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Options and services vary with the needs and willingness of the adult but can include: arranging for medical care, coordination with law enforcement and other agencies, assistance finding alternative living arrangements, financial management services and referrals, homemaker and housekeeper services within specified limits, crisis interventions such as restraining orders and long term legal interventions such as guardianship and protective placement.
Evening and weekend emergencies – 262-657-7188
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.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services assigns 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.
A five star designation means the facility ranks “much above average,” four star indicates “above average,” three means “about average,” two is a “below average” ranking with a one indicating that a facility ranks “much below average.”
The ratings are available online at CMS's Nursing Home Compare website at www.medicare.gov.
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 look at 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.
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).
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.
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 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, training and process 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 include a criminal background check, personal references, proof of physical health and insurances.
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.
Prior to a home 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 on-going training. Foster Care license’s are reviewed for re-licensing every 2 years.
When approved, a family is then 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.
Kenosha County Division of Health - Health Clinic 8600 Sheridan Road, Kenosha
Kenosha County Center - Office of Planning and Development 19600 75th Street, Bristol
Kenosha County Division of Health - Health Clinic 8600 Sheridan Road, Kenosha Between 8am and 4pm - Monday through Thursday
Kenosha County Center - Office of Planning and Development 19600 75th Street, Bristol Before 3:00 pm on Tuesdays only
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.
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.
Land Information 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 at that new location by the end of the year. The Land Information Office will send the assessment notice and the real estate bill to the previous location if it does not receive an address change form associated with a new building. This could result in delays of retrieving documents and the possibility of penalties associated with late payments.
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
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. Land Information is currently in the process of scanning surveys and anticipate that survey information will be available for most surveys on the Land Information Website. There are a number available now by using the quick links. Surveys are required to be filed according to State Statute 59.45(1)(b) Land Information has no knowledge of what areas have been surveyed. 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.
Addresses and Street names are assigned by various entities as follows:
Voting information can be found in the County Clerk office.
Pursuant to Wisconsin State Statute 979.01, the Medical Examiner's Office is required to investigate deaths that fall into the following categories: •All deaths in which there are unexplained, unusual or suspicious circumstances. •Homicides •Suicides •Maternal deaths following abortion. •Deaths due to poisoning, whether homicidal, suicidal, or accidental. •Deaths following accidents, whether the injury is or is not the primary cause of death. •When there was no physician or accredited practitioner in attendance within 30 days preceding death. •When a physician refuses to sign or is unable to sign the death certificate. •Deaths of inmates of public institutions, who have not been hospitalized for organic illness. •Deaths that occur in association with, or as a result of diagnostic, therapeutic, or anesthetic procedures. •Deaths due to neglect. •Fetus of 20 weeks or older, unattended by a physician or practitioner. •Sudden deaths of persons not disabled by recognizable disease processes, in which a fracture of a major bone (femur, humerus, or tibia) has occurred within the past six months. •Deaths occurring outside of a hospital or nursing home, and not enrolled in a palliative care program under the care of a physician. •Occupational related deaths attributable entirely or in part to external work place factors. •Sudden and unexpected deaths occurring in infants or children under the age of 2, under circumstances not explained by a pre-existing medical problem.
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). In addition, 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.
Toxicology analysis is one of the most frequent reasons for 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 only take 4-6 weeks if no drugs are present; however, 8-12 weeks are typically required to perform the necessary confirmations and quantitations of 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.
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, 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, or homicide, or in some cases, "undetermined." Typically the cause of death is determined via autopsy, while the manner of death is based on investigation.
You may reserve pavilions and apply for beer permits online at ResNexus. If you have 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 KD 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 Kenosha County Golf.
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 KD Parks. For more information, please visit Kenosha County Dog Parks.
The only boat launch in a County Park is located on Highway F in Fox River Park. There is a fee of $2.00 to launch a boat into the Fox River. Click here for information on the Fox River Water Trail.
Please see 2019 Park Entry Fees.
