and therefore, additional time.
Many studies require the processing and analysis of specimens by consulting laboratories, whose turn-around times are not controlled by the KCMEO. Toxicology analysis is one of the most frequent reasons for the delay in completing an investigation and death certificate. Forensic toxicology (in KCMEO cases) is very different from the drug testing performed in hospitals. Toxicology analysis may take 4-6 weeks if no drugs are present. However, 8-12 weeks are typically required to perform the necessary confirmations and quantitative analysis of the drugs detected. Longer toxicology turn-around times are required in cases where numerous drugs are involved, where unusual drugs are involved or if the person is decomposed.
Finally, the death investigation may be prolonged if the initial suspicions are not confirmed. The KCMEO may also confer with the law enforcement agency investigating the death to consider other possibilities (asking the police to return to the scene of death or to interview additional witnesses). As one might suspect, all death investigations are different, and determining the cause and manner of death may require a great number of steps, each requiring time to complete. The time needed to complete some of these steps may not be under the control of the KCMEO.
We greatly appreciate the patience of families and friends in these matters as we try to provide accurate and complete answers.
In the state of Wisconsin, each county individually chooses between one of two death investigation systems: a Coroner system or a Medical Examiner system. Both systems have the same authority under Wisconsin state statute.
A Coroner system is supervised by a 'Coroner' who is elected. Coroners in the state of Wisconsin are not required to be physicians.
A Medical Examiner system is one in which the office is supervised by a 'Medical Examiner,' who is a county official appointed by the County Executive and/or the County Board of Supervisors. In the state of Wisconsin, a Medical Examiner is not required to be a physician. Kenosha County operates as a Medical Examiner system.
An important goal of the death investigation system is to determine the cause and manner of death. The cause of death is any injury or disease that alters one's physiology sufficiently to result in death - for example, a gunshot wound, coronary heart disease or cancer. The manner of death explains how the cause came about and may be categorized as natural, accident, suicide, homicide or in some cases, "undetermined." Typically, the cause of death is determined via autopsy. While the manner of death is based on an investigation.
You may reserve pavilions and apply for beer permits online at ResNexus.
If you have any questions, please contact the Parks Division Office at 262-857-1869.
Contact the Parks Division Office at 262-857-1869 to reserve volleyball courts, tennis courts and soccer fields. For baseball reservations, contact the Lakeland Little League.
Rental fees are as follows:
If not previously reserved, these facilities can be used free of charge on a first come, first served basis.
Petrifying Springs, Fox River, Silver Lake, Old Settlers, Brighton Dale, Bristol Woods, and Veterans Memorial Parks are open from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. All of these parks have gates, and the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department locks the gates at closing time.
For hours of operation at Kemper Center/Anderson Arts Center and the Kenosha County Historical Society, please contact them directly.
The county parks are open 365 days a year.
The golf courses are season dependent. For more information, visit the Kenosha County Golf page.
Dogs are allowed in all County Parks as long as they are on a leash not longer than 10 feet. Owners must pick up after their dogs.
Dogs are NOT allowed in swimming areas at Silver Lake or Old Settlers Park.
There are three off-leash dog parks located at Petrifying Springs, Old Settlers, and Veterans Memorial Parks. For more information, please visit the Kenosha County Dog Parks page.
The only boat launch in a County Park is located on Highway F in Fox River Park. There is a fee of $3 to launch a boat into the Fox River.
More information on the Fox River Water Trail
Please see the Park Entry Fees handout.
Beer is allowed in the parks with the rental of a shelter building. A separate beer permit must be purchased at a cost of $40 per day. You can purchase a beer permit using our online reservation system.
Metal detecting is allowed with a permit in most of the seven County Parks, with some exceptions as specified on the permit application form. It is not allowed at either of the County golf courses or the Kemper Center.
To obtain a metal detecting permit, complete the metal detecting form and e-mail it to [email protected]. The Parks Division will send a signed copy back to you.
The office is located inside the Kenosha County Center, located on the northeast corner of the intersection of STH 45 and STH 50 (75th Street).
Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development
19600 75th Street, Suite 185-3
Bristol, WI 53104
Phone: (262) 857-1895
Fax: (262) 857-1920
The Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am 12:00 Noon and 1:00 to 5:00 pm. It is closed all major holidays.
View the County Committee page to view committee meeting dates, agendas, meeting minutes and more.
A Kenosha County Supervisory District map along with several other useful maps such as political, supervisory and legislative districts are available in our County Board Supervisory District Map Gallery.
To obtain the mill rate for your property, please visit the County Mill Rates page.
An owner-occupant of a residential structure who:
An investor-owner, who also agrees, for a period of five years or the term of the loan, whichever is less to:
Wisconsin Housing AlliancePhone: 608-266-2112
The income limits for borrowers differ by household size. See the list below for the income limit for your household. Income limits are updated annually.
2016 Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program Income Limits
Loan funds may only be used for permanent property improvements:
Loan funds may not be used to complete work already in progress, to pay off or refinance other loans, to create new living space or finance certain ineligible activities as defined by the Housing Authority.
Owner-occupied: 0%, deferredTenant-occupied: 0%, installment
A current renter who:
Loan funds may only be used for downpayment and closing cost assistance. Program participants must provide at least 50% of the downpayment from their own funds. Loan funds may be used for the following purchase-related costs:
The Tenant Resource Center is a nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to promoting positive relations between rental housing consumers (tenants) and providers (landlords) throughout Wisconsin. They provide information and referrals, education about rental rights and responsibilities, and access to conflict resolution.
The Bureau of Consumer Protection accepts complaints relating to a variety of consumer issues. Wisconsin residents who have a complaint concerning a business in or out of Wisconsin, or anyone outside the state if the complaint involves a Wisconsin business, may file a complaint by completing the online complaint form available at the following web link.
WIHousingSearch.org is a free resource to help you find a home that fits your needs and budget. Property providers can list apartments or homes for rent at any time. Their phone number is 1-877-428-8844.
Yes, we do have a tree program. The tree order forms are available in the fall for the following spring planting. The variety of trees offered varies from year to year.
