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  • 911 - Public Safety Communications

    • Phone: 911
    • Website:
    • Address: 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
      Madison, WI 53703

    The Public Safety Communications Center of Dane County provides countywide 911 emergency call-taking services. The County 911 Center provides dispatching and centralized communications services for the Dane County Sheriff’s Department, Madison Police and Fire Departments as well as 21 local law enforcement agencies. The 911 Center also provides communications and dispatching services to 26 local fire departments and 21 local EMS agencies.

  • Accessibility and ADA

    Dane County is committed to providing accessible communications to all of our citizens. Our website utilizes the latest web standards and we attempt to provide the highest quality and easily consumed content.  Furthermore, we employ a part-time ADA coordinator to help citizens and employees.

  • Airport

    Dane County Regional Airport (airport code MSN) is the gateway to the Madison area's vibrant economy and legendary natural beauty. More than 85 commercial flights depart and arrive daily, promoting the exchange of ideas, products, and investment opportunities between southcentral Wisconsin and the globe.

  • Airport Arrivals and Departures

    Displays the current arrival and departure times for flights out of the Dane County Regional Airport.

  • Airport Cost Calculator

    Compare the costs for Madison residents of flying out of Madison's Dane County Regional Airport, Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport, and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

  • Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

    The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) was created in 1935 by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) to provide any type of radio communications support to public service agencies such as the Red Cross and the National Weather Service (NWS). Charity events, such as runs and bike rides, serve to hone skills that are needed for emergency communications.

  • Aquatic Plant Harvesting

    Dane County Land and Water Resources through its Parks Division manages an Aquatic Plant Harvesting Program for County waters. Harvesting follows approved Aquatic Plant Management Plans for each waterbody. Every five years the County must update these Aquatic Plant Management Plans for all waters where the county may potentially harvest aquatic plants. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources issues harvesting permits for each waterbody based on the existence of exotic species and the balancing of in-lake plant habitat for fish, insects and other animals along with recreation and aesthetic considerations. Working closely with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the County’s Lakes and Watershed Commission, harvesting priorities have been developed. Harvesting priorities are used to guide staff in balancing the needs for recreational access and Yahara River system flow with the need to protect and encourage native aquatic systems. These harvesting priorities also guide staff in allocating available County resources. Please note that not every area that is identified for potential harvesting will be harvested in any given harvesting season, either because there is little to no plant growth, because attention to higher priority areas does not permit it or due to budget restraints.

  • Art Calendar

    • Address: 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
      Room 421
      Madison, WI 53703

    Cultural Affairs Commission’s desktop art calendars are available for purchase at Dane County area museums, galleries, municipal halls, and select retail outlets including gift shops and cafés. The calendar, is an annual series that showcases fourteen art images that evoke our Dane County home at close range and from afar. Revenues from calendar sales help support the Commission’s programs.

  • Art Poster

    The Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission’s art poster each year honors a different talented local artist and helps generate support for the Commissions mission and programs. Posters are available through voluntary donation at the Cultural Affairs Commission office:

    Room 421, City-County Building
    210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Madison
    8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday

  • Assess, Inform and Measure (AIM) pilot project

    The Dane County Circuit Court has joined the statewide initiative to apply evidenced based practices (EBP) to criminal sentencing. An interdisciplinary team comprised of judges, prosecutors, defense counsel, the Department of Corrections, the Clerk of Court, and court staff have adopted policies and established procedures to apply the concepts of EBP to a target population to improve defendant-related information available to judges and counsel at sentencing. If this pilot is successful, and resources permit, the intent is to expand the program over time to a wider range of cases.

