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Town Board Meetings

Meetings are typically held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30PM at the Portland Town Hall.  If you wish to have an item placed on the agenda, please contact the Town Chairperson or Town Clerk no later than the second Thursday of that month. 

Meeting Fees

These non- refundable fees must be paid BEFORE a meeting or hearing will be scheduled.

        Special Town Board Meeting.......$250.00

        Town Plan Commission/Board of Appeals Meeting.......$350.00

Voting Information

Elections are conducted at the PortlandTown Hall located at W 11720 Taylor Street. All electors must be registered voters in the Town of Portland, must have resided in the Town of Portland for at least 28 days prior to the specific election,and must provide proof of identification at the polls.More information regarding voting is available from Town Clerk Nancy Thompson (920-478-3724or, the Wisconsin Elections Commission website (,or the Elections Commission Help Desk (608-261-2028).

Zoning Regulations

Anyone purchasing or selling property in the Town of Portland is encouraged to contact Kory Anderson (General Engineering Company) for information about Town zoning regulations that affect the property. Anderson can be reached at 608-742-2169, 608-697-8001, or The Town’s Zoning Ordinance was last updated in 2011, and the Town's Comprehensive Plan was last updated in 2015. Both the ordinance and the comprehensive plan are posted on the Town's website.


Any person desiring to have a one or two-family residence constructed, a mobile/manufactured home or other residential dwelling moved onto a Town site, or planning any other new construction or remodeling project must secure a building permit prior to initiating such project. Follow-up inspection is also required. If any driveway is needed, it must be completed and approved before any associated building permit will be issued. In addition, all electrical service for commercial entities (which include agricultural operations), as well as other electrical service requires permitting and inspection.

Any person failing to secure any required building, electrical, and/or driveway permit(s) prior to beginning any new construction or remodeling project will be subject to payment of double the associated inspection fees.

Permit applications, fee amounts, and all questions regarding such should be directed to Building Inspector Dion Okeson ( He can also be reached by phone or text at 608-697-3737.


Road Easements


Due to the Town's ever-increasing liability exposure, Town roadway easements will be enforced.  Crops kept less than thirty-three (33) feet back from the centerline of a road will be cut.

Burning Regulations/Wood-Fired Furnaces

Any person wishing to burn any leaves, grass, brush, clean wood, or other vegetative debris MUST secure a burning permit from the Town Chairperson or one of the Town Board Supervisors and then call the Dodge County Dispatcher (920-386-3726) before lighting the fire. There is no fee for obtaining the required burning permit.

Anyone wanting to install an outdoor wood-fired furnace must obtain a permit from General Engineering Company ( or 608-697-3737). The furnace must have an appropriate length of stack--no short stacks are allowed. The Town Board reserves the right to designate the location for any such furnace.

Dog Licenses


All dogs (including house dogs) five (5) months of age or older must be licensed.    Current licensing fees and required application forms can be obtained from Town Treasurer Carleen Benninger (920-927-5244).  A current rabies certificate must also be provided before any dog license will be issued.


Households with more than four (4) dogs must apply for a kennel license by providing Treasurer Benninger with current rabies certificates for all the dogs, along with a $50.00 kennel license fee.  She will then present the kennel application to the Town Board for consideration and possible approval at its next monthly meeting.

Stray Animals


The Town of Portland utilizes the Fond du Lac Humane Society for stray dog services.   A Town resident must secure permission from a Town Board member prior to asking the Fond du Lac Humane Society to pick up any stray dog(s).  Without such prior authorization, the dog(s) will not be accepted.


Recycling Site Regulations and Fees


The Town recycling site, located on Witt Lane, is for the use of Town of Portland residents only and is typically open from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. each Saturday.  Town residents are required to sign in each time they use the site.


 A listing of the items that are accepted at the site, as well as those items that will not be accepted, is available from recycling site attendant Joseph Pantely (920-219-0903).

     Current fees for permitted non-recyclable materials are as follows:

          $  1.00 per 15-gallon trash bag

          $  2.00 per 30-gallon trash bag

          $  4.00 per 55-gallon trash bag/barrel

          $25.00 per level pickup load of loose materials

          $40.00 per full pickup load of loose materials


     Current fees for disposing of items listed below are as follows:

Paint Cans                                                 $ 1.00 each

Tires (depending on size and type):   $  2.00 - $60.00 each

Any appliance containing Freon:       $  30.00 each

Any appliance without Freon:             $  5.00 each

Televisions                                                $ .50 per pound

Large/ "stuffed" chair                           $ 10.00 each

Sofa/couch                                               $20.00 each 


A clean area is available for dumping stones, cement blocks, bricks, and other similar items if approved in advance by the site attendant.  A “clean burn pit” is also available for burning raw wood and brush.


State law bans placement of oil filters in the ground.  Such filters may be taken to the recycling center, but they are not to be commingled with anything else.  Instead, they should be given to the recycling center attendant for disposal.

PLEASE NOTE: All Town fees listed previously are subject to change at any time deemed appropriate by the Town Board. Similarly, the Town Board may institute additional new fees whenever the need arises.

*Page updated 3/1/2021