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We do everything we can to have all the rides open every day. There are times where rides will be down for parts of the day or the whole day in order for regular maintenance to be done, as well as, some rides are weather dependent. Please click here for more information.
Some rides may need to close:
We try to update hours on Facebook when weather happens, but at times this is unavailable.
Hours of Operation are available here. Typically we are open 10:00 am - 9:00 pm, but for the beginning and end of the season we are open 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. For September 2021 we are open weekends 11:00-4:00.
Memorial Day: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fourth of July: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Labor Day: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
**All dates and times are weather dependent
We have two ticket windows.
This is a hard question to answer, because it depends on how busy the day is, how old riders are, how many people are with you, and how long you want to stay. We recommend that you start with $5 per person, but remember there are no refunds on tickets. However, if you do not use all your tickets they do not expire and they can be used from year to year.
If you call our City Hall office at 920-448-3365 they can help you with ticket purchases or gift card options.
Yes, tickets are good from year to year and have no expiration date.
All tickets are 25 cents. All rides take between one and four tickets. Parking is free and there is no general admission charge. For further information you can call 920-448-3365.
Parking is free and we have no admission fee. We sell tickets for 25 cents and each ride ranges from 1 to 4 tickets.
We do have parking suitable for RVs and busses on the West end of the park (Parking Lot F). Follow the signs past the roller coaster and you will see the large parking area.
Yes, we accept all major credit cards except American Express. There is also a $10 minimum purchase required. We also have an ATM inside the main pavilion.
Yes, if you call our City Hall office at 920-448-3365 they can help you with gift card options.
We do not have wrist bands, there is no admission fee, and tickets are 25 cents each. Our rides range from 1 to 4 tickets per person.
You can go to our main ticket window and they will take your name, number, where you may have lost the item, and a description of the item(s) you lost. If and when the item is found, we will call you letting you know we have the item.
**Bay Beach is not responsible for lost items
We would love to be able to donate to your event, but unfortunately since we are municipally owned we cannot donate to other non-profits or fundraising events. Thank you for thinking of us and we are sorry we could not help out.
If you would like to reserve a shelter for your group you can call (920) 448-3365 or book online. You can also order and prepay for your tickets at the same number!
We have a list of caterers that can come to the park and cater for your group. If you are looking for ice cream, soda, ice, or smaller catering give us a call at (920) 448-3365 and we can help you.
You can reserve your shelter online, or call 920-448-3365 for more information.
We do not have any available in the park, but you are able to bring one with you. Make sure to use an orange "HOT COALS" container to dispose of any hot coals.
Since 2011 we have added the following rides to the park:
Kiddie Rides: Rider has to sit up on their own to ride, and no taller than 50 inches
Family Rides: Some height requirements required to ride with an adult and alone
Thrill Rides: Height requirements to ride alone
You can use them at your own risk. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
All riders are required to have shirt, shoes, and pants at all times. The only exception is small infants being held on the Merry-go-Round and the Train, they do not need to have shoes on.
Currently we do not have any swimming areas at Bay Beach, but in the near future there is a beach coming. There are a few water parks a few miles away.
Our main Pavilion has bathrooms with access from the South side, as well as from inside the building. We also have bathrooms located at Shelters 1 & 2 (East end of park), Shelters 6 & 7 (South end of the park near the Scat), and near the playground (West end of the park near the Zippin Pippin).
Unfortunately at this time we do not have either available for rent.
To work in the concession areas you have to be 15 or older.
To work on a ride, you have to be 18 or older.
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You can visit our Friends of Bay Beach site to make a donation or find information on memorial bricks.
We will organize an installation date to place all of the brick orders we receive. You will receive an email once it is installed.
We are sorry to say that after all these years, the ponies have retired as of the 2015 season and will no longer be at the park.
We have a few areas that serve hot food: Bay Beach Grill, located near the Zippin Pippin, our Cafe (main Pavilion), and our outdoor concession stand. When we are open until 6:00 pm, all areas are open until 5:00 pm. When we are open until 9:00 pm; Grill and Cafe areas are open until 7:00 pm, Concession stand is open until 9:00 pm. There are times when all areas may close early or stay open a little later, depending on weather and attendance that day.
Yes, we have picnic tables available for families, these are on a first come basis. If you would like to purchase food, we have items available at concession stands as well.
All of our rides have a walkie-talkie where they will call a Supervisor over to help; Supervisors are First-Aid and CPR certified. We also have band-aids and first aid supplies at all concession areas, ticket windows, and some rides. Ask an employee and they will help you with your needs.
Bay Beach is a city owned park and unfortunately dogs, with the exception of service dogs, are not permitted in city parks. We are hoping sometime in the future we can make at least a section of the park dog friendly, but unfortunately we are not there yet.
You can call our office number 920-448-3365 or email us at email@example.com and they will direct you to the correct person.
Unfortunately, we do not have an online store at this time. Our gift shop is usually open 10:00 am - 7:00 pm, with some days closing earlier.
Watch our Facebook page for updates on special events or you can look on our website under Special Events.
You may pay a parking ticket at Room 300 on the third floor of City Hall or call 920-448-3431 or 920-448-3432, or visit the Pay a Citation webpage.
Building Permits may be obtained at the Inspection Department on the sixth floor of City Hall or call 920-448-3300.
Beginning December 2019 the 1st installment or full payment of the 2019 tax bills will be collected in the City Clerk Treasurer's Office located at:
Green Bay City Hall100 N Jefferson StreetRoom 106Green Bay, WI 54301
The 2nd installments that are due July 31 will be collected by the Brown County Treasurer's office located at:
Brown County Treasurer305 E Walnut StreetGreen Bay, WI 54301Phone: 920-448-4074
The program provides competitive funding to renovate or restore the exterior facade of commercial properties located in Facade Grant Eligible Areas. The amount of grant dollars awarded are determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the amount of funds available and the project's overall impact. All grant funds are provided as reimbursements on qualified expenditures and are limited to no more than 75% of the total cost of eligible improvements.
Any commercial building owner or tenant (business owner) with lease authority and approval of the owner may apply for Facade Grant funds. The commercial building must be located within a Facade Grant Eligible Area. Please contact the City's Department of Community & Economic Development to determine if your property is located within an eligible area.
Project must satisfy a National Objective for Community Development Block Grant Funding as defined by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) (either job creation or blight elimination). Owner cannot be delinquent on any current City charges, taxes, or assessments or have defaulted on any previous city assistance.
Eligible improvements include:
The following improvements are not eligible for the program:
All projects must be reviewed and receive approval by the Design Review Team and the Redevelopment Authority prior to allocation of any funds.
All projects receiving Commercial Facade Grant dollars must comply with the following requirements:
The application is as follows:
Contact the Community & Economic Development Department for more information:100 N Jefferson StreetRoom 608Green Bay, WI 54301Phone: 920 448 3400
The grant program incentives the removal of blighted commercial buildings for the purpose of redeveloping underutilized properties withing eligible neighborhoods. Funds will only be made available for projects resulting in new construction on the demolition site. The amount of grant dollars awarded are determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the amount of funds available and the project's overall impact. All grant funds are provided as reimbursements on qualified expenditures and are limited to no more than 75% of the total of eligible costs.
The commercial building must be located within a Demolition Grant Eligible Area. Please contact the City's Department of Community & Economic Development to determine if your property is located within an eligible area.
Projects must satisfy a National Objective for Community Development Block Grant Funding as defined by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) (either job creation or blight elimination). Owner cannot be delinquent on any current City charges, taxes, or assessments or have defaulted on any previous city assistance.
The requirements of the program are as follows:
The application process is as follows:
For more information, contact the Community & Economic Development Department at:100 N Jefferson StreetRoom 608Green Bay, WI 54301Phone: 920 448 3400
Any electrical work in conjunction with a building permit requires an electrical permit. Where no building permit has been issued, and more than three outlets (receptacles, lights, switches, etc.) are added, an electrical permit is also required. (This usually excludes minor repairs.)
The owner of an existing single-family dwelling where they reside may obtain an electrical permit for wiring in that dwelling. New residences, work on electrical services, and all other wiring in the City must be done by an electrical contractor licensed in Green Bay. If you are hiring a licensed electrical contractor to do the wiring, they will submit the electrical permit. (There is no need for you to meet with an electrical inspector in City Hall.)
