Building and Inspections
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. Call Angie at 715-426-3427 to schedule. Thank you.
Building Permit Fact Sheet - How do I apply & when do I need one?
Decks and Stairways
Deck Construction Code (WI State Building Code Appendix B)
Appendix B Checklist
Please submit residential permit application, site plan showing lot lines and where deck is going off the house, and Appendix B checklist for approval.
Outside City limits?
Check with your local township building inspector to obtain a permit.
Pierce County: Town of Clifton 715-377-2152
Town of River Falls 715-377-2152
St. Croix County: Town of Kinnickinnic 715-377-2152
Town of Troy 715-386-5410
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.
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