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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Visit the new Economic Development
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
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.
Madison, WI 53703
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:45am to 4:30pm, except holidays