The county tree order form is available online. If you would like to obtain an order form by mail, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Kenosha County Department of Planning & Development Office (19600 – 75th St, Bristol, WI 53104), and an order form will be mailed when they become available.
You do not have to be a county resident to purchase trees from the county tree program.
Livestock restrictions in Kenosha County are regulated under individual town ordinances. Please contact your local township for the most up-to-date livestock ordinances and restrictions.
This activity generally pertains to rip rap, which is done primarily to protect the land from soil erosion. A County stipulated shoreland permit is required, and erosion control standards must be met.
You must submit a completed Stipulated Shoreland Permit Application, including a property survey/site plan, and the appropriate fee based upon the Kenosha County Department of Planning & Development Fee Schedule.
Rip rap activities are also regulated by the DNR. Please call the Sturtevant DNR office at (262) 884-2355, or visit the DNR website for more information
A determination must first be made whether the pond will be located in a shoreland, floodplain, or wetland area. Kenosha County does not require a general permit to dig a pond located outside the floodplain, shoreland, or wetland zoning districts. We do require minimal, reasonable setbacks from property lines, structures, roads, septic, wells, etc.
An erosion control permit is required if the pond is located outside a shoreland/wetland area but disturbs a total land surface area of 4,000 square feet or more or involves excavation/filling or a combination of excavation/filling, in excess of 400 cubic yards of material. Ponds built within the shoreland require a County stipulated shoreland permit.
Most towns require a land disturbance permit, and the DNR may also require a permit. Other subdivision covenants, easements, or deed restrictions may apply.
Ponds are generally not permitted in the floodplain or connected to a navigable waterway. A wildlife pond may be created in a wetland (C-1 Zoning District) with proper permits and approval of the Land Use Committee. A wildlife pond cannot exceed an average depth of 5 feet, and side slopes cannot exceed a gradient of 1 foot vertical to 5 feet horizontal.
Wetland disturbances will require a water quality certification from the DNR and possibly the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Additionally, please contact the local township to determine if any town permits are required. Most ponds will require a permit or approval, please contact these agencies to inquire about the procedure for a pond at your location.
See the Wisconsin Department of Administration Division of Intergovernmental Relations website and follow the Census and Population Demographic Services Link.
A school district map, along with several other useful maps such as political, supervisory and legislative districts, is available in our free map gallery.
Kenosha County offers numerous hardcopy maps for sale. For a list of these maps, please visit the Hardcopy Maps page. Also, some 11”x17” printable maps are available for no charge through our free map gallery.
Kenosha County offers four different digital data packages for purchase. For more information, please visit the Digital Mapping Data page.
Yes, internet-served maps are available on the Kenosha County Interactive Mapping page.
1) A property owner desires to build a structure in an area where public sanitary sewer service is not available.
2) Anytime a property owner desires to have, or is required to have, an existing failing POWTS replaced.
3) Anytime a property owner proposes a significant change to the primary living structure or place of business. Land divisions, conditional use requests, and change of use (for business establishments) may also require an upgrade or replacement of the existing POWTS.
You can get a state sanitary permit by following the steps outlined in the procedures section of the state permit page.
Go to the Obtaining a Sanitary Permit page of this website for the procedure. If you have further questions, you can contact the Planning & Development Office.
There are very few things that you could do that are more detrimental to your private onsite wastewater treatment system (POWTS). It is one of the quickest ways to cause your POWTS to fail. When people do all their laundry in one day, the high (peak) flow will cause the drain field to go anaerobic (without air).
Your POWTS performs best in aerobic conditions. In aerobic (with air) conditions, a lot more bacteria are working to digest the organics (among other things) in the wastewater. The peak flows that flow into the septic tank from the home cause the settled solids to re-suspend themselves in the wastewater. During re-suspension, these solids get pushed out of the septic tank and end up in your piping network or drain field. When these additional solids end up in the drain field, it will accelerate the failure rate of the drain field. In other words, the drain field will fail much quicker than a POWTS that does not experience frequent peak flows.
All septic tanks designed from about 1978 to the present were designed to allow for a 24-hour settling period for any solids or suspended solids entering the tank. By creating excessive peak flows, the solids settling cycle will be short-circuited and cause most suspended solids to leave the septic tank too soon. To help minimize the peak flow effects generated from the laundry process, homeowners should consider purchasing water-conserving, low-flow front-load washing machines. They typically will use about 1/3 of the amount of water per load as standard top-load washing machines.
The “perk” test method for POWTS suitability has been replaced, since 1994, with a more accurate means of soil and site evaluation. Today, the soil testing procedure is done by means of a morphological evaluation.
After the soil and site evaluations have been conducted by the soil tester, the results of that soil and site evaluation are to be sent to the county reviewing authority. Once reviewed by the county reviewing authority and the soil and site evaluations are found to be acceptable for completeness, they are then filed for use with a future sanitary permit for the property tested.
The soil and site evaluations (soil tests) are good for as long as the administrative rule that governs them remains in effect. If there is a significant rule change that affects the evaluation process or results of previously completed tests, a new test may have to be done.
A sanitary permit ensures that a proposed private onsite wastewater treatment system (POWTS) meets the minimum standards specified in the Wisconsin Administrative Code. These standards define POWTS separation requirements, seasonal water tables, wells, lot lines, structures, water lines and mains, and more. They identify treatment methods and products that are acceptable for use in a POWTS and the manner in which they should be installed.
County sanitary permits are issued in unique situations arise where a state sanitary permit is not warranted.
For example, a property owner would like to add a room/rooms to an existing building where a state sanitary permit has been issued, and the POWTS was installed for over 2 years. During the “addition” building process, it will be necessary to disconnect the existing POWTS for a period of time and then reconnect it to the structure via the new building addition.
Another example might be a property owner who wants to put up an outbuilding with a bathroom in it. A county sanitary permit can be issued so long as the existing POWTS is a code-compliant installation previously inspected by the department's staff.
For further details on a county sanitary permit issuance and when they may be necessary, you can contact the Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development.
There appears to be a myth that mound systems do not work. Mound systems work every bit as well as an in-ground (conventional) POWTS.