If you intend to do the wiring yourself, you must meet with one of the electrical inspectors in our office. A helpful suggestion would be to call 920-448-3300 prior to coming to confirm the inspector will be in the office when you arrive. Please bring a floor plan with you to the Inspection Office showing the locations of all receptacles, lights, switches, etc. that you intend to install.
The inspector will then ask you some basic wiring questions to determine if you are knowledgeable about that wiring, such as:
If you can answer these basic wiring questions and/or others, the inspector can issue an electrical permit to you.
It depends upon the work being done, but in most cases it is $50 for a residential project and $70 for a commercial project.
View the interactive parcel map. You can search or zoom to parcel and use interactive layers in the top-left corner tool bar.
The standards for constructing in a floodplain can be reviewed in the following:
The requirements for existing structures within the floodplain can be viewed in the following:
If a map has an error or needs to be modified, contact a FEMA representative.
View the City of Green Bay Smart Growth 2022 Comprehensive Plan.
View the following pages to learn about the city's plans:
The following maps and plans are used to plan out Green Bay's future:
If you have further questions, please call the staff at 920-448-3400.
Guidelines and permit applications can be found in the Permits & Development Services section of the Community & Economic Development Department.
To schedule an inspection call 920-448-3300 to schedule an inspection for the following
Call 920-448-3300 to enter an anonymous complaint.
A plumbing permit is required whenever the plumbing drain, waste, vent, or water supply systems are altered. Examples include relocation of a plumbing fixture, installation of a new water heater or dishwasher.
Any licensed plumbing contractor or homeowner who owns and occupies a single-family dwelling can obtain a plumbing permit.
The City cannot recommend a builder but can offer you a link to the Brown County Home Builders Association and the Realtors Association of Northeast Wisconsin.
If you are a renter, call your landlord and inform them of the problem. If the problem persists, you may contact our office or file a report.
Guidelines and permit application can be found in the Permits & Development Services section of Community & Economic Development Department.
Permit costs vary by construction type. The fee schedule (PDF) should give you a guide as to how much you need for each project/phase of construction.
Yes, you need a permit for all of these. There are requirements you have to follow for location and setback. Call the Inspection Department at 920-448-3300 for more specific information.
No. Round top shelters or portable structures enclosed by walls of fabric or plastic film, AND metal carports are prohibited in residential districts of the City of Green Bay per Section 13-615, Green Bay Zoning Code.
Yes, but only on a 3 or more unit building or within a historic residential area. See the fee schedule (PDF) for costs.
No, but there are rules regarding fire pits. Read the fire pit guidelines (PDF).
Generally, no. If you are replacing kitchen cabinets, for example, you do not need a permit. However, if you are doing remodeling that requires new plumbing, heating, or electrical work, you will need a permit. Call the Inspection Department at 920-448-3300 for more specific information.
Your inspector will inform you when you take out the permit when they should be called to make the inspection(s). Please call 920-448-3300 to schedule.
The Operations Division of Public Works handles these concerns. Fill out an online report or call 920-448-3535 to let us know of your concern.
The Operations Division of Public Works handles these concerns. Fill out an online report or call 920-448-3535 to let us know of your concerns.
Any division of land within the incorporated area of the City or its extraterritorial platting jurisdiction which results in a land division as defined by this ordinance shall be surveyed and a Certified Survey Map (CSM) or Plat of such division approved and recorded as required by the State Statutes and this ordinance. View the ordinance (PDF).
Whether an existing lot or parcel can be divided depends on several factors including:
Only a licensed and professional surveyor can prepare a certified survey map, subdivision plat, or other dividing instruments.
To purchase a tax-foreclosed property, call the Brown County Treasurer’s Office at 920-448-4074.
No. Per new State Statute requirements, SS 706.22, the City of Green Bay can no longer require Clearwater inspections for the sale of property.
A homeowner can voluntarily request a Clearwater inspection, but will need to submit the request for the inspection in writing. The City will issue orders on any Code Violations found as part of the inspection. All typical fees will apply.
If it is available, hook up can be done at any time by a licensed contractor. If it is not available, then you will have to request that it be installed in front of your property. You can request this through your Alderperson, or call the Engineering Department at 920-448-3100.
Is a graphical representation of a proposed development that depicts building footprints, property lines, parking, green space fencing, dumpsters, etc. Plans are to be legible and drawn to an engineer’s scale. Site plan review is the process of reviewing documents and drawings required by the zoning ordinance to ensure that a proposed land use or activity meets zoning ordinance standards as well as state and federal statutes.
A site plan includes existing and proposed man-made features, as well as natural site characteristics. A site plan is required when improvements are to be done on a site that include earth filling, paving or building construction.
To learn about how to submit a site plan, view the site plan information guide (PDF).
A site plan and/or a building plan is submitted for review to the Building Inspection Department. After a plan review the staff will discuss options to meet the ordinance.
If a hardship can be demonstrated, the applicant may apply to the Board of Appeals for a variance or relief from the applicable ordinance. Please call the staff at 920-448-3400 for further details and assistance.
View the interactive parcel map to learn about the zoning of a property. You can search or zoom to parcel and use interactive layers in the top-left corner tool bar. You can also search zoning code use tables found in each district section and those with a “P” are permitted and those contain a “C” are required to obtain a Conditional Use Permit.
The process may take anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks to complete. The following takes place during the process:
The process may take anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks to complete and includes the following:
A Planned Unit Development (PUD) is a type of building development and also a regulatory process. As a building development, it is a designed grouping of both varied and compatible land uses, such as housing, recreation, commercial centers, and industrial parks, all within one contained development or subdivision. Unit Development (UD) as a regulatory process is a means of land regulation which promotes large scale, unified land development by means of mid-range, realistic programs in chase of physically curable, social and economic deficiencies in land and city-scapes. Where appropriate, this development control promotes:
In October 2009, Governor Jim Doyle signed Wisconsin Act 50 into law. The purpose of this law is to create a program for the collection and proper recycling of certain electronic devices. The law also prohibits certain electronics from being disposed in landfills or incinerators.
Electronics, including computers, computer peripherals, televisions, cell phones, printers and other electronics contain many known harmful materials such as lead, mercury, chromium and many others. When improperly disposed, these hazardous materials can leach into the surrounding environment and affect both human health as well as the surrounding ecosystem. Improper disposal may also expose waste management workers to additional risk.
Also, proper recycling of electronics ensures the reuse of as many materials as possible. This reduces the environmental impact of consumer electronics as well as lowers the economic costs for the manufacturer.
You should call UMR at 1-800-826-9781.
Depending on which dental carrier you are enrolled with, you should call Humana at 1-800-233-4013 or Dental Associates at 920-431-0345.
If you need to request a new card because it was lost, stolen, or never received, please contact the appropriate vendor below. New cards will arrive within approximately 7 to 10 business days.
If you need to make changes to your insurance due to a qualifying event, please call Human Resources at 920-448-3023. You must complete new enrollment forms reflecting the changes to your insurance coverage within 30 days of the qualifying event. The insurance carriers cannot authorize changes to your insurance; all changes must be made by the Human Resources Department.
Qualifying events include (not an all inclusive list):
Please note the following time limits:
Employees may change or add benefits during open enrollment for the next plan year, which occurs in Fall. Employees may change or add benefits if there is a qualifying event (marriage, divorce, birth, adoption, etc.).
Dependents may be on a parent/guardian’s health and/or dental insurance plan up to the end of the month in which the dependent turns age 26 regardless of the dependent's marital status, school status, or cost of other health insurance premiums. Please call Human Resources at 920-448-3023 when your dependent is nearing age 26 if they are currently on the City’s health and/or dental insurance plan.
If you need to schedule your HRA or have questions regarding your HRA, please call Bellin Health at 920-433-7883.
Changes to deferred compensation plans may be made at any time throughout the year.
If you have been or will be absent for 3 or more days for family care taking, medical leave, or military leave, you must apply for FMLA. You will need to stop into the HR office or call Human Resources at 920-448-3013 to request the FMLA forms.
If you are a City of Green Bay employee and are planning on retiring in the near future, please reach out to both of the following contacts:
View the City’s Retirement page for more information.
It’s always important to practice good customer service. Work with your employees ahead of time to train them on listening carefully to customers’ concerns, and on de-escalation and conflict resolution techniques. Approach the customer and ask them to put on a mask (a face covering will do, see above) while inside your business. Tell the customer it’s a State requirement. If you have the ability to provide masks, then offer a mask. This mask can be free or for purchase.
