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Building Moving Permit Procedures

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  1. Fill out a Building Moving permit (PDF) form and return it to us at Building Inspection (BI).

  2. Contact each agency below to get a list of requirements:

Engineering: Christy Bachmann  (608) 266-4095

Traffic Engineering: Mark Winter (608) 266-6526

Forestry: Marla Eddy (608) 266-4450

Streets: Streets Division Superintendent (608) 266-4680

Police: Lieutenant Scott Kleinfeldt (608) 266-4482

Water Utility: Adam Wiederhoeft, (608) 266-9121

Zoning: Jacob Moskowitz (608) 266-4560

  1. The building mover must be a pre-qualified contractor.

  2. Provide Engineering with a dolly layout.

  3. Provide Building Inspection:

    • A Certificate of Insurance (COI). COI must show general liability and property damage limits of at least $1,000,000 per occurrence.

    • An indemnification agreement. This agreement must state the City will not be held liable for any damage that may occur during the move.

    • A bond, not to exceed $50,000. The bond guarantees that you will remove the building from the City street, property, or right of way as directed. The BI Director will determine the bond amount.

    • A site plan, if moving the building to a lot in Madison. The plan must be to scale and must show where on the lot you will place the building. You will need Zoning approval.

    • A surety bond, if moving to a lot in Madison. The Director will determine the bond amount, not to exceed $50,000. The surety bond assures that the exterior of the building will have a proper finish. Exteriors must be painted and have final grading.

  4. The owner or mover must contact utilities that may need to move obstructions along the route. For example: Gas and electric, telephone, cable TV, railroad signal and wires, etc.

  5. If you receive No Parking signs, place these 48 hours before the move.

  6. The moving permit fee is $200. Payment is due when we issue the permit.

Last Updated: 03/28/2022

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