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.

Zoning Permit

You will need a zoning permit if you are doing any of the following:

  • Building a new structure
  • Constructing a deck or pool
  • Altering a building
  • Adding to a building
  • Repairing a nonconforming building
  • Doing structural repairs

You must apply for a zoning permit from the County zoning office before beginning any of the above-described projects. Once a permit has been issued, you may begin work immediately. Dane County inspects your project to make sure that construction takes place according to the permit. Typically two inspections are needed; however, a location survey may be required in lieu of the first inspection. Zoning staff will issue a certificate of compliance if your project meets all applicable ordinance provisions after the post-construction inspection. Your project may also require a building permit from the town in which your project is located. Please check with your Town Clerk for any local permit requirements.


All documents are in Adobe Acrobat format unless otherwise specified.

Please call our office at (608) 266-4266 with any questions.

Revised: September 1st, 2009