It’s helpful to put up signs telling customers that wearing a mask is now required in Wisconsin. Updating your web presence would also be helpful.
Take that person at their word. No further action is needed.
Again, working with employees ahead of time is important, and education is really important as well as good listening and de-escalation techniques. Tell the person they are violating the State order by being inside your business without a mask. If need be, use your discretion and call the Green Bay Police using the non-emergency 920-448-3200 number.
Interactions with customers who refuse to wear masks are similar to those interactions with customers who don’t wear a shirt or shoes, or who are intoxicated, disruptive, and the like.
Once the police arrive, calmly convey what happened to the officer and wait for further instructions from the officer. The officer will use their discretion to determine the next steps for the customer. This is now out of the hands of the business owner and the employee.
Under the State order, all individuals in your office are required to wear masks while they’re working if they are in the same room or enclosed space as other individuals outside of their household or living unit.
The ordinance does not mandate that employers supply employees with masks. It would be a nice gesture, however.
If you have a license from the City of Green Bay, the condition of your license is that you obey all of the laws, not just those pertaining to the license. Any business that violates the ordinance may be subject to administrative action for any licenses issued by the City of Green Bay.
Our summers are short and we are a community that values the outdoors. So, if you’re going to be outside, whether engaged in leisure activity like picnicking or in exercise like bike riding, masks aren’t required, but encouraged.
All vehicles are “enclosed spaces” under the State mask order. If you’re in a taxi, ride-share service vehicle or using any form of public transportation, you, the driver and any other passengers will wear masks for the duration of the ride.
People in a restaurant, coffee shop, bar and the like, must wear a mask as they wait for their table. Once at the table, people may take off the mask and consume their food and drinks freely. If the restaurant patron gets up from the table, then that person should put their mask back on.
The goal of the ordinance is for persons in Green Bay to wear a mask inside public places.
Also, the person you see may have a medical condition which prevents them from wearing a mask, but you wouldn’t know that. We need to be kind and supportive neighbors in this very difficult and challenging time. The best way to be supportive and kind is to leave the enforcement of the ordinance to the police.
Green Bay law enforcement needs everyone’s assistance as we navigate the current health emergency. The City encourages everyone to wear masks, in accordance with Governor Evers’ mandate. Law enforcement will refer all calls about the mask mandate to the Brown County Health Department. Then Brown County Health will follow up on complaints and contact law enforcement, if needed.
Brown County Public Health and Green Bay Police officers will first educate people about the importance of wearing a mask, and the need to comply with the Governor’s mandate. We stress that local businesses and non-profits remain proactive in training employees and educating customers. Our community goal is 100% compliance.
The City stresses education around the mask mandate, and wants to assure the community that law enforcement will always respond, if called upon. If there is an issue, Green Bay Police Department officers will work with the Brown County Health Department to take enforcement action. A person may receive a civil forfeiture of up to $200, plus court costs. If the person engages in other unlawful conduct, then more serious consequences may follow.
Yes. If the party is being held in a space that is not a private residence, and any of the guests are not members of the same household or living unit, the State mask order applies, and everyone needs to wear masks. You and your guests should follow the same rules as restaurants:
Wearing masks will slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/p0714-americans-to-wear-masks.html. This disease is spread through little drops from the mouth, nose and lungs, passed from an infected person to others. Cloth masks and non-surgical grade disposable masks help prevent the person wearing the mask from spreading COVID-19 to others. Slowing the spread will save lives and reduce the burden on our health care system. Wearing a mask is easy and the least restrictive way we can get back on track.
A mask is any face covering that fully covers the wearer’s mouth and nose. This can be made of cloth and can be securely tied to the ears or around the head, so that it doesn’t slip.
No. Under the State order, face shields are not acceptable face coverings.
Every person must wear a mask whenever these two things are true:
This includes but is not limited to: restaurants, stores, barber shops, salons, public buildings such as schools, government buildings and museums, gyms, hallways, lobbies, and offices.
You do not need to show proof to an employee, business owner or manager in order to be exempted from wearing a mask.
Yes! We are looking for volunteers to help make face masks or coverings of any kind for community members in need based on the new ordinance that became effective on Monday, July 27, 2020. Volunteers are asked to contact Eric Sponholtz at 920-600-0188 to coordinate the drop-off of completed materials at the Volunteer Center, as the center is currently open by appointment only.
For any emergency, you should dial 911. This will connect you with the Brown County Public Safety Communications Dispatch Center. They will determine the proper agency and type of equipment that needs to respond to your situation. Be prepared to answer the call taker's questions about your location and what type of problem you're having.
For a non-emergency situation call 920-448-3200. If your question is for a fire department administrator, view the Fire Department category in our Staff Directory. Please note that fire department administrative numbers are only answered Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.
In the City of Green Bay and the Village of Allouez, the ambulances (rescue squads) are part of the fire department. Only five of Green Bay Metro's eight stations have an ambulance. All fire engines are equipped with oxygen, defibrillators, and medical supplies; the firefighters are trained to deliver emergency medical care prior to the arrival of the ambulance (nearly all firefighters on GBMFD are paramedics or Emergency Medical Technicians).
Many times the engines arrive minutes before the ambulance. The firefighters also assist the paramedics in lifting and moving patients from the basement or second story of the home to the ambulance.
Firefighter recruitment is handled by the City of Green Bay's Human Resources Department. The annual recruitment process usually begins in the Fall, with the advertisement for firefighters in local papers, trade journals, and on the City's website. See the Employment Information site for details.
Green Bay's Municipal Code strictly prohibits open burning of any kind. To dispose of rubbish, building materials, or garden materials, visit the Department of Public Works page. Any person found responsible for open burning will be issued a municipal court citation.
The firefighters are working a 24-hour shift, beginning at 7 a.m. each day. They're required to purchase their own meals and typically pool their money for the day's two meals. They follow a work rule that limits their grocery shopping to one unit at a time at a grocery store located in their fire district.
The units are always available to respond when they're at the grocery store. A side benefit is that it gives younger firefighters the opportunity to drive the apparatus in non-emergency conditions, preparing themselves for the promotion to driver/operator.
Fire hydrants are color-coded to provide information to the firefighters. The color represents the size of the water main, which determines the amount of water that flows from the hydrant.
Fire hydrants are installed and maintained by the Green Bay Water Utility. Water customers pay a "Public Fire Protection" charge on their quarterly water bills. This money is not available to the fire department or used to pay for any service provided by the fire department. It is collected and used by the Water Utility to pay for the installation and maintenance of fire hydrants, as well as the water that is used to control fires in our community.
The fire department inspects buildings to ensure they remain free from hazards that may endanger the occupants. The inspections are required by Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Codes. Most buildings are inspected twice a year.
The inspections are performed by both the firefighters working in the fire stations and fire prevention officers, who have special training in building construction, fire detection and alarm systems, and fire suppression systems.
If it leaves the ground or explodes and goes boom, it is not allowed in Green Bay without a permit. Sparklers, snakes, spark fountains, and smoke bombs are permitted. Bottle rockets, mortars, and firecrackers are examples of fireworks that require a permit (DOC).
The plain and simple answer is that if you are not a professional fireworks company then it will be extremely difficult to obtain a permit. Access the permit application (DOC). The other guidelines may apply:
Planting season is April through May and October through November (after frost).
Pruning season is throughout the year except during planting months.
Tree cutting season begins December through June.
Below ground stump removals are typically done from June through November.
Yes, we do reseed, usually within 2 days.
Yes, we pick up the mess usually within a day.
If the tree is hitting you or your vehicle, a small branch can be pruned by the homeowner with a hand saw or hand pruner to remove the branch. Using chainsaws, ladders, power pole pruners and climbing up into the tree is prohibited.
All basal sprouts can be pruned by the homeowner. Small low branches that are touching you as you walk under them or branches that are touching a vehicle can be pruned by the homeowner with a hand saw or hand pruner to remove the branch. Using chainsaws, ladders, power pole pruners and climbing up into the tree is prohibited.
Trees can be pruned throughout the year except for Oak and Elm trees. Oak and Elm have a pruning ban from March 15 to October 15 as to prevent the spread of disease.
Oak and elm trees can be pruned October 16 through March 14.
If an oak tree is cut down during the pruning ban, they need to treat the cut surface with tree paint.