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 may purchase a beer permit using our online reservation system.
Metal detecting is allowed with a permit in most areas 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 at the Kemper Center.
To obtain a permit, complete the Metal Detecting Form and e-mail it to KenoshaCountyParks@kenoshacounty.org. 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.
To obtain the mill rate for your property you can visit the County Mill Rates webpage.
An owner-occupant of a residential structure who:
•Is within program limits (see Question No. 3).
•Lives in Kenosha County, outside of the City of Kenosha.
•Complies with all program criteria.
An investor-owner, who also agrees, for a period of five years or the term of the loan, whichever is less to:
•Rent to households within program limits.
•Charge rents within established limits.
Wisconsin Housing AlliancePhone: 608-266-2112
2016 Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program Income Limits (income limits are updated annually) Household Size Income Limit 1 $38,100 2 $43,5503 $49,0004 $54,0005 $58,8006 $63,1507 $67,500 8 $71,850
•To save energy, e.g. insulation, weatherstripping, a new heating system, etc.•To correct health and safety code problems, e.g. new wiring, plumbing, etc.•To improve livability, e.g. repairing floors and walls, replacing a roof, etc.•To extend the economic or physical life of the housing unit, e.g. siding, painting, etc. 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
•Is within the following program income limits. 2016 Homestead Opportunity Loan Program Income Limits (income limits are updated annually) Household Size Income Limit 1 $38,100 2 $43,5503 $49,0004 $54,0005 $58,8006 $63,1507 $67,500 8 $71,850
•Can obtain first mortgage bank financing.•Will purchase and occupy a home in Kenosha County, outside of the City of Kenosha.•Complies with all other program criteria.
•Up to 50% of a reasonable downpayment (reasonable is defined as no more than 20% of the home’s purchase price).•For rehabilitation of a property when the lender agrees to credit the increase in the property’s value towards the required downpayment.•For payment of bank fees and closing costs that include application fees, appraisals, flood certification, document preparation, filing fees, legal fees, and other fees deemed reasonable by the Kenosha County Housing Authority.
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. Wisconsin DATCP Landlord Tenant Complaint Form
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 any time. Phone: 1-877-428-8844
Ponds built within the shoreland require a County stipulated shoreland permit, ponds are generally not permitted in the floodplain or connected to a navigable waterway. A wildlife pond may be created in 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 disturbance will require a water quality certification from the WDNR 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. Visit the WDNR website for more information http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Waterways/ http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Waterways/
See the Wisconsin Department of Administration Division of Intergovernmental Relations website and follow the Census and Population Demographic Services Link.
Kenosha County offers numerous hardcopy maps for sale. For a list of these maps, please visit the Hardcopy Maps portion of the Mapping/GIS page. Also, some 11”x17” printable maps are available for no charge through our Map Gallery.
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.
When people do all their laundry in one day, the high (peak) flow will cause the drainfield to go anaerobic (without air). Your POWTS performs best in aerobic conditions. In aerobic (with air) conditions there are a lot more bacteria that 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 drainfield. When these additional solids end up in the drainfield, it will accelerate the failure rate of the drainfield. In other words, the drainfield will fail much quicker than a POWTS that does not experience frequent peaks flows.
All septic tanks designed from about 1978 to 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 wash machines. They typically will use about 1/3 of the amount of water, per load, as the standard top load wash machines.
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.After the soil and site evaluations have been reviewed by the county reviewing authority, and are found to be acceptable for completeness, the evaluations 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 affect. If there is a significant rule change that effects the soil and site evaluation process or results of previously completed tests then a new test may have to be done.
Another example might be a property owner wants to put up an outbuilding and also wants to put a bathroom in it for a convenience to themselves. A County sanitary permit can be issued so long as the existing POWTS is a code compliant installation previously inspected by Staff of this department.
For further details of County sanitary permit issuance and when they may be necessary, you can contact the Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development.
As far as system performance is concerned, a pressurized system typically will perform better than one that is not, because 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.
