Building Information

BUILDING APPLICATION PACKET
Last Revised 6/07

Read this entire document before you finalize your building plans.

The following permits are needed before you begin any construction at Dutch Hollow Lake.

  • Sauk County Land Use Permit (608-355-3285)
  • State of Wisconsin Sanitary Permit
  • Township Building Permit (LaValle: 608-985-7695 or Woodland: 608-464-3290)
  • Dutch Hollow Lake Property Owners Association, Inc. Permit (608-985-7294)

Following are detailed instructions on how to obtain the Dutch Hollow Lake Property Owners Association, Inc. permit.  If you have questions on how to obtain the other necessary permits, call the office numbers listed above.

The Covenants and Restrictions of the Dutch Hollow Lake Property Owners Association, Inc. require that all dwellings be constructed in accordance with applicable governmental building codes and with more restrictive standards that may be required by the Architectural Control Committee of the Association.

Application for Property Improvement

The following minimum standards are required for building at Dutch Hollow Lake:
  1. Minimum exterior wall thickness of 5 ½” stud cavity.  This requires 2 x 6 construction on the exterior walls.
  1. Minimum roof sheathing of ½”.  Roofing materials must have a 25 year warranted life or greater.
  1. Roof pitch must be predominately 6/12 or greater. 
  1. Log homes require a minimum of 8” diameter logs. 
  1. Garages are recommended.  All garages must be of similar structure, siding, color, and appearance as the house.  No carports are allowed.
  1. Any other structures must be approved in writing by the Architectural Control Committee. 
  1. Driveways are required.  Paved driveways will require 4” poured concrete or 2” blacktop over a rock or stone base.  A minimum 4 - 6” crushed rock or stone base is required.  Gravel driveways require the removal of all topsoil, and replacement with a 4 - 6” breaker run.  All materials used on paved driveways must be environmentally safe.
  1. No above ground swimming pools are allowed.
  1. A full basement is recommended.  As a minimum, a four-foot frost wall must be used for dwelling foundations.  No floating slabs are allowed.  Placing a house on piers is not allowed.
  1. Fine grading must be done and ground cover established within the one-year time frame given for completion of the exterior of the house.
  1. Building plans for new construction of homes must be developed, signed and drafted by appropriate professionals.  Requirements for plans for additions to present and existing property, garages, sheds, etc. to be at the discretion of the Architectural Control Committee.

Other requirements to fulfill prior to applying for building at Dutch Hollow Lake:

  • The Covenants and Restrictions of the Dutch Hollow Lake Property Owners Association, Inc. require that the sanitary systems on Dutch Hollow Lake lots be designed by either a registered professional engineer or designer.  Plans submitted to the Association must include the designer’s or the engineer’s official stamp and signature.
  • The Covenants and Restrictions of the Dutch Hollow Lake Property Owners Association, Inc., require that “the ground floor area of any dwelling shall not be less than 750 square feet”.  The area included in the minimum 750 square feet does not include the area of a room with a sloping ceiling where headroom is five feet or less, nor does it include open porches, decks, patios, etc.
  • A certified plat of survey of your lot from a licensed surveyor must be submitted.  This is for your protection.  Sauk County has strict setback requirements.  The cost of the survey is minimal compared to the cost of moving or removing a structure with improper setbacks.  (Important:  The Architectural Control Committee of the Dutch Hollow Lake Property Owners Association, Inc. will not approve your building plans unless you submit a certified survey.)
  • A detailed plot plan showing the location of the structure(s), the driveway, and the sanitary system on the lot must be submitted.  (Important:  Setbacks of the building(s) and sanitary system from all lot lines must be indicated on the plot plan.  Setbacks should ensure that the building(s) and sanitary system do not intrude on easements shown on the certified plat of survey, and the recorded plat of the subdivision, and that they comply with government codes.  Currently the minimum setbacks required by code are:
  • 30 feet from the front lot line.  (Note that the edge of the road is not the front lot line.  The front lot line is 33’ or more from the center of the road, requiring a minimum setback of 63’ from the road centerline.)
  • 10 feet from one side lot line and 15 feet from the other side lot line.  Note that Wisconsin code requires buildings on separate lots to be a minimum of 25 feet apart.
  • 25 feet from the rear lot line, except on lakefront lots.
  • 75 feet or more from the Lake. 

Important Notes:
In the event that a property owner begins construction before obtaining the necessary permits from the Association, the penalty will be as follows:  $100 if filed within 7 days, $500 if filed after 7 days.  In the event the penalty for late filing is not paid, the penalty plus all costs and reasonable attorneys fees will be charged to the property owner.  Application will not be considered properly filed until all items detailed on the application form are included in the materials presented for approval.

There will be a fine of $100 per day for the exterior of homes not completed within the one-year time limit.

