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Junior Division: Any youth belonging to a recognized Bayfield County youth organization may enter in the Junior Division and compete against 4H youth and other youth organization members. Some of the other youth organizations include: FFA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the Bay Area Christian Home Schoolers.
Open Division: All Wisconsin residents (adults and youth) may enter in the Open Division.
PLEASE do not leave your pets in your vehicle in the parking lot while you are enjoying the Fair.
Recorded Acres: The acres recorded on a deed or Certified Survey Map (CSM). It may also have been carried over from many years ago by assessors or tax lister information when exact acreage was not important.
Calculated Acres: The acres calculated from our digital parcel mapping. Parcel boundaries are not based on good control or Public Land Survey System (PLSS) such as Survey Grade GPS so there are inherent errors built from the beginning. Additional errors are created when fitting the parcels together. For example, in the Geographic Information System the acreage is calculated from the water’s edge not the meander line. In the future, mapping on an accurate control grid will reduce the differences.
Map of Survey, Plat of Survey, or Unrecorded Map: These are not filed in the Register of Deeds office and are not reviewed by the County. At times these are only concept plans. These maps and any other maps are required by law to be filed in the County Surveyor’s office. When we become aware of surveys that have not been submitted to our office, we try to acquire them. In the past the County has not had a Land Records office or County Surveyor so many of those older maps have not been submitted. The map accuracy of an unrecorded map in today’s standards should be the same as a CSM.
Certified Survey Map (CSM): These are maps that are reviewed at the County and recorded in the Register of Deeds office. When the County reviews a map we find an error 90% of the time, then send it back to the surveyor for corrections. Once recorded, the information is then forwarded to the Tax Lister to update the recorded acres in the land records system (NOVUS).
Bayfield County built the parcel mapping from a grid and scale that can vary up to 200 feet from the true location. The parcel mapping is meant to get you close to the property; this is also known as “index” mapping. To know the exact location of the parcel lines, a survey is needed.
Bayfield County contracts with private survey firms and collects survey grade GPS locations on the section corners and quarter corners that can make the parcel lines more accurate when displayed on the aerial photo. This will take around 90 years to complete the project county-wide with current funding levels. But the main goal is to GPS and gain a tighter control on populated areas first.
The legal description may be poorly written and may not account for different sizes in sections. Various sources of information are used as reference (e.g., recorded documents and surveys).
Every effort is taken to utilize proper techniques and reference viable data sources when drawing map features. It should be noted that some data sources are more accurate than others, and this may explain why certain map features appear to be drawn incorrectly. Users of Bayfield County Interactive Mapping should take notice that the digital map serves as a general representation of what exists in the real world and should be used accordingly.
If your land has been previously surveyed by a registered land surveyor, a copy of the map should be filed in the County Surveyor’s or Land Records office and can be provided to you for printing cost (25 cents per page). You would then need to locate the monuments that were set at the property corners. If you cannot find the monuments yourself, or if your property has never been surveyed, you need to hire a registered land surveyor. To find one, view the list of registered land surveyors who frequently work in Bayfield County and are familiar with the rules and regulations of Bayfield County and the State of Wisconsin.
Visit the Wisconsin State Cartographer's Office website for more information.
Coordinate conversion can also be done online.
Call Emergency Management at 715-373-6113 or 715-373-6325 if you have any questions on the correct address that was assigned to your property in Bayfield County.
Use the address application to apply for a new address online or submit a paper form to Emergency Management.
A land use permit shall be required for any new residence, any building erected, relocated or structurally altered (excepting alterations which do not change the size or shape of a structure); any change in the use of the land; or where any use of the land is altered. A land use permit shall be obtained prior to the initiation of construction or a change in land use.
** If adding an attached or detached Deck(s) a land use permit is required.
** No permit shall be issued if the applicant is in violation of the Bayfield County Zoning Ordinance, Flood Plain Ordinance, Shoreland-Wetlands Zoning Ordinance, or Subdivision Control Ordinance.
Setback Compliance: Non-Habitable Structure ComplianceAll structures shall meet prescribed setback standards for the zoning district in which they are located. All structures in floodplain areas shall require a land use permit. A residential land use permit shall not be required for a non-habitable structure of less than two hundred (200) square feet in area, or for a private communication device, if not in a floodplain. A temporary structure of more than two hundred (200) square feet shall require a temporary permit.
Temporary structure(s) of more than two hundred (200) square feet shall require a temporary permit.
Landings with steps shall not require a land use permit provided the landing area does not exceed 40 square feet, however, if landing is enclosed or covered a land use permit is required.
A land use application is also required to have a copy of flex viewer, and a copy of the property statement, unless you are a new property owner; then a copy of your recorded deed is required.
Special Use, Conditional Use, Rezone, and Board of Adjustment applications must have a copy of your tax statement and a copy of your recorded deed.
Any Special Use-Class B, Rezone, Conditional Use, and Board of Adjustment applications must go before the Planning and Zoning Committee or the Board of Adjustment and will take 6-8 weeks before you receive your permit.
Note: A copy of the deed without the Register of Deeds recording in the upper right hand corner will not be accepted. A copy of the recorded deed is the only paperwork that will be accepted.
In an Ag-1 zoning district you must obtain a Special Use Class-A permit to allow a residence not associated with a farming operation to be constructed.
In a F-1 zoning districts you must also obtain a Special Use Class-A permit to allow a residence.
The lottery and gaming credit is direct property tax relief to qualifying taxpayers in the form of a credit on their property tax bill. You may claim a lottery and gaming credit if, on January 1, you are a Wisconsin resident, you are a recorded owner of the property, and the property is your primary residence. You can have only one primary residence. Rental or other properties do not qualify for lottery credit.
To apply for the Lottery and Gaming Credit, fill out the Lottery Credit Form and mail to the Bayfield County Treasurer.