Planning Division employees are working remotely part-time. For this reason, please call 608-266-4635 for general Planning assistance, or to find the best contact for making an appointment for an in-person meeting.
Please view all impacts to City services on the City’s COVID-19 website.
June 14, 2021 Update:
As a reminder, application should continue to be filed digitally:
Staff are currently only accepting digital (PDF) submittals - not paper - for all Land Use, Subdivision, and Urban Design Commission (UDC) applications. While the required submittal format has changed, the list of required submittal materials for the relevant application(s) has not. The same submittal deadlines apply, as noted on the current Development Review Schedule. Note: a version with both the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 schedules is now available online. Please note that submittal deadlines have now moved to Mondays at 12:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
Land Use Applications: See Page 5 of the Land Use Application. All submittal materials shall be emailed to PCapplications@cityofmadison.com. Final “Sign-Off” plans (i.e. plans submitted after project has received approval from all required review bodies, as required by M.G.O.), shall be emailed to Zoning@cityofmadion.com. Note: there are now additional submittal requirements for PDFs. Please review Pages 3 & 4 of the Land Use Application before submitting.
Urban Design Commission (UDC) Applications: See Page 2 of the UDC Application. All submittal materials shall be sent to UDCapplications@cityofmadison.com. Final “Sign-Off” plans (i.e. for projects which have received final approval from the UDC), shall also be emailed to UDCapplications@cityofmadion.com.
Subdivision/Land Division Applications: See Page 2 of the Subdivision Application. All submittal materials shall be emailed to PCapplications@cityofmadison.com. Note: PDFs of the letter of intent and Plat/CSM must be created from source data (Word, CAD, etc.). Scans of anything - except the signed application form - will not be accepted. Please contact Planning@cityofmadison.com with questions.
File Size: Please note that an individual email cannot exceed 20 MB. It is the responsibility of the applicant to present files in a manner that can be accepted. If dividing the submittal materials into multiple, smaller components (in order to meet the email size limit), please clearly indicate the total number of email components in the subject line (e.g.: “Land Use Application for 123 Elm Street - email 1 of 4”, “…2 of 4”, etc.) and label the email attachments accordingly (e.g.: “Site Plan 1 of 3”, “…2 of 3”, etc.). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org regarding questions on this submittal or alternative filing options.
City of Madison Building Inspection. P.O. Box 2984. Madison, WI 53701-2984
Drop Box Location
Madison Municipal Building, Doty Street Entrance. 215 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Madison, WI 53701-2984
Zoning Counter Appointment
Madison helps implement our plans through the review of development proposals. There are different development processes, based on the type of request. The City's Zoning Ordinance establishes the permitted land uses, as well as design and development standards such as height and density. Wisconsin state law requires that zoning must be consistent with adopted plans. Many development proposals are permitted under the Zoning Ordinance. These permitted uses do not require any type of public review. In such instances, the property owner, developer or builder submits plans to the City. If the proposal complies with all applicable codes and ordinances, it may be approved administratively and construction may begin following the issuance of building permits.
Other new developments in the City of Madison require approvals by City boards (i.e. Plan Commission, Urban Design Commission, Landmarks Commission) and/or the Common Council. Such proposals may include subdivisions, rezonings, conditional uses, and/or demolitions. Development proposals of this nature are reviewed for their consistency with adopted plans and are reviewed by City agencies for conformance with applicable requirements and guidelines. To determine what level of permitting and reviews a project needs, visit the City of Madison's Development Services Center. Of note, the following is the list of project types (with links to follow for more information) that the Planning Division coordinates the review of:
- Annexing / Attaching Land
- Conditional Uses
- Minor Alterations
- Condominium Creation / Conversion / Amendment
- Demolition Permits
- Existing Specific Implementation Plan Alterations
- Landmarks & Construction in Historic Districts
- Rezonings (i.e. Zoning Map Amendments)
- Subdividing Land
- Urban Design Approvals
- Zoning Variances
- Extraterritorial Review
To view projects currently under review and in control of the Plan Commission, visit the Current Development Proposals page.
To view the previously reviewed projects dating back to 2013, please visit the appropriate link below:
- Past Development Proposals (2019)
- Past Development Proposals (2018)
- Past Development Proposals (2017)
- Past Development Proposals (2016)
- Past Development Proposals (Mid Aug. - Dec., 2015)
- Past Development Proposals (May, 2013 - Early Aug., 2015)
- Development Services Center - Site with information related to the City's Development Review process including: Conditional Uses, Demolition Permits, Rezonings, Subdivisions, Annexation of Land, Zoning Variances, Landmarks & Construction in Historic Districts, and Urban Design Approvals.
- Land Use Application - For all Conditional Use, Demolition Permit, and Rezoning request submittals
- Land Use Application Checklist & Supplemental Submital Requirements
- Subdivision Application - For all Preliminary & Final Subdivision Plats and Land Divisions/Certified Survey Maps (CSMs)
- Urban Design Commission Application
- Landmarks Commission Application
- Condominium Creation / Conversion / Amendment
SUBMITTAL AND MEETING SCHEDULES
- Plan Commission & Urban Design Commission - For all Land Use, Subdivision, and Urban Design Commission Applications
- Landmarks Commission
MADISON GENERAL ORDINANCE SECTIONS
- Chapter 16 - General Planning - Ordinance outlining the Plan Commission's composition, powers and duties; Land Subdivision Regulations (including Extraterritorial reviews); Plats & Certified Surveys (CSMs); and Condominium Instrument reviews.
- Chapter 28 - The Zoning Code - Specifies how and for what purpose each parcel of private real estate may be used. Includes the definitions of and associated regulations of the City's various land use districts; proceedures and approval standards associated with several types of land use development requests (Conditional Uses, Demolitions, Rezonings, etc.), etc.
- Chapter 31 - The Sign Ordinance - Ordinance outlining the City's regulation of the various signs displayed within the city limits.
- Section 33.19 - The Landmarks Commission - Ordinance outlining the Commission's composition, powers and duties.
- Section 33.24 - The Urban Design Commission - Ordinance outlining the Commission's composition, powers and duties.
- The Legislative Information Center (Legistar) - The City's public record where you can find info about legislation, agendas or meeting minutes for Committees & Commissions, submitted files related to development projects, etc.
- Development Review Standards - Guide containing excerpts from the Zoning Code (MGO, Section 28) related to Zoning Map Amendments (i.e. Rezonings), Zoning Text Amendments, Conditional Uses, Demolitions, Zoning Variances, Planned Development Districts (PDs), and Lakefront Development.
- Guide to Participating in the Development Process (Note: Guide written in 2005)
- Overview of Commission and Common Council Involvement in Development Decisions - A quick guide to who makes the Final Action versus gives an Advisory Recommendation for the various development decisions.
- Development Assistance Team (DAT) - A weekly meeting of representatives from the various city agencies involved in the Development Review process to give site plan-related feedback about development projects.
Kevin Firchow - Principal Planner, Development Review, (608) 267-1150
Tim Parks - Planner, Development Review, (608) 261-9632
Chris Wells - Planner, Development Review, (608) 261-9135
Colin Punt - Planner, Development Review, (608) 243-0455
Lisa McNabola - Planner, Development Review, (608) 243-0554
Heather Bailey - Landmarks Commission Secretary, (608) 266-6552
Jessica Vaughn - Urban Design Commission Secretary, (608) 267-8740