The primary difference between the two systems is that mound systems are pressurized above-ground systems, and the conventional in-ground system is below ground and typically not pressurized. As far as system performance is concerned, a pressurized system typically will perform better than one that is not. The wastewater is dosed over the entire absorption area versus being distributed over a small area as in the conventional gravity system.
If they do not have these credentials then they will not legally be able to install a POWTS in the State of Wisconsin. You can check the yellow pages for POWTS installers or contact Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development for a list of POWTS installers.
Go to “Contacts” page of this website for licensing web link.
Depending on who you ask this question to, their answers will be varied in response. Some will say that a food waste grinder should never be installed, and some would say it is acceptable. Those that say it is acceptable would say so with a few conditions.
If a grinder is added to the kitchen sink, the disposal should be used sparingly only. Also, if you are intending to put in a disposal, you should let your POWTS installer know so that a modification can be made to the proposed treatment tank. The treatment tank should be at least two-chambered and have an effluent filter installed on the septic tank outlet.
You should give serious consideration to oversizing the septic tank beyond the minimum code requirements. By following these simple procedures, your POWTS may experience premature failure due to the additional settling time provided by your treatment tank.
See the Septic Tank Maintenance page on this website.
You will find that a two-chamber or multi-chamber treatment tank does a better job of filtering out solids and suspended solids before the wastewater leaves the tank. This filtering ability is enabled because of the separate chambers within the treatment tank. It reduces the amount of disturbance caused by peak flows to settled solids within the tank. Through this disturbance reduction, fewer solids will leave the tank, which then improves the drain field lifespan.
In this instance, a two-chamber septic tank does appear to be better. Having a treatment tank with greater capacity and multiple chambers seems to reduce the maintenance frequency of effluent filters. This is compared to those in single-chamber tanks.
Effluent filter alarms are available for people who are interested in that extra degree of security for that “just in case” event of sewage backing up into the basement when the effluent filter is clogged. A clogged filter will restrict the amount of wastewater leaving the septic tank, which causes the wastewater level to rise in the septic tank.
When the wastewater level rises above its normal flow level it will begin to back up into the piping network coming from the structure.
You can find out more about available funding for replacement POWTS by going to the Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Wisconsin Fund or the Housing Programs page.
There typically are more than enough bacteria in the wastewater generated daily to do a sufficient job of digesting the biodegradable material in the waste stream. There comes a point where the solids that remain in the tank can no longer be digested and will not be able to undergo further digestion.
If you use strong cleansers conservatively and feel the need to add a digesting aid to assist the bacteria in your septic tank you could add several cakes of yeast to boost the digestion process for a while.
The statement of “saving costs” on pumping your septic tank does not appear to make sense for people living in Wisconsin. All septic systems installed within the last 25-30 years in the State of Wisconsin are required to have the septic tanks pumped at least every 3 years. Where would the cost savings come from?
After determining the DWF the POWTS installer can size the necessary treatment tank(s) properly. After reviewing the soil and site evaluation report, that was performed by the certified soil tester, the installing plumber can then determine the minimum size of absorption field required which is based on the soil load rate that is specified on the report form.
The property owner will have to have another POWTS evaluation done because there is specific administrative code language that specifies when a POWTS evaluation is required. As part of those requirements, there is more detailed information that will need to be submitted to the permitting authority for review. Some of the required submitted information is soil test boring data that will determine whether the existing POWTS can meet the minimum depth of separation to limiting conditions. The typical limiting condition in this area is seasonal saturation depth (seasonal water table).
The seasonal saturation depth can be observed by specific soil feature characteristics found in the various layers found in the soil. A soil pit is typically required to perform a soil test. The soil boring will be dug near the existing POWTS (drain field), and the soil characteristics/properties will be described and recorded on a soil test report form. The evaluator who performs the soil test and provides the rest of the required information for the existing POWTS evaluation has to be licensed by the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services.
The POWTS evaluation for real estate sale transactions does not require licensure and does not have a specific set of standards or requirements to follow. The data in their reports can be less specific and more general. It is for these reasons – required standards & licensing, that another POWTS evaluation needs to be completed to obtain a permit for a building addition/renovation.
If you want to put plantings on or near your POWTS, you should plant a species of plant that has a herbaceous root system.
You should not plant a species of plant that has a woody root system very close to or on top of the absorption field. The roots from this plant group tend to grow or migrate in the direction of a moisture source. They will work their way into the piping network. Once inside, the roots will begin to clog the piping. Given sufficient time, they will cause a system failure.
The alternative to a woody root plant species could be flowers or wildflower seeding.
A comprehensive plan provides a long-range guide for a community to effectively address future development and natural resources protection. It sets forth the community’s planning goals and objectives. The plan is used in the course of deliberations on local planning issues, particularly with regard to local zoning, subdivision, and official mapping ordinances.
A comprehensive plan is intended to increase intergovernmental cooperation and general awareness and understanding of planning goals and objectives by residents, landowners, developers, the business community, and other private interests, and among the many units, levels, and agencies of government with land use related responsibilities within the community.
Comprehensive plans contain the following nine elements as required by Section 66.1001(2) of the Wisconsin Statutes:
Whether or not a property is eligible for subdivision requires the analysis of several factors. This includes land use plan maps, road frontage and access, soil suitability, total acreage, as well as a number of other items.
The Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development would be happy to provide you with more information on the subdivision process. Please contact us at (262) 857-1895 to obtain additional information or visit the Land Development page.
A certified survey map (minor land division) application is required for any division of land that:
1. Creates at least 2 but not more than 4 parcels or building sites, inclusive of the original remnant parcel, any one of which is less than 35 acres in size, by a division or by successive divisions of any part of the original parcel within a period of 5 years; or
2. Divides a block, lot, or outlot within a recorded subdivision plat into at least 2 but not more 4 parcels or building sites, inclusive of the original remnant parcel, without changing the exterior boundaries of said plat or the exterior boundaries of blocks within the plat, and the division does not result in a subdivision.
For the purpose of this Ordinance and in accordance with Sections 236.015(12)(bm) and 236.34(1)(ar) of the Statutes, a minor land division also includes a division of land into 6 or fewer parcels or lots, not including outlots, that may be created by a certified survey map for land zoned commercial, industrial, or mixed-use development (land in a B-1, B-2, B-3, B-4, B-5, BP-1, B-94, M-1, or M-2 zoning district).
