Code Administration (Zoning)

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Division of Land Resources and Parks Dept

What is a Land Use Permit?

What is a Land Use Permit vs a Building Permit?

A Land Use Permit and a building permit are TWO separate permits. Each permit may be required for a project.

When is a Land Use Permit Required?

When is a Land Use Permit required? 

Land Use Permits are issued by Dodge County Land Resources and Parks in:

County Zoned Towns Required by the Towns which adopted the County Land Use Code.

 Ashippun Fox Lake Leroy  Rubicon
 Calamus Hustisford Lomira  Shields
 Elba Lebanon  Oak Grove  Trenton


Highway Setback Overlay District - Required within 200 ft of the centerline of a road.

Burnett Emmet Lowell
Clyman Hubbard Theresa


Airport Zoning Ordinance - Required within three (3) statute miles of the boundaries of the Dodge County Airport.  {Includes the City of Juneau}

Shoreland Area

  • Are you within 1,000 feet of the lake, pond, or flowage?
  • Are you within 300 feet of a river or stream?

If you have answered "Yes" to either one of the above questions, please submit the Land Use Permit with the appropriate worksheets.

Shoreland Areas - Required in areas where lands are within 300 ft of a river or stream or within 1,000 ft of a lake, pond, or flowages.

Land Use Permits are required:

  1. Before any structure is built
  2. Move or structurally alter any structure
  3. Before adding or replacing an existing structure

Land Use Permit Process

  • All Land Use Permits will be reviewed to see if the proposed project is compliant with the ordinances
  • Not all Land Use Permit applications are the same
  • Information required may vary based on the location and proposed structure
  • On-site inspections may be required -- Please have your project staked out before submitting your application

Possible Issues Addressed in the Review

  • Correct zoning district?
  • Does the structure meet the road(s), lot lines and ordinary high water mark setbacks?
  • Does the project require an additional permit or worksheets?
  • Does the project require state approval?


Why is the property (boundary) line required?

Why is the property (boundary) line required?

The location of a boundary line is a critical piece of information that land owners and permit applicants need to have before erecting a structure or installing a septic system on their property to ensure that the structures or septic systems don’t encroach in your neighbor’s property as it could result in costly legal disputes down the road.  To limit future encroachment issues please refer to the Boundary Line Policy.

What are the setbacks?
How do I get an address?

How do I get an address (building number) to my property?


Variances and Appeals?

Variance Form

The Board of Adjustment is appointed by the County Board Chairman with the approval of the County Board, consisting of five members and two alternates, each of whom shall be a resident of the unincorporated portion of the County, and not from the same town.  The two alternates shall be appointed for staggered three year terms and the Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors shall annually designate one of the alternate members as the first alternate and the other as second alternate. 

  • Board of Adjustment Membership, Rules, and Procedures
    • A majority vote of the Board of Adjustment shall be necessary to reverse any order, requirement, decision or determination of any administrative official, or to decide in favor of any applicant on any matter upon which it is required to pass under this Code, or to effect any variation from the requirements of this Code.
    • The Board of Adjustment shall adopt bylaws which shall govern all matters pertaining to its membership, rules, and procedures, consistent with Wis. Stat. Section 59.694 (1995-96), as amended.
  • Board of Adjustment Powers and Duties
    • The powers and duties of the Dodge County Board of Adjustment under this Land Use Code shall be as follows:
      • Interpretations:  The Board of Adjustment shall be responsible for interpreting the zoning regulations and boundaries of the zoning districts, upon referral by the Land Use Administrator.
      • Variances:  The Board of Adjustment shall be responsible for authorizing upon appeal in specific cases variances from the terms of the Code that will not be contrary to the public interest, where owing to special conditions, a literal enforcement of the provisions of this Code will result in unnecessary hardship, and so that the spirit of the Code shall be observed and substantial justice done.
      • Appeals:  The Board of Adjustment shall be responsible for hearing and deciding appeals of orders, requirements, decisions, and determinations made by the Land Use Administrator or the Committee.
      • Substitutions:  The Board of Adjustment shall be responsible for hearing and granting applications for substitution of more restrictive nonconforming uses provided no structural alterations are to be made and the Committee has made a review and recommendation.  Whenever the Board permits such a substitution, the use may not thereafter be changed without application.
  • Alternates
    • The first alternate shall act, with full power, only when a member of the Board of Adjustment refuses to vote because of a conflict of interest or when a member is absent.  The second alternate shall act only when the first alternate refuses to vote because of a conflict of interest or is absent, or if more than one member of the Board of Adjustment refuses to vote because of a conflict of interest or is absent.

Code Administration is responsible for managing the Land Use Code with its subdivision and comprehensive zoning district regulations and several associated overlay districts including Environmental Protection, Highway Setback, Planned Unit Development, Land Spreading of Petroleum Contaminated Soil, Wireless Communications Facilities, Wind Energy Systems, and Non-Metallic Mining Reclamation. This division is also responsible for the management and enforcement of the Dodge County Airport Zoning Ordinance, Floodplain Ordinance, Shoreland Protection Ordinance and Sanitary Ordinance.