Village of Greendale, WI
Milwaukee County
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(1) 
Permit required. No fence, trellis or arbor shall be erected in the Village without a building permit, unless arbors or trellises are not more than two feet wide nor six feet high and are placed against a garage or residence.
(2) 
Height and location requirements. No fence shall be erected in the Village unless it conforms to the height and location requirements specified in Chapter 17, Zoning Code.
(1) 
Permit required. No person shall make any excavation or do any grading on any lot or parcel of land in the Village without first obtaining a permit therefor from the Director of Inspection Services.
(2) 
Applicant to file plans or survey. No permit for any excavation or grading in the Village shall be granted unless the applicant shall first file with the Director of Inspection Services the following:
(a) 
In the case of an excavation a statement of the purpose and a plan showing the dimensions of the excavation.
(b) 
In the case of grading, a topographic survey showing grade and elevation of property before and after completion of proposed grading and approval of the proposed grading by the Building Board.
(3) 
Alteration of grade prohibited without approval. No existing grade on any lot or parcel of land in the Village shall be altered and modified unless the Building Board shall approve the same. The Building Board shall approve the alteration and modification of grade with respect to any lot or parcel of land in the Village when it shall appear that:
(a) 
The proposed alteration and modification of grade does not damage or depreciate the value of adjacent lots or parcels of land.
(b) 
The natural flow of surface water toward or away from adjacent property is not affected by the alteration or modification of the grade.
(4) 
Mining and excavation.
(a) 
Permit from Building Board required. No person shall undertake or engage in the mining, removal or excavation of any gravel, stone or dirt (except as the same may be incidental and necessary to the construction of a basement or leveling of a lot in the course of the building of a home or other structure) without first obtaining the approval of and a permit from the Building Board.
(b) 
When permit may be issued. No permit for any mining, removal or excavation of any gravel, stone or dirt shall be issued without first being reviewed by the Plan Commission and approved by the Village Board and unless it shall appear that:
1. 
The proposed mining, removal or excavation of any gravel, stone or dirt does not damage or depreciate the value of adjacent lots or parcels of land.
2. 
The natural flow of surface water toward or away from adjacent property is not affected by the mining, removal or excavation of any gravel, stone or dirt.
3. 
The proposed mining, removal or excavation of any gravel, stone or dirt shall not create a traffic hazard or congestion or unreasonably tax the capacity of or cause an unreasonable carrying burden on the existing roads leading to and from the area in which the proposed operation is located.
4. 
The proposed mining, removal or excavation of any gravel, stone or dirt shall not create a nuisance.
5. 
The proposed mining, removal or excavation of any gravel, stone or dirt shall not violate any provisions of the state, county or Village codes.
(5) 
Information on permit. Any permit issued under this section shall include:
(a) 
In case of an excavation, the location and size thereof.
(b) 
In case of grading, the proposed grade.
(6) 
Excavations to be closed or protected. The occupants and owners of any lot or parcel of land in the Village occupied for resident or business purposes shall not leave open and not securely guard, except during the period of construction, any excavation more than two feet in depth or any excavation containing water more than six inches in depth. See also § 9.12.
Uniform house number markers shall be provided for each residence by the Village upon issuance of each building permit at a charge of $1 for each digit and $2.50 for each frame. House numbers shall be located on the street side of the house at a point readily visible. Such location of house numbers shall be approved by the Director of Inspection Services.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Code Adoption Ordinance).
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Editor's Note: Original § 15.54, Private swimming pools, was repealed 5-20-2008 by Ord. No. 840.
(1) 
No contractor shall allow any vehicle to operate out of any construction site, regardless of whether the same is operated by the contractor, his agents, employees or subcontractors, in such manner as to dump, scatter or deposit any rubbish, stones, wire, earth, ashes, cinders, sawdust, hay, glass, manure, filth, paper, snow, ice, dirt, grass, leaves, twigs, shrubs, construction waste, garbage or other offensive or nauseous material on any street, alley or public place. The Director of Inspection Services or Police Chief shall order any contractor to take such precautions as he deems necessary to prevent any such foreign materials from being deposited on the street, alley or public place and to remove all foreign material from the same. If any contractor fails to comply with the order of the Director of Inspection Services or Police Chief, the Director of Inspection Services or Police Chief may order all construction stopped. Any contractor who continues construction after any such order of the Director of Inspection Services or the Police Chief shall be deemed to have violated the chapter.
(2) 
This section shall not apply to construction work within the barricaded area of work being done in the street right-of-way pursuant to an excavation permit authorizing the same or pursuant to Village contract or by Village forces.
