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Resources for local government

Safeguarding our shorelands

This webpage provides access to information on adoption and administration of shoreland zoning ordinances for local government officials and staff.

These standards seek to create a balance between private rights and public interests in compliance with statewide minimum development standards.

Laws and regulations

Publication number Publication information
Chapter NR 115 Wisconsin’s Shoreland Management Program. Wisconsin Administrative Code.
Chapter NR 116 Wisconsin’s Floodplain Management Program. Wisconsin Administrative Code.
Chapter NR 117 Wisconsin’s City and Village Shoreland-Wetland Protection Program. Wisconsin Administrative Code.
Chapter NR 118 Standards and Criteria for the Lower St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Wisconsin Administrative Code.

Model zoning ordinances

Publication number Publication information
Mitigation Recommendation Shoreland Mitigation - Suggestions and Resources for County Zoning Ordinances.
No Pub Number Model Shoreland Zoning Ordinance. DNR. Revised October 16, 2019.


Publication Number Publication Information
DNR Series Floodplain and Shoreland Management Notes.

Handbooks and other publications

This list of resources should not be construed as being complete. It is only part of a collection of resources and research that DNR employees use as a reference in their day-to-day work. This list is in no way an endorsement of these organizations, but rather a resource for the public who may be interested in shoreland related issues.