Driveway Regulations and New Sidewalk Installation
*PLEASE NOTE: THE CITY OF ELKHORN DOES NOT POST WEIGHT LIMITS ON CITY STREETS FOR THE SPRING THAW.
This Department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the City's sanitary and storm sewers, repair and maintenance of the City's streets, sidewalks, curbs, and public parking lots. Other functions include street sweeping, traffic line striping, street sign maintenance, and weed abatement. Downtown streets are swept every Friday when the weather permits. Remaining city streets are swept twice a year. Snow and ice control are given priority whenever necessary on the 48 miles of City streets. Work includes sewer jetting, root cutting, lift station monitoring and maintenance. If you are experiencing a sewer back up, please call the Public Works Department so we can check our main lines for problems. The main work activities of this division are:
Note: There are certain City streets that lie within the City of Elkhorn, but are owned and maintained by other contractors or associations.
If you would like to construct a new driveway or make changes to an existing driveway or install a sidewalk, please use the application packet below.
Your complete cooperation with the City Public Works Department during snow plowing operations will enhance our snowplowing program for the entire City of Elkhorn. Click to Police Department for Parking Regulations.
Property owner, occupant or person in charge of any parcel or lot, which fronts upon or abuts any sidewalk is required to keep the sidewalk clear of snow and ice. Sidewalks must be clear of snow and/or ice within 24 hours from the time the snow ceases to accumulate. If ice cannot be removed, the person in charge of the property must sprinkle the sidewalk with necessary material to accelerate melting or prevent slipping.
Failure to remove the snow and/or ice from the sidewalk will result in the issuance of a notice to immediately remove the snow and/or ice upon receipt of the notice. If this does not occur and the Public Works Department has to abate the snow and/or ice hazard, the property owner will be charged for the removal. A bill for the removal of snow and/or ice will be mailed to the last known address of the owner of the parcel. If the charges are not paid, a notice will be mailed to the property owner. The amount is payable within ten days after such costs and expenses are incurred and remain unpaid, otherwise the City Clerk places the charges onto the tax roll as a special tax.
Property owners with sidewalks are required to maintain that which abuts their property.
What to do I do if my sidewalk needs repair or replacement?
How do I know what is required to replace or lay a sidewalk?
The occasion may arise when you find it necessary to block a street, alley, sidewalk or other public way or place. You may be granted by the City to do so for the purpose of moving a building or structure or encumbering the public right-of-way. The permit is to occupy or obstruct the street, alley, sidewalk or public grounds only for the use in connection with the actual erection, alteration, repair, removal or moving of buildings or structures. If necessary, street closure/detour permits from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation or Walworth County shall be obtained. The procedure is as follows:
Application to Construct and Operate Utility Facilities on Street