Planning & Development Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

In light of the emerging COVID-19 crisis, the Dane County Planning & Development office will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC effective 4:30pm, Wednesday March 18th. Department staff will continue to answer questions and process zoning applications via phone and email, where possible.

Development Review Process

All applications for approvals and permits must be made in person in Room 116, City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in downtown Madison. If you have any questions or need further information, you may contact the Zoning Division at 266-4266.

Other Permits

The Zoning and Plat Review Division administers other development permit and approval processes. These include the following:

  • Sign Permits are required for construction or alteration of many types of signs.
  • Shoreland Zoning Permits are issued for development within 300 feet of a navigable lake, pond, river or stream (including intermittent streams)
  • Flood Zone Permits are issued for any development activity proposed in a FEMA designated flood plain.
  • Cellular and Communication Towers
  • Salvage Yard Licenses are issued to all salvage yards, and must be renewed annually.