New Residents

Welcome to the City of Wonderful Water!

As a new resident, you may have questions about elections, your alderperson, utilities, snow shoveling, property maintenance, public transportation, what amenities you have access to at each park, and many others. While settling into your new residence, take a quick look over a few frequently asked questions about city services, codes, and ordinances. Our City Council and City Staff work tirelessly to improve the city for its residents - the City of Stevens Point is happy to have you!

How do I participate in local government?

The City Clerk’s Office maintains records of all public meetings, contact information for district alderpersons, and election & voter registration information. Public input happens in and out of meetings – we recommend you build a relationship with your alder, register for personalized updates using our “Notify Me” module, and follow “City of Stevens Point” on Facebook.

I plan to do work on my home. What should I know?

Building Permits are required for most building and remodeling projects including; any structural work, siding, reroofing, remodeling, replacement of a water heater/furnace/air conditioner, sheds, fencing, building demolition, electrical upgrades, and plumbing work beyond fixtures. To avoid a double permit fee, please call and inquire prior to the start of your project if you are unsure. Get More Building Permit Information.

What property maintenance rules should I know?

Fire Pits and Burning
Open burning is allowed without a permit if the fire is contained within a commercially-manufactured outdoor fireplace, or within a below ground pit (4" min.) and less than three feet in diameter and at least ten feet from any structure. Fires must be put out by 11:00 PM. Visit the Fire Dept. for More Information.

Lawn Care and Weed Control
Typical turf grass lawns and weeds, including the area within the boulevard (between the curb and sidewalk), should be kept less than 9” tall. Noncompliance will result in abatement by the City with any unpaid costs being assessed against the property. Natural/native lawns are allowed with a corresponding plan for these types of plantings and the ongoing maintenance. Get More Information about Lawn Care.

Snow & Ice Removal
Snow must be fully removed from the entire width of the public sidewalk surrounding your property within 24 hours of the ending snowfall. Streets where no boulevard exists shall have 48 hours. The entire sidewalk must be free of all hazards. Sand is available in 5 locations throughout the City for use by residents. Noncompliance will result in abatement by the City without notice, with any unpaid costs being assessed against the property. Get More Information about Snow & Ice.

Interior Furniture Left Outside
Furniture and appliances that are designed for interior use are prohibited to be used in any outdoor areas exposed to weather. Bulk item curbside pick-up is also available at the Treasury Department or on-line for $15.00, with all nonhazardous items being picked up every Monday morning. Get More Information about Bulk Item Pickup.

Does the City provide financial assistance to residents?

The City of Stevens Point and several regional organizations provide financial assistance for homeownership, economic development and entrepreneur support, renewable energy upgrades, and auto lending. 

Where can I park my vehicle?

Parking Overnight
Alternate side parking is in effect 2:30 AM - 6:00 AM on any city street except in the Downtown Business District. Get More Overnight Parking Information.

Parking Other Vehicles on Private Property
Recreational style vehicles (boats, trailers, campers, etc.) may be parked anywhere on a hard surface, or only beyond the front plane of the primary dwelling if parked on the grass or lawn. There is a limit of 3 RVs parked outside per dwelling.

I have a pet. Where can I take them for exercise? Do they need a license?

All parks in the City are pet friendly, although all pet owners are required to keep pets leashed unless at the Stevens Point Dog Park, the Dog Beach in Mead Park, or Standing Rocks (County) Dog Park.

Every owner of a dog or cat must license each pet annually, which requires a valid rabies certificate and fee payment. Prohibited Animals: No one shall keep, maintain, or possess any farm or dangerous or wild animal within the City limits. Rabbits, ducks, pigeons and chickens (hens only) are allowed by special permit. Get More Pet Licensing Information.

What parks are near me?

The City of Stevens Point is proud to have a robust park system thanks to our Parks, Recreation, & Forestry department and the City’s commitment to developing a park within a 10-minute walk of each residence. All park amenities, special event permit applications, and facilities reservations can be found on the Parks, Recreation & Forestry webpage

Where do I get information about utilities?

Water, Sewage, and Stormwater
Stevens Point Public Utilities is dedicated to responsible management of water and wastewater systems in Stevens Point. Water bills may be paid online. 

Energy service in Stevens Point is provided by Wisconsin Public Service. For all questions related to general power service, visit the WPS website

Our city is proud to have a strong renewable energy ally next door. If you have questions about upgrading to renewable energy systems, explore the Midwest Renewable Energy Association.

Garbage and Recycling
The City of Stevens Point publishes a garbage and recycling schedule annually. Get More Information about Garbage and Recycling.

Streets & Sidewalks
All road construction, sidewalk construction, and waste removal information can be found at our Department of Public Works. If you have a snow clearing question, please review our snow and ice information.

Is there public transportation in Stevens Point?

The City of Stevens Point is proud to work with Central Transportation to provide bus service throughout Stevens Point and our neighboring communities. Seven routes spur from our downtown transfer center. Central Transportation also provides transportation service, including paratransit, throughout Portage County. For a full list of routes, schedules, rates, and passes, please visit Central Transportation

Cycling Without Age provides trishaw rides for seniors in Portage County.

What events are happening in the community?

The Stevens Point Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau publicizes all community events for residents and visitors alike. Visit the SPACVB Website for a full list of what's happening in and around Stevens Point.

Several organizations generate free, public events as well as private, paid events, such as:

I’m thinking of starting a business or am a remote worker. Where can I go?

The Small Business Development Center at University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and CAP Services provide confidential business consulting and financing support for small businesses in Stevens Point. Community and Economic Development Staff highly recommend starting here. Residents looking for a cost-effective co-working space should reach out to CREATE Portage County for access to the IDEA Center, a location and network of local creatives and entrepreneurs.