A map prepared in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 236 of the Wisconsin State Statutes and the Kenosha County Subdivision Control Ordinance for the purpose of creating a subdivision. When a final plat has received all approvals and signatures, it is recorded with the Kenosha County Register of Deeds.
After filing with the Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development, you will then take your receipted application and go directly to your town office to file with the town clerk.
Once you have filed at both offices (county and town), you should have a set of meeting dates known for which your attendance will be required.
The Kenosha County Planning, Development & Extension Education Committee will not act on your agenda item until you have received a recommendation from your local town board. Note: After the town board meeting is held and a recommendation is made on your agenda item, minutes are automatically forwarded to the Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development.
From start to finish you can expect the approval process to take approximately four (4) to eight (8) weeks. Keep in mind that if your item should get tabled at any of the public hearings the timeline will increase.
Within the villages that contract zoning services with the Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development (such as the Village of Somers), the petitioner must attend a joint meeting with the Village and County staff to discuss the proposal. The standard rule is that the petitioner applies to the Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development first.
After filing with the Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development, you will then take your receipted application and go directly to your village office to file with the village clerk.
Once you have filed at both offices (county and Village), you should have a set of meeting dates known for which your attendance will be required.
The Village Board will not act on your agenda item until you have received a recommendation from the Village Plan Commission.
From start to finish you can expect the approval process to take approximately four (4) to eight (8) weeks. Keep in mind that if your item should get tabled at any of the public hearings the timeline will increase.
New tax key parcel numbers are assigned by the Kenosha County Land Information Office. They are typically issued and available 2-3 weeks after the land division document (typically a certified survey map or subdivision plat) has been recorded with the Register of Deeds Office.
To learn what the new child parcel numbers will be, you can monitor the original parent parcel number on the Kenosha County Property Inquiry website. This database is updated nightly, so checking the database once a day will suffice. For step-by-step instructions on how to monitor the Property Inquiry database, see this handout.
The County's jurisdictional area includes all of the Towns of Brighton, Paris, Randall, Somers and Wheatland. The County is also contracted to administer zoning jurisdiction responsibilities for the Village of Salem Lakes and the Village of Somers. The County's zoning jurisdiction does not include the City of Kenosha, the Villages of Bristol, Paddock Lake, Pleasant Prairie, Silver Lake or Twin Lakes.
However, it should be noted that lands formerly under the County's Shoreland Zoning Jurisdiction that have been annexed by a City or Village after May 7, 1983, are required to continue to comply with the County's Shoreland regulations unless the City or Village in which it is now located adopts an Ordinance at least as restrictive as the County's Shoreland Ordinance. You should contact the appropriate municipality for their zoning requirements.
If you have a question as to whether or not a property is within the County's zoning jurisdiction, please contact the Kenosha County Department of Planning & Development at (262) 857-1895 with a tax key number or property address and we will assist you.
You can find out how your property is zoned by contacting a land use specialist with the Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development, visiting the department office to view a zoning map, or using the county’s interactive mapping application.
To find out what zoning district your property is in, you can...
A list of the applicable zoning classifications within the jurisdiction of the Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development is shown on our Zoning Districts page.
A stakeout survey is a document prepared by a licensed professional land surveyor showing the boundaries and dimensions of your property and the proposed location and size of a building/structure with setback distances shown from the property lines.
You can learn more about Wisconsin Professional Land Surveyors here.
As with everything you purchase, you need to know exactly what you are buying. A survey, prepared by a professional land surveyor, will show in detail exactly what you have purchased. Since for most people, the purchase of a home is their single largest investment, they should make every effort to protect that investment. The survey will confirm that the property shown by the real estate agent and described in the contract is in fact the property that was conveyed.
Also, the bank or mortgage company, in order to protect their interest in the property, may require a new survey. You can hire a professional surveyor to complete a plat of survey of your property or search the Kenosha County Land Survey Viewer Database to see if we have a survey for your property in our database.
A survey will let you know where the structures are and the distance they are located from the property lines. You can contact the Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development for more information on required setback distances.
Besides helping you visualize exactly what the property looks like and contains, your survey gives you a type of protection. In addition to highlighting any encroachments, it will help identify any other irregularities that may result in legal disputes sometime in the future. The new survey enhances your title insurance policy.
The surveyor assumes full professional responsibility for the accuracy of the survey and therefore may serve as an expert witness in court. A plat of survey must be stamped by the professional land surveyor who prepared it. You can hire a professional surveyor to complete a plat or use search the Kenosha County Land Survey Viewer Database to see if we have a survey for your property in our database.
The Land Information Office is the “repository” of all surveys done in Kenosha County. You can search the Kenosha County Land Survey Viewer Database to see if we have a survey for your property in our database. You may also contact us at (262) 653-2622, and we will check our records to see if there is a survey on file. The cost of a copy of a survey is 0.25 cents if it is picked up at our office or $1.00 if it is faxed.
A foundation survey is essentially a plat of survey prepared by any licensed professional land surveyor. It will let you know where the structures are and the distance they are located from the property lines. You can contact the Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development regarding required setback distances.
The most common foundation survey is the required survey that is prepared once the foundation for a new home is placed in the ground. This survey is done to verify to the Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development that the home was built in the location where it was permitted.
As per section 12.05-4(a) of the zoning ordinance, any person erecting, moving, enlarging or reconstructing a structure requires a zoning permit. Upon completion of the construction of footings, concrete slab or other foundations, they must submit to the Department of Planning and Development a survey prepared by a professional land surveyor showing the locations, boundaries, dimensions, elevations and size of the following:
The Director of Planning and Development shall compare the location of all new or extended foundations with the location of all proposed construction activity reported on the permit application. No further construction may commence until the Director of Planning and Development finds the foundation location is consistent with the permit as issued and certifies it so.
Failure to comply with the requirements of this section is grounds for the issuance of a citation.