Alleys are private vegetation. The City is not responsible for maintaining the alley. Under City ordinances, you are responsible for keeping your tree/shrubs from growing into areas used by the public.
Utility Line Clearance is provided by WPS through Asplundh Tree Expert Company. Please contact WPS at 1-800-450-7260.
If a tree is small, (you can put your arms around it), an owner can treat/save the tree. There is an insecticide that can be picked up from a garden center like Home Depot to treat Emerald Ash Borer. A bigger tree can be saved by a treatment from a certified arborist. If a homeowner would cut down their private Ash tree, the wood can be put to the curb and Department of Public Works would pick it up.
The homeowner can have the wood except if it's an Ash tree. To deter the spread of Emerald Ash Borer, the wood should not be transported to other areas.
If the limb is not blocking the road and a firetruck can get through, it is not considered an emergency. These can be on a service request log and can be answered as soon as the Forestry crews can get to them. If the limb is considered a safety issue, the Forestry crew will address it accordingly.
The foresters will respond to requests by emergency storm damage requests first, City owned tree requests second and private tree questions third. The forester will look at the service request by evaluating the tree and putting a door hanger on the residence's door with instructions or a treatment plan. The forester will call the service requester back if needed and will try to answer most requests within two weeks.
A citizen would need a curb cut permit from the Department of Public Works; the forester would have to evaluate the tree that is being requested to be removed, the citizen may have to pay for the value of the tree that is removed.
There is no ordinance that states you can cut your neighbor's tree. We advise both parties to agree upon a solution.
The Forestry Division may (by City Ordinance) condemn a private property tree if it is diseased, infested, or threatens the Public Right-of-Way (street) or Park. Private property concerns between neighbors are a civil matter. The Forestry Division suggests neighbors contact each other and work together towards a solution. If no solution can be reached, you may wish to contact an attorney.
Tree roots heaving sidewalks is evaluated by the Department of Public Works Engineering Division. Please contact Engineering at the Public Works phone number 920-448-3100.
Normally the pipe has to be replaced. This is usually caused from a cracked pipe that the tree roots grow into. The homeowner contracts a pipe replacement contractor. The contractor will identify the location of the pipe and call the Forestry Department to determine if the scheduled work will constitute a safety hazard for the contracted work. Forestry will work with the contractor to remove the tree if necessary.
Brush pile pick up is provided by the Department of Public Works Operations Division. Please contact Operation at 920-448-3535.
The City of Green Bay accepts online applications submitted through our job opportunities page. Paper applications are not accepted.
Thank you for your interest in serving our community by becoming a Patrol Officer with the Green Bay Police Department! Please click the link below to learn about the recruitment process.
Thank you for your interest in serving our community by becoming a Fire Fighter with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department! Please click the link below to learn about the recruitment process.
Yes, you may fill out a job interest card for one or several job categories that you are interested in. When we post a job in that category, you will be notified immediately via email of the vacancy.
If you are experiencing technical difficulties while using the City's online application system, you may contact Government Jobs Applicant Support at 855-524-5627 (M-F 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. CST). You may leave a voicemail at any time and will receive a return phone call during normal business hours.
All applicants will be notified of their status in the hiring process via email.
If the job is no longer posted, the job has been closed and/or filled and we are no longer accepting applications.
Applications submitted for open jobs are only active for those particular jobs. Once a job is filled and the job posting is closed online, your application becomes inactive. You must reapply online for other posted jobs.
The City offers a full employee benefit package including paid time off, retirement, health, dental, vision, long term disability, and life insurance coverage.
All employees have access to Employee Self Service (ESS), even those who don't utilize the system to enter time. Follow these steps to login to your ESS account.
Start by filling out a special event application and submit the completed form through any of the following methods:
Inquiries may be directed to the City's Risk Management division at 920-448-3125.
The process varies at each site depending on size and type of rink, the water source, the site itself and the existing conditions. A couple of rinks are made on parking lot(s) pavement, but most of are made on turf.
The rinks made on pavement are able to be skated on earlier because none of the water sinks into the ground. However, the downside to pavement is that the sun shines through the ice to the blacktop. This warms the pavement thus melting the ice or slowing the freezing action.
For the rinks on turf, the area must be flat, FROZEN and have little or no snow on it – or the snow must be packed down (to be used as a base). Unfrozen ground just lets the water soak in. Temperatures must be consistently cold to freeze the ground. Once frozen, the water remains on top of the ground. Depending on the site, crews spray water on the ground and allow it to freeze. Depending on the temperatures, crews may be able to stay out and keep adding water to some areas of the rink while the just-watered areas freeze. Lighter coats of water are used to help the water freeze faster. Under good conditions, the worker will spray water while walking backwards for hours and hours. Eventually, dozens (then hundreds) of light coats of water turn into "skateable" ice.
Each site varies and is unique to how long it takes to become safe. Generally, it can take a week (5 to 7 days) or so to build up enough ice for safe skating.
When temperatures warm, understandably the warm temps soften or melt the ice. If the ice is thicker (a foot or more) then the damage may not be as severe. Thinner ice can melt back down to the turf or may not allow snow removal equipment on it. We may have to start over completely. How warm it gets and for how long are huge factors. It stands to reason that warm temps (40+) for nights and days greatly affect the ice. Temps just above freezing will not affect the ice as much. Soft ice is not safe or fun to skate on. Soft ice may allow skates to fall through and potentially hurt the ice and/or the skater.
Warm rain and lots of it, can do extensive of damage to the ice. Light freezing rain may not hurt the ice at all. Many factors: site, temperatures, ice thickness, time of rink season, amount of rain, duration and others factors determine our response.
Keep in mind that the people who make ice also do all of the Parks snow removal. When it snows, the crews are not making ice and instead need to remove the snow from all of the rinks. In order to put water down again on a rink, the snow must be completely gone. Leftover snow, once frozen, may lead to uneven ice. That won’t do. Note: Hockey rinks with boards require blowing or hand-shoveling the snow up and over the boards and out of the rink.
It is our experience that the boarded hockey rinks are, by far, the most used rinks. Therefore, they are the top priority. Other rinks, depending on their location and previous usage, will be worked on as time and personnel permits. Skaters tell us where they like to skate by leaving their skate marks on the ice. When staff gets to the rinks at 5 or 6 am, they can tell if someone or a lot of people were skating the night before. This evidence leads to our prioritization.
That depends on the rink, the time spent making the ice, but mostly the weather. Over the last thirty years, we have had a season with no rinks and we have had a season as long as 10 weeks. We can only do what Mother Nature allows us to do. In those thirty years, only once were we able to skate on our rinks in March. Normally, by mid-February, the position of the sun in the sky (higher and for longer times) leads to the destruction of the ice.
Occasionally, a season comes along that allows the growth of a bacterium native to Wisconsin soils. This anaerobic bacterium needs a little warmth, moisture and no oxygen to grow. If the ice is thin over an area of soil that has the bacterium, and the sun warms the ground under the ice, thus cutting off the oxygen - these conditions may allow the bacterium to grow. As it grows, it produces its own heat making the ice above soft. It starts to bulge the ice upward, have a brownish tint to it and it stinks. The bulges expand causing bumps we can’t fix. Although harmless to humans and clothing, the bacterium stinks. This is thanks to Mother Nature again. We have found that if it is really cold early and for a long time during our initial buildup, the ice gets thick enough and does not allow the sun to warm the soil beneath the ice. Thicker ice usually means less bacterial growth.
As the sun gets higher in the sky, its radiance inhibits ice retention, especially effecting boarded hockey rinks. In February, on sunny days, the sun shines on the wooden boards at the rinks. The boards, especially the north side boards, absorb the sunshine and the mass of the structure holds the heat and the nearby ice starts to melt. Unfortunately, even with below freezing temperatures we are not able to combat this.
The terms of “open” or “closed” should only be used to describe the doors of the nearby park warming shelter. None of the rinks are fenced or locked, so all are “open” to the public at all stages of their construction and maintenance. It is up to the skater to determine whether the ice is safe on which to skate. The City of Green Bay Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department website is updated with warming shelter/staffed hours. Again, it is up to the skater to decide if the ice is safe.
The City Attorney represents the City of Green Bay as a corporation by protecting the city's legal interests, advising city administration, advocating on the city's behalf, and representing the city in court, administrative hearings, quasi-judicial hearings, and any other legal action.
