Department of Community Development Planning Division

Department of Community Development Planning Division

The City of Waukesha first adopted a zoning ordinance in 1923.  The goal and purpose of the ordinance was to "protect residence sections, encourage home ownership, prevent undue concentration ... increase business and industrial efficiency, direct the building of the City and the development of all property along orderly and economic lines, and thereby promote the public health, safety, comfort, convenience, prosperity and general welfare."  This is still the goal of the Planning Department today.



The information in this site will help you navigate through the development process required by the City of Waukesha for all types of development. All items on the left require Plan Commission approval before any action can be taken.  These materials will help you prepare complete and informative submittals, and avoid costly delays due to an incomplete understanding about the development process.  All submittals must be in electronic form or have seven full copies and seven reduced sets of all materials.

Click here for Planning Site Map.   


The Planning Division encompasses or works in conjunction with other Divisions, Boards and Commission including the following:

Landmarks Commission
Information about the City of Waukesha Landmarks Ordinance, how to get your property designated as a landmark, and who is eligible for paint and repair grants.

Sign Review
Information about the City of Waukesha Sign Ordinance and the process to obtain a sign permit.

Plan Commission
A citizens guide to development in the City of Waukesha.

Board of Zoning Appeals
Information about the City of Waukesha zoning code and how to make an application to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Redevelopment Downtown
Information about past redevelopment projects, plans for the future and examples of private reinvestment in the downtown.

Newsrack Registration
All Newsracks in the City of Waukesha must be registered.

Building Inspection
Assists with inspections, permits, code enforcements and some licensing issues.

City Planner: Maria Pandazi, AICP
Office Hours are Monday through Friday:
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Telephone number: (262) 524-3750
Facsimile number: (262) 524-3751
We are located at City Hall at 201 Delafield Street, Room 200
in beautiful downtown Waukesha