A waiver of liability of foundation survey is a legal document signed by the property owner that states they are waiving the requirement to immediately hire a professional surveyor to complete a foundation survey showing the built location of the structure on the property. The legal document states that the owner is aware of the zoning codes and is building the permitted structure according to those codes (size, height, setbacks etc...). The waiver of liability will act as a temporary lien and remain on the property title until such time that it is removed. Usually when a property owner sells their property is when the wavier will be required to be released. In order for a waiver of liability document to be valid it must be recorded with the Kenosha County Register of Deeds. A small recording fee is required (payable to the “Register of Deeds”).
NOTE: Effective early 2019, property owners in the unincorporated parts of Kenosha County are no longer permitted to sign a waiver of liability of foundation survey document. As a condition of their zoning permit for new home construction, residential additions, detached accessory buildings, etc., code will require a professional surveyor be hired to update the plat of survey of the property to verify the location and size of the permitted structure. These requirements do not apply to permitted accessory uses that are not buildings, for instance, pools, decks and fences. While waivers are no longer allowed, this question remains on this FAQ page due to the number of previously signed and recorded waivers that still are on title against properties across the County and will ultimately need to be released.
NOTE: Effective early 2021, property owners in the Village of Somers are no longer permitted to sign a waiver of liability of foundation survey document. As a condition of their zoning permit for new home construction, residential additions, detached accessory buildings, etc., code will require a professional surveyor be hired to update the plat of survey of the property to verify the location and size of the permitted structure. These requirements do not apply to permitted accessory uses that are not buildings, for instance, pools, decks and fences. While waivers are no longer allowed, this question remains on this FAQ page due to the number of previously signed and recorded waivers that still are on title against properties across the County and will ultimately need to be released.
As per section 12.05-4(a) of the zoning ordinance, any person erecting, moving, enlarging or reconstructing a structure, which, under this ordinance, requires a zoning permit shall upon completion of the construction of footings, concrete slab or other foundations, submit to the Department of Planning and Development a survey prepared by a professional land surveyor showing the locations, boundaries, dimensions, elevations and size of the following: The boundaries of the lot, all existing structures (including foundations) and their relationship to the lot lines. The Director of Planning and Development shall compare the location of all new or extended foundations with the location of all proposed construction activity reported on the permit application. No further construction may commence unless the Director of Planning and Development shall find that the foundation location is consistent with the permit as issued and shall so certify. Failure to comply with the requirements of this section shall be grounds for the issuance of a citation.
Construction of a principal structure, such as a single-family residence or primary commercial building will require that the property owner hire a professional surveyor to prepare a foundation survey to be submitted to the Department of Planning & Development. In cases where a residential addition or detached accessory structure is built, the property owner may waive their requirement to have the foundation survey completed immediately by a hired professional surveyor. If the property owner decides to waive the foundation survey requirement, a Waiver of Liability due date will be placed on the issued zoning permit document. This due date is a mutually agreed date that the property owner intends to have a signed/notarized waiver of liability form and recording fee returned to Planning & Development in order to fulfill the paperwork requirement.
A new buyer or lending institution will see the waiver of liability on the title search and will not want to assume liability for a structure they did not build. They will most likely ask for the wavier to be removed from the title. To do this, a professional land surveyor must be hired to complete a current plat of survey showing the size and location of the structure the wavier was signed for. This new plat of survey is then submitted to the Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development where it is compared to the conditions of the zoning permit for which it was issued. If the plat of survey shows that the building was constructed in the proper location, and there are no other violations existing on the property, then a release of waiver of liability document is prepared and given to the property owner/agent to file with the Register of Deeds. A small preparation fee is required (payable to "Kenosha County”). When and only when a release of waiver document is filed with the Register of Deeds does it cancel out the original waiver of liability of foundation survey document. A small recording fee is required (payable to the “Register of Deeds”).
A variance is a request to vary dimensional standards (not uses), such as building setbacks in the zoning ordinance. At the hearing, you must prove:
Once approved and any conditions are met, variances stay with the land and do not expire unless stipulated otherwise. Please refer to our Variances web page for more detailed information or contact a Land Use Specialist at (262) 857-1895.
Kenosha County does not enforce an animal ordinance. For regulations regarding the type and number of animals allowed on a property, we suggest contacting your local township or village office. To get contact information regarding municipal offices, visit our Links page.
When it comes to land use planning and zoning, the Department of Planning and Development does not have jurisdiction within the county's incorporated cities and villages. However, it does provide contracted services to administer these services for properties within the Village of Somers.
If you need information about the zoning of your property, about getting a building permit, or any other specific land use or building question, you must contact the city/village in which your property lies. To get contact information regarding municipal offices, visit our Links web page.
A setback is defined as the distance between a street line and the front building line of a principal building or structure, projected to the side line of the lot, and including driveways and parking areas, except where otherwise restricted by this ordinance.
A common misconception is that setback distances and setback requirements are taken from the centerline of the road or the edge of the pavement. This is false.
All setbacks are taken from the actual property line, located between your front property pins (pipes). If this line cannot be accurately located in the field, we suggest contacting a professional land surveyor to complete a boundary survey and accurately locate the property lines for you.
The zoning district applicable to “100-year floodplain” zoning is the FPO Floodplain Overlay District.
An ordinary high water mark (OHWM) is defined as "the point on the bank or shore up to which the presence and action of the water are so continuous as to leave a distinct mark either by erosion, destruction of terrestrial vegetation, or other easily recognized characteristic." An OHWM is present only on navigable waterways, lakes, and rivers. The DNR is the only agency allowed to determine and confirm OHWM elevations and whether a waterway is deemed "navigable."
If you are interested in having an OHWM determination made on your property or investigating if a waterway is navigable, please contact the Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development at (262) 857-1895.
You can also learn more by visiting the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website.
Wetland determinations and delineations must be completed by a qualified consultant and be verified by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
If you are interested in having a wetland determination/delineation done on your property, please contact the Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development at (262) 857-1895.
The zoning district applicable to “wetland” zoning is the C-1 Lowland Conservancy Zoning District.
