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Sample Town Ordinances

All ordinances and resolutions here provided are samples.  The content of each is provided as an example and is intended to be modified and adapted to meet the specific needs of the user.  No sample ordinance or resolution should be used without prior careful review.  In particular, case law and legislative changes can substantially impact a pre-existing sample.  WTA always recommends that any draft ordinance or resolution is reviewed by the town attorney prior to adoption.

Town Law Forms

Link above to the vast majority of sample town ordinances and resolutions available.  After the link click on "(Click for list of forms)" in the upper middle of the page.  Each sample ordinance or resolution is listed in descending order of its respective statutory reference.  E.g., if you are looking for a sample official oath of office per Wis. Stat. s. 19.01(1), scroll down the list until you see that sample.  Thanks to the Legislative Reference Bureau for hosting the forms.

Other Samples:


Non-Ferrous Metallic Mining Sample Ordinance

Short Term Rental Sample


Manure Piping Ordinance and Permit



Snowmobile Ordinance Guidelines from WI DNR, 
including Sample Ordinance

CLICK HERE for Guidelines and Ordinance 

ATV Route Guidelines from WI DNR, including Sample Ordinance

CLICK HERE for Guidelines and Ordinance

Levy Limit for 2018

CLICK HERE for a copy of Atty. Carol Nawrocki's newsletter article from the September 2018 WTA newsletter explaining the levy limit procedures.

CLICK HERE for a copy of samples for use in exceeding the levy limit.

CLICK HERE for a copy of samples for caryover tax levy. 

New Board of Review Laws

Sample Ordinance to Establish Procedures and Criteria for Allowing Alternative Forms of Sworn Testimony at  Board of Review (BOR) Hearings.
                                        .pdf format          word document format

Implements of Husbandry (IOH)

Please CLICK HERE for a link to Executive Director Rick Stadelman's June WTA magazine article on the New IOH (Implements of Husbandry) Law Overview.

A table showing a summary of the various options that municipalities and counties (these are the Maintaining Authorities under the new law) have regarding the length and weight of IOHs on highways under their jurisdiction can be found if you CLICK HERE.

Sample ordinances for each of the four options (note that Option A and Option F do not require an ordinance) that require an ordinance are attached here:

     Option B Total Opt Out
     Option C Set Higher Limits on All Highways
     Option D Set Higher Limits on Specified Highways
     Option E Opt In (apply axle limitations to Category B IOHs & Type 1 Ag CMVs)

The Department of Transportation's Internet site on the IOH law is here:

Additional information on the new law is also available at this DOT website.

Sample Maintenance Assessment Contract - Dept. of Revenue.

Mobile (Cell) Tower Siting Ordinance Sample:

CLICK HERE for a sample ordinance for Wis. Stat. s. 66.0404 to review with your municipal attorney.

Sample Ordinance to extend town officer terms for an extra week due to recent election law changes:

CLICK HERE for the sample ordinance to extend town officer terms for an extra week as necessary due to recent changes to election law.  The ordinance's legal authority is 2011 Wisconsin Act 115.

Grievance Procedure Information & Samples

The Budget Repair Bill, or 2011 Wisconsin Act 10, created the new requirement in
s. 66.0509(1m) that each local governmental unit in the state must adopt an employee grievance procedure by October 1st, 2011 if the local governmental unit did not already have something equivalent in place last June 29th. Please click on each of the items below to see the information and samples:


DNR Info on Outdoor Wood Boilers

The DNR would like to bring to your attention a new page on the Department of Health Services internet site on Outdoor Wood Boilers. See:

http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/eh/Air/OWBOrdinanceReport.htm. The intended audience is municipalities considering Outside Wood Boilers or smoke ordinances. The page briefly frames the issue, discusses why ordinances may be of interest, and includes a compiled list of Wisconsin municipalities that, based on our review, have existing Outside Wood Boilers or wood smoke-related ordinances.