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 The updated Vilas County Shoreland Zoning Ordinance became effective on February 1, 2017.  You can view it under the "Ordinances" section or by clicking below.

Vilas County Shoreland Zoning Ordinance (effective February 1, 2017) 


Vilas County and the UW Center for Land Use Education will be holding a Board of Adjustment training workshop in Eagle River on March 8, 2017.  Please click on the link below to learn more.

BOA Workshop Flyer


The State of Wisconsin has adopted Emergency Rule 1703 regarding permanent structures with sleeping quarters in campgrounds.  For more information, please click below.

Emergency Rule 1703 | Statement of Scope | DSPS Bulletin


Featured Services

Please visit the Vilas County Zoning Office for a more in-depth listing of services

  • Conditional Use Permits
  • Erosion Control & Mitigation Permits
  • Investigation of Zoning Violations
  • Non-Metalic Mining Permits
  • POWTS Inspections
  • Review & Approval of Sanitary Permits and Soil Tests
  • Rezoning Petitions
  • Sale of Ordinance Books
  • Septic Maintenance Program
  • Shoreland Alteration
  • Solid Waste and Recycling
  • Subdivision and Condo Plat Approvals
  • WI Fund Program
  • Zoning Ordinance Amendments
  • Zoning Permits & Inspections


Permits are available at the Vilas County Courthouse or by mail.

Vilas County Courthouse
330 Court St.
Eagle River, WI 54521
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Vilas County Zoning & Planning is closed on Holidays.

The public entrance to the courthouse has been moved to door #2, located between the original courthouse building and the dark brick Annex, facing Court St.  An ADA compliant entrance is located at the Justice Center Main Entrance facing N. Birch St.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please contact us at: (715) 479-3620 or with any questions, comments or concerns.

Contact Us

Seven staff members serve the Zoning and Sanitary needs of Vilas County residents.  If you have questions pertaining to a property or issue in a particular town, please contact the Deputy Zoning Administrator under whose name the town is listed.

Dawn Schmidt
Zoning Administrator
(715) 479-3620

Jim Janet
Deputy Zoning Administrator
(715) 479-3623

Boulder Junction
Land o' Lakes
Plum Lake
Presque Isle

Tammy Warwick
Deputy Zoning Administrator
(715) 479-3744

Arbor Vitae
St. Germain

Gayle Hoffman
Deputy Zoning Administrator
(715) 479-3622

Lac du Flambeau
Manitowish Waters

Dave Sadenwasser
Deputy Zoning Administrator
(715) 479-3734


Gloria Olson
Sanitary Secretary
(715) 479-3619

Jane Van Wormer
Administrative Secretary
(715) 479-3620

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