A Zoning Permit is required when a structure or part thereof is located, erected, moved, reconstructed, extended, enlarged, converted or structurally altered within one of the following:
A structure is defined as anything constructed or erected. New structures and additions to such structures require a Zoning Permit including but not limited to:
NOTE: In the shore yard (75' from a lake or stream), a shoreland permit is required for retaining walls, rip-rap or shore protection (fill over 10 yards) and excavations such as ponds. Please contact the Department of Planning & Development at (262) 857-1895 for an explanation of these regulations relative to these types of uses within the department's zoning jurisdiction.
Yes, please refer to our Fences web page for more information.
Yes, please refer to our Decks page for more information.
Yes, a zoning permit is required to build, install, or alter any pool. This includes in-ground, above-ground, temporary inflatable/metal frame soft sided pools and hot tubs. Please refer to this handout for the ordinance requirements related to swimming pools and hot tubs.
Yes. A safety fence is required when constructing a new in-ground, above-ground or temporary inflatable/metal frame soft sided swimming pool.
In the case of an in-ground pool, there shall be erected and maintained a good quality safety fence not less than four feet in height. The safety fence should completely surround the pool or the yard in which the pool is located.
In the case of an above-ground pool or temporary inflatable/metal frame soft sided pool, either a good quality safety fence of not less than four feet in height shall completely surround the pool or surrounding yard in which the pool is located or the total wall height of the pool and surrounding deck/railing must be at least six feet above yard grade.
Latching/locking gates shall be installed on all fences/gates in order to prevent unauthorized entry.
In the case of a spa/hot tub, a locked safety cover meeting American Society for Testing Materials specifications may be used. A spa must be completely enclosed in a structure with locking windows and doors.
Yes, please refer to this handout on ordinance requirements related to signs.
The Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development does not issue permits for tree removal. However, regulations are in place to limit tree/shrub clearing near waterways.
Section 12.18-2 of the Zoning Ordinance states: 12.18-2 Tree Cutting and Shrubbery ClearingThe cutting of trees and shrubbery shall be regulated to protect natural beauty, control erosion and reduce the flow of effluents, sediments and nutrients from the shoreland area. In the strip of land 35 feet wide inland from the ordinary high water mark, no more than 30 feet in any 100 feet (30%) shall be clear-cut. In shoreland areas more than 35 feet inland, trees and shrubbery cutting shall be governed by the consideration of the effect on water quality and consideration of sound forestry practices and soil conservation practices. The tree and shrubbery cutting regulations required by this paragraph shall not apply to the removal of dead, diseased or dying trees or shrubbery. Paths and trails shall not exceed ten (10) feet in width and shall be so designed and constructed as to result in the least removal and disruption of shoreland cover and the minimum impairment of natural beauty.
In addition to regulations limiting tree/shrub clearing near waterways, woodlands are protected under the C-2 Upland Conservancy District zoning classification: The C-2 Upland Resource Conservancy District is intended to preserve, protect, enhance and restore all significant woodlands, areas of rough topography, and related scenic areas. Regulation of these areas will serve to control erosion and sedimentation and will promote and maintain the natural beauty of Kenosha County. Tree clearing is prohibited in the C-2 Upland Conservancy District except for the construction of a driveway and permitted structures, removal of dead and diseased vegetation and removal of invasive species.
If you should have questions regarding the integrity of your woodlands or the species thereon, feel free to contact the county Conservation Planner at the Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development at (262) 857-1895.
Please keep in mind the need for a sanitary permit for New Residential Construction and potentially a septic system evaluation for Additions to Existing Structures.
NOTE: Triple fees shall be charged if work has started prior to applying for the appropriate permit.
Zoning permits for minor structures, such as residential decks and fences or outbuildings, can generally be issued right away on a first come, first serve basis, assuming all zoning issues are addressed in the application. You can expect the process to take about a half hour or less. Please ensure that if you send an agent or contractor to pull the permit for you that he/she is informed of the proposed project well enough to answer any questions the Land Use Specialist may have during the permitting process. If you wish to speak with a Land Use Specialist, please call (262) 857-1895.
You should expect to wait about five working days from the date of application for larger projects, such as new residential/commercial construction, residential/commercial additions, sign permits, antenna co-locations, etc. It is highly recommended that you speak face to face with a Land Use Specialist when dropping off your application packet to ensure that all issues have been addressed.
Be aware that the zoning code allows up to thirty days for the office to formally approve or deny a zoning permit application. Below is an excerpt from the zoning ordinance regarding time limits for review.
12.05-3 Time LimitsAll permits, except conditional use permits and stipulated shoreland permits, shall be granted or denied in writing, within 30 days after application, by the Office of Planning and Zoning Administration. All stipulated shoreland permits shall be granted or denied within 60 days after application, unless the time is extended by mutual agreement. The applicant shall post any permit granted in a conspicuous place at the site. All zoning permits shall expire within 18 months. Any permit issued in conflict with the provisions of this ordinance shall be null and void.
Please refer to the fee schedule for a complete list of fees for the Kenosha County Department of Planning & Development.
If your zoning permit is about to expire and you have not completely framed and shelled the entirety of the structure, then you must renew your original zoning permit with the Office of Planning and Development. To do so, please contact a Land Use Specialist at (262) 857-1895.
For smaller projects, such as residential decks and fences or outbuildings, an appointment is not usually required. Zoning permits for these structures can generally be issued right away on a first come, first serve basis, assuming all zoning issues are addressed in the application. You can expect the process to take about a half hour or less. Please ensure that if you send an agent or contractor to pull the permit for you that he/she is informed of the proposed project well enough to answer any questions the Land Use Specialist may have during the permitting process. If you wish to speak with a Land Use Specialist, please call (262) 857-1895.
Setting up an appointment is recommended when submitting an application for larger projects, such as new residential/commercial construction, residential/commercial additions, sign permits, antenna co-locations, etc. Permits of this type can generally be issued within five working days, assuming all required application information has been presented, and issues, such as sanitation and site plan review, have been addressed.
Be aware that the zoning code allows up to thirty days for the office to formally approve or deny a zoning permit application. It is highly recommended that you speak face to face with a Land Use Specialist when dropping off your application packet to ensure that all issues have been addressed.
A tax key number for a property can be found on your tax bill. They can also be found by using the county’s interactive mapping application. If you have the full address house number and street, or the street and ownership name as it appears on the tax bill, you can contact the Office of Planning and Development to obtain a tax key number.
