Shoreland Zoning Summary

As previously reported, dramatic changes have been made to shoreland zoning in the past year.  The most sweeping of the changes is the elimination of counties’ rights to adopt local shoreland ordinances stronger than the DNR’s minimum standards. Click here to read a summary of those changes prepared by Wisconsin Lakes association.

Information on these changes is also available in three excellent YouTube videos produced by the University of Wisconsin Extension.  These videos explain the reasons for shoreland zoning provisions as well as the changes recently made by Wisconsin’s legislature:

  1. Introduction to shoreland zoning and recent changes to required shoreland lot sizes

  2. Changes to shoreland setbacks, vegetation protection and impervious surface standards

  3. Changes to standards for buildings located close to the shoreline


The entire program (all three parts combined; 30 minutes) can be viewed at  We encourage you to watch these videos.