Building and Inspections

Building Permits

The Building and Inspections Division reviews plans, issues permits, and inspects all new residential and commercial construction and remodeling work within the City of River Falls. This includes plumbing, heating and air conditioning, and electrical work. One building permit is issued for the entire project. Permits are valid for two years.

When do I need and how do I apply for a building permit?
New Home Construction Checklist
Online New Home Permit Application State of WI (New Home Construction ONLY) 
Commercial Permit Application 
Residential Permit Application 
Fence Permit Application

Project Guides

Decks and Stairways
Building Code for Homeowner Projects

Code Enforcement

This Division enforces city ordinances including building and construction, signs, long grass and weeds, garbage, occupancy and housing maintenance issues.

Code Enforcement Contact List


The Building and Inspections Division reviews and processes sign permits. A sign permit is required for new permanent and temporary signage in the City of River Falls. Permanent signs include wall, blade, monument and pylon signs; temporary signs include banner and portable signage. Please see Municipal Code Section 17.84 for sign regulations. Sign applications will be reviewed and notification provided with in one week of submission.

Signs in the Downtown Overlay District may be required to obtain Design Review Committee (DRC) approval.

Sign Information
Sign Permit Application
DRC Regulations and Map
Garage Sale Sign Information
Sandwich Board Information

Rental Housing

The City of River Falls requires a rental housing license for rental property. A rental housing license is required when a residence produces rental income; payment or other considerations such as house siting, lawn care, and general maintenance. An inspection is required for all new rental housing property.

Inspection Fee: $100 (includes first year rental license fee)

Annual Rental Housing License Fee: $10

Rental Housing Application
R-1 District Zoning Info (maximum occupants allowed per rental unit)