  • Bail Monitoring Program (BMP)

    On this program, persons have been legally charged with crimes and are pending trial. They are not convicted. Persons with all levels and seriousness of charges can be on Bail Monitoring to include misdemeanor and felony cases. The judge has given them the option to agree to Bail Monitoring supervision in lieu of cash bail or for a reduced cash bail or as a further condition of bail. If client's bail is being reduced to lower cash or a signature bond, clients must be interviewed and assessed first by ATIP. If it's a condition of bond, clients are informed to report within 24 hours of his/her release. Their character and connections to the community are verified and then ATIP staff must accept them, before they are released from jail. They are under court ordered bail conditions to comply with rules. Failure to comply with BMP rules and bail conditions can result in their termination form the BMP and their reinstatement of cash bail and their return to the Dane County Jail. BMP can also impose additional rules as a condition of their release.

  • Best-Value Contracting

    The Dane County Department of Public Works requires all contractors to be pre-qualified as a best value contractor with the County prior to being awarded a contract. In addition, the County pre-qualifies potential contractors and sub-contractors who wish to work on County contracts. Subcontractors must become pre-qualified ten (10) days prior to commencing work under any Dane County Public Works Contract.  Become qualified by filling out an application on the website listed.

  • Birth, Death, Marriage, and Domestic Partnership Records

    The Vital Records Section of the Register of Deeds Office maintains copies of all birth, death, marriage, and domestic partnership records for events that occur in Dane County. To obtain certified copies of any of these records, you will need to fill out an application form and pay a fee.

  • Calendar of Events

    Current list of events for agencies of the Government of Dane County, Wisconsin.

  • Campaign Finance

    The County Clerks Office posts campaign finance reports for candidates in Dane County Government elections.

  • Child Support Orders

    The Child Support Agency can assist in obtaining a child support order against a parent who is not living with and directly supporting his or her child. This can be in a situation where parents are married but separated and not pursuing a divorce, or a situation where paternity was established but no support order made (because the parents were living together at the time), or in a situation where a child is temporarily placed in foster care or an alternate care placement.

  • Child Support Payments

    The Wisconsin Child Support Collections Trust Fund deals with all child support payments. The following information is for making a payment to this fund.

    To make a child support payment you must make checks payable to WI SCTF and mail all child support payments and related payment coupons to:

    Wisconsin Child Support Collections Trust Fund
    Box 74200
    Milwaukee, WI 53274-0200
  • Circuit Court Records

    Dane County Circuit Court Records for certain years, an index of the same, are available to the public online at For example, a criminal index is on-line from approximately 1984 and forward. Civil actions vary in years available on-line. To clarify what record indexes are or are not on-line, and for what time periods, please contact the Record Center in a manner as outlined below. Actual records can be viewed at the Record Center located within the Courthouse at the address listed to the left. We typically maintain about five (5) years worth of records on-site, with the exception of simple traffic and non-criminal, ordinance violations which we retain for one year on-site. Other records may require retrieval from remote locations and may take several days to pull.

  • CleanSweep

    Clean Sweep is a place to bring hazardous household materials such as Oil-Based Paints and Paint-Related Products, Pesticides & Poisons, Household Products Containing Organic Solvents, Ignitables, and Aerosols, and Rechargeable Batteries.

  • Comprehensive Plan

    The Dane County Comprehensive Plan was developed in accordance with the state legislation, and is comprised of nine required elements that significantly affect all communities.  The nine elements of the plan are:

    1) Issues And Opportunities;

    2) Housing;

    3) Transportation;

    4) Utilities And Community Facilities;

    5) Agriculture, Natural And Cultural Resources;

    6) Economic Development;

    7) Intergovernmental Cooperation;

    8) Land Use, and;

    9) Implementation.

  • Contract Compliance

    Chapter 19, Subchapter 11 section 19.50-19.71, of Dane County Ordinances provides the authority under which Dane County administers its Contract Compliance Program.

    The Contract Compliance Program enforces and monitors contractor's performance relative to workforce representation of protected groups/members. Participation and contracting opportunities for emerging small businesses, minority, women, disadvantaged owned businesses are also monitored.

  • Crime Response Program

    The Crime Response Program provides immediate trauma services and support to victims, witnesses and their families on scene or in the early stages of the criminal investigation.