Our department does not represent any individual person or resident. The City Attorney only represents employees and elected officials in their official capacities when the City's interests are at stake. Just like a corporate business attorney who works solely for a corporation and does not represent any other person or business, the City Attorney acts in a similar capacity for the City of Green Bay.
Because the Law Department only represents the City of Green Bay as a corporation, we do not provide any legal advice to private groups or persons, nor do we represent them in any private matters or lawsuits or draft legal documents for them. If you have legal questions, you will need to contact a private attorney. Legal advice includes interpreting laws, comparisons of cases or matters, analysis of legal arguments, or answering questions on laws, ordinances, or statutes.
You will need to reach out to the department tasked with enforcement of that ordinance to determine if you are in compliance or if your interpretation is correct. Most of your questions will either go to the Police Department or Inspections Office. If you are unsure who you should speak to, email the Law Department and we will help put you in touch with the correct person.
You may inspect or obtain a copy of public records by submitting a request for those documents. In many cases, you can obtain routine documents by calling the department directly. Otherwise, you can submit a request for public records form or send an e-mail to the law department identifying the records you are requesting. Learn more at Public Records.
Complete and submit the Sex Offender Residence Board Appeal Form (PDF) with the City Clerk to file an appeal to the board.
All violations of local laws must be made to an investigative agency such as the Green Bay Police Department or the Community Investment Department. Do not report violations directly to the City Attorney.
No. The attorneys in the Law Department do not represent individuals in private legal matters. The City Attorney may only represent the city as a municipal corporation and its employees, departments, officers, boards, commissions, and authorities in their official capacities and in the course of official business.
The City Attorney cannot advise you on the procedure to sue the city. You should speak with a private attorney if you need assistance with your case. If your type of case requires you to file a notice of claim against the city, complete and submit the Liability Claim Form (PDF).
The Green Bay Municipal Code and Charter Ordinances are available online. Hard copies of codes or ordinances may obtained from the City Clerk's office.
The Wisconsin State Bar is the governing organization for all attorneys in the state. Use their Lawyer Referral and Information Service to select an attorney.
If you have received a citation and do not want to challenge it, you can pay it before the first appearance date on the citation. The Municipal Court accepts payment either online or in person at 330 South Jefferson Street. Visit the Municipal Court's website for more information on how to pay your citation.
If you wish to challenge the citation, you will need to appear at court on your first appearance date and enter a plea of "Not Guilty." Visit our City Prosecutor page for more information.
Find out more about what to do after a citation.
Parking tickets can be paid at City Hall located at 100 North Jefferson Street. You can pay a parking ticket by dropping your payment in the pre-marked envelope in a drop box outside of City Hall, or by paying in person in Room 300 in City Hall.
To contest a parking ticket, you must file the contestation form available in Room 300 at City Hall. You will then receive a date to appear in Municipal Court to challenge your ticket.
If you have already filed the contestation form but still have questions, contact Municipal Court directly at 920-448-3131.
The City Attorney is the attorney for the City of Green Bay, and is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The attorneys in the Law Department provide legal services to the Mayor, City Council, as well as for City departments, boards, commissions, employees, and officers. The Law Department also prosecutes violations of the Green Bay Municipal Code and non-criminal municipal court cases, but not any violations of state law or criminal matters.
The District Attorney is an elected official who investigates and prosecutes criminal activity throughout Brown County. The District Attorney represents the state and the county by focusing exclusively on prosecution of county and state crimes and offenses. The DA's Office number is 920-448-4190.
No. Disputes between neighbors are private civil matters. You will need to consult a private attorney to obtain specific legal advice on your situation. If the matter is criminal in nature or requires police intervention, please contact the Green Bay Police Department directly.
If the tree poses a threat to the right-of-way, like the sidewalk or a street, the City may be able to take action against the owner of the tree. If the tree poses no threat to the public right-of-way, however, the issue is a private matter, and you need to consult a private attorney to obtain specific legal advice on your situation.
The location of a fence is a private matter. You will need to consult a private attorney to obtain specific legal advice on your situation.
The City does not have jurisdiction over storm water runoff on private property unless there is a recorded easement on the plat which is not being enforced. In all other instances, drainage issues are private matters. You will need to consult a private attorney to obtain specific legal advice on your situation.
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Please fill out this form if you would like to leave any comments regarding Green Bay Metro Transit's service.
No, the buses are rotated through the system so over a 30-day period, so your ad will cover the entire market many times.
Depending on the quality of product you use, the product will last longer if it is better quality.
Yes, you can. You may contract for less than a year, but we do have a one-month minimum charge.
No, the advertising cost is billed monthly. View our rates.
No. We only accept checks for payment. Please make the check payable to Green Bay Metro and deliver or mail to:Green Bay Metro901 University AvenueGreen Bay, WI 54302
Green Bay Metro can provide you a list of local production companies that will be able to assist you. Call 920-448-3452.
As many as your budget allows and if space is available.
Metro bus service area averages 6 million impressions per day.
The average bus will be in service from 5:45 a.m. until 8:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. Saturday the buses are in service from 7:45 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. The buses, however, can be removed from service periodically for maintenance and repairs.
No; the buses are randomly assigned to different routes.
Absolutely! We have space for up to 26 interior cards per bus.
You can start riding as soon as you receive your approved Paratransit Identification Card.
You must notify the dispatcher that you will not make your pick-up time and call when you are ready (our Division number is 920-448-3450). The Paratransit Provider will send a ride as soon as possible. The missed ride will not result in a no-show being recorded. However, a late call will be recorded.
Yes. The recorder time stamps each message and that time will be listed as the cancellation time.
No; the subscription service is available when travel is at the same time and day each week. However, when necessary, a passenger must remember to cancel a subscription ride to avoid a no-show being recorded. See “Section II ADA Paratransit Eligibility Process” about this.
Not necessarily - the Green Bay Metro Paratransit service is public transportation and sometimes share rides.
Origin to destination means the driver will pick you up at your origin and drop you off at your destination.
What if I don’t do any of the above?
Failure to pay your fine by the due date will result in one or more of the following actions being taken:
That means you do NOT have to physically come to court to enter your plea. You may enter your plea in person on the date assigned to you on your citation or you can submit a letter to the Court prior to your court date with your plea of “Guilty”, “Not Guilty” or “No Contest”. (Plea Request Form). If you don’t appear on your date and time and the court has not received a “Not Guilty” plea from you, you will be found guilty and a fine will be imposed. You will be sent a notice indicating what date your fine is due. If you plea “Not Guilty” by letter prior to your court date, the court will send you a notice with your next required appearance date (pre-trial conference).
There are no public defenders available in Municipal Court because it is not a criminal court. However, you may hire a private attorney, at your expense, to represent you in any Municipal Court case.
No. You may represent yourself (this is called “pro se”), but you must follow all the rules and procedures of court in the same way an attorney would. If you decide to act pro se, please understand that the court staff and the prosecutor can help with some procedural issues, but will be unable to give you any legal advice. The city attorney or prosecutor cannot give you any advice. You may consult with a private attorney if you wish. If you are seeking advice and are not sure where to look, the Wisconsin State Bar has a telephone service that can help you decide. Call: (800)362-9082.
The city prosecutor is a full-time employee of the city who is an attorney licensed to practice law in Wisconsin. The prosecutor evaluates evidence, drafts legal documents, negotiates with defendants or their attorneys and represents the city at trial. The prosecutor handles about 3,000 cases a year in Municipal Court.
For your initial appearance, you may appear any day court is in session before your initial appearance, providing the Court has the case from the Police Department. For pre-trials, you may request a new date by submitting a written request,(Plea Request Form), received by the court prior to your scheduled court date, and you must provide a reason as to why you cannot attend. If you do not receive a new date from the court, you must appear at the date and time as scheduled. Please note that conflicts with work, school, vacations and child care are generally not reasons to reschedule.
Municipal Court does not order restitution for the victims of damages or theft. You may file a claim in Small Claims Court.
Municipal Court offices are located at 330 S. Jefferson Street, Green Bay, and are open from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday and Friday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. The phone number is 920-448-3131 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Court is held every morning, Monday through Friday.
District Policing is an organizational structure and method of assigning police resources in a more efficient way. Decisions regarding police resources are data driven with an increased emphasis on crime analysis.
