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Comprehensive Revision of Dane County Zoning Ordinance

In February of 2016, the Dane County Board adopted 2016 Resolution 431, which created the Zoning and Land Regulations Comprehensive Revision of Chapter 10 Subcommittee, charged with overseeing the comprehensive revision of the Dane County Zoning Ordinance. This is the first time in the zoning ordinance's 78-year history that it has been comprehensively revised. More information on this project is available here."

New State Legislation

State legislation allowing Dane County towns – and only Dane County towns – to opt out of county zoning (Act 178), was recently passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Walker. Towns will now have the ability to opt out of county zoning beginning in 2017, and again in future 3 year intervals (e.g., 2020, 2023, 2026, etc.).

Planning and Development staff have reviewed this legislation closely and have identified numerous unresolved issues as to how the law will affect the future of land use planning and regulation in Dane County. The department believes the existing county zoning framework works well for both towns and the county. The department has prepared an informational bulletin to provide some background information and a list of key questions and considerations for Towns regarding whether or not to opt out of county zoning. Bulletin.

Planning and Development staff is available to meet with communities should they like to explore this issue in more detail. Please call 267-2536, or send an email to to arrange a meeting.

Dane County & Municipalities Housing Needs Assessment

New Shoreland Regulations

As of September 1, 2012 a Shoreland Zoning Permit will be required to be obtained prior to a general zoning permit being issued by the Dane County Zoning Division for any construction activities within 300 feet of a lake or stream.

Property Tax Bill Information

Farmland Preservation News and Updates


Welcome to the Dane County Department of Planning & Development website! The mission of the Department of Planning & Development is to provide quality services, information, and support to Dane County residents, elected officials, property owners, and visitors. The Department is a multi-faceted agency whose staff works on a wide variety of activities and programs designed to protect and enhance the public health, safety, and quality of life enjoyed in Dane County. Our staff is committed to assist you in:

  • Understanding zoning and land use permitting processes and requirements
  • Accessing land records information and maps
  • Planning for vibrant, diverse and distinct communities
  • Participating in the many programs and projects we administer such as farmland preservation and comprehensive planning, federal community development block grants, and first-time home buyer assistance

We hope that this web site will assist you in accessing the information and services you are seeking. For additional information, please click on any of our agency's divisions, related programs or the list of quick links and frequently asked questions listed near the top of this page.

Dane County Department of Planning & Development
210 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd.
Room 116
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-266-4251
Fax: 608-267-1540

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:45am to 4:30pm, except holidays