  • Dane County Law Library

    The Dane County Law Library (DCLL) provides a variety of legal information services to both the local legal community and the general public. DCLL staff focuses on providing quality legal reference and research services to all library visitors, whether in person, by phone, or email.

  • DCiMap

    DCiMap is an interactive, online mapping website of Dane County, Wisconsin. View tax parcels, transporation, parks, and other land-related information in an intuitive and powerful website interface.

  • Deferred Prosecution Unit

    The Deferred Prosecution Unit (DPU) is a program run by the Dane County District Attorney's Office, in which eligible defendants can avoid adjudication/sentencing and a criminal conviction by satisfying the requirements of a deferred prosecution agreement contract. The contract may require the defendant to participate in one or more of the following assessments or programs: alcohol and drug assessment and comply with any recommended treatment; abuser/generalized aggression treatment; attend issue specific as well as first offender classes; and parenting classes; make restitution; complete community service work, and secure any other needed psychiatric, vocational and or any other counseling DPU deems necessary. Participants also agree to take other appropriate measures to assure they do not repeat their criminal behavior. In domestic abuse and other assaultive cases, participants are not allowed to possess firearms or other weapons while in the program and all participants must comply with any previously imposed bail conditions at all times throughout the duration of their contract without exception.

  • Directory - Print

    The County Directory is compiled to provide information about the different governmental units that affect the residents of Dane County.  It includes contact information for federal, state, judicial, county, municipal, and school officials.

  • Disaster Preparedness Registry

    • Phone: (608) 266-4330
    • Fax: (608) 266-4550
    • TTY: (608) 267-1597
    • Email:
    • Website:
    • Address: 115 West Doty Street
      Room 2107 Public Safety Building
      Madison, WI 53703-3202

    The Dane County Disaster Assistance Voluntary Registry has been developed in an effort to identify individuals who cannot safely evacuate their homes in the event of a disaster.

  • District Attorney

    As a representative of the people of the State of Wisconsin, the primary role of the District Attorney's Office is to prosecute all adult criminal and juvenile delinquent acts that occur within the 27 cities and villages of Dane County, as well as its 34 unincorporated townships.

  • Domestic Violence Unit

    Domestic violence cases are referred to the District Attorney’s Office by all units of Dane County law enforcement.

  • Drug Court Treatment Program (DCTP)

    The Dane County Circuit Court recognizes that a majority of crimes committed in Dane County are committed by people with substance abuse problems. We believe that in order to lessen this problem, it is necessary to provide offenders with an opportunity to participate in a program that will provide treatment and intervention to assist them with their substance abuse problems. This program will offer educational and employment linkages so that with these tools, they will possess the ability to become productive members of our community. We believe that such intervention is best achieved when offenders initially enter the criminal justice system.

  • Election Dates

    A list of upcoming and past election dates.

  • Election Results

    The County clerk's office is responsible for tabulating and certifying the results of elections for county, state and federal offices and referenda. All other results appearing on the election results page, i.e. municipal and school district elections, are unofficial and posted as a courtesy.

  • Employee Assistance Program

    The EAP has been developed because we believe that it is in the best interest of our employees, their families and the county to help employees address personal or emotional problems before they result in a serious negative impact on health, family life, or job performance.

  • Employment (help finding external employment)

    The Dane County Job Center is a central location for people looking for work and businesses that need help finding qualified applicants.

    We are a partnership of government agencies and community-based organizations with a common goal: to make our community a better place to live by improving job opportunities through economic support, training and education.

  • Employment (with Dane County Government)

    • Phone: (608) 266-4125
    • Fax: (608) 266-4409
    • Email:
    • Website:
    • Address: 210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
      City-County Building, Room 418
      Madison, WI 53703

    Employment is handled by the Employee Relations Division who coordinates recruitment and selection, labor relations and other human resources activities for the Dane County Government.  A list of current job openings can be found off of their website along with application materials and class specifications.

