Licenses/ Permits


Dog owners are responsible for purchasing a dog license for all their dogs, to secure the license tags to the dog collar and to keep the dog on their property.

Rabies vaccinations must be current and certified at the time of licensing. Dog license fees are $10 for spayed or neutered dogs and $15 for non-spayed or non-neutered dogs; private dog kennel $50; Commercial dog kennel variable rate depending on number of dogs. All dogs are to be licensed by April 1st of each year or when they reach the age of five (5) months.

Click here for the license application or contact the town treasurer.

The Town of Ellsworth has contracted with  Companion Animal Control for animal control of stray and impounded dogs as well as barking/nuisance animals.  Owners of impounded animals will pay impound and veterinary fees via cash or card prior to release of animals.  

All stray/at large animals impounded shall be posted to the Companion Animal Control LLC  website
Phone number 715-220-1332

Impound facility  - Lucky Paws Midwest DBA Western Wisconsin Animal Services  


Land use permits are required for ALL new structures, any structural changes and additions.  To obtain the land use permit and sanitary permits contact the Pierce County Land Management Department at 715-273-6746.

However if you live within 1 ½ miles of the Village of Ellsworth boundary, you live in the ETZ (extraterritorial zoning) and you will obtain your land use permit through All Croix Inspections – see #4 below for more information.

Building permits are required for and obtained through
T F Inspection Agency LLC
Tony Feuerhelm
726 E Highway 12, Suite 105
Hudson, WI 54016
651-380-8764 (Tony’s Cell)

  • New Homes
  • Alterations/additions to current homes or for changes that alter occupancy area, structural strength, fire protection, exits, natural light or ventilation.
  • Decks
  • Commercial structures
  • All pole sheds larger than 10' x 20'
  • Obtained through Ellsworth Town Clerk
    • Utility and pole sheds smaller than 10' x 20’ (Permit fee $100)

Visit TF Inspection agency website  or call the office at 715-386-5410 for information.

Plan ahead:  It could take 7-10 days
to review and approve your application upon receipt of all necessary documentation.

Inspections are required for new homes and alterations/additions.
  The inspections needed will be determined by the building inspector.

ETZ – (Extraterritorial Zoning) – parcels within 1 ½ miles of the Village of Ellsworth limits are considered to be in the ETZ.  When a structure is proposed for a parcel in the ETZ, go to the All Croix Inspections website and follow the procedures under ETZ

When a structure is proposed for a parcel in the ETZ, or the owner of the parcel requests a rezone, or the owner requests the parcel be subdivided, or some other change is proposed that affects the zoning and use of the parcel, the parcel is subject to approval by the Village of Ellsworth.  There may be occasions when a fee is charged by the Village of Ellsworth and there probably will be public hearings.  Any of these situations will delay your project so plan ahead.


Driveway permits must be obtained prior to land use and building permits.  Click here for the driveway application.   Driveway applications are also available from the town clerk or town chair.  The driveway application fee of $50 is due when the application is submitted to the clerk or the chair.  The town board will review and approve/deny the driveway application at their regular monthly meeting. 

All new driveways and private roads must meet the town standards as outlined  in the Town of Ellsworth Ordinance 2017-1 “Road and Driveway Ordinances.“ 
Pierce County Land Management is responsible for assigning addresses and house numbers and they will need a copy of your driveway permit.


It is illegal to burn garbage and painted or treated lumber in Pierce County.  The town does not issue burning permits but if you plan to burn, notify the town chair or one of the supervisors AND the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department at 715-273-5051 to let them know when and what you are burning.  If you do not notify the Sheriff’s Department and someone calls in your fire, you will be charged for the fire call.


Fireworks permits are required in the Town of Ellsworth. Contact the Town Chair to receive a fireworks permit. There is no charge for these permits.