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Services and Programs

Find information on Townsend town meetings, planning & zoning,
elections, Refuse & Recycle, Tax & Assessments, Building Permit & Inspections, Roads, Fire, Police, EMS, License Applications, Parks & Recreation along with a list of town ordinances. Check out our 
Do's and Don't of recycling for our town.  

Board Meeting & Minutes

Board Meetings are scheduled the second Tuesday of every month at 6:00pm at the Townsend Town Hall. Any updates or changes will be added to the calendar.


If you cannot attend, a copy of the minutes will be posted here.

Planning & Zoning

The comprehensive planning and zoning meeting is the first Tuesday of every months at 5:00pm at the Townsend Town Hall.  Any updates or changes will be added to the calendar.

If you cannot attend, a copy of the minutes will be posted here.


State of Wisconsin voting information can be found HERE


Registered Wisconsin voters may request an absentee ballot.

If you would like to request an absentee ballot, we will first need to see if you are registered to vote. If you are not registered or your name or address has changed, you will need register or update your registration before requesting an absentee ballot.



If you are in the military, you do not need to be registered to get an absentee ballot, but first we need you to search for your record.

Refuse & Recycle

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In November Townsend Recycling Stickers (2) were sent to each property owner.


This Sticker MUST be displayed on the vehicle you are driving that day. In an effort to keep the budget down we need to reduce disposal from people outside our town boundaries. 


All attendants have been authorized to reject anyone that does not have their sticker on that vehicle. 

Price List - Recycle Do's and Dont's


Additional stickers can be purchased for $10.00 from the town clerk with proof of property ownership.

NOTE: Effective 2023, only #1, #2 and #5 plastic will be accepted in the Recycling compactor.  Please place all other plastic items in the trash

Tax & Assessment

Building Permit & Inspections


Tax Assessment in our community are done by Jef Muelver with Summit Assessments and can be reached at (715) 275-4001.

Summit Assessments

P.O. Box 54

Summit Lake, WI  54485

Email: jefm@frontier.com

Tom Smith Inspections LLC works with the towns inspections and building permits and can be reached at (920) 655-1735.
Tom Smith
2740 Otto Court
Green Bay, WI 54313
Email: tom@tsinspections.com

William Lester from Oconto County works with Townsend on any zoning issues you might have and can be reached at (715) 226-6640.
Bill Lester
17181 Twin Pines Rd

Lakewood, WI  54138
Email: William.Lester@co.oconto.wi.us

Lake, River or Stream guidelines.

Joint Library Trustee

Applications are being accepted for a Library Trustee. Applications are due

March 12, 2024.

Please return to the clerk by mail or EMAIL.


Mail: Townsend Town Clerk

P.O. Box 227

Townsend, WI  54175​



Job Description


Bob Habeck
(715) 850-1288 

Road issues...please call 715-276-1801, leave name, phone # and describe the situation. Someone will be in touch.


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Lakewood/Townsend Community Ambulance Service

16003 Village View

Townsend, WI  5175

Phone:  (715) 276-1513, 

Fax: (715) 276-1613

Email:  administrator@itcas40.org

Townsend Fire Department

17937 Front St.

P.O. Box 129

Townsend, WI  54175

(715) 850-0205


Oconto County Sheriff

301 Washington Street

Oconto, WI  54153

Andy Dryja  920-834-6900


Burning PermitOrder online FREE or pick up at local DNR office during business hours.  Obtain a free permit online instantly with an email address.


Townsend Driveway Permit & Application - Anyone considering putting in a driveway must download the following:


Townsend Operator/Bartender License - Print and fill out the license application and return to the clerk at the Town Hall.  All license will be subject to town board approval

Picnic License - Event license to sell beer/wine.  Print and fill out the license application and return to the clerk at the Town hall.  All license will be subject to town board approval.


Dog License - Licenses may be purchased for one year provided that the rabies vaccination is valid for the same period.​


Town Hall Rental Application - If you are interested in renting out the town hall or renting chairs and tables, please return this application. A booklet will be provided with hall rental stating fees, policies and instructions once approved. Clean up checklist will also be posted in kitchen.
Use fees and Application


Short Term Rental - I have included NOTES from our board meeting in September where Short term rentals were explained and discussed. All short term rental owners in Townsend need to have an application on file.

NOORTC Hospitality Representative Application

Short-Term Rental App
FAQ from state about tourist rooming houses

Oughton Park & Pavillion - Contract

Parks & Rec

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Brookside Park - Location: Cassler Road off Burnt Dam. Fishing Docks and free kayak use for Community.

Oughton Park & Pavillion - Location: PIckeral Lake Rd, Townsend, WI - Fishing Dock and free kayak use for Community on Pickeral Lake.

Pavillion available for Rent - Daily $25 Electricity Use $25


Amendment to Boating ord 1-97


Room Tax Ordinance 05-2023


Short Term Rental 04-2023


Amended ATV & UTV road/route 03-2023


Alternative Claims Procedure 02-2023


Alternate Board of Review Alternate 01-2023


UDC Roofing Design & framing Codes Ordinance 01-2022


Update to Ordinance 2-97 Establishing Fire Protections


Adopt Amendment 20-year Comprehensive Plan 05-2021


Humane Officer 2-2000


Highway obstruction 


 Harmful & exotic wild animals 02-2012


Forfeiture Penality 01-2014


 Fire Protections charges 2-97


 Fire Inspector Position 2017-1


 Extend Town Officers terms 01-2013


 Elections official amendment to Sec 45


 Driveway standards 3-2008


 Boating regulations 1-97


Boating amendment to 1-97


ATV 2018


Traffic Amendment 2-2018


Land division ordinance 01-2009


Townsend Flowage Boating regulations 6-2010


Snowmobile ordinance 2-93


Sex Offender ordinance 2017-3


Road Name change 1-2003


Responsible Recycling Ordinance 2016-2


Regulating Land division 02-2009


Public Peace & Good Order 04-2013


Provisional Bartenders License


Provisional Retail license 2-2018


Ordinance to Establish Street Standards 1-98


Motor Vehicle & Traffic Amendment 8-2018


Moratorium on Land Divisions 2008-1


Mobil Home Park Ordinance 02-2011


Police Agreement/NOCCO 2018

Road Parking 

In accordance with Ordinance #1-93,

NO PARKING of any vehicle is permitted on roads in the Town of Townsend during the hours of 8:00pm and 8:00am from November 1, 2023 to April 1,2024

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