Mapping Land Ownership in Wisconsin

August 21, 2017

In the public sector, governments administer and make policy through the creation of and maintenance of land records that are associated with a parcel of land. Thus the parcel is often the basic administrative unit of local government.  In Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Land Information Program (WLIP) has been a key source of funding facilitating ever more complete digital parcel mapping at the county level.

Parcel Data

July 13, 2017

GIS parcel data in Wisconsin is created and maintained at both the municipal and county levels. For the majority of Wisconsin counties, parcel data is regularly aggregated from municipal to county-wide datasets if the parcels are not originally created by the county. Some exceptions to this include the Cities of Eau Claire, Beloit, Antigo, and Janesville, where parcel data remains available only at the municipal level. There are also areas of the state that are not yet digitally parcel mapped.

Original Wisconsin plat maps now available online

May 5, 2005

The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin library system now provides online access to the original notebooks and plat maps from the first land survey of Wisconsin.