Seal of Dane County County of Dane

Planning & Development

Planning, Zoning, Records and Support, and Surveyor's Office

Current in-person office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday. 

While permit applications may be dropped off during these hours, review and issuance will generally take 2 to 5 days rather than while you wait.  Please consider submitting your application electronically by e-mail to

Appointments are not required but are appreciated.

Welcome to the Dane County Department of Planning and Development

The Dane County Department of Planning and Development reviews development activities within the unincorporated areas of Dane County and administers the Dane County Ordinances related to planning and development activities. Additionally, the department maintains property information throughout Dane County and assists residents and communities with complex planning issues.

The Department is organized into three divisions: Zoning, Planning, and Land Records and Support.

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Permits & Applications

Links to commonly used permits and other applications

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How to navigate the property development process

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An aerial view of a subdivision

Assisting residents and decision-makers with comprehensive planning issues

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A historic plat of the Dane County area
Land Records & Support/County Surveyor

Track ownership transfers, maintain tax parcel databases for Dane County (except City of Madison) and maintain survey records for the entire county.

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