  • Establishing Paternity

    If you are not married to the father of your child, the Child Support Agency can help you legally determine the identity of the child's father. This process is called "establishing paternity." Establishing paternity guarantees a child's right to receive financial support, medical support, and inheritances from the father

  • Event Hosting and Planning

    The Alliant Energy Center is a prime venue located just minutes from downtown Madison, Wisconsin. Sitting upon 164 acres, The Center is a multi-building complex featuring Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Exhibition Hall, Willow Island and the Arena. With the versatility of space, the Alliant Energy Center is a top choice for expositions, conventions, conferences, meetings, banquets, consumer shows, outdoor events, concerts, and much more. All events take advantage of on-site amenities including ample parking, catering by Centerplate, a full range of A/V equipment, high speed internet and an experienced staff.

  • Finding Absent Parents

    The Child Support Agency can try to find absent parents by using the State Parent Locator Service if you provide the parent's name and social security number. If the absent parent has moved to another state, the Agency can ask the other state to find him/her. The Agency can also search throughout the United States for the absent parent by using the Federal Parent Locator Service.

  • Flight Arrivals and Departures

    Find the latest arrival and departure times for planes at the Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, Wisconsin.

  • Foreclosure Sales

    Sales are conducted Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2002, Public Safety Building, 115 West Doty Street, Madison, WI.

    The Sheriff is a ministerial officer of the Court and is without power to make any terms except those authorized and prescribed by the Court. The Sheriff sells only the judgment debtor's title. If there is no title, the purchaser acquires none. The rule of Caveat Emptor (let the buyer beware) is fully applicable to sales made under execution.

  • Geographic Information System (GIS)

    DCiMap is Dane County’s online geographic information system (GIS).  It provides interactive mapping capability to view and query map and database information.  DCiMap is “GIS lite” – designed for simple geographic queries and reports; it does not replace the GIS software used for more rigorous analysis. 

  • GIS Training

    The Land Information Office (LIO) provides links to online training in geographic information systems (GIS) on their website.

  • Information Technology (IT)

    The Division of Information Management is comprised of a small, dedicated staff of 33 employees who service the technology needs of 2,500 government employees. This staff provides information services which improve service quality and efficiency of all County departments. The staff are structured into three teams, applications, technical systems, and the help desk.

  • Juvenile Detention Center

    The Juvenile Detention Center's mission is to provide a physically and emotionally safe and secure environment for juveniles placed temporarily by the court and to provide youth with the opportunity to learn new skills that will enable them to contribute to the community when they leave. The Detention Center has a capacity of 24 juveniles. Juveniles are held in Detention primarily because:

    1. There is reason to believe that if released they would cause harm to other persons
    2. There is reason to believe that if released they would be unavailable for further court proceedings
    3. They have been found to be in violation of a valid court order and rules of supervision

    The majority of juveniles (approx. 75%) are held in Detention primarily while their court process and disposition is pending.

  • Juvenile Home Detention Program (HDP)

    The Home Detention Program (HDP) began in 1975 as an alternative to detention or non-secure placement of youth. By providing a Community Youth Worker to assist the parent(s) in providing adequate supervision and monitoring to a juvenile, the program:

    • Reduces the need for the placement of juveniles in detention or non-secure placements pending court disposition.
    • Assists both the parents and juvenile in resolving conflicts that might otherwise lead to further problem behavior.
    • Provides information to the court about the ability of the juvenile and family to maintain a safe and supervised plan that would enable the juvenile to remain at home at the time of court disposition.
  • Juvenile Shelter Home

    The Shelter Home provides non-secure (unlocked) residential services for juveniles who may need a place to stay pending further court action but for whom placement in a secure setting (Detention) is not necessary. The Shelter Home provides for placement of up to 8 boys and 8 girls. Juveniles may stay at the Shelter Home for up to 60 days, or up to 20 days if inbetween placements.

  • Lake Information and Levels

    Find current and past lake level measurements for four of the major lakes in Dane County, Wisconsin.

  • Legal Assistance

    In cooperation with the Dane County Bar Association and the UW Law School, the Dane County Circuit Court offers legal assistance programs for the public at the Courthouse. These programs do not offer legal advice, and some have schedules that change periodically. To double check that the schedule you are viewing is current, contact the Dane County Legal Resource Center (DCLRC) at (608) 266-6316.