(1) 
Definition. Signs shall be defined in § 17.03(2) of Chapter 17, Zoning Code.
(2) 
Regulation of signs. No person shall erect or construct any sign nor add to, enlarge, move, alter, convert or extend any sign or cause the same to be done in the districts designated in the Zoning Code without first obtaining a sign permit from the Director of Inspection Services. If it is found by the Director of Inspection Services after a review of the site of the proposed sign or the sign addition, enlargement, movement, alteration, conversion, or extension thereof and an examination of the application papers for a building permit, which shall include architectural and aesthetic appeal and the nature of the signs constructed or in the immediate neighborhood, that the sign, as constructed, added to, enlarged, moved, altered, converted, or extended, shall not cause a substantial depreciation in the property and rental value of the neighborhood, a sign permit may be issued. If it is determined by the Director of Inspection Services that the size, color and/or architectural features of the proposed sign are so at variance with the criteria established herein, including the regulations in the Zoning Code, the Director of Inspection Services may refer such sign permit proposal to the Village Board of Trustees, which shall grant an approval or denial of the sign permit application.
[Amended 5-17-2005 by Ord. No. 817]
(3) 
Political signs.
[Amended by Ord. No. 593; 7-17-2012 by Ord. No. 861]
(a) 
Definition. A political sign is any sign or advertisement, the import of which asks or suggests that the viewer vote or otherwise support a particular candidate for any Village, county, state, or national elective office and any sign or advertisement, the import of which asks or suggests that the viewer vote for or against a particular question on a referendum.
(b) 
Political signs prohibited on public property. No political signs shall be posted on or immediately adjacent to any highways, streets, sidewalks, public grounds, parks, school property, or any other public property or on any trees, streetlamps, utility poles or traffic signs in the Village, except that on any election day, two political signs for each candidate or referendum question may be allowed at or near each polling place in the Village.
(c) 
Political signs on private property.
1. 
There shall not be more than one political sign per candidate on any one lot at one time.
2. 
The political sign shall not be erected prior to the beginning of the first day for circulation of nomination papers and shall be removed on the day of the election.
3. 
Political signs shall not be illuminated or decorated with flags, bunting or other material and devices used for display or advertising purposes.
4. 
A political sign not exceeding 13 square feet in area appertaining to candidates for public office may be located on private property as provided herein.
(d) 
Violations and penalties. If the Director of Inspection Services finds that any sign or signs regulated by this section is or are prohibited as to size, location, number, timing of placement or failure to remove, or is in violation of any other provision of this section, the Director of Inspection Services shall give written notice of such violation to the owner or lessee of the sign. If the owner or lessee of the sign fails to remove or alter the sign so as to comply with all provisions set forth in this section within 72 hours following receipt of said notice, such owner or lessee may be prosecuted under Subsection 25.04 of this Code.
(4) 
No building permit shall be issued for any sign that does not meet the requirements of the Zoning Code.
(5) 
Existing signs.
[Added by Ord. No. 711]
(a) 
Signs existing on the effective date of this section which do not conform to the provisions of this section, when removed from their fast or when the copy or facing thereof is altered, shall not be re-erected or maintained unless the sign, location and erection thereof are made to conform to the provisions of this section and any other applicable ordinance or regulation of the Village.
(b) 
Any sign now or hereafter existing which no longer advertises a bona fide business, product or service associated with said business in the Village shall be taken down and removed by the owner, agent or person having the beneficial use of the premises upon which such sign may be found, within 30 days after written notification of the Director of Inspection Services, and upon failure to comply with such notice, the Director of Inspection Services is hereby authorized to cause removal of such sign, and any expense incidental thereto shall be paid by the owner of the premises on which such sign is located, in accordance with the provisions of Subsection (6)(c).
(6) 
Maintenance.
[Added by Ord. No. 711]
(a) 
The owner of any sign shall keep it in good maintenance and repair.
(b) 
If the owner of such sign or the owner of the premises on which such sign is erected shall fail to comply with the orders of the Director of Inspection Services relative to the painting, repair, alteration, maintenance or removal of said sign pursuant to written notice thereof and within 30 days after the notice has been received, the Director of Inspection Services shall then have the authority to proceed to paint, repair, alter, maintain or remove said sign without further notice to said owner.
(c) 
The costs of such painting, repair, alteration, maintenance or removal of said sign shall be billable to the owner of the property upon which said sign is erected and shall be certified in the proper manner to have them levied as special charges against such property, and proper officers of the Village are authorized and directed to enter such charges onto the tax roll.
