Land Description

Within the Land Description office is the Real Property Lister (RPL). The RPL functions as a liaison between local officials, other county offices, and state offices regarding land, property values, and taxes as well as a point of contact for the public to ask land related questions.

Information available from the Land Description office includes accurate legal descriptions, ownership records, parcel numbers, addresses, real estate transfer information, property values, acreage, taxation district information, property surveys, and parcel maps. This information is derived from a number of sources including documents from the Register of Deeds, the Departments of Revenue and Natural Resources, Assessors, Surveyors, and Municipal Clerks.

For inquiries regarding building information (size, square footage, year built, number of rooms), please contact your municipality's assessor. A list of assessors and their contact information can be found under the Assessment Information subsection below.


Office Duties

  • Assist public with real estate description and ownership questions
  • Maintain and transfer ownership of property for the tax and assessment rolls based on what is of record in the Register of Deeds office
  • Maintain and update property owner mailing address records as requested
  • Run yearly assessment rolls & workbooks for the assessors based on recorded deeds and assist assessors throughout the assessment process
  • Calculate and print all tax bills and tax rolls for the county
  • Process parcel splits (via deed) and combination requests (via deed or combination form)
  • Update and maintain county parcel maps
  • Issue timber cutting permits for private land as requested by land owners or logging companies
  • Aid in production of the county plat books
  • Manage the foreclosure process for tax delinquent properties, including property research, all notices, payment plans (if applicable), and tax deed filing
  • Sell county land taken for non-payment of taxes on Wisconsin Surplus


Cutting Permits

Assessment Information

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