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Dane County Land & Water Resources Department

The Land & Water Resources Department and Dane County Parks Office is CLOSED to the public for walk-in business due to COVID-19 virus precautionary measures. Staff will be available to address phone calls and emails during typical office hours. Some limited exceptions may be made by appointment only for select services but these will require calling in advance. If you need to submit a permit, please review our How to Submit a Permit webpage.

Welcome to the new design of the Land & Water Resources Department website. We've combined our Land Conservation and Water Resource Engineering division pages with the Land & Water Resources Department website for an all-in-one location. We've also implemented countywide formatting standards to bring you a more seamless county web experience and improved features for accessibility and mobility. Please feel free to Email Us with questions or comments.

Department Overview

The Land & Water Resources Department strives to protect and enhance the natural, cultural, and historic resources of Dane County; provide the county's residents with a broad array of accessible, high quality resource-based recreational services and facilities; and support residents, communities, local governments and other agencies and organizations in their resource management and protection activities.   

We believe that everyone deserves to live in a community with healthy land and water resources and with access to natural resources. Read our commitment to equity and inclusion.

Our four divisions (Administration, Land Conservation, Parks, and Water Resource Engineering) provide the structure to help us to achieve our goals in our main program areas: