Frequently Asked Questions
Building Permits and Zoning
- 1. When do I need a building permit?
- In most cases, a zoning permit is required from Dane County prior to obtaining the local building permit. Local building permits are required if you build a new building, add onto or remodel an existing building, add or install new wiring, plumbing or heating equipment, build a new deck on your home or make structural changes, e.g. rafters. More Information
- 2. How do I get a zoning permit?
- Review the RULES FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A DANE COUNTY ZONING PERMIT and then make application in the Zoning Department office of the City-County Building in downtown Madison, 210 Martin Luther King Drive.
- 3. How do I get a building permit?
- A building permit will be granted by building inspector Steve Kittleson after you provided the required information, including zoning permit number, if applicable. Call Steve at 608-445-9715. More Information
- 1. When and where does the Town Board meet?
- All meetings are held at the Town Hall at 785 Center Road. Meetings are held generally on the first Tuesday of each month beginning at 6:30 p.m. Check the website homepage to confirm actually meeting dates.
- 1. Where do I purchase a dog license?
- All owners of a dog five months of age or older must license that dog. Property owners are responsible for passing this information on to renters also. These licenses can be purchased from Kim Sime, Town of Rutland Treasurer, 1192 Star School Road, Stoughton, WI 53589. More Information
Refuse Collection Center
- 1. What items does the town recycle?
- Generally, we accept a wide variety of paper products and food containers made of aluminum, steel, glass and plastic. For a full list see our Single-Sort List. More Information
- 2. Do I have to separate recyclables?
- Separation of recyclables is no longer required. We have contracted for single stream recycling. This means we can now accept more items as recyclable. It also means that all recycles (paper, cardboard, glass, tin, aluminum and all numbered plastic food containers) can be collected in a single bin. More Information
- 3. After cleaning the garage I have a number of items to discard. Will the Refuse Center take them?
- The town will accept a number of large items like tires, old refrigerators, lawn mowers and the like. Contact the Refuse Collection Center manager any Saturday for a full list of acceptable items. Additional charges may apply.
- 1. What is the schedule for repairing town roads?
- The town has developed a road maintenance program. Each year the town tries to reconstruct a mile of road, seal-coat reconstructed roads to prolong the life, crack-fill, and replace defective culverts on roads scheduled for future reconstruction.
- 2. What are the snow plowing policies?
- The town maintains a heavy duty truck that plows town roads after each significant snow fall. For a full description of what is done, see Snow Plowing Policies.
- 1. When and where do I pay real estate taxes?
- The due date for first installment is January 31st of each year. Make checks payable to the Town of Rutland and mail to Kim Sime, Town of Rutland, 1192 Star School Road, Stoughton, WI 53589. Payment by Mail is Encouraged. If there is a second installment due, the Dane County Treasurer will bill you, and it is payable directly to Dane County by July 31st of each year. More Information
- 2. How do I claim a Lottery Credit
- The lottery credit is being applied on the parcel of your primary residence per records established in prior years. The lottery credit is available for your primary residence if you resided there on January 1st. Please examine the tax bill for the parcel with your primary residence to determine if the lottery credit was granted. If you did not receive the lottery credit, please contact the town treasurer immediately by phone or email with your name, full mailing address, and parcel number so she can mail you a late lottery credit form to be signed and returned to her by January 31. Only you know if you are entitled to it, so it is your responsibility to examine your bill and verify that it is there if you are entitled to it (primary residence only).
- 3. When are personal property taxes due?
- Personal property taxes are payable in full to the Town of Rutland Treasurer by January 31st.
- 4. How do I claim a WI farmland preservation credit?
- We recommend you contact the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Their Farmland Credit Preservation website has some useful information.
- 5. How can I see Dane County's listing of my property?
- AccessDane has a website that will help you. AccessDane website
- 6. I don't believe my property tax assessment is correct. Can you change it?
- The Dane County Property Listing Office office is required to maintain the values established by the assessor for your municipality. If you do not agree with your values, you should first contact the Town of Rutland assessor to discuss it. (The Town of Rutland assessor is Gardiner Appraisal Service at 608-838-3993.) A good source of information is the state Department of Revenue website at www.dor.state.wi.us/, which contains information on property owners’ rights and information about the assessment process in the forms and publications sections. More Information