January of 1993, the Town of Merrimac
adopted a Development Plan and Zoning
Ordinance. In December 2004, the Town
Smart Growth Development Plan
as required under Wisconsin statute,
amending the original development plan.
What requires a Building Permit?
Any addition or
alteration exceeding $500 in one calendar
year. Here are some examples of projects,
but not limited to this list, which requires
Additions and Remodeling (all structures)
Accessory Buildings (includes garages, yard
sheds <100 sq. ft.)
Siding (excluding repairs less than 100 sq.
Roofing (except overlays or repairs less
than 100 sq. ft)
Window/Door Replacement (when opening is
New Single Family ResidentialNew
Multi-family, Commercial (site approval
required by Zoning Commission)
Signs (commercial, industrial and
If you are not
certain whether or not you need a permit, it
is highly recommended that you call and
ask. Fees triple if construction begins
prior to a permit being issued.
to download a Land Use/Building Permit
are not all inclusive as they relate to the
Town Ordinance, however, here are some
simple guidelines for new construction:
zoning district as these guidelines are
A new home
requires a UDC Permit issued by General
Engineering independent of the town's
observe all highway setbacks from the
right-of-way (Town Roads - 30 feet) and
all side and rear yard setbacks (10 feet
- from the ground up).
have a living area no less than 1,000
sq. ft. and at least 20 feet wide. The
height of the building cannot exceed 35
ft. above grade.
structures may not exceed 24 ft. by 30
ft. or 14 ft. in height without a
Conditional Use permit from the Town
Board after recommendation from the
Planning & Zoning Commission.
must be large enough to accommodate all
setbacks, off-street parking, and
sanitary requirements. Sauk County
determines minimum lot size based on
Shoreland Zoning or sanitation
requirements, but the minimum lot size
for a new lot is 20,000 sq.ft.
UDC Permitting does
not exempt property owners from
requiring permits in the Town and/or
On-line Land Use/Building Permit with
located within 1,000 feet of shoreline also
requires a Land Use Permit from Sauk
County. Shoreland Zoning requirements are
established by the State of Wisconsin and
enforced by Sauk County. Any structure
located within 75 feet of the ordinary high
water mark will also be reviewed by the
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Sauk County Planning & Zoning can assist you
in this area. Contact
Steve Sorenson at (608) 355-3285,
Extension 3431. You still require a permit
from the Town of Merrimac, however, a permit
will not be issued within Shoreland Zoning
until approval from Sauk County has been
Sauk County Private Sewage System
enforces private sewage systems as required
by state law. Prior to building, replacing,
or placing an addition onto a home, you must
obtain a permit from Sauk County. Contact
at (608) 355-3285, Extension 3431. The Town
of Merrimac will not grant a Building Permit
until Sauk County has granted approval.
Town of Merrimac Zoning Map
Town of Merrimac Zoning Map with Sauk County
Shoreland Protection overlay.
2011 Zoning Fee Schedule
Residential District Location