  • Legislation Tracking

    Track changes to the resolutions and ordinances of the Government of Dane County, Wisconsin.

  • Long Term Care Emergency Preparedness

    This web resource is designed to support institutional based facilities in the long-term care industry with their evacuation planning.

  • Maps

    The Land Information Office (LIO) has a selection of free and for sale maps that can be downloaded or ordered online.

  • Marriage

    Information on applying for a marriage license in Dane County, Wisconsin and a list of civil officiants.

  • Meetings - Committee Schedule

    Current listing of meeting dates and locations for committees in the Government of Dane County, Wisconsin.

  • Minutes & Agendas

    Find Minutes and Agendas for committee meetings in the Government of Dane County, Wisconsin.

  • Municipal Clerks

    A list of municipal clerks in Dane County, Wisconsin.

  • Municipalities

    A list of the municipalities in Dane County, Wisconsin.

  • MyFairLakes

    • Phone: (608) 224-3746
    • Fax: (608) 224-3774
    • Email:
    • Website:
    • Address: One Fen Oak Court, Room 234
      c/o Dane County Office of Lakes and Watersheds
      Madison, WI 53718-8812

    Helping you help Dane County's lakes and streams.

    MyFairLakes offers educational resources and grant opportunities to citizens and agencies in Dane County, Wisconsin focused on cleaning the lakes and preventing stormwater runoff.  They are an extension of the Madison Area Municipal Storm Water Partnership.

  • Ordinance Activity Report

    Legislative actions to the Code of Ordinances by the Board of Supervisors are recorded on their website.

  • Ordinance Amendments

    Displays the past adopted amendments to the code of ordinances of the Government of Dane County, Wisconsin.

  • Ordinances

    Find and download different sections of the Code of Ordinances for the Government of Dane County, Wisconsin.

  • Parent Education Program (PE)

    Before attending the mandatory mediation session, every parent must attend the Parent Education Program (PE). The goals of this program include: 1) helping parents cope with changes in the family and focus on their children's needs and 2) educating parents about the mediation and study process and the legal procedures in family court.

  • Park Permits

    Permits can be purchased through the Parks Division to perform a wide range of activities on park grounds including aeromodeling, archery hunting, cross-country skiing, disc golf, dog exercise areas, horse trails, lake access, mountain bike trails and the tenney lock.

  • Park Reservations

    • Phone: (608) 224-3730
    • Email:
    • Website:
    • Address: 1 Fen Oak Ct #208
      Madison, WI 53718

    Reservations for campsites, boat sites, and shelters can be made in advance through our online Parks Store, by phone, or at the counter in the Parks Division Office.

  • Parking Tickets

    Find and pay for parking tickets issued at the Dane County Parking Ramp or Dane County Regional Airport.

  • Passports

    You can apply for a passport by appointment only. Call (608) 266-4311 to set up your appointment. Appointment times are between 8:00 am and 11:30 am, Monday through Thursday or Friday 8:00 am through 4:00 pm.

  • Phone / Email Search

    Find the phone number or e-mail address for an employee of the Government of Dane County, Wisconsin.

  • Plant Dane! Cost-Share Program

    The Plant Dane! Cost-Share Program is open to schools, non-profit organizations (homeowner, lake or neighborhood associations, faith centers, clubs, etc.), municipalities and individual residents in Dane County, Wisconsin.

    Through a gift from the Graham-Martin Foundation* (GMF), the Plant Dane! Program provides native plants at the greatly reduced price of $1.80 each—less than half the normal retail price.

  • Plat Books

    Plat books can be obtained at the Planning and Development Office (City County Building, Room 116, 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.). The latest edition is 2010. The book was produced by county staff for the first time. It is larger and more in-depth than the previous plat books. The cost for the plat book is $27.00 plus tax ($1.50). If they are to be mailed, an additional $4.90 is required to cover the postage ($5.08 for two books; $6.67 for three books). We require payment before the books are mailed. The  Planning and Development Office does not accept credit cards. All transactions are cash or check.

