As daunting tasks go, building a new 1 or 2 family home is certainly up there on the list. Permitting is the 1st official step and can be one of the more confusing ones. The City of Sun Prairie would like to try and make this portion of the process a little less stressful. Below and right (HELPFUL DOWNLOADS) are detailed, step by step breakdown of the items needed to permit the dwelling right through to all of the inspections needed to verify that the structure is safe and up to city and state codes. 

NEW Online Building Permit For New Construction of 1 & 2 Family Dwellings

Effective Monday August 23rd, 2021 the City of Sun Prairie will be only accepting permits for one and two family new homes in our new online program OpenGov, OpenGov will be linked with DSPS, applications through the City of Sun Prairie will no longer have to be submitted on the state’s website. 

With this new update zoning along with driveway permit information will all be submitted into the same application on the platform, meaning you will no longer need to submit separate forms. Staff among different departments will have access to any files submitted into OpenGov and you will be able to follow the entire review process online.

Update on Early Start Permits: You will be asked if you need an Early Start Permit in the permit application process on OpenGov. Fees for this will be required to be paid upon completion of the application process.

Any questions please contact the Division at (608) 825-1184 or email Building Inspection


City ordinances and state statutes require that the project be inspected at different times throughout the construction process. The permit holder (company or individual who fills out and pays for the permit) is responsible for scheduling these inspections.  You will be able to schedule inspections and follow in real time through your OpenGov dashboard. 

The applicant may also add guests to the permit that will allow said guest to schedule inspections from their portal. 

Adding a Guest how to:


Scheduling an Inspection how to:


Application process how to:


Please allow up to 2 business days for inspection. See the Inspection Request page for additional information on inspections.