EIGHT STEPS TO ACQUIRING YOUR BUILDING PERMIT:

  1. Obtain a soil (perk) test.  The licensed tester you hire to perform this work will need some preliminary plan information from you such as number of bedrooms, bathrooms, approximate size and configuration of house, and desired location of house on lot.
  2. Obtain a Sauk County Land Use Permit from the office of Planning and Zoning, located at 515 Oak Street, Baraboo, WI  53913 (608-355-3285).
  3. Obtain a Sanitary System Permit from the State of Wisconsin.  The tester/designer (item 1) will assist you in obtaining the Sanitary System Permit from the State of Wisconsin, DILHR.  (Important:  Plans submitted to the Association must include the designer’s or the engineer’s official stamp and signature.)
  4. Obtain a certified plat of survey of your lot from a licensed surveyor. 
  5. Obtain building plans/blueprints, which will include floor plans of all levels and building elevations of all four sides of the house/structure. 
  6. Obtain a detailed plot plan showing the location of the structure(s), the driveway, and the sanitary system on the lot. 
  7. Obtain the local Township building permit from LaValle or Woodland Township.  A permit from the Township for a driveway and culvert should also be obtained at this time.  If your lot is in Woodland Township, please note that your Township permit must be approved by the entire Woodland Town Board.  They meet once per month.  Please call the Township to verify meeting date and time - 608-464-3290.
  8. Obtain a building permit from the Dutch Hollow Lake Property Owners Association, Inc.  Submit all of the following to the Architectural Control Committee of the Dutch Hollow Lake Property Owners Association, Inc.:
        • One copy of the Sauk County Land Use Permit.
        • One copy of the State of Wisconsin Sanitary Permit, along with a copy of the sanitary plans, which will include the designer/engineer official signature and stamp.
        • One copy of a certified plat of survey.
        • Three copies of blueprints/building plans.  (The Architectural Control Committee is comprised of 3 – 5 members, who all must review and approve the plans prior to granting the permit.  In most cases, plans must be mailed to two or more Committee members for approval.)
        • One copy of the detailed plot plan.
        • One copy of the local Township building permit.
        • Foundation plans specifying type (Full basement or 4’(min.) frost wall).
        • Applicants $100 fee for review of plans.
        • Application form properly filled out and signed by the lot owner.

More Details and Helpful Hints for the Building Process at Dutch Hollow Lake:

From the date your complete plans are submitted for review, the Dutch Hollow Lake Property Owners’ Association, Inc. (DHLPOA) has up to 30 days to approve the plans and grant a building permit to you.  Incomplete plans will not be considered to be submitted until such time as all items detailed on the application form are included in the materials presented for approval.

In most cases, plans are approved and building permits are issued before 30 days.  But, it must be clearly understood that plan approval and permit issuance do not occur on the spot.  The Architectural Control Committee is comprised of 3 – 5 members who all must review and approve the plans prior to granting the permit.  In most cases, plans must be mailed to two or more committee members for approval.


The exterior of any building must be finished within one year (365 days) after construction starts.  This includes exterior cleanup and basic landscaping.

Electrical service at Dutch Hollow Lake is provided by Vernon Electric Cooperative.  Phone:  1-800-447-5051 or 608-634-3121

Telephone service is provided by either LaValle Telephone Cooperative (608-985-7201) or
Century Link 1-800-201-4102

Telephone and electric utilities in this area are buried.  It is the property owners’ responsibility to notify the utilities to have the lines located prior to any construction activity.  The utilities usually require 3 working days notice for this service.


The Sauk County Shoreland Protection Ordinance requires that silt fences be installed where vegetation cover is destroyed, to prevent erosion of exposed soil and contamination of the Lake.  The Covenants and Restrictions of the Dutch Hollow Lake Property Owners Association, Inc. also require erosion control.  Copies of the Covenants and Restrictions of the Dutch Hollow Lake Property Owners Association, Inc., and the Sauk County Shoreland Protection Ordinance are available at the Association office.  (Owners of lakefront lots and lots bordering the lake by greenway should review the entire ordinance carefully before beginning construction.)

If a builder’s sign is placed on your property during construction, it is limited to 4 square feet, maximum of 4 feet in length.  All builder’s signs must be removed when construction is complete (maximum of 365 days).

Do not trespass on adjoining lots or greenways.  Make sure all contractors know the boundaries of your property.

Camping on your lot is permitted only during the year of construction.

Once your plans are approved, you must comply with the plans.  If additions or changes are to be made, you must resubmit plans to the Architectural Control Committee for review.  The Committee must formally approve the changes before they are made.

Plans for future additions such as decks, patios, fences, storage sheds, garages, etc., must be submitted to the Architectural Control Committee and approved in writing before erection of the structure.  Depending on the type of structure, County and local permits may also be required.  (Waterfront lot owners:  If you wish to place a dock/pier on your waterfront you need a permit from the Association.  Contact the Association office for a packet of information regarding that permit application.)

Before you start construction, read Article III and Article VII of the Covenants and Restrictions of the Dutch Hollow Lake Property Owners Association, Inc., and consult Township, County, and State building and zoning ordinances for general restrictions governing construction.  If you have questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact the on-site Manager at Dutch Hollow Lake at 608-985-7294.

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