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Planning and Zoning

The Waupaca County Planning & Zoning Office

  • Issues Land Use Permits for all structures that will be on your property for more than 30 calendar days in a year (Dupont, Fremont and Harrison issue their own Land Use Permits for properties not in shoreland areas.)
  • Issues Shoreland Permits for all structures within the Shoreland in all Townships, including Dupont, Fremont and Harrison) NOTE: ADOBE - If your applications aren't printing right, you might need to update your adobe
  • Reviews all land divisions to make sure they are compliant with the Waupaca County Subdivision Ordinance
  • Issues all sanitary permits
  • Undertakes Planning activities in five categories: transportation, land use, natural resources, local assistance and economic development

Flooding Concerns 2020


Ordinance Revisions: The Waupaca County Planning & Zoning Office is working on ordinance revisions. They will be presented to the Townships in January and the general public in the spring. The following revisions are being proposed:

Shoreland Protection Ordinance Ch. 32  Summary   Track Changes
Zoning Ordinance Ch. 34  Summary   Track Changes
Subdivision Ordinance  Ch. 37  Summary  Track Changes
Non-Metallic Mining Ordinance Ch. 38 Summary Track Changes

Maintenance Fees. 

Waupaca County imposed a fee for administration and operation of the Maintenance Program in 2003. Since 2007 the fee has been $5/year per septic tank “set”. Multiple active septic systems on a parcel will result in multiple fees. This has historically been billed when the maintenance forms have gone out. In an effort to keep costs down and increase efficiency, starting in 2019, the maintenance fee will be placed on the property tax bill. It will appear as a Septic Maint. Fee Special Charge.  In 2019 the fees will vary widely as we bill for all past years that haven’t been paid. If you did your maintenance and paid your fee in 2018, the 2019 tax bill will show $5. However, if it has been a few years since you have had the maintenance done and paid the fee, the fee will increase accordingly. You could have $10 or $15 due.  Starting in 2020 there won't be the variation in fees from property to property. The special charge will show an annual fee of $5/year per septic system on the property.  This fee is only imposed on properties with septic systems

       Comprehensive Planning Projects:

Notice: Waupaca County shall maintain a list of persons who submit a written or electronic request to receive notice of any proposed ordinance or amendment that affects the allowable use of the property owner by that person. This list shall be updated at least annually.

For those with proposed solar farms or those interested in planning ahead, Minnesota has technical guidance for establishing pollinator habitat (prairie) in solar farms.  Their guidance includes information about seed mixes and densities, options for where to plant pollinator habitat within solar farms, and their state certification process. 
It's available at http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/publications/ewr/prairie_solar_tech_guidance.pdf 



Contact Us

Waupaca County Planning & Zoning Office
811 Harding St.
Waupaca WI 54981
Office Hours 8-4 M-F

Auto Attendant
Phone: 715-258-6255

Ryan Brown
Phone: 715-258-6258

Zoning Administrator
Jason Snyder
Phone: 715-258-6373

Code Enforcement
(Zoning, Shoreland, Floodplain, Junk)
Jeff Henneman
Phone: 715-258-6269

Code Enforcement
(Zoning, Shoreland, Floodplain)
Candace Bauer
Phone: 715-258-6374

Code Enforcement
(Zoning, Shoreland, Floodplain, Junk)
Rebecca Fields
Phone: 715-258-6256

POWTS Inspector
(Septic systems)
Lara Pagel
Phone: 715-258-6257

Jenna Hagen
Phone: 715-258-6347

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