Tax key number prefixes within the jurisdiction of the Kenosha County Planning and Development Office are listed below.
However, Kenosha County does regulate the storage of vehicles in conjunction with a permitted business use. For instance, conditional use permits authorizing the placement of a towing business or auto garage may detail where vehicles may be stored outside on a property (site plan review).
In-laws quarters construction is reviewed on a case by case basis by staff.
Under the current zoning code, mobile homes or manufactured homes are only allowed within the R-12 Mobile Home/Manufactured Home Park-Subdivision District. If you are questioning whether or not a certain property is zoned R-12, please refer to the county’s interactive mapping application or contact and the Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development at (262) 857-1895.
To determine if your property is within the 100-year floodplain, you can use the county’s interactive mapping application.
The Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development does prepare formal floodplain determination letters for a fee. This letter includes both federal and local data in the determination. If you are interested in obtaining a formal floodplain determination letter, please contact a Land Use Specialist at (262) 857-1895.
A boathouse is an accessory use used strictly for the storage of boats and water-related recreational accessories to be used by the owner or occupant of the parcel. One boathouse is permitted for each property fronting on navigable bodies of water having riparian rights.
Boathouse requirements are listed in the accessory buildings section of the zoning ordinance. For more information and ordinance requirements, visit the Accessory Buildings page.
The number of accessory buildings allowed on a property is dependent on the size and zoning classification of that property. Accessory building guidelines, such as number, size, and height restrictions, can be found in the accessory buildings section of the zoning ordinance.
For more information and ordinance requirements, visit our Accessory Buildings page or view the Accessory Building Regulations handout.
The size of accessory buildings allowed on a property is dependent on the size of the property and the zoning classification of that property. Other factors that can affect the size and location of an accessory structure include well location, septic location, and natural resource features, if applicable.
Accessory building guidelines such as number, size, and height restrictions, can be found in the accessory buildings section of the zoning ordinance and on the Accessory Building Regulations handout.
Typically, a legal non-conforming lot may not meet the lot frontage and/or lot area requirements required under the current zoning code, whereas a legal non-conforming structure may not meet the minimum size and/or location requirements specified under the current zoning code.
We suggest you speak directly with a Land Use Specialist regarding any work you may be considering to a non-conforming structure. A Land Use Specialist can be reached at (262) 857-1895.
There are four main components to a zoning permit application for new home construction. The applicant needs...
Visit our New Residential Construction web page for more information and procedures.
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).
Information on the web portal is by tax year. By tax year selected…
There is a single page containing the Search Screen, Parcel Information, and Search Results.
Real Estate Parcels:
Personal Property Parcels:
Bristol (262) 857-1845
View the fee schedule page for details on fees.
You can obtain a certified copy of any of the above referenced vital records at the Register of Deeds office (1010 56th Street Kenosha WI 53140).
You will need to complete an application indicating your interest in the record. You will also need to provide acceptable identification as listed on the back of the application. The cost of a certified copy is $20.00 for the first copy and $3.00 for each additional copy.
If you are unable to come to the office, you can download the application for a birth, death, marriage, domestic partnership or divorce certificate. Complete the application and mail it to our office with a money order for the correct amount along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Please check our vital records page for more information on the availability of vital records.
To remove the name of the deceased spouse, you will need to complete a document called a Termination of Decedents Property Interest (PDF). Directions for completing this form are provided. The recording fee is $30.
You will need a copy of a document that shows joint tenancy, life estate, survivorship marital property, vendor's interest, or mortgagee's interest and a certified copy of the death certificate. You can purchase a certified copy of the death certificate through the Register of Deeds Office. The cost is $20 for one copy and $3 for each additional copy.
To simply change your name on the property you own, you will need to complete and record a document called a Quit Claim Deed (PDF). You will also need to complete an electronic Real Estate Transfer Return online at revenue.wi.gov.
After submitting the e-Return, you will be given the opportunity to print a receipt. This printed receipt must be submitted along with the completed deed for recording. The recording cost is a flat fee of $30.
This question is more complex than it seems. In its simplest form, you are not required to take any action. When you sell the property at some point in the future, indicate on the deed, for example, "Mary Smith, nka (now known as) Mary Jones hereby grants, etc."
There are many other details that affect the answer to this question. The most important of which is Wisconsin's Marital Property law. This law assumes that property used by a couple during the course of a marriage is jointly owned unless specified otherwise.
If you wish to remain the sole owner of the property and do not intend to convey any interest in the property to your spouse, steps must be taken prior to and during the marriage to ensure this occurs.
However, if you intend for your spouse to share in the ownership of the property, there are a number of ways a married couple can hold title to the property. Each one has distinct legal implications. Depending on your financial status, age and other factors, a trust might even be advisable.
As you can see, it is best to seek the help of an attorney to draft a deed that will accomplish your goals.
If you have received real estate in a divorce settlement, you need to verify with your attorney that he has recorded a Quitclaim Deed or Warranty Deed with the Register of Deeds Office.
Joint Tenancy - An undivided interest in the property, taken by two or more joint tenants. The interests must be equal, accruing under the same conveyance, and beginning at the same time. Upon the death of a joint tenant, the interest passes to the surviving joint tenants, rather than to the heirs of the deceased.Tenancy in Common - A form of ownership whereby each owner holds an undivided interest in the property. The interests need not be equal, and, in the event of the death of one of the owners, no right of survivorship in the other owners exists.
In most cases your deed should have a complete legal description, however the Register of Deeds office cannot verify that the information on your deed is correct. A copy of your deed may be purchased at the Register of Deeds Office. The cost for a 1 page document is $2.00 with each additional page costing $1.00.
While this seems simple enough, it can be complicated by two factors. If your property consists of a number of small parcels that have been combined over time, a simple concise legal description may not exist. The opposite can also be a problem. Your property may have previously been a large parcel from which smaller parcels were sold off. In both of these cases, several documents and some interpretation may be required to construct an accurate legal description.
If the history of your parcel fits into either of the above descriptions, you should contact a registered land surveyor for professional assistance in writing an accurate, updated legal description.
