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Don't forget to contact Digger's Hotline at least three (3) days prior to any land disturbing activity.



Vilas County has enacted a new security policy for public visitors to the Courthouse.  Click here for more information.
Seasonal wight limits are in effect on some Vilas County roads.  Check with the Vilas County Highway Department for restrictions on County trunk highways, and check with the local municipality for restrictions on town roads.
The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) has published updates to the Commercial Building Code (SPS 361-366) effective May 1, 2018.  Click here for the updated codes.
The Wilkes Variance (#4-2018) Public Hearing before the Board of Adjustment originally scheduled for April 27, 2018 has been postponed.  No new date has been determined at this time.
The Vilas County Zoning & Planning Department 2017 Annual Report is now available.  Click here to view the annual report.

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22.  Since planting anything is probably out of the picture this year, take a moment to think about what ways you can conserve resources and engage in Earth-friendly practices in your life and around your property.  Vilas County Zoning & Planning staff can make reccomendations about easy ways to manage your property in order to provide the greatest benefit to the natural habitat.  Happy Earth Day!

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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.

To reach the Zoning Office:  After passing through security, proceed straight ahead down the hallway, around the corner, and down the ramp.  You will not need to use any stairs. Proceed straight through the purple double doors. The Zoning Office is the first office on the right, and the Sanitary Office is the second office on the right.

Please contact us at: (715) 479-3620 or with any general questions, comments or concerns. If you have questions regarding specific properties, please contace the Deputy Zoning Administrator for that town at the addresses below.

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
Assistant Zoning Administrator
(715) 479-3734


Gloria Olson
Sanitary Secretary
(715) 479-3619

Jane Van Wormer
Deputy Zoning Administrator
(715) 479-3620

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