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NOTICE: Adoption Chapter 15 Code of Ordinances: Click Here


NOTICE: Adoption Chapter 14 Code of Ordinances: Click Here


The following roads have road weight limits in effect until further notice: North Military Rd, South Military Rd, Bald Eagle Lane, E Anvil Lake Rd

At the April 6, 2021 election, electors did NOT approve the resolution that would convert the offices of Town Clerk and Town Treasurer to appointed positions. As a result, both positions will remain elected offices.

At this election, Sherry Schmidt was elected Town Clerk. However, Sherry submitted her letter of resignation as she no longer resides in the Town of Washington.

Michele Sanborn was sworn in as Town Clerk. Michele agreed to serve in this position for one year.

As a result, we must recruit a town resident to fill the position of Town Clerk as of April, 2022. Paid training will begin as soon as possible.

If you are interested in this position or know anyone who may be interested, please contact Jim Egan, Town Chairperson, here


NOTE: CHANGES TO OBTAINING BURN PERMITS THIS YEAR. As of January 1,2021, the Department of Natural Resources will NOT be issuing burning permits in-person from Emergency Fire Wardens or by DNR personnel at state offices until further notice. Burning permits are REQUIRED to burn.

Permits are free and can be obtained online and instantly emailed, or issued over the phone and delivered via postal service within 3-5 business days. The public is encouraged to plan ahead.

The Town of Washington will be developing a forest management plan.
With approximately 1,400 acres of town-owned land, we have enlisted the help of the WDNR in developing a forest management plan for these lands. The plan is officially known as a Stewardship Plan.

Our local WDNR Vilas County Forester, Jill Nemec, will be leading the effort. Sean Davison, WDNR Forester and member of our CWPP team, will be working with Jill.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Providing an inventory of forest resources (e.g. forest cover types, approximate timber volumes, tree ages).

  • Providing a schedule of forest management activities to follow in order to meet land management objectives.

  • Once a Stewardship Plan is prepared and adopted by the Township, the Town can apply to become a Community Forest. Benefits of this program include free trees or seed from the State Nursery and technical assistance from DNR Foresters to implement forest management practices and tree planting plans.

  • Implementing practices within the plan can help the Town sustain their forest resource for future generations while generating periodic income. Managed forests are typically healthy forests.

The Stewardship Plan will give us a good snapshot of our current land holdings and provide us with a basic framework of forest management practices.
There is NO COST for the development of this plan. We thank the WDNR and Jill for working with us to develop the plan!

We'll keep you posted as the plan develops.

Eagle Waste informed us of changes in recycling guidelines. Effective immediately, only #1 and #2 plastics will be accepted for recycling.

Some examples of #1 plastics are soda bottles, water bottles, cooking oil bottles, and medicine containers, peanut butter jars, mouthwash bottles, and salad dressing bottles. They are glossy, rigid containers that sink in water.

Some examples of #2 plastics are containers for laundry/dish detergent, milk, shampoo, conditioner, butter tubs, and motor oil bottles. They are rigid containers that usually have a milky or solid color.

Look for the #1 and #2 symbols on the bottom of the containers. These are the only containers to be placed in the recycle compactor. Place all other plastics (#3 - #7) in the garbage compactor.

Print 2021 Recycling Guidelines here

HELP WANTED: The Town of Washington is reinstituting the Adopt A Road program in 2021. If you were a volunteer in the original program please notify the program coordinator, Anne Shapiro. We need to know who you are! We also need new volunteers! Please contact Anne if you're interested. You can reach Anne here or call Anne at 224-456-4120. We'd greatly appreciate the help!

Oak Wilt, a 100% fatal disease of oak trees, has been confirmed at seven locations in the Town of Washington. To read more about it click here.

During the Covid 19 pandemic, in order to ensure the safety of our residents and transfer station attendants, the following changes have been implemented:

  • Only one vehicle at a time will be allowed in the drive-thru building and the side doors

  • You may not walk your garbage or recyclables in

We realize this is an inconvenience, but during these trying times we must put the safety and health of our citizens first.


The 2020 Town of Washington newsletter is available here.

REMINDER: Short term rentals are defined as a "residential dwelling that is offered for rent for a fee and for fewer than 29 consecutive days."

Short term rental property owners must register with the Town of Washington and obtain an Accomodations Tax Permit.

Most short term rentals are required to obtain a "tourist rooming house" license fron the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Such a license is required for vacation homes, cabins and cottages that are rented out for more than 10 nights in a 12 month period.

The short term rental law requires owners of short term rentals and lodging marketplaces (Airbnb & VRBO) with a nexus in Wisconsin to collect state sales and use tax and any room tax owed from the person renting the residential dwelling.

PLEASE NOTE: Cardboard larger than 2' X 2' is NOT ACCEPTED at the transfer station as it causes the compactor to jam. Please ensure cardboard boxes are flattened.

Please note the phone number for the Town Shop 715-477-2024.

Do you need to dispose of old computer equipment or appliances? Recycling vouchers are still available. Voucher is limited to a maximum of $15. Contact the Town Clerk here to get your voucher.