According to a member of the Probate and Real Property Section of the Wisconsin State Bar Association that was conferred with, the answer is "NO". The trust remains in effect. However, it is prudent to review the trust with your attorney periodically to determine if modifications to the trust would be advisable.
Probate is a court-supervised procedure for transferring ownership of someone's solely owned assets after he or she dies. The following brochure provides more information on Probate.
Yes, since 2005, we have been recording documents electronically. Kenosha County Register of Deeds office provides this service through Corporation Service Company (CSC), Simplifile, eRecording Partners Network and Indecomm Global Services. For further information contact:
The full payment or the first installment option is due on or before January 31.
You will need to download and print a change of address form, fill it out, and mail it to the address listed below.
You may also put your change of address requests in writing. Include your name, property address, mailing address and parcel number. Forward them to Kenosha County Land Information, 1010 56th Street, Kenosha, WI, 53140 or you may also send them to the Kenosha County Treasurer at the same address.
If the first installment is not paid by January 31, the entire unpaid balance becomes delinquent (voiding all installment options). It is subject to interest and penalty effective February 1 at a rate of 1.5% per month (18% per year) until it is paid in full.
Please see "Payments"
You may pay in person either at our downtown office 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday 1010 56th Street in Kenosha, or at the Elected Officials Office 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Kenosha County Center at the intersection of Highways 45 & 50 in Bristol.
Payments made by check, money order, or cashier's check may also be mailed to the Kenosha County Treasurer, 1010 56th Street, Kenosha WI 53140. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like a receipt.
Point and Pay handles payment by credit card which may be made online or by phone at 1–888-891-6064 x1.
View the lottery and gaming credit web page to see if you received a lottery credit on the current year's taxes. Lottery credit amounts change every year. To find out the amount of your current year lottery credit, please see your tax bill or call the Treasurer's Office at 262-653-2542.
If you need to apply for next year's lottery credit, we can send you an application. Applications are also available at your local municipal treasurer's office.
If you do not receive your tax bill, by December 20, please contact the treasurer of your local municipality and verify that your mailing address on file is correct. Failure to receive a property tax bill does not relieve taxpayers of their obligation to pay their taxes in a timely manner, nor does it negate interest and penalty charges that may accrue.
While you may request this, we strongly advise against this practice. If you do select this option, please be advised that all correspondence from our office will be directed to your mortgage company.
You are ultimately responsible for the payment of your property taxes. You should verify that your taxes were paid through the escrow.
Per State Statute 74.69(1): Property tax payments are considered timely if:
We urge taxpayers to mail payments several days early to avoid postal delay. You may consider going to the Post Office and having them hand-cancel your envelope to assure a timely postmark.
Missed payments must be made up the following month. If two payments are missed, the payment plan will be canceled and all remaining owed taxes become due immediately, and you could lose your property through the tax deed foreclosure process.
In the event current-year taxes become delinquent, the payment plan will be canceled and all remaining owed taxes will become due immediately, and you could lose your property through the tax deed foreclosure process.
In the event a payment plan is canceled, all remaining owed delinquent taxes will become immediately due and you could lose your property through the tax deed foreclosure process.
Cancelation of payment plans on parcels already in the tax deed foreclosure process at the time the plan was established will be cause for the County to proceed with foreclosure of the property.
A tuberculosis infection may result after close contact with a person who has tuberculosis (TB).
Tuberculosis infection is determined by a significant reaction to the Mantoux skin test with no symptoms of TB, and no TB bacteria found in the sputum.
Tuberculosis disease is characterized by the appearance of TB symptoms, a significant reaction to the Mantoux skin test, and TB bacteria found in the sputum.
Tuberculosis may last for a lifetime as an infection, never developing into a disease. However, individuals with TB infection are at considerable risk of developing TB disease, particularly during the first year after acquiring the infection. Individuals with weakened immune systems, such as people with HIV, are at high risk of developing TB disease if the TB infection is untreated.
To spread the TB bacteria, a person must have TB disease. Having a TB infection is not enough to spread the bacteria.
West Nile is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause:
West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. A mosquito becomes infected by biting a bird that carries the virus.
You cannot get the West Nile Virus from a person who has the disease. It is not spread through person-to-person contact, such as touching, kissing or caring for someone who is infected.
Yes. While the chance of anyone becoming infected with the West Nile Virus is very low. Most cases have occurred in people older than 50. If infected, people in this age group are also more likely to develop severe diseases, such as encephalitis or meningitis.
From May to October, when mosquitoes are most active, take the following precautions:
Products with a low concentration of DEET may be appropriate for situations where exposure to mosquitoes is minimal. Higher concentrations of DEET may be useful in highly infested areas or with species that are more difficult to repel. An effective repellent will contain 35% DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide). DEET in high concentrations (greater than 35%) provides no additional protection. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that repellents used on children contain no more than 10% DEET.
Consider using non-chemical ways to deter biting insects, such as protective clothing (as outlined above), window and door screens, and wearable netting when camping.
Recommendations When Using DEET
Note: vitamin B, ultrasonic devices, and incense have not been shown to be effective in preventing mosquito bites.
Evidence indicates that the chance of human infection and illness from the West Nile virus is very low.
People who are older than age 50 are more likely to get seriously ill if they become infected. They should take the greatest care to prevent exposure to mosquito bites.
State officials are interested in sick/dead crows and blue jays - the species most often infected. These are the only species that will be tested. Birds must not be badly damaged or long dead. The bird carcass should be free of maggots and strong odor and have intact eyes.
Wear rubber gloves when handling sick or dead birds. If you have no gloves, insert your hand into a clean plastic bag, pick up the bird with the bagged hand, invert the bag over the bird and seal the bag. Birds should be frozen as soon as possible after collection.
Individuals can drop the bird(s) off at the following location:Kenosha County Public Health Lab - 8600 Sheridan Road, Suite 600, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday - Friday
Once one West Nile Virus positive bird is detected in Kenosha County, additional birds from Kenosha County will no longer be collected. However, reports of sick/dead crows and blue jays should continue to be reported to Kenosha County Public Health at 262-605-6700 or the West Nile Virus Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.