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 The Racine County Code Administration Division staff administers the state mandated Private Sewage System Program for all unsewered areas of Racine County. Staff also conducts general Zoning functions for the village of Caledonia, the townships of Burlington, Dover, Norway, Raymond, Waterford and Yorkville. In addition, the office is responsible for shoreland, floodplain and shoreland-wetland zoning for all unincorporated areas in the County.

Private Sewage System Program duties include conducting on-site investigations of groundwater monitoring wells and soil borings sanitary system plans sanitary permits and inspects private sewage systems prior to backfill. Staff will investigate complaints and take legal action to obtain compliance with the provisions of Chapter 19, Racine County Code of Ordinances. Code Administration also participates in the Wisconsin Fund Grant Program. This is an optional program that provides grant money to eligible homeowners who apply for grants to correct their failing private sewage systems. As part of this program, a 3-year septic tank maintenance check is enforced for all systems installed under County jurisdiction.

 Zoning duties include assisting the public with the completion of applications for zoning permits, shoreland contracts and variances. Staff determine zoning district designations, check floodplain/shoreland/wetland status, issue addresses and zoning permits. Office personnel will investigate complaints and issue orders/citations as needed to obtain compliance with the provisions of Chapter 20, Racine County Code of Ordinances. Customers are assisted on a daily basis and supplied with requested information, including copies of topographic,aerial and zoning maps as well as special reports. In addition, this office is responsible for coordinating zoning variance public hearings and providing staff to assist the County Zoning Board of Adjustment (BOA) as well as act as Secretary to the BOA. Code Administration works hand-in-hand with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Department of Safety and Professional Services and Department of Transportation along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the local units of government and Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission regarding principals of sanitation and zoning. The goal of the Department is to administer the Private Sewage System and Zoning Ordinances to allow for the promotion of health, safety, prosperity, aesthetics, and general welfare of the county.

Public Zoning Board of Adjustment Hearing notifications, agendas and minutes are available online.

Please see the Planning and Development site for related topics and links.

Please read the instructions below before clicking on the  Racine County Code of Ordinances.

Click on the link shown above. To utilize this link you must have Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher, Netscape 6.2.3 or higher, and Cookies must be enabled in the browser. You will now be able to click on the desired code in the left hand window. Chapter 18 is for Subdivision codes. Chapter 19 is for Utilities (Private Sewage System) codes. Chapter 20 is for Zoning codes. Clicking on the folders will reveal Divisions or individual Sections of the code that can be clicked on to reveal code contents.

State private sewage system information can be accessed from the Department of Safety and Professional Services web site.  This site includes the following Forms (Sanitary Permit Applications, Soil Evaluation forms, etc.) and Codes (Chapter Comm 83-Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems, etc.).

The following procedures and forms are included for you to print.

(See the Department of Safety and Professional Services Link for Sanitary Permit Application Forms)

The following lists are for information only and should not be construed to be a recommendation or endorsement.  Any properly licensed individual is allowed to perform in this capacity.

Certified Soil Testers List Restricted/Master Plumbers List