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Shoreland Zoning

Shoreland/Wetland ordinance requirements are mandated by WI Administrative Code NR115. 

Shoreland/Wetland Zoning affects all areas of Rusk County that are within 1000′ of any lake, pond or flowage, or within 300′ of any river or stream. Shoreland Zoning is administered by Chapter 50 of the Rusk County Code, which limits the development of wetlands and shoreland areas in order to protect water quality.

Among other things, Shoreland Zoning also protects fish spawning grounds, wildlife habitat and lake and river ecosystems. Permits are required for construction, land disturbing activities and other land uses.

For applications and setback information go to General Zoning.

Nonconforming structures are buildings that do not meet required setbacks. These buildings have additional limits on how they can be improved or expanded. The following information can be helpful in planning a project for a nonconforming structure. Legal Pre-Existing (Nonconforming) Structures Requirements

Questions About…… Who to Contact….(Click title for link)
Alterations to your shoreline or buffer Zoning Department – this page
Aquatic Plants/Algae WI DNR 
Boating/Fishing/Licensing WI DNR
Building/Remodeling Zoning Department and Township
Camping on Private Property Zoning Department
Choosing the Right Waterfront Property UWEX Lakes Program
Cutting Trees and Shrubs Zoning Department – this page
Dividing Land Zoning Department
Drinking Water Testing Public Health Department 
Driveways and Culverts Township or Highway Department
Erosion Land and Water Conservation Dept 
Fences Zoning Department or Township
Floodplain Zoning Department
Garages and Boathouses Zoning Department – this page
Grading and Excavating Zoning Department – this page
Healthy Lakes Grants Healthy Lakes 
Local Lake Association UWEX Lakes Program
Lot Line Locations Land Information/Surveyor
Piers and Docks WI DNR 
Protecting Your Waterfront Investment UWEX Lakes Program
Quiet Hours/Boat and jet ski use Township or Lake Association
Recycling Recycling Department
Septic Systems/Sanitary Requirements Zoning Department
Shoreline Buffer Restoration Land and Water Conservation Dept
Setbacks and Shoreline Protection Zoning Department
Wells WI DNR
Wetlands WI DNR
Yard Care Land and Water Conservation Dept