Dane County Contacts

This page contains a partial listing of Dane County departments, divisions, and contacts that may be helpful to landowners.

Dane County Department of Planning and Development

Todd Violante
Phone: 608-266-4021

Planning Division

The Planning Division assists Dane County residents, communities and decision-makers in addressing short-range and long-range comprehensive planning issues related to community and regional development, transportation, environmental resources, community services, housing, and economic development.


Zoning Division

Dane County has regulatory authority over lands within the boundary of Black Earth and other townships.

The Zoning Division is responsible for a number of regulatory review and approval processes for construction and land development activities, including:

  • Zoning permits
  • Rezoning
  • Variances
  • Erosion Control and Stormwater Management
  • Land Divisions
  • Conditional Use Permits
  • Variances

Records Division

The Records Division maintains the Real Estate Ownership Property List and Personal Property List for all of Dane County, except the City of Madison. The Division also maintains the records of the Dane County Surveyor’s Office.

Land Conservation Division

The Land Conservation Division provides conservation planning assistance and technical service in the area of soil and water conservation to landowners, land users, and decision-makers.

Patrick Sutter
County Conservationist
Phone: 608-224-3730