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Zoning Permits
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: $350
Application Process: Permits must be reviewed by the City Plan Commission and Common Council.

Conditional Use Permit Application

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: $150/$500 for a Certified Survey Map
Application Process:  All land divisions must be reviewed by the: City Plan Commission and Common Council.

Land Division 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 - $1200; Final Plan - $800; Amendments to previously approved planned developments - $400
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 Application

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: $500
Application Process: All rezonings in Wauwatosa are reviewed and approved by the: City Plan Commission, Community Development Committee, and Common Council.

Zoning Amendment Application

For more information, please contact the Planning & Zoning Division at (414) 479-8957. | Email

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