Vilas County Zoning - Home

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

Winter has arrived in Vilas County.  Due to snow, ice, and ground conditions some Zoning & Planning services may no longer be available until spring.  If you have questions about your specific property, please contact the Deputy Zoning Administrator for your town.

Click here for a list of Deputy Zoning Administrators.




 The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP) will be holding a contractor luncheon and workshop regarding the DATCP cost share grant program for agriculutral and shoreland restoration on December 17, 2019 in Mercer. Contact Stacy Dehne at (715) 492-5303 or or click here for more information.


On November 15, 2019 Eagle River Elementary School began the NexTrex Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge.  Receptacles for plastic bags and wraps will be available at five locations in the Eagle River area:  Eagle River Elementary School lobby, Pick n' Save, Salon and Spa on Railroad, Incredible Bank, and the Eagle River City Hall.  Please see our Solid Waste and Recycling section for more information.


The Vilas County Floodplain Land Use Permit Application is now available online.  Please see our zoning tab or click here to access it.


The Vilas County Board of Adjustment is looking for two alternate members to serve three year terms. Applicants must be from the towns of Arbor Vitae, Boulder Junction, Cloverland, Land o' Lakes, Lincoln, Manitowish Waters, Phelps, Plum Lake, or Winchester.  Please click the link below for details.



Agendas & Public Notices 


  • Zoning & Planning Committee - Proposed Shoreland Ordinance Amendments Public Hearing (12/5/2019) Public Notice:  Word | PDF 
  • Zoning & Planning Committee - Downtown Phelps Rezone Public Hearing (12/5/2019) Public Notice:  Word | PDF
  • Zoning & Planning Committee - Regular Meeting (12/5/2019) Agenda: Word | PDF
  • Board of Adjustment Traxler Variance Public Hearing - Town of Boulder Jct. (12/6/2019)  Public Notice:  Word | PDF  Agenda:  Word | PDF
  • DATCP Cost Share Program Contactor Workshop - Mercer (12/7/2019) Flyer: PDF

 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 web 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 contact 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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