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.

**The process to obtain permits has been modified due to COVID19. Please call Angie at 715-426-3427 or Dave at 715-426-3426 to discuss any permit needs. Inspections will be scheduled all day Mondays and Wednesdays, and Friday mornings until further notice. Call Angie at 715-426-3427 to schedule. Thank you.

Building Permit Fact Sheet - How do I apply & when do I need one?
New Home Application Checklist
Online New Home Building Permit Application State of WI (New Home Construction ONLY) 
Erosion Control Checklist (New Home Construction)
Commercial Building Permit Application 
Residential Building Permit Application 
Fence Permit Application
Fee Schedule (see page 9 for permit fees)

Project Guides
Sheds, Detached Garages & Accessory Structures
Decks and Stairways
Fence Landscaping
Residential Driveways
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 (temporary sign)
Sign Permit Application (permanent signage)
DRC Regulations and Map
Garage Sale Sign Information
Sandwich Board Information

Rental Housing

The City of River Falls requires all rental properties to be registered. Registration for rental properties is required when a residence produces rental income; payment or other considerations such as house siting, lawn care, and general maintenance. 

Rental Housing Registration Fee: $10
Complaint Inspection Fee: $100

Rental Housing Fact Sheet
Rental Housing Registration Form
R-1 Zoning District Info (maximum occupants allowed per rental unit)