City of Shawano COVID-19 Response

City of Shawano Response

The City of Shawano Common Council met on May 20th to determine best practices and provide guidance to our community members regarding city services, facilities, events and partnerships.  All city facilities, with the exception of the Civic Center, will be re-opening to the public as of Tuesday, May 26th. Please read the Press Release: An Open Letter to Our Residents - Re-opening for more information. 

Please know that if you do not feel comfortable coming in to City Hall, you do still have the option of ringing the bell located to the right of the door and having staff come outside to assist you.  We do ask that if possible, please call or email City staff or utilize online forms to provide us the opportunity to engage in safe social distancing practices whenever possible. Also, if you are exhibiting any of the COVID-19 symptoms we ask that you do not come to City Hall at this time to keep staff and other residents safe. 
Press Release: An Open Letter to our Residents - Re-opening

Building, HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing Permits & Inspections 

While our Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator Department is still available to assist our residents in obtaining necessary permits or to answer questions related to inspections and zoning administration, we do ask that you utilize our online forms, phone calls and email if possible to help us be able to maintain our ability to engage in safe social distancing practices.  


Onsite inspections are only being done on new homes at this time.  However, the City does still require that other inspections be scheduled by calling 715-526-6138.  After scheduling the inspection, you will be required to take representative photos of the items to be inspected.  You will then email the photos to the Building Inspector to review and approve. If the Building Inspector has any questions or concerns, he will reach out to you for answers or to possibly have you submit additional photographs if needed. 

Plan Submittal

Plans may still be submitted for review and processing by utilizing the drop box that is located to the left of the main City Hall door, or by emailing them to the Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator. If you are unable to email the plans and they are too large to fit in the drop box, please bring them to City Hall during regular business hours.


Permits are still being issued, however we are requesting that you utilize our online applications if possible. Once you have filled out the form, please email them to the Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator or mail them to City Hall at 127 S Sawyer Street, Shawano, WI 54166.  Once the application has been approved, you will be contacted with a cost for the permit and instructions on how to submit payment. 

All other questions related to permits and inspections should be directed to our Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator by either email or phone (715) 526-6138, if possible.

Public Works Service Changes

Since the State of Wisconsin issued the Safer at Home Order on March 25, 2020, the City of Shawano has instituted operational changes to ensure the continuation of services that have been deemed critical by the City of Shawano Common Council.

In a continued attempt to keep our staff safe, we have taken steps to reduce our crew sizes to aid in social distancing.  Because of this, our provided services may take longer than you are typically used to. We thank you in advance for your understanding during this time as we do our part to help keep our community safe.

Services Update

Garbage, Recycling and Landfill:
At this time, the City will continue to provide garbage and recycling pick-up (on resident’s regularly scheduled day) and the Shawano County Landfill will remain open.  The landfill will be open on Saturdays starting April 11th from 8:00 AM to Noon.

Yard Waste and Leaves:
Beginning Monday, April 13th, yard waste and leaves will be picked up curbside if they are placed in biodegradable bags or containers. We will not pick up any plastic bags filled with yard waste and leaves. We will not be running the leaf vacuum at this time, so any yard waste that is left curbside in windrows will not be picked up.

Wood Waste:
Also beginning Monday April 13th, wood waste and tree limbs will be picked up curbside. Larger tree limbs should be cut into 4-foot lengths and placed loosely on the curb. Please note that all wood that is painted, stained, treated, or is plywood is considered demolition material and should not be mixed with wood waste. 

City of Shawano residents are also able to take their wood yard waste and leaves to the landfill free of charge.

Spring Clean-up:
Spring clean-up for the City of Shawano, which was scheduled for April 13th-April 24th, has been postponed until the fall.  

Some items including, televisions, computer towers and monitors, refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, microwaves, air conditioners and tires will still require a fee for disposal. This is not a change from traditional spring clean ups. The city will not accept any liquid waste.  All paint cans and solvents should be left uncovered to evaporate or harden before they are accepted. Please be prepared to provide proof of residency within the City of Shawano if you choose to take advantage of this service.

A more customary clean-up for city residents is being planned for later this fall and will be announced when we are able to make that determination.

Bulky Item Pick-up:
At this time, city crews will not be picking up any bulky items.

We will continue to keep our residents informed of changes that take place with all City of Shawano provided services. If you have any questions related to curbside pick-up or spring clean-up, please contact Public Works at 715-526-3512.

City Cab 

At this time, the City of Shawano and the Menominee Department of Transit Services have determined that it is in the best interest of staff and riders to temporarily reduce the hours the City Cab will be in service as well as limit the rides to medical and essential services only. Please read the following release to learn more about these changes.

Press Release: City Cab and COVID-19