The district model is built on the success of community policing teams throughout the city. It is intended to involve all members of the department instead of a few specialized units. Under the district policing model, patrol officers will be assigned the same part of the city on a more consistent basis. This will provide officers an increased familiarity with the areas they patrol.
One of the advantages of community policing is the familiarity that the public has with their community officer, mainly because the community officer is assigned to the same area every day. District policing means that patrol officers will also be assigned, for the most part, to the same area every day, creasing their familiarity with the community as well.
The Green Bay Police Department has developed this strategy to provide better, more efficient service. It is our hope that by reorganizing and allocating our resources in a more efficient way, we can provide better, more personal service to the community.
Data analysis has been used to determine the district boundaries. Factors considered in drawing the district boundaries include but are not limited to:
Community policing officers will remain assigned to neighborhoods and will continue to work on long term neighborhood problems.
For more information regarding what district you live in, please view the District Map (JPG).
If you are unable to access the map or need additional assistance, please reach out by calling our general information phone line at 920-448-3200.
Emergencies and requests for an officer to respond remain the same. They include:
In addition, to stay connected you can sign up to receive NIXLE email and/or text alerts; to sign up, visit our NIXLE page.
Call the police as described in the "What’s the best way for me to contact the police?" question. Nothing changes here for the citizen requesting service. Our staff will notify the appropriate response units.
Each district will be staffed daily to meet the needs of the community. Special events are generally staffed with additional personnel, assigned specifically to that event.
While special events do tax our resources, no one neighborhood will be adversely affected or have it staffing reduced.
Our goal is to open the class to a group of approximately 25 citizens every year.
The next Citizen’s Academy is scheduled to start August 14th, 2019 and will run through November 6th, 2019.
Classes will be held at the Green Bay Police Department, 307 S Adams Street in the training center. One session will be held at the municipal boat launch at the mouth of the Fox River.
Program documents include:
Program contacts include:
Generally, record requests take 7 to 10 business days for processing. The cost is $0.08 per page and between $0.21 to $0.56 per disc (photos, audio or video recordings).
Under 18 USC. Section 2721(c), a Federal privacy act known as the Drivers Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), the following personal information is not available to the public:
In order to access most of the information above, a requester must complete and submit a Records Request Form (PDF). If a requester fails to meet an appropriate authorization under Section III on the request form, he/she will receive records with all of their personal information contained therein but personal information pertaining to other individuals may be redacted (blacked out); the requester will still be billed for the cost of the record. This form applies to all record requests, not just driving records.
Disclaimer: DMV photographs, Social Security numbers, telephone numbers, juvenile and medical information is never released, except to the person to whom the information applies or to a parent/legal guardian of that individual.
If you are looking for a name, address, or other personal information about someone, you will not receive that information unless you meet one of the federal authorizations set forth under Section III on the form!
Poll workers conduct assigned duties at a polling site on Election Day. Duties can include issuing ballots to registered voters, registering voters, monitoring the voting equipment, explaining how to mark the ballot or use the voting equipment, or a greeter who assists with answering questions and directing voters to the voting area.
Polling places are open statewide from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Poll workers can work a full day, generally from 6:30 a.m. until approximately 9:00 p.m.
Poll workers are compensated for working at polling places at a rate determined by the appropriate municipal governing body, and, in some municipalities, are also compensated for attending any required training sessions. Poll workers may also choose to volunteer their services by filing a written declination of compensation with the municipal clerk
The City of Green Bay will provide virtual training for all poll workers. This training provides all of the necessary information and knowledge to be a successful poll worker. An experienced chief inspector who has been certified by the Wisconsin Elections Commission must be present at each polling place for each election. Chief inspectors must receive six hours of continuing election education training during each two-year period.
Poll workers are usually appointed to two-year terms and are generally asked to make a minimum two-year commitment.
To be a poll worker, a person must:
A poll worker may also:
If you are interested in becoming a poll worker, please apply online or print and fill out this application.
Wisconsin law requires every employer to grant an unpaid leave of absence to each employee who is appointed to serve as an election official, if the employee who serves as an election official provides their employer with at least seven days’ notice. The leave is for the entire 24-hour period of each election day in which the employee serves in their official capacity as an election official. Upon request of any employer municipal clerks must verify appointments.
Watch this video from the Wisconsin Elections Commission on Election Day Duties.
Patrons need to be 8 years old to be admitted without an adult. All children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult or responsible sibling (15 and older).
Yes, anyone entering the pool area must pay regular admission prices.
All Season Pool Passes are just $25 per person (ages 2+, resident, and/or non-resident). These passes give the holder access to Resch Aquatic Center, Joannes Aquatic Center and Colburn Pool all summer! Season Pool Passes can be purchased by phone (920) 448-3365 or online. Upon purchase of swim pass, all holders will have their photo taken in order to ensure a secure account. Season Pool Passes may only be used by the holder named on the pass.
Water depth for each pool is:
There are no high dives because they require 13 to 15 feet of water.
Lawn chairs can be brought in but must stay in the grassy area. Strollers are allowed in the back fence area, but not by the water.
No, water is sold at the concession stand.
Colburn is 25 yards wide and 50 meters long.
Designated lap swim area at Resch only 9:30-11:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday. There is no lap swim at Joannes.
Pool temperatures are:
All heaters are set to maintain 80°.
Admission to Green Bay pools is $3.50 per person. Kids under 2 years old are free.
Clean t-shirts, any color, are allowed. Soft shorts are allowed. Not allowed are denim, or shorts with studs. Please use the shower before entering the pool area.
Generally, if the air temperature is lower than 70 degrees and/or there are fewer than 15 people in the pool, management may decide to close the facilities for the remainder of the day. For thunder & lightening, pools close & may re-open once it is not seen or heard for 20 minutes. No rain checks or refunds will be given for inclement weather.
Coast Guard approved life jackets (Type II or III) are allowed. Water wings, and swim suits with built-in flotation devices are never allowed. Exceptions may be made for disabled patrons. All children wearing a life jacket must be accompanied by an adult in the water. Life jackets cannot be worn on water slides.
Health codes state no animals can enter the pools. A staff person will assist the person in the water. The animal will be tied up.
Personal checks are not accepted. We will accept checks from businesses (i.e. YMCA, Salvation Army, etc.).
Height requirements are:
There are no carry-ins allowed. You may get your hand stamped and have your cake in the park area next to the pool then return to the pool. If you wish to have a private pool party you may rent the pool. Please call 448-3365 for more details. We now offer birthday packages!
Yes, but it can only be an adult with a child, not two children or two adults.
Yes, if they ride with an adult or responsible sibling (15 years or older).
Please return to the pool where the item was lost as all found items will be kept at that location.
Rental lockers are available for $0.25.
Water shoes, like Aqua Socks, are allowed in the pools. However, they cannot be worn on the slides or diving boards.
Contact the Parking Division at 920-448-3431 during office hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, send an email, or use the Request for Service website.
Parking tickets can be paid multiple ways.
The City of Green Bay enacted a municipal vehicle registration fee to provide the City with a source of funds to be used for transportation purposes effective January 1, 2019. If you were charged the $20 fee and are not a resident of the City of Green Bay, please call the Wisconsin Department of Transportation at 608-264-7447 or email at email@example.com to correct. Information about this fee is available at http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/vehicles/title-plates/wheeltax.aspx. DMV will issue refunds for any wheel tax fees paid in error for the current registration period only. If you have additional questions contact Green Bay Office at 920-448-3020.
Fill out the Long Grass Complaint form on the Request for Service website. This information will be redirected to the appropriate staff member.
24-84 Noxious Weeds & Maintenance of Vegetation.
Eight (8) inches.
NO. Once a property is tagged for the first time each season, DPW re-checks the property periodically throughout the summer for continued compliance. However, if the grass is at or over 8 inches in height, please feel free to inform DPW.
An invoice is issued for the cost of the work done by the City. If a property is a habitual offender, then a citation can be issued to the owner for violating Municipal Code 24-84. Rates are updated/increase annually and approved by City Council. Call DPW at 920-448-3535 for the current rate.
The City asks residents to first act neighborly and talk to their non-complying neighbors. If that process does not work, then a complaint about the property must be filed with DPW, either by phone or online. In response DPW will visit the property to determine if there is a violation. If in violation, DPW will place a green tag on the door of the house to notify the resident of the issue. Resident owners are given 24 hours to take care of the issue or DPW will return, cut grass/weeds, and invoice the owner. If the owner does not live at the property, Wisconsin State Statute mandates that DPW send a letter via mail to the property owner of record and give them seven (7) days to take care of the issue or DPW will return, cut grass/weeds, and invoice the owner.
