See below for links to helpful legal information sites:

Legal Authorities

Wisconsin Laws & Legislation
WI State Legislature
     Notes:  along the left side menu see "Wisconsin Law" for links to look up constitutions, Wisconsin statutes, administrative code, attorney general opinions, court opinions, etc.  There is a shortcut underneath the left side menu where you can also look up current and past legislative bills, acts, etc. 

Wisconsin State Agencies
A complete alphabetical listing of Wisconsin agencies, boards, commissions and departments.

Wisconsin State Law Library
An impressive collection of legal resources including ordinances, acts and past statutes.

General Town Operation

Open Meetings Law Outline
WI Dept. of Justice

Public Records Law Outline     Other Public Records Law Resources
WI Dept. of Justice

Ethics Forms & Publications
Government Accountability Board, Ethics Division

2013 Annual Calendar of Business Activities
WI Dept. of Revenue

2011 Calendar of Events from the New Officials Workshops
.pdf doc

Various Topics
UW-Extension Local Government Center

Wisconsin Fireworks Law
WI Dept. of Justice

Tax Information for Federal, State & Local Governments
Internal Revenue Service

Recycling of Electronics
WI Dept. of Natural Resources

State Trust Fund Loan Program
WI Board of Commissioners of Public Lands

Exemption Certificate for State Motor Vehicle Fuel Taxes
WI Dept. of Revenue

Lowering the Flag to Half-Staff Orders
WI Dept. of Military Affairs

Challenging Your Town's 2010 Census Estimate
U.S. Census Bureau

Sales and Use Tax information for Wisconsin Counties and Municipalities
WI Dept. of Revenue

Guidelines for Adjusting Municipal Wards Following the 2010 Census (Redistricting Manual)
WI Legislative Reference Bureau

Required Workplace Posters
WI Dept. of Workforce Development

Citation Booklets Order Form
WI Dept. of Administration (items are not listed on their website but may still be ordered)

Sales and Use Tax Information for Wisconsin Counties and Municipalities
WI Dept. of Revenue, Publication 209

Smoking Ban

Advisory Memorandum
WI Dept. of Justice

Board of Review

Mock Board of Review Video
UW-Extension Local Government Center

     Note:  view video online of mock Board of Review hearings.

File Electronic Affidavit of Traning
WI Dept. of Revenue page with link to the affidavit that needs to be filed that your town has met the training standard.

Emergency Services

State Highway Fire Call Reimbursement
WI Dept. of Transportation

     Note:  standardized form DT1725 to make a claim per Wis. Stat. s. 60.557(2).

Maintenance of Effort Law
WI Dept. of Revenue

Public Works

WDNR Transportation Liaison County contacts and information on general and individual permits.
WI Dept. of Natural Resources

Flood Damage Aids
WI Dept. of Transportation

     Notes:  Flood Damage Aids assist local governments with replacing or improving roads and roadway structures that had major damage caused by flooding, by providing help to defray the costs of repairing any public highway, street, alley, or bridge not located on the State Trunk Highway system.

Prevailing Wage Rate Law
WI Dept. of Workforce Development 

Highway Care & Maintenance
Transportation Information Center

Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Wisconsin Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (WMUTCD; a supplement of the MUTCD)
WI Dept. of Transportation


Clerk Information
Government Accountability Board, Elections Division

Calendar of Election & Campaign Events for 11/09 to 12/10
Government Accountability Board, Elections Division

Election Forms
Government Accountability Board, Elections Division

Caucus Manual (for towns using the caucus and NOT nomination papers to nominate candidates for elections)
Government Accountability Board, Elections Division

Alcohol Licensing

Alcohol Retail License Forms
WI Dept. of Revenue

Criminal Background Checks
WI Dept. of Justice
     Note:  an inexpensive ($7.00) and thorough check for alcohol license applications.

Responsible Beverage Server Training
WI Dept. of Revenue


Wisconsin Municipal Records Manual
WI Historical Society
     Note:  this manual is outdated in some respects, particularly statute numbers cited.  But it is otherwise still good information.

How to Legally Dispose of Obsolete Records/Contact Person
WI Historical Society
     Note:  there are also many other things to consider with some types of records, in some cases even other authorizations to gather before disposal.  

Local Ordinance Approval
WI Public Records Board

     Note:  a proposed local ordinance establishing periods of time for destruction of obsolete records that contains any time periods not stated by statute, or that proposes shorter time periods than listed by statute, must be approved by the state Public Records Board prior to local adoption. 

Land Use

Comprehensive Planning
WI Dept. of Administration

General Handbooks & Guides
Center for Land Use Education

Working Lands Initiative
WI Dept. of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection

Working Lands Initiative
American Farmland Trust

Large Livestock Facility Siting
WI Dept. of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection

Landfill Siting
WI Dept. of Natural Resources

Wisconsin Wetlands Association