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Shoreland Permits

Planning & Zoning
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Healthy fish, abundant wildlife, and clear, clean water all depend on the individual decisions that we make on our waterfront properties. When we develop waterfront lots, trees and native plants are replaced by impervious (hard) surfaces. Driveways, rooftops, and other hard surfaces decrease the ability of the shoreland area to serve its natural functions.

Areas of unincorporated land of Waupaca County that are regulated by the Waupaca County Shoreland Zoning Ordinance include:
  • Any navigable lakes, ponds or flowages within 1000 feet of the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM)
  • Any navigable river or stream within 300 feet of the OHWM or to the landward side of the flood plain, which ever is greater.
  • Any wetland within the shoreland area or wetland that is contiguous with the shoreland as described above.

*A Shoreland permit is the same as a Land Use permit, but because it is with the Shoreland area, different rules apply to help preserve the natural areas.  If you are planning to build within 300' of a river or 1000' of a pond or lake, please contact our office well in advance.

What About Floodplain?

If your property is near water, it is best to check with the Planning & Zoning Office to see if your property is in a Floodplain Zone. There are different types of Floodplain, which may restrict building on the property.


*Permit application
Impervious Surface Worksheet
Wolf River Emergency Action Plan

Establishing Native Shoreland Vegetation 
Importance of Wetlands 






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