The primary reason for keeping yard waste off the roadway surface is storm water protection. When rainwater flows through yard waste sitting in the road, the water is contaminated with high levels of phosphorus. Contaminated water then drains into storm sewers which empty into local creeks, streams, rivers, and the Bay of Green Bay. Phosphorous promotes algae growth and depletes oxygen content for aquatic life. Water running through yard waste sitting on grass has a much higher chance of soaking into the ground and not getting into natural waterways. Wisconsin DNR and federal EPA rules require the City of Green Bay to maintain programs to improve natural water quality. The no-leaves-in-the-street ordinance is one of those programs. Failure on the part of the City to enforce stormwater protection rules results in penalties imposed by the state in the form of fines and state/federal aid reductions. Reduced revenue from other sources means that the City must raise property tax assessments to balance the budget.
City of Green Bay Municipal Code (Chapter 32) requires solid waste to be placed only on property one owns, controls, or leases until collected. Yard and garden waste is defined in Municipal Code as solid waste. Yard waste must be placed on the terrace which (although is roadway right-of-way) is property under control of the adjacent property owner. DPW asks residents to do their part to maintain Green Bay’s compliance with stormwater protection laws.
DPW has a limited number of vehicles that can vacuum yard waste directly off of the terrace to keep yard waste off the street during collection. However, vacuum collection is a slow process, and vacuum trucks cannot pick up brush and larger yard waste. Anything other than grass and leaves clogs the vacuum tube and vacuum mechanism. Depending on conditions, grass and leaves sometimes also clog the vacuum truck. So multiple types of equipment must be used for yard waste collection.
The most effective and least time-consuming method for yard waste collection is to sweep it off the terrace into large piles and bulk load it into trucks. Of course this method leaves a mess on the road. So shortly after the yard waste is loaded, DPW sweeps the street. Using this method, yard waste sits on the street for a short time during the collection process compared to yard waste sitting in the street for longer periods of time before DPW can collect it.
Sidewalks and terrace grass adjacent to the road are located within public street right-of-way and not on private property. However, City ordinance requires the adjacent property owner to maintain of grass and sidewalks adjacent to their property.
When DPW collects yard and garden waste, they must do it in as efficient a manner as possible. Decades ago, DPW employees physically raked leaves into the street and vacuumed them into trucks. That manual method of removal was eliminated due to very high labor costs and was replaced by other methods to save time and cost.
Contrary to popular belief, DPW’s goal is to do no damage when collecting yard waste. Unfortunately, reality prevails and terrace damage sometimes occurs. If DPW causes damage to large sections of terrace grass and/or gouges the terrace during yard waste collection, DPW will repair that damage if the property owner asks.
Repair of small/incidental marks on the terrace are left to the adjacent property owner, with DPW’s apologies for leaving the marks. Terrace damage is reviewed on a case-by-case basis when requested by a resident. If bad enough to warrant repair, DPW repairs terrace damage in the spring of each year using topsoil and seed. Rolled sod is not used for these repairs.
Also as an item of interest, DPW recognizes that grass blades turn brown when yard waste sits on them for long periods of time. The grass blades die due to lack of sunlight. However, the grass root system remains alive but dormant. Once sunlight and oxygen is restored to the grass, it will re-grow.
DPW collects yard and garden waste using sanitation collection routing maps. Each year, a different route/day is selected to start the season. Yard waste collection does not necessarily occur on the same day as trash and recycling collection, but it could depending on progress of the crews. When one round of collection is complete, DPW starts the cycle again.
Residents who follow the DPW Facebook page and City website information will also note that DPW collects yard waste in multiple routes (e.g. – Tuesday and Wednesday) on the same day. This is done to maximize use of equipment.
For example, if a vacuum is assigned to a route, it typically goes through before the bulk crew to collect separated grass/leaf piles because that is all a vacuum unit can effectively collect. When a bulk crew is assigned to a collection route, tractors go ahead of the collection vehicles to place yard waste in piles on the road. Then loaders place the bulk piles in dump trucks. Finally a sweeper cleans up the remaining debris on the road. Tractors typically complete their task at any location faster than loaders. And loaders typically complete their task at any location faster than sweepers. This leads to units getting spread out over multiple routes.
DPW makes all effort to pull only the yard waste that can be collected in one day onto the street. If too much is pulled out, it is pushed back and/or barricaded for the evening. If DPW forgets to collect a pile sitting on the road, residents are asked to call so it can be addressed ASAP.
DPW has a limited number of vehicles that can vacuum grass and leaves. Vacuum trucks cannot pick up brush and larger yard waste without clogging the vacuum tube and vacuum mechanism. If a vacuum truck is assigned to a collection route, they collect leaves and grass only, and other vehicles collect the remaining yard waste. This speeds the collection process.
If a vacuum truck is not assigned to a route, then all yard waste is collected by a bulk crew. In order to be flexible with vacuum truck route scheduling, DPW asks all residents to separate grass/leaves from brush when placing it out for collection.
Curbside collection of yard and garden waste is a time-consuming process. It can take a day or less to collect yard waste in one day’s sanitation routes at the beginning of the season. But once yard waste volume increases later in the season, it takes much longer to complete each route. This is why DPW does not advertise or guarantee leaf collection on the same day as sanitation collection.
In addition, if DPW concentrates all yard waste collection units in one route on the same day as sanitation collection, it causes space conflicts between leaf piles in the street, trash/recycling vehicles, yard waste vehicles, and motorists. Regardless of the day yard waste is collected, DPW attempts to complete its collection process as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Each work day during the yard and garden waste collection period, DPW posts its collection progress as of the end of the previous work day. Reports are posted on the DPW Facebook page and City website. This is done so residents can plan clean-up efforts to minimize the time leaves sit at the curb.
DPW would love to be able to provide a high level of advance detail on each day’s yard and garden waste collection plan. Unfortunately, it is impossible to predict what specific streets DPW will collect each day because each collection crew moves at a different rate depending on volume of yard waste present at the time of collection. Also, the sequence of streets collected in each route is left up to each crew because collection efficiency can also depend on how much yard waste is set out in any particular route. So the logistics of defining in advance where multiple crews will collect in different areas across the City is not feasible.
For the above reasons, DPW reports only collection completed as opposed to predicting where crews will be each day.
The east side of the City has more undeveloped land and contains many newer subdivisions with much younger trees. So the west side of the City has more mature/older trees than the east side. This leads to more yard waste collection volume on the west side which can take longer to collect.
DPW is aware of this difference and makes efforts to schedule crews to complete the same number of collection rounds on both sides of the City each season. For example, if a round of yard waste collection on the east side is completed ahead of a round on the west side, then crews are shifted west to help complete that collection round before moving to the next round. Also depending on the time of the season, more crews may be assigned west than east to balance the collection process on both sides of the river.
Depending on where your driveway is located, it can receive more snow than the driveway across the street or next door. Following is a list of driveway locations that typically receive more snow than others:
This phenomenon occurs because snow builds up in front of the plow blade when plowing right-curving roads, long straight distances between driveways, and snow drifts. Then when the plow gets to the next driveway, the snow slumps onto the open pavement. This is an unfortunate result of the location of the driveway, roadway geometry, and snow plow angle. DPW plays no favorites when plowing past the City’s 40,000+ driveways. Contrary to popular belief there is no easy method to equalize the amount of snow plowed onto each driveway.
Salt is not used on residential streets in the City of Green Bay. This practice is consistent with most communities around the country. Residents must expect snow to accumulate on residential streets. Residential street snow-pack is addressed throughout the course of the winter in several ways:
Like streets, sidewalks are a transportation facility used by the general public. Since the property owner has no control over how well others can traverse their snow/ice covered sidewalk, the City requires sidewalks to be cleared to the pavement within 24 hours after each winter event ends. If a sidewalk is not shoveled and the City is aware of it, DPW is obligated to clear it and charge the property owner for the service. Ordinance citations can also be issued for this issue.