  • Plat Name Lookup

    Search an online listing of all the subdivision, condominium, cemetery and transportation project plats in Dane County.

  • Press Releases

    Search press releases from agencies of the Government of Dane County, Wisconsin.

  • Property Information and Parcel Search

    Online search of property and tax information for land parcels in Dane County, Wisconsin.

  • Public-Private Partnership of Dane County

    The Public-Private Partnership of Dane County is designed to serve as a conduit between the private sector and government to promote emergency preparedness, continuity planning, and the integration of the business and non-profit communities in critical incident response and recovery.

  • Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)

    Established by the FCC in 1952, the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) provides communications to government agencies in times of need. RACES is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). RACES operators meet and train regularly with government officials so that they can be an effective part of an emergency response.

  • Real Estate Records Search

    In Dane County, the index of real estate documents recorded since in August, 1978 are available online for a fee. We are in the process of back indexing and back scanning our records back to the 1800’s. Some earlier recorded documents can be found by document only (not yet indexed). In addition, all subdivision and condominium plats and certified survey maps, and document images since January 2, 1992 are available. There are two options for retrieving records online: Tapestry and Laredo.

  • Resolution Activity Report

    Resolution actions from the Board of Supervisors are recorded on their website.

  • RFPs & Bids (Purchasing)

    • Phone: (608) 266-4131
    • Email:
    • Website:
    • Address: 210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
      City-County Building, Room 425
      Madison, WI 53703

    A current list of Request for Proposals (RFP), Bids & Quotations for the Government of Dane County, Wisconsin.

  • RFPs and Bids (Public Works)

    A current list of Request for Proposals (RFP), Bids & Quotations for the Public Works Agency of Dane County, Wisconsin.

  • Runway Conditions Map

    Displays the current conditions on the runways at the Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, Wisconsin.

  • Solid Waste & Recycling

    Solid waste and recycling Information for residents of Dane County, Wisconsin.

  • Street Search

    The Street Search page allows you to query the master road index for streets in Dane County.

  • Supervisory District Maps

    The Land Information Office has published high resolution images of the supervisory districts in Dane County, Wisconsin.  Moreover, they have created a supervisory district layer within their dynamic mapping application, DCIMap, for more detailed information.

  • Tax - Look-up Property Taxes

    Find current estimated and past year real estate taxes for a property in Dane County, Wisconsin.

  • Tax - Online Payment

    Pay your Real Estate Taxes online with a credit card or checking account through a secure e-commerce site.

  • Tenney Lock

    Tenney Lock is open May - October. Please see the online schedule for details.

    If you need access through the Lock during closed times, please contact Dane County Parks at 608-224-3730. There will be a $25.00 charge for this service.

  • Vendor Registration

    Vendors may register with the Purchasing Division to bid on a Dane County contract and/or be added to the list of vendors for Dane County Government agencies.

  • Veteran's Services

    • Phone: (608) 266-4158
    • TTY: (608) 266-4157
    • Email:
    • Website:
    • Address: City-County Building, Room 108
      210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
      Madison, WI 53703


  • Voting

    • Phone: (608) 266-4121
    • Email:
    • Website:
    • Address: 210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
      City-County Building, Room 106A
      Madison, WI 53703

    Find polling locations, a list of municipal clerks, register to vote, or information on voting absentee.

  • Weather NOAA All-Hazards Radio

    Dane County is making weather radios available at a low cost to residents countywide this spring. The County made a bulk purchase of NOAA All-Hazards Radios and is making them available to the public, at cost, to anyone wishing to purchase one.

    The radio being distributed is the Midland model WR-100 and will include 4-AA batteries. The batteries provide back-up power in the event of a power outage. The cost is $23.70 per radio plus $1.30 sales tax for a total cost of $25.00. This is a significant price break, as the usual price for this radio is about $50.00.


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