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New Construction FAQs

Town of Hortonia New Construction - FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 
Prepared by the Town Clerk - August 30, 2009

The following questions and answers target New Construction in the Town of Hortonia.

Can I build what ever I want, where ever I want?
No. You have to comply with the Town's zoning ordinances. These ordinances dictate: how many buildings you can have, how big they can be, how far they have to be set back from property lines, etc. !! CLICK HERE !! for an overview of the Town's zoning.

Ok. So, how do I find out what my zoning is?
You can call the clerk at 920-779-9780 or e-mail the clerk ( Or, you can figure it out yourself by looking at the Town's zoning maps - !! CLICK HERE !! to go to the Zoning Maps media page. 

I don't like my zoning, can I change it or get a variance?
You can try. You'll need to fill out an application - !! CLICK HERE !! to go to the Forms media page which includes instructions and some fee information. In some places, the probability of success has a lot to do with who you know and how much you pay under the table. In Hortonia, the probability of success is guided by future land use maps.  !! CLICK HERE !! to go to the Land Use Maps. If your request doesn't match with the future land use, it will likely get denied.

What about covenants?
You only have to worry about covenants if you live in the Falling Wing subdivision. !! CLICK HERE !! to view.

My zoning is ok, can I start building?
No! First you need to apply for a permit. The type of permit you apply for depends on what you're building. If you are installing a decorative pond, you don't need a permit. But, if you're installing a culvert !! CLICK HERE !! for a culvert permit application. And, if you are constructing a dwelling or some other building, you will need a building permit, but first you should check the application requirements, so, !! CLICK HERE !!

What's the fee for a permit application?
That depends on what you are building. The least expensive fee is $50 and it goes up from there. !! CLICK HERE !! to see our Fee Schedule Ordinance.

I sent in my application and my check, now what?
Before you are given a building permit, the Building Inspector reviews it and makes a recommendation to the Town Board. The Board of Supervisors then takes up the application at the next Town Board meeting. Make sure you contact the Clerk so that your application gets on the agenda for the next Town Board meeting.

When is the next Town Board meeting?
It usually takes place the second Tuesday of each month. !! CLICK HERE !! to go to the Clerk's page and see the notices for upcoming meetings, or, call the Town Hall and listen to the recording: 920-779-9780.

I just missed the monthly meeting and I can't wait another month. What can I do?
You can request a special Town Board meeting, but that will cost you an additional $300.

Screw this! I'm going to build what I want to build!!
Be advised that anyone who builds without a permit (or begins construction before the application is approved) is subject to some hefty fines - up to twice the original permit fee for each offense, together with the costs of prosecution. Our Town Officials and Building Inspector keep an eye out for unauthorized construction and you will be given notice by our Town Constable who will issue you a citation. If you choose not to pay, then you will face prosecution. If you think this sucks, go live in Dale ;-)

The Town of Hortonia is not responsible for any inaccuracies or unauthorized use of the information contained within. No warranties are implied.