If a grinder were 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 at least be 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 not experience premature failure due to the additional settling time provided by your treatment tank.
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.
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 submitted information that will be required 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 (drainfield) 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 and therefore the data in their reports can be less specific and more general. It is for these reasons – required standards & licensing, that another powts evaluation is needed to be done to obtain a permit for a building addition/renovation.
If you want to put plantings on or near your POWTS you should plant species of plants that have a herbaceous root system. If you select plants that have a woody root system and plant them very close to, or on top of, the absorption field it will experience root problems. The roots from this plant group tend to grow or migrate in the direction of a moisture source and work their way into the piping network. Once inside the network the roots begin to clog the piping. Given sufficient time the roots will cause 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 resource protection, and sets forth the community’s planning goals and objectives. The comprehensive plan is used in the course of deliberations on local planning issues, particularly with regard to local zoning, subdivision, and official mapping ordinances. In addition, the comprehensive plan is intended to increase intergovernmental cooperation and the 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:
• Issues and opportunities element
• Land use element
• Housing element
• Transportation element
• Utilities and community facilities element
• Agricultural, natural, and cultural resources element
• Economic development element
• Intergovernmental cooperation element
• Implementation element
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).
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.
To learn as soon as possible 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.
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.
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 the single largest investment they will ever make every effort should be made 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 a 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 regarding 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, the survey will help to identify any other irregularities that may result in legal disputes sometime in the future. The surveyor assumes full professional responsibility for the accuracy of the survey and therefore may serve as an expert witness in court. The new survey enhances your title insurance policy. 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 a 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 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 a have a survey for your property in our database. You may also contact the Land Information office at (262) 653-2622 and they will check their records to see if there is a survey on file. The cost of a copy of a survey is .25 cents if it is pick up at our office or a $1.00 if it is faxed. Surveys are required to be filed according to State Statute 59.45(1)(b). Land Information has no knowledge of what areas have been surveyed. 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 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 form of 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 it was permitted.
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. THIS REQUIREMENTS DOES 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, then 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, then 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 common misconception is that setback distances and setback requirements are taken from the centerline of the road or the edge of 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 is 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 is the only agency allowed to determine whether or not 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 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.
NOTE: in the shoreyard (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.
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 completely surrounding the pool or surrounding 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, or a spa must be completely enclosed in a structure with locking windows and doors.
12.18-2 TREE CUTTING AND SHRUBBERY CLEARING
The 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 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.
You can expect to wait about (5) five working days from the date of application submittal 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 (30) 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 LIMITS
All 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.
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.
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 (5) 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 (30) 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 in the chart 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.
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 Webpage and see 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.
To place a new business in an existing structure, the property owner must undergo 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.
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Personal Property Parcels:
Bristol (262) 857-1845
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. You will need a copy of the 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. The recording fee is $30.00. You can purchase a certified copy of the death certificate at the Register of Deeds office, the cost is $20.00 for one copy and $3.00 for each additional copy. /DocumentCenter/View/171
This question is more complex then it seems at first. In its simplest form, you are not required to take any action. When you sell the property at some point in the future, simply indicate on the deed, for example "Mary Smith, nka (now known as) Mary Jones hereby grants, etc." However, 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 assure that this occurs. If, however, 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 property and 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.
Tenancy in Common - A form of ownership whereby each owner holds an undivided interest in 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.
The full payment or the first installment option is due on or before January 31.
Download a change of address form. You will need to print out this 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) and 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 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday 1010 56th Street in Kenosha, or at the Elected Officials Office 8am to 4:30pm, 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 on the Internet or by phone at 1–888-891-6064 x1.
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.
Tuberculosis disease is characterized by the appearance of symptoms, a significant reaction to the Mantoux skin test and TB bacteria found in the sputum.
To spread the TB bacteria, a person must have TB disease. Having TB infection is not enough to spread the bacteria. 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. Additionally, individuals with weakened immune systems such as persons infected with HIV, are at high risk of developing TB disease if TB infection is untreated.