Zoning Department

Mission Statement

To promote and protect public health, safety and welfare, encourage orderly and sustainable economic growth and development, protect and preserve natural resources and geographic features, and encourage planned and orderly land use based on compatibility thereby safeguarding property values.

Zoning Department Updates

Newly Adopted: Buffalo County Land Division Ordinance

Land Division Ordinance (Approved 5-24-2021)

The County has renewed its commitment to completing the remonumentation of all seventeen towns and it was deemed appropriate to adopt an ordinance that will govern future land division, surveying, and recording requirements. Accurate land division maps and records are critical in assuring accurate land records and will be important in the ongoing Buffalo County parcel mapping project. The Land Division Ordinance guidelines will also help greatly in assuring that as future development occurs it will be consistent with the Buffalo County Zoning, Floodplain, Shoreland, Addressing and other ordinances.

Recent Zoning Ordinance Amendments

Zoning Ordinance Amendment- Ordinance # 19-08-01


The Zoning Department is responsible for the administration of the Buffalo County Zoning Ordinance which establishes the controls for most types of land use and development within all unincorporated areas of the county. To view the zoning ordinance, click the link below.

Other ordinances administered within the Department as stand-alone ordinances include:

The State of Wisconsin has mandated that counties are responsible for the administration of several State Statutes that have local as well as more far reaching land use considerations and effects. Those Statutes/Ordinances include:

Conditional Use / Variance and Rezone Applications
Applicants seeking a Conditional Use Permit*, Variance, Special Exception Permit or Rezone are required to present their proposal and permit application to the appropriate Town Board within which the property and proposed use is located. 

Following is the link to the required form:
 Towns Acknowledgement Form 

The Zoning Department will not place the application on the Board of Adjustment agenda until the applicant fulfills this requirement and the form is returned to the Zoning Department.

Town Zoning District Maps

Click on a Town link below to open and download a map.