Legal Resources



  • Wisconsin Codes and Ordinances – a compilation of city, village, town and county codes and ordinances maintained by the Wisconsin State Law Library.  Ordinances cover a wide range of topics such as zoning, floodplains, shorelands, non-metallic mining, subdivisions, animal waste, burning, composting, parks, and wireless communications.


    • Model Environmental Protection Ordinances –  a compilation of ordinances from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency addressing aquatic buffers, erosion and sediment control, open space, stormwater control, illicit discharges, post construction controls, and other environmental issues.
    • Model Green Development Ordinances – a compilation of ordinances from the U.S. Department of Energy, Smart Communities Network addressing green buildings, energy efficiency, water conservation, solar access protection, and other development considerations.

Case Law

  •  Wisconsin Case Law – access to Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals decisions.
    • CaseLaw Express – free weekly email service from the State Bar of Wisconsin tracking recent case law.
    • Case Law Updates – monthly case law updates from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Planning Association.
    • Zoning Case Law in Wisconsin – summary of cases relevant to shoreland and floodplain zoning in Wisconsin (WDNR)
  • LexisNexis – access U.S. Supreme Court cases from 1781 to present, and federal and state cases from the last ten years.


  • Wisconsin Legislature – access to Wisconsin statutes, administrative code, attorney general’s opinions, town law forms, and other resources.
    • Wisconsin Statutes – a compilation of Wisconsin statutes focused on planning and land use from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Urban and Regional Planning.
    • Legislation Updates – legislative updates from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Planning Association.
  • The Wheeler Report – daily archive of important Wisconsin news stories.  Website also includes legal calendar and links to state agencies, legislative websites, courts, lobbying information, and elections websites.
  • U.S. Government Publications – free online access to official federal government publications and collections including the United States Code, Code of Federal Regulations and Federal Register.