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Notice from Jessica Van Buren

Shawano County Zoning Administrator / Real Property Lister:


Please check with the County to find out if you are required to obtain a shoreland permit from us before ANY ground disturbance or building is done.


We are having quite a few after-the-fact permits in regards to filling and grading (AKA ground disturbance) and building / impervious surface. Even when the Towns have their own or no zoning, a permit may still be required to be in compliance with our County Ordinance and State requirements.


This is a reminder as this isn’t anything new. It’s a lot cheaper to come in before hand than it is for a neighbor to turn someone in and have to redo everything. But on the good side of it, the updated Shoreland Ordinance will revise the conditional use to make it an over the counter permit so you will no longer have to wait 2 months to start the project.


Any questions, please let me know.


Jessica Van Buren

Shawano County Zoning Administrator / Real Property Lister

311 N. Main Street

Shawano, WI 54166

Phone: (715)526-4619

Shawano Area Waterways Management (SAWM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the waters of Shawano Lake, the Wolf River and the channel connecting them on behalf of 1,200 waterfront property owners.  With the support of over 600 active members, SAWM is the leading advocate for the waterways and actively engaged with the local communities as well as various state agencies.  We encourage you to explore our website and learn more about the activities of SAWM.  If you are interested in becoming a member, go to the “Get Involved” tab for a membership application.  You don’t have to live on the water to support the water – everyone is welcome!
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