Addressing Information

How to Obtain an Address

* The Zoning Department will not issue a sanitary or land use permit if the lot does not have a property address! *

If Structure is to be accessed from a Township road

  1. Contact the appropriate Township where the new structure is to be constructed
  2. A township representative will site where a new driveway can be built
  3. Work with the township representative to fill out a Waupaca County address application form
  4. Mail (scroll down for address), fax (715.258.6212), or drop off the address application
  5. Land Information Office will assign a new address and notify appropriate parties

If Structure is to be accessed from a County Highway

  1. Contact the County Highway department
  2. Work with the Highway Department to obtain driveway access approval
  3. Fill out Waupaca County address application form
  4. Mail (scroll down for address), fax (715.258.6212), or drop off the address application and the Highway Department access approval documents
  5. Land Information Office will assign a new address and notify appropriate parties

If Structure is to be accessed from a State Highway

  1. Contact the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WIDOT)
  2. Work with WIDOT to obtain driveway access approval
  3. Fill out Waupaca County address application form
  4. Mail (scroll down for address), fax (715.258.6212), or drop off the address application and the WIDOT access approval documents
  5. Land Information Office will assign a new address and notify appropriate parties

If Structure is to be accessed from a US Highway

  1. Contact the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WIDOT)
  2. Work with WIDOT to obtain driveway access approval
  3. Fill out Waupaca County address application form
  4. Mail (scroll down for address), fax (715.258.6212), or drop off the address application and the WIDOT access approval documents
  5. Land Information Office will assign a new address and notify appropriate parties

Background Information

On January 15th, 2008 the Waupaca County Board of Supervisors voted to amend Chapter 11.03 (Street Name and Building Numbering) of the county ordinances. This amendment resulted in a slightly different process for assigning new addresses. Before this amendment the townships were responsible for determining new property address numbers when a land use, building, or sanitary permit was requested by a property owner. Townships then ordered and placed address signs and informed the county dispatch center of the new address. With the amendment, the only part of the addressing process that has changed is that the Land Information Office is now responsible for determining address numbers. When a property owner or contractor seeks a land use, building, or sanitary permit, they will work with the town to complete a new property address application. This application is then mailed, faxed or brought into the Land Information Office where a new number is determined. A copy of the completed form, with the new address number, is sent to both the town and the land owner or contractor. The land owner or contractor will also receive a temporary address sign that will be posted until the town orders a permanent sign. This new address number can than be used to complete the permit applications.

Once the Land Information Office has assigned a new property address, a number of events occur. First, both the applicable township and the resident requesting the address are mailed a letter informing them of the new property address. Next the new address is entered into the County GIS mapping system, the Treasurer's Tax Database, the Clerk's voter registration database, the Sheriff's Department Master Street and Address Guide (MSAG), and the Post Office address database in Madison. The new address notifications are usually sent out within an hour of the address creation. The GIS mapping system and the tax database are updated instantaneously but other database updates may not occur for a day or two. Approximately once a month the GIS addressing data is uploaded into the Sheriff's Department Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system. The CAD system has mapping capabilities, thus allowing the software to attempt to plot emergency call locations, even if the called originated from a cell phone (called E-911). County dispatchers also have access to web-browser based GIS mapping applications that display data that's updated on a nightly basis.