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Real Estate and Personal Property taxes may be paid by cash or check. A service fee does apply if you would like to pay your taxes by a Visa debit card or credit card. Tax Payment Methods Page
You can download an application form, instructions for filing, or a materials checklist below or you may pick up the materials at in the Community Development Department at City Hall (Room 200). After completing the form and adding your descriptive materials, you may mail or drop off your application. The application fee is $15.00 and it is an additional $15 if you wish to apply for a Paint and Repair Grant.
Applications are due 10 days prior to the meeting date.
The City has extensive records on Landmark properties and Historic Districts, including nomination papers, previous approvals, historical articles, and preservation plans for the various districts in the City. Please contact the Community Development Department at 262-524-3750 or CommDev@waukesha-wi.gov You can also stop by City Hall at 201 Delafield Street, room 200 to view these files. The City’s internet mapping system also lists information on Landmarks and Historic Districts (Link)
You do not need a COA from the Landmarks Commission to perform ordinary repairs or maintenance chores. For example, you do not need a permit to replace broken window glass, repaint a building exterior to match the existing color, or caulk around windows and doors. However some repairs, such as tuckpointing exterior masonry, will likely require a COA. If you have any doubt about whether a COA is needed, be sure to contact the Community Development Department at 262-24-3750 or CommDev@waukesha-wi.gov.
These grant awards are matching grants, meaning no grant may exceed 50% of the project costs. Grants are paid only after the work is completed. Once your project is complete, submit receipts and paid invoices to the Community Development Department for reimbursement. Property owners may receive up to two (2) Paint and Repair Grants within a 5 year period. In addition, landmark properties, properties in historic districts, or properties that are on the National Register of Historic Places are eligible for federal and state tax credits. For more information on tax credits, please visit the Wisconsin Historical Society website. Please be aware that the State must review all plans for any project you plan on applying for tax credits for. Wisconsin Historical Society website
The Chair of the Commission will announce your item and City Staff will present your proposal to the Landmarks Commission. After the proposal the Chair will open the floor to the applicant and the public. At this time you are given the opportunity to explain why you believe that the application should be approved. The public may also comment on the proposed work. The applicant and the public may also submit written statements before the hearing.
Usually the Commissioners will make a decision on a COA application based on "presentation" or "design development" drawings of a proposed project. After the Commissioners vote to approve an application, the applicant may be required to submit construction drawings in order for the approval to become final. The actual COA permit is not issued until the staff has reviewed the final construction drawings to make sure that the final plans are consistent with the proposal approved by the Commissioners.
The Commission does not regulate the height or floor area of buildings, the size of rear yards or open spaces, obstruction of sunlight or air, density of population, or the purposes for which buildings are used. These Zoning Code matters are under the jurisdiction of the Planning Division. For more information about these issues, contact City Planning at 262-524-3750 or within City Hall at 201 Delafield Street Waukesha, WI room 200.
You can also find more information on our Activity Guide page
There are 2 payment options after receiving your tax bill.
Full Payment Option
- By January 31 - Pay the total amount of the tax due
- By January 31 - Pay the amount of the 1st installment due.
- By March 31 - Pay the amount of the 2nd installment due.
- By May 31 - Pay the amount of the 3rd installment due.
If any payment is not on time, the entire unpaid balance becomes delinquent and interest and penalty will be charged. The charge will be 1.5% per month on the unpaid balance, retroactive to February 1.
Below is an excerpt from an email all municipalities received from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue:
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) would like to provide the following information due to the increased number of inquiries related to property tax pre-payments.
Under state law (sec. 74.13, Wis. Stats.), general property taxes, special assessments, special charges and special taxes may be paid in advance of the levy during the period from August 1 until the third Monday in December each year. This means:
Pre-payment of 2017 taxes was allowed from August 1, 2017 to December 18, 2017
Pre-payment of 2018 taxes may be made from August 1, 2018 to December 17, 2018
Property owners cannot pre-pay December 2018 taxes at this time.
The 2017 tax rate is 19.37 (per $1,000 of assessed valuation).
The Unified School District 2017 Lottery credit amount is $97.67
The 2017 first dollar credit amount is $55.81.
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