(7) 
Signs on public right-of-way. No sign shall be placed upon public property or within the limits of any street or highway except such as are necessary for the guidance or warning of traffic or as provided by §§ 60.23(17m) and 66.0429, Wis. Stats.
[Added by Ord. No. 725]
(1) 
No illuminated sign, yard light, area light, parking lot and service area light or other illumination shall be permitted or maintained in any district designated in the Zoning Code without first obtaining a permit therefor from the Director of Inspection Services. Before the Director of Inspection Services issues a permit, the applicant shall submit data of fixtures and locations in sufficient detail to fully determine the nature and extent of the work proposed. Such plans as received by the Director of Inspection Services shall be referred by him to the Building Board. The Building Board may require such further descriptive detail as it may deem necessary.
(2) 
All lighting and glare-producing processes shall be installed so that direct rays from a light-emitting element or surface shall be shielded by suitable skirtings, louvres or recessed housings or recessed locations and by directing fixtures so that the emitted direct rays are not visible beyond the property line or a parking lane or alley adjacent to the site.
(3) 
Lighting with low surface brightness prisms having a forty-five-degree or under cutoff may be acceptable in some cases without shielding. Bulb, strip or tube lighting shall not be acceptable unless fully shielded so that all direct lighting is retained within the property. The brightness shall not exceed that of a one-hundred-watt frosted incandescent bulb operating normally.
(4) 
No illuminated sign, yard light, area light, parking lot or service area light or other illumination shall be permitted or maintained in any district where, because of direction, brilliancy, animation, flashing or other similar feature, it is found by the Director of Inspection Services to be an undue nuisance to other properties or detrimental to the public safety or general welfare. The criteria set forth above shall be utilized by the Director of Inspection Services in determining suitability of any light.
(5) 
Existing lighting for yards and buildings shall be inspected by the Director of Inspection Services for compliance with this section when a nuisance exists. Modifications required as determined by the inspections shall be approved by the Building Board.
(1) 
Establishment of grades. Any lot on which a building may hereafter be erected, structurally altered or relocated in the Village shall be at a grade established by a plat, or if there is no plat or the plat does not show a grade then at a grade in satisfactory relationship with the established street grades, or where none have been established with the existing street grades. All grades shall be subject to approval by the Village Engineer who, except where the grade is established by a plat, shall give particular consideration to proper drainage.
(2) 
Adequate drainage required. No building shall be erected, structurally altered or relocated on land which is not adequately drained so that surface water is carried away without adversely affecting the drainage of any other area.
(3) 
Obstruction to drainage prohibited. No person shall dam, fill, grade, relocate or otherwise interfere with the natural flow of surface water in accordance with grades established by a plat plan or along any surface water drainage channel or natural watercourse.
(4) 
Removal of obstruction to drainage. Whenever any surface water drainage channel or natural watercourse becomes obstructed so that the flow of water along the same is retarded, the owner or occupant of any property affected or damaged by such obstruction may request its removal by giving notice in writing to the owner or occupant of the property where the obstruction is located. If removal is not made within 30 days after receipt of such notice, the Village Manager may cause the removal of the obstruction. The cost of removal shall be charged and assessed against the property within the involved drainage area under § 66.0627, Wis. Stats.
[Added by Ord. No. 686]
(1) 
Solar collector structures, either freestanding or attached to a principal or accessory building; windmills and other wind-generating structures on lots three acres or more in area; radio and television satellite antennas, such as dish antennas, whether mounted on a building or located on the ground, either permanently or in a portable manner; and other similar structures may be approved by the Building Board subject to the following standards:
(a) 
Height, setback and offset standards contained in the Zoning Code shall be met.
(b) 
Landscaping may be required to buffer the structure from other properties. A surety may be required to guarantee that trees and other shrubs are planted and maintained.
(c) 
Engineering reports may be requested for any of these structures to substantiate noise levels, structural design, ability to withstand winds of 75 miles per hour and other stresses, foundation design, no harmful interference with radio and/or television reception or broadcasting to other properties and any other data desired by the Building Board.
(d) 
The Building Board shall determine that the proposed structure will not be detrimental to other properties.
(e) 
The Building Board may limit the number of accessory structures on any property.
(2) 
Ground dish antennas may be approved by the Building Board on the condition that they:
(a) 
Shall be mesh.
(b) 
Have a maximum diameter of 12 feet.
(c) 
Have a maximum total height of 12 feet.
(d) 
Be adequately screened as determined by the Building Board.
(e) 
Have a color that harmonizes with screening and surroundings.