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  • Writer's pictureAttorney Jason A Greller

I Want to Divide My Land in Wisconsin to Create Two Lots. What are the Steps to Dividing Land?

The process of dividing land to create separate lots typically involves local land division regulations, zoning ordinances, and various permitting requirements. Here are some general steps you may need to follow:

  1. Research local zoning ordinances: Review your local zoning ordinances to determine if your land can be divided based on the zoning district it is located in. Zoning ordinances govern the use and development of land, including minimum lot size, setbacks, and other requirements. Check with your local zoning department or planning office for more information.

  2. Consult with local planning department: Consult with your local planning department to determine the specific requirements and process for dividing your land. They can provide you with guidance on the required documentation, fees, and other necessary steps.

  3. Prepare a Certified Survey Map (CSM): In Wisconsin, dividing land typically requires the preparation of a Certified Survey Map (CSM) by a licensed professional land surveyor. The CSM shows the new lot boundaries, easements, and other relevant information. The map must be prepared in accordance with the Wisconsin Administrative Code and local land division regulations.

  4. Submit the CSM for approval: Once the Certified Survey Map is completed, you'll need to submit it to the local planning department for review and approval. The approval process may involve public hearings, review by various local government agencies, and compliance with local land division regulations.

  5. Obtain necessary permits: Depending on the specifics of your land division, you may need to obtain additional permits, such as a land disturbance permit or a driveway access permit. Consult with your local planning department to determine the specific permits required for your project.

  6. Record the approved CSM: After the Certified Survey Map is approved and all required permits are obtained, the CSM must be recorded with the county Register of Deeds office. Once recorded, the land division is considered legally complete, and the new lots can be sold or developed.

Please note that the process of dividing land can be complex and may vary depending on your local jurisdiction and the specific circumstances of your property. It is essential to consult with a qualified attorney and/or professional land surveyor familiar with Wisconsin land division laws to ensure that your project complies with all applicable regulations.

Please remember that this information is for general informational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. Consult with a qualified attorney or land surveyor to discuss your specific situation and understand your legal options.


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