Do You Need A Permit?

Dane County Zoning Permit: May be needed if you are: altering an existing building, constructing a new building, doing major repairs, constructing or altering a deck or other structures such as a fence, adding a solar collector, adding a bay or bow window, cleaning out drainage ditches or ponds, doing any brush or tree cutting, filling or grading in a flood-zone, wetland or shore-land area. Contact Dane County Zoning at (608) 266-4266 for more information.

Building Permit: In addition to a Dane County Zoning permit, you may also need a Town of Dunn building permit to build, repair, remodel, move, replace siding or windows, re-shingle your roof, etc.

Driveway Permit: A driveway permit is required to locate, establish, construct, or substantially reconstruct a driveway, road, or other access, to a property from a public highway or to a private road within the Town of Dunn.

Wrecking Permit: A wrecking permit is required prior to the demolition of any structures.

For building permit questions, information, permit pricing, to submit a building or wrecking permit application, or request inspections, please email kshepperd@town.dunn.wi.us. or call (608) 838-1081, ext 206. You may also reach Kelsey on her cell phone, Monday through Friday, from 8 AM and 4 PM by calling (608) 481-6234.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Does the Town have any regulations on fences? The Town does not have any fencing ordinances or regulations - we just ask that fences are placed only on your own property and outside of the road right-of-way area. If applicable, please check with Dane County Zoning as they DO regulate fencing within shoreland zoning districts. As this a Dane County Zoning regulation, please contact Dane County Zoning at (608) 266-4266.

How long are building permits valid? Building permits are valid for 2 years from the date of issuance.

What are the setbacks on my property? Dane County Zoning oversees the setbacks for properties in the Town. Please contact Dane County Zoning for setback information at (608) 266-4266 or by emailing plandev@countyofdane.com.

How to Obtain a Building Permit:

 The Town of Dunn will be happy to assist you with obtaining a building permit or with any building permit questions.

  1. Fill out a Town of Dunn Building Permit Application or a Town of Dunn Wrecking Permit
  2. Submit the application form, detailed project description, and copies of any applicable Dane County permits to kshepperd@town.dunn.wi.us or 4156 County Road B, McFarland, WI. There is a drop box located outside of the front door of the Town Hall.

 ***Note: For all new home construction, please contact Kelsey to request the Town's New Home Building Permit Application.***

How to Request Building Inspections:

Please email Kelsey at kshepperd@town.dunn.wi.us or call (608) 838-1081, ext 206, or (608) 481-6234 to request inspections. In your request please include the address, the type of inspection(s) you are requesting, your name and company if applicable, and call back number.

How to Make a Payment:

Choose from these payment methods for citations, dog licenses, permits, or other miscellaneous payments:

1. Pay by Check:
Make checks out to the Town of Dunn. Mail checks or place in our drop box located outside of the front of the Town Hall. Our address is 4156 County Highway B, McFarland, WI 53558.

2. Pay Online with a Credit or Debit Card
Visit www.GovPayNow.com. Enter the pay location code of 8430 for citations or 8431 for permits. Then select the Town of Dunn. (Note: Online payment convenience fees may vary. A flat fee of $3.95 for VISA debit cards. A fee of 2.75%-5% applies with other debit cards and all credit cards.)

Pay Permit Fee Online


3. Pay by Phone with a Credit or Debit Card
A GovNet agent will be able to assist you with making an online payment. A small service fee is charged for the transaction. Please call 1-888-604- 7888 to make a payment over the phone.

4. Pay By Cash
If you can only pay by cash, call the Town Hall to make an appointment.

Note: Online payments provide the quickest turn around time for issuing permits.

Other Town of Dunn Forms and Instructions

Application for Emergency Volunteer Group: Please submit application to CHasslinger@town.dunn.wi.us or mail to the Town Hall.

Rezone/CSM/CUP Applications: Please submit application BKollenbroich@town.dunn.wi.us or mail to the Town Hall.

Road Event Application (For events that use Town roads or parks): Please submit application to Andrea at AZacharias@town.dunn.wi.us or mail to the Town Hall.

Operator's/Bartender's License Application: Please submit application to AZacharias@town.dunn.wi.us or mail to the Town Hall.

Special Assessment Form ($20.00 fee per parcel. Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope, and the completed certificate will be mailed to you. Otherwise, include a fax number and/or email address with your request). Please submit application to MLiebig@town.dunn.wi.us or mail to the Town Hall.

Dog License Application (Neutered dogs are $15.00, un-neutered dogs are $26.00. A $5.00 late charge will be charged for all delinquent licenses issued after March 31). Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope, and the completed license will be mailed to you. Please submit application to AZacharias@town.dunn.wi.us or mail to the Town Hall.

Outdoor Furnace Permit

Appointment to Committee/Commission Application (Fillable pdf, you may either return the form to the Town Hall or click the "Submit" button on the top of the form to e-mail the form to the Town Hall).

Interment Application (Prior to burial, the Town must receive a completed Application for Internment and a grave marking fee of $50.00. Please submit applicant to KShepperd@town.dunn.wi.us.

Application for Employment