Zoning Permits

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We are responsible for the administration of the Wauwatosa zoning code (Title 24) and regulating overall development within the City of Wauwatosa. This is partly accomplished through classifying and reviewing:

  • Conditional Uses
  • Land Divisions
  • Planned Developments
  • Zoning Amendments
The Plan Commission is the body that reviews applications for these permits. The

Board of Zoning Appeals reviews zoning variance applications.

Conditional Use Permit

Conditional Use permits are required for such uses as: eating or drinking places, gas stations, and other uses.
Permit Cost: $500
Application Process: Permits must be reviewed by the City Plan Commission and Common Council.

Conditional Use Handout

Development Application 

See Parking Lot & Site Plan Approval (Engineering)   

Land Divisions

There are two types of land divisions: a land division/subdivision and a Certified Survey map land division. A Certified Survey Map is required when creating a new parcel/s.
Permit Cost: $200/$600 for a Certified Survey Map
Application Process: All land divisions must be reviewed by the: City Plan Commission and Common Council.

Land Division Handout 

Development Application 

Planned Developments

Planned Developments are intended to permit developments for specialized purposes on certain tracts where traditional zoning districts would not allow for such development.
Permit Cost: Preliminary Planned Developments - $1,500; Final Plan - $1,000; Amendments to previously approved planned developments - $500
Application Process: Before submitting an application for a preliminary planned development, an applicant will need to confer with the Planning Department to obtain input and direction on the proposal. Following this conference, an applicant shall submit in writing a description of the proposal with suitable site plans. A zoning map amendment application may need to be submitted with a Preliminary planned development application. Please consult with staff.

Planned Development Handout

Development Application

 See Parking Lot & Site Plan Approval (Engineering)

 Zoning Amendments

There are two types of zoning amendments (rezonings): a zoning map amendment (changing the zoning on a parcel of land) and an amendment to the city zoning code (text amendment).
Permit Cost: $600
Application Process: All rezonings in Wauwatosa are reviewed and approved by the: City Plan Commission, Community Development Committee, and Common Council.

Zoning Amendment Handout 

Development Application


For more information, please email the Planning & Zoning Division or call (414) 479-8957.

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