Minimum Setback Requirements

The following information summarizes the setback requirements for the construction of dwellings and accessory buildings in Sawyer County residential zone districts (i.e., Residential 1, Residential / Recreational 1 and Residential/Recreational 2).

Note: All setback distances are measured from the closest point of the structure (i.e., eave overhang, deck, balcony etc.) horizontally to the closest point of the required setback item (i.e., OHWM, wetland, lot line, road centerline etc.).

Navigable/Non-navigable Waters & Wetlands

Accessory structures include detached garages, storage buildings/sheds, satellite TV dishes etc.
Setback From Dwellings Accessory structures *
Ordinary High-Water Mark (OHWM) of Navigable Waters 75 Feet
75 Feet
Wetlands Adjacent to Navigable Waters 75 Feet 75 Feet
Non-Navigable Wetlands 40 Feet
40 Feet

Lot lines

These measurements are from eaves. Lot line setbacks may be different for shoreline properties depending on the classification of the water body and the date that the lot was created. Contact the Zoning Office for details.
Setback From Dwellings Accessory structures *
Side 10 Feet From One Side, 30 Feet From the Opposite Side  
Front 30 Feet
30 Feet
Rear 40 Feet 40 Feet

Highways & Roads

It may be possible to perform an average setback from highways and roads (not easements) for construction activities. Contact the Zoning Office for details.
Setback From Dwellings Accessory structures *
State and US Highways
130 feet from the center line or 66 feet from the right-of-way, whichever is greater.
Yes Yes
County Trunk Highways
75 feet from the center line or 42 feet from the right-of-way, whichever is greater.
Yes Yes
Town Roads
63 feet from the center line or 30 feet from the right-of-way, whichever is greater.
Yes Yes
Private Access Easements
30 feet from the center line.
Yes Yes