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Brochure of FAQs
A trifold brochure of Frequently Asked Questions for Renters & Homeowners is available at City Hall. An electronic copy is available here.
FAQ Brochure (pdf)
Permits are required for most building and remodeling projects including: any structural work, siding, re-roofing, replacement of a water heater/furnace/air conditioner, sheds larger than 100 sq.ft., building demolition, electrical upgrades, and plumbing work beyond fixtures. Please call and inquire prior to the start of your project if you are unsure to avoid a double permit fee.
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Fire Pits and Burning
Open Burning is allowed without a permit if: fire is contained within a commercially manufactured outdoor fireplace, or within a below ground pit (four inch min.) and less than three feet in diameter. Only clean dry firewood may be burned, and must be at least ten feet from any structure.
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Lawn Care & Weed Control
Lawns should be mowed as needed. Likewise, you must take steps to minimize and/or eliminate noxious weed issues. Noncompliance will result in abatement issued by the City with the costs of abatement being assessed against the real estate as a special charge, in addition to a service charge.
See Stevens Point Ordinance 21.03(17) (pdf)
Snow & Ice Removal
Snow and ice must be fully removed from the sidewalk surrounding your property within 24 hours of the ending snowfall. Streets where no boulevard exists shall have 48 hours. The entire sidewalk must be shoveled and free of hazards. Noncompliance will result in abatement issued by the City with the costs of abatement being assessed against the real estate as a special charge, where the special charge would be based on the linear feet of the property, in addition to a service charge.
See Stevens Point Ordinance 16.06 (pdf)
Exterior Furniture & Appliances
Furniture and appliances that are designed for interior use are prohibited to be used in areas exposed to weather. Exterior use may result in a citation and fine from the City. Bulk item pick-up tags are available at the Treasury Department for $10 a tag. Bulk item classification excludes: appliances, demolition material, electronic waste, hazardous waste, household garbage (bagged), recyclables, tired, wet paint, and yard waste.
See Stevens Point Ordinance 21.03(9) (pdf)
Garbage & Recycling Day
Carts for refuse and recyclable materials collected by the City shall be placed at the curb no sooner than 6:00 p.m. the day before collection to midnight the day of collection.
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Garbage & Recycling Carts
Garbage & recycling containers can be visible from the street so long as they are stored at or beyond the front plane (or side plane for a corner lot), or the closest protrusion of the dwelling towards the street. Garbage and recycling is only allowed in the City’s approved carts. The brown lid carts are for garbage and the green lid carts are for recycling. All cart contents must fit inside the carts with the lid closed. It is against City ordinance to dispose of recyclables in the garbage. Recycling must be separated from trash and only recyclable materials shall be placed in the green lid cart that is provided by the City. Recyclable materials shall include all those materials as mandated by Portage County Solid Waste Department.
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Trash & General Refuse
City Ordinance states, "Every owner or occupant of a premise or premise unit shall maintain in a clean and sanitary condition that part or those parts of the premise or premise unit that he occupies and controls." Rubbish, by definition of ordinance, shall mean, "solid wastes (excluding ashes) consisting of either: (a) combustible wastes such as paper, cardboard, plastic containers, yard clippings, and wood; or (b) Noncombustible wastes such as tin cans, glass and crockery." Debris is defined as, "remains, remnants of anything broken down," this term includes but is not limited to: tires, lumber, wood panel, brush or yard waste (see city ordinance 21.03 (4) (b) (5) (a) for yard waste defined), metals, trash or garbage, vehicle parts, pallets, wires and/or cables, doors, construction materials, bricks or blocks.
Stevens Point does not allow overnight parking on City streets any time of the year. Overnight parking can be requested to the Police Department for certain circumstances.
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Parking on Property
Vehicles must be parked on solid surface driveways. You must have the entire vehicle parked on the solid surface and not touching your lawn area or parked in front of a house/residence.
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Every owner of a dog or cat must license each pet annually, which requires a valid rabies certificate and payment of a fee.
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Vehicles Licensing & Repairing
All vehicles must have a current registration & license at all times. Additionally, it is not permitted or allowed to store or keep any dissembled, dismantled, junked, wrecked or inoperable, and/or unlicensed motor vehicle, machinery or trailer in the open on a premise for a period in excess of three days.
See Stevens Point Ordinance 21.03(18) (pdf)
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