Septic System Program Fee Notice
The Wood County Planning & Zoning Office is required by the State of Wisconsin to
track all pumping and maintenance events for every septic system in the
County. To cover the cost of this program the County has a $20 Septic System Program
Fee for all owners of septic systems to be paid 1 time every 3 years.
This $20 fee will be billed out to all Wood County property owners that have a septic
system 1 time every 3 years. The purpose of the program is to maintain
inspection and pumping information for all systems and to encourage proper system
maintenance that contributes to preserving groundwater and surface water
quality. The program fee is used to fund maintenance, program staff and other administrative
costs. Having a maintenance program is a requirement of
Wisconsin Administrative Code and makes the County eligible for annual grant funding
For more information on the Maintenance Program and the Septic System Program Fee,
refer to the documents listed below.
Sanitary Permit / POWTS Information
Wood County does have countywide Zoning ordinance that is still legally binding.
The ordinance was drafted in 1934 and was written specifically to delineate a forestry
and recreation district, and spell out how the permitted uses for this district.
This ordinance does not identify the Powers Bluff property as part of the forestry
or recreation district. Anything that is not delineated as forestry and recreation
lands is considered to be in an “unrestricted district.” Due to the narrow scope
that this ordinance covers, 11 of the 22 townships, all of the cities and all of
the villages have comprehensive and more complete zoning ordinances that they administer
on a local basis.
#700 Zoning Ordinance
Wood County Municipalities with Zoning
Municipal Contact Information -
Official Wood County Directory
If you are planning on creating new lot, parcel or tract of land, you may be subject
to County and local land subdivision regulations. Contact the Planning & Zoning Office, and the municipality where
the lot is being created to learn if the land subdivision is subject to any county
and local or state requirements.
#701 Land Subdivision Ordinance
In order to determine what lands are subject to flooding, the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) has collected data, analyzed it and transferred it to maps.
The FEMA maps are called the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM maps) and show areas
that are considered to have a 1% chance of a flood every year. This event is also
commonly called the "100-year flood". In the Planning & Zoning Office we can help
you determine if the property you own or are planning on purchasing is in the floodplain.
If you are in the floodplain you may be subject to restrictions on the use of the
property and may need to purchase flood insurance in order to secure a loan from
a lending institution to build, remodel, or purchase property. In some cases if
we are not able to determine if the property is in the floodplain, you may need
to contact a registered land surveyor to collect elevation data for final determination.
Wood County #703
FEMA Issued Flood Maps - Nov. 2009
The revised Shoreland Zoning Ordinance #704 has been approved by the County Board.
Click the link below to view the full ordinance.
Enforcement of the County Shoreland Ordinances pertains especially to properties
within 300' of a river or navigable stream, and within 1,000' of a lake. Please
note that many very small streams and ditches are regulated as required by the State.
Permits may require approval by the Wood County Planning and Zoning Office prior
to starting work on the following projects within the shoreland or floodplain zone:
- Filling, grading, ponding, lagooning, dredging, excavating and any soil disturbance
- Sand blanket or pea gravel
- Seawall or riprap
- Additions/alterations to existing structures or reconstruction of structures
- New construction of any type
- Retaining walls, sidewalks, driveways or other landscaping
- When working near lakes and streams, you are advised to contact the Wisconsin Department
of Natural Resources in Wisconsin Rapids at 715-421-7800, because in most cases
permits will be needed from them also. In addition you should contact the municipality
that you live in to see if any permits or approval are required for projects that
you have planned.
#704 Shoreland Zoning Ordinance
Uniform Dwelling Code Inspection (UDC)
As of January 1, 2005 all new dwellings being built are required to be inspected
so that they meet State of Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code (UDC).
To find out who to contact for UDC inspections, contact your municipal clerk, or
visit the Wisconsin Department of Commerce website for an updated listing of UDC