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New Procedures in Place Temporarily - In response to the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Brown County Planning and Land Services (PALS) will take necessary steps to protect the health and safety of our visitors and doing our part to assist with minimizing the spread.: Please click here for more information.
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Planning Director: Cole Runge  •  Phone: 920-448-6480  •  Fax: 920-448-4487
Physical Address: Northern Building - Room 320  •  305 East Walnut Street  •  Green Bay  •  WI  •  54301  •  Map
Mailing Address: 305 E. Walnut St., Room 320  •  P.O. Box 23600  •  Green Bay, WI, 54305-3600
Office Hours: Monday - Friday  •  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

NEW Procedures in Place Temporarily

March 16, 2020
MEDIA CONTACT – Planning & Land Services Interim Director Cole Runge (920) 448-6480
(Brown County, Wis.) – In response to the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Brown County Planning and Land Services (PALS) will be taking necessary steps to protect the health and safety of our visitors and doing our part to assist with minimizing the spread.
We are monitoring developments around this issue, and we will continue to implement best practices and directives from Public Health officials, Brown County Administration, State and Federal directives, and will continue to inform the public to future changes as it relates to Planning and Land Services.
Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. the following will take effect:
  • The PALS Department will be closed to non-employees
  • Submission of information to PALS staff will occur digitally whenever possible
If paper exchanges must occur to conduct business:
  • The paper items must be deposited by sliding the information under the department’s main entrance door.
All inspections of Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (POWTS) installations will continue to occur.

Due to the possibility of viruses being present in failing POWTS, all complaint-driven inspections of failing POWTS will be suspended until further notice. 

“The safety of our employees and visitors is my top priority during these unprecedented times,” says Cole Runge, Interim Planning and Land Services Director. “We will continue to provide the high quality services Brown County has come to expect from this department, while doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

Welcome to the Planning and Land Services (PALS) Department

The purpose of the Brown County Planning and Land Services Department is to provide planning, education, regulatory enforcement, and accurate and accessible land and property ownership information.  In accordance with existing and future needs, the department promotes public health, welfare, safety, order, convenience, efficiency, and economy and resource protection in Brown County. In addition, PALS also provides information and assistance related to housing.  

Divisions and Responsibilities

HousingThe Housing division oversees the Housing Choice Voucher program and housing revenue bonds, provides down payment and closing cost assistance to qualified potential homebuyers, and administers the Northeastern Wisconsin Housing Rehabilitation CDBG Loan Program. 
Land Information OfficeThe Land Information Office designs, coordinates, implements, and maintains land information using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for all county departments as well as coordinates services and products with local municipalities, state government, and other outside agencies.
PlanningThe Planning division includes six planning areas: Economic Development, Housing, Land Use, Local Assistance, Natural Resources, and Transportation. The Brown County Comprehensive Plan - A Vision for Great Communities provides guidance for planning activities.
Property ListingThe Property Listing division carries out statutory duties to create and maintain a current property listing file and mapping system which accurately displays the ownership, mailing address, taxing status, geographic location, enclosed area, and map of every tax parcel of land within the County. The department also carries out the statutory duties to maintain the Public Land Survey system and file, index and maintain the survey and monument records within the County for retrieval purposes.
ZoningThe Zoning division is authorized to issue sanitary and shoreland permits to assure conformance with code requirements. The department also administers and issues permits for the non-metallic mining reclamation program to ensure compliance with State administrative code.