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




The Vilas County Zoning & Planning Department will be closed on December 24 & 25, 2018 for the Christmas holiday.


The Vilas County Zoning & Planning Department will be closed on January 1, 2018 for the New Year holiday.


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has issued two new guidance documents for wetland permit exemptions.  These pertain to certain activities in artificial and non-federal wetlands. Please use the links below to access the guidance documents and other WisDNR resources regarding wetland exemptions.

Artifical Wetland Guidance Document
Non-Federal Wetland Guidance Document
Wetland Permit Exemption Page


The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) has created a new online portal for the POWTS and other programs called the Electronic Safety and Licensing Application (eSLA).  It is the mandatory means of submitting POWTS plan reviews, renewing credentials, and accessing other POWTS Program services.
Click here to find out more information.
Click here to access the eSLA.


Revisions to the Wisconsin Sanitary Plumbing Code (SPS 381-387 & 391) became effective July 1, 2018.  Please click here to view the updates.  


Agendas & Public Notices 


None at this time.


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

Frequently Used Documents

For additional documents, or more detail on Vilas County Zoning & Planning Department Programs, please see the page for the applicable program or contact the Zoning Office at (715) 479-3620.

Ordinance & Code


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 person under whose name the town is listed.

Dawn Schmidt
Zoning Administrator
(715) 479-3620

Jim Janet
Deputy Zoning Administrator
(715) 479-3623

Boulder Junction
Manitowish Waters
Presque Isle


Dave Sadenwasser
Assistant Zoning Administrator
(715) 479-3734

Land o' Lakes
Plum Lake


Jane Van Wormer
Deputy Zoning Administrator
(715) 479-3622



Tammy Warwick
Deputy Zoning Administrator
(715) 479-3744

Arbor Vitae
Lac du Flambeau
St. Germain


Kimberley Kaitchuck
Sanitary Secretary
(715) 479-3619

 Julie Waidzulis
Administrative Secretary
(715) 479-3620

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