Mon - Fri 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
330 Court Street Eagle River Wisconsin 54521


The Vilas County Zoning & Planning Department regulates all development, land use, and land disturbance in unincorporated areas of Vilas County.  This includes, but is not limited to, the placement and use of structures; the use of property; filling, grading, and vegetative removal on shorelands; floodplain development; gravel pits and quarries; and wireless communications towers.  In addition, the Department also regulates private sewage disposal (septic systems, privies, etc.) countywide.  The Department also administers the Vilas County Recycling programs.  Click on the tabs above for more detailed information on specific programs.

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


  • Wednesday, April 21 is Administrative Professionals Day.  Vilas County Zoning is lucky to have two outstanding administrative assistants who are essential to the smooth functioning of the office.  We appreciate the hard work and dedication that they put in every day.  If you talk to Kim or Bridgette today, make sure to thank them for their great work!
  • Thursday, April 22 is Earth Day.  Vilas County Zoning works hard to make sure that Vilas County is able to grow in a smart and controlled manner while protecting our natural resources.  The magic of Vilas County is in the cabins and supper clubs nestled among the lakes, rivers, forests, and the wildlife that comes with all those natural areas.  Happy Earth Day to you and yours!
  • Vilas County Zoning & Planning is proposing a number of changes to the General Zoning Ordinance.   A copy of the proposed changes are available at the Vilas County Zoning & Planning Department office in Eagle River, or by clicking below.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE VILAS COUNTY GENERAL ZONING ORDINANCE
  • Deputy zoning administrator territories have changed.  Please click here to see who is responsible for zoning projects in your town.
  • Seasonal weight limits are still in effect on some Vilas County roads.  Check with the local municipality for more information.

Agendas & Public Notices

  • Board of Adjustment - Synkelma Variance (#B1-21) Public Hearing - Town of Manitowish Waters (4/30/2021) Public Notice
  • Board of Adjustment - Krenzel (buyer) /Bogdanovich Variance (#B2-21) Public Hearing - Town of Arbor Vitae (4/30/2021)  Public Notice

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-Metallic Mining Permits
  • POWTS Inspections
  • Review & Approval of Sanitary Permits and Soil Tests
  • Rezoning Petitions
  • Sale of Ordinance Books
  • Septic Maintenance Program
  • Shoreland Alteration Projects (including grading, filling, and tree cutting) 
  • 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

Location & Hours

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 the following holidays: New Year's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

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
Land o' Lakes
Manitowish Waters
Presque Isle

Dave Sadenwasser
Assistant Zoning Administrator
(715) 479-3734

Sanitary Permits
Non-Metallic Mining
Wireless Communication Towers

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


Tammy Warwick
Deputy Zoning Administrator
(715) 479-3744

Arbor Vitae
Lac du Flambeau
Plum Lake
St. Germain

Kimberley Kaitchuck
Sanitary Secretary
(715) 479-3619

Sanitary Maintenance Cards
Maintenance Program Search
Sanitary Permit Copies

Bridgette Nutter
Administrative Secretary
(715) 479-3620

General Zoning Questions
Zoning Permit Copies
Board of Adjustment