Unlike a sidewalk, driveways are built solely for the benefit of the property owner/resident, not the general public. Each resident is responsible for their own mobility and safety on their own driveway. So the City does not require driveway snow to be cleared from driveways. It is up to the resident to decide if they wish to clear snow from their driveway or just drive over it. The only exception is that the sidewalk section across a driveway must be cleared to the pavement if the property has sidewalks.
City of Green Bay official street right-of-way (a.k.a. – terrace area) extends anywhere from 6 to 20 feet behind the curb, depending on the type of street. This extra space allows for placement of utilities, signs, street lights, traffic signals, trees, and storage of plowed snow. Unfortunately for residents, driveway aprons (located in the terrace) are an official street plowing snow storage location.
Residents do not have to shovel their driveway or driveway apron. If they do, it is the resident’s responsibility to move their driveway snow to another location. Per City ordinance, driveway and sidewalk snow cannot be placed into the roadway. It must be stored on the terrace or in the front yard. Citations can be issued to residents who place snow back into the roadway.
Mailboxes and mailbox posts located at the street can be damaged from snow pushed against them or a plow accidentally hitting them. Most mailbox damage is recorded/reported by the plow operator when it happens. But sometimes the plow driver does not realize that a mailbox was damaged from their activity. If you have a broken mailbox or post that was damaged from DPW plow activity, don’t hesitate to contact DPW to report it. The City addresses plow-damaged mailboxes in one of the following ways:
DPW monitors street conditions throughout the winter and notes when snow on residential streets is building up. In response to those conditions, DPW scrapes residential streets periodically throughout the winter as time/equipment/scheduling permits.
Snow/ice pack on residential streets is cleared with road graders and loaders, which place hydraulic downforce on the pavement. This activity pops up and removes packed snow/ice accumulation. Scraping activity can push larger ice and snow chunks onto driveway aprons. If the chunks are very large, DPW will move them with a tractor. Otherwise it is the resident’s responsibility to clear the end of their driveway if they wish to keep it clear.
The City of Green Bay does not apply salt to residential streets. Snow/ice pack either melts or is scraped off when enough accumulates. However, there are periods during the winter that are too cold to allow snow/ice to be scraped off the pavement easily. Removing snow/ice pack during these periods is not effective due to the high bond between ice and pavement when it is very cold. During these unfavorable scraping conditions, DPW applies sand to residential streets. The sand granules cut into the surface to provide some traction for motorists.
City of Green Bay (and most other cities) ordinance prohibits residents from placing anything in the street other than registered vehicles. DPW plows snow off streets for motorist safety. Nobody likes to move plowed snow off of their driveway or sidewalk. But snow cannot be shoveled or blown back onto the street for any reason. It must be stored on the terrace or in the front yard. If DPW is made aware of snow placed back onto the street, we will 1) plow it back to the side of the street, 2) invoice the property/owner for the service, and 3) issue citations.
This theory is widespread throughout the country. However, there is no scientific evidence to support it. Following are some facts about the use of salt brine that might ease resident concerns:
Salt brine and road salt both corrode exposed metal. But as discussed above, there is no proof that salt brine is any harder on vehicles than road salt.
Caps may remain on bottles and placed in your recycle cart. Please ensure that the bottle has been rinsed out, however.
Plastic bags are highly recyclable, but not through your curbside program. The Tri-County Recycling Facility is not designed to for plastic bags, the bags can get stuck and wrapped around machinery during the sorting process causing the entire system to be shut down to be repaired.
June 1-December 1, 2021: The City of Green Bay is participating in NexTrex® Recycling Challenge! NexTrex plastic recycling bins are located at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Center and Observation Building as well as City Hall. View the NexTrex Recycling Program Flyer (PDF) or visit the NexTrex website for information about this program.
Please take your plastic bags, wraps and other film plastics to a local retail or grocery store to be recycled. You can find a list of sites that accept plastic bags by entering your zip code at the Plastic Film Recycling website.
The Tri-County Recycling Program does not accept aluminum foil and pans because they are made from lower grade aluminum than the aluminum used to make beverage cans. You may recycle aluminum pans and foil through a local scrap metal dealer.
Check out this link for additional information!
Pizza boxes are recyclable. Cut or tear out the soiled portions of your pizza box and put them in your trash. Only the "food-free" portions can be put into your recycling bin.
No! Styrofoam is a type of plastic called polystyrene and is not part of the recycling process for Brown County. This includes:
Thin plastic such as water and soda bottles, dairy containers, and deli containers are recyclable. Hard, molded plastics such as children's toys and refillable plastic bottles are not recyclable in our area.
Pass on old children's toys to someone else/sell/donate. Re-purpose plastics by doing a craft!
If you would like more information on recycling, use the Brown County Resource Recovery Facility's website or the Tri-County Recycle Guide 2016 (PDF).
If the cardboard is soggy from liquid, it can still be recycled. Place what you can in your recycle cart. If there is too much to fit inside the cart, you must take it to the Brown County Recycling Center. Do not put it next to the recycle cart as it will not get picked up.
For the Spring Primary (February 15, 2022, if necessary), the Clerk's office (100 N. Jefferson, Rm 106) will host early voting on the following dates:
Feburary 1, 2022 to February 4, 2022 8 am to 4:30 pm
Feburary 7, 2022 to February 11, 2022 8 am to 5 pm
February 12, 2022 8 am to noon, voting only (no registrations)
For the Spring General Election (April 5, 2022), the Clerk's office (100 N. Jefferson, Rm 106) will host early voting on the following dates:
March 22, 2022 to March 25, 2022 8 am to 4:30 pm
March 28,2022 to April 1, 2022 8 am to 5 pm
April 2, 2022 8 am to noon, voting only (no registrations)
You can look up your address at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/FindMyPollingPlace to find your polling location.
Election Day is Tuesday, February 16; polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM.
Go to https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/TrackMyBallot and enter your name and birthdate to track your ballot if we have received it.
If you have your absentee ballot, you can still vote on Election Day. When you arrive at your polling location, the poll book election inspectors will see that you’ve been issued an absentee ballot. You can vote only if you haven’t returned the ballot. It’s illegal to vote twice, so when you go home, please ensure you’ve destroyed the absentee ballot sent to you in the mail.
Coming to City Hall to vote early is the same as voting absentee, you’re just doing it in person instead of by mail. We recommend that you vote in-person either at City Hall by Saturday, February 13, or on Election Day at your polling place.
The official deadline to request an absentee ballot is Thursday, February 11 and we’ll need to receive your ballot back by 8 PM on Election Day, Tuesday, February 16.
You can return your ballot at City Hall during early voting (through ) or at our secure 24-hour drop boxes before 8 PM on Election Day. City Hall, there’s a drive up box on Jefferson and a box off the parking lot on the east side of the building.
Yes, all absentee voters must obtain a witness signature and address on the ballot envelope.
A witness can be any US Citizen who is 18 years or older, including a neighbor, spouse, or family member of the voter. If you come to City Hall during early voting, someone in the clerk’s office can be a witness for you.
If you aren’t sure if you’re registered, enter your name and birthdate on https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/MyVoterInfo
If not found: You’ll need to register to vote at City Hall by Friday, October 30th, or at your polling place on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd.
If found: Do you still live at this address? If so, you can vote in-person early at City Hall (100 N. Jefferson St.).
If you don’t live at that address you’ll need to re-register at City Hall the Friday before an election, or at your polling place on Election Day.
YES! You can come to City Hall during early voting, or register to vote at your polling place on Election Day.
Look up address at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/FindMyPollingPlace if you want to vote in person on Election Day.
Do you have a driver’s license, state ID? [Can be expired, as long as it expired after November 3, 2020]
You’ll need a Proof of Residence with your name and current address. That can be any one of the following:
If your proof of residence is not a valid photo ID, you’ll also need your driver’s license or other ID card.
Yes, all polling places are accessible.
We have curbside voting at City Hall during early voting. Call 448-3012 the parking space is on the east side of the building, in the back. Once you’re outside and we’ll bring your ballot out to you.
On Election Day, if you are unable to enter the building, call following the instructions to curbside vote at your polling location. The poll workers will check you into the poll book and announce that you will be receiving your ballot at the curb. Two poll workers will bring you a ballot, marking pen, and secrecy sleeve. Once you have marked your ballot, the two poll workers will feed your ballot into the tabulator inside the polling place, and your vote will be counted.
You can apply at https://greenbaywi.gov/PollWorkers. At this time, we are taking applications for our alternate list. We will contact you should we need additional help.