Planning & Land Use (Zoning Office)

We provide assistance in developing, interpreting and maintaining compatible land uses and consistent land use controls within Dunn County. The divisions are charged with the development of plans, ordinances and programs to protect the health, safety and welfare of our citizens. We encourage the use of a comprehensive planning process to assist county staff, elected officials, town boards and residents in preparation for a sustainable future. 


CALL US FOR AN APPOINTMENT:  Although we try to have staff available for walk-ins, we can't guarantee someone will be available to assist you without an appointment. Please call 715-231-6520 or email us at to schedule an appointment with staff. 


ATTENTION YELLOW LETTER RECIPIENTS:   We send out septic maintenance reminder notices (yellow letters) to property owners each year. If you've received a yellow letter and have questions, please follow this link for more information:  Maintenance Reminders - More Information and Frequently Asked Questions


Helpful Links

Housing Toolkit

Citizen Complaint Form

Application Forms

Job Opportunities at Dunn County

POWTS Maintenance Letters

Dunn County Ordinances

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services

Wisconsin Administrative Codes

Wisconsin Soil Surveys

Dunn County Clerk

Dunn County Comprehensive Land Use Plan - 2010-2030

Farmland Preservation Plan Map for Town of Otter Creek, Dunn County

Frequently Asked Questions

 How do I know what zoning district my property is located in?

  • You can find out the zoning district of your property by checking our online zoning map. You can also contact us for assistance, and we'll be happy to help you determine your property's zoning designation.

What types of development projects require a zoning permit?

  • Most development projects, including new construction, renovations, additions, and changes in land use, require a zoning permit. It's essential to check with our office before starting any development work to determine if a permit is needed.

How do I apply for a zoning permit?

  • To apply for a zoning permit, you'll need to submit a completed application form along with any required documents, such as site plans, building plans, and other relevant information. Our office staff can assist you with the application process and provide guidance on what materials are needed for your specific project.  

What is a setback, and how is it determined?

  • A setback is the minimum distance that a structure must be set back from the property line or other designated boundary. Setback requirements vary depending on the zoning district and the type of development. Our office can provide you with setback requirements for your property and assist you in determining compliance.

6. How long does it take to process a zoning permit application?

  • The processing time for a zoning permit application depends on the complexity of the project, the completeness of the application, and other factors. Generally, simpler projects may be processed more quickly, while larger or more complex projects may require additional review time. We strive to process applications as efficiently as possible while ensuring compliance with all regulations.

7. What is a variance, and how do I apply for one?

  • A variance is a waiver from specific zoning requirements granted under certain circumstances. If you believe that strict application of the zoning regulations would cause undue hardship or that your property has unique characteristics warranting an exception, you may apply for a variance. Our office can provide guidance on the variance application process and requirements.

8. Can I appeal a zoning decision?

  • Yes, you have the right to appeal a zoning decision if you believe it was made in error or if you disagree with the outcome. Our office can provide information on the appeals process and assist you in filing an appeal if necessary.

9. How can I stay informed about changes to zoning regulations or upcoming development projects in my area?

  • You can stay informed about changes to zoning regulations, upcoming development projects, public hearings, and other relevant information by following us on social media or checking our website regularly. We also post notices in local newspapers and on community bulletin boards to ensure that residents are aware of important updates and opportunities for public input.

10. How can I contact the land use/zoning office for further assistance?

  • You can contact the land use/zoning office by phone, email, or visiting us in person during regular business hours. Keep in mind that staff are not always available to assist office visitors, we recommend making an appointment ahead of time by calling us at 715-231-6520.