A Land Use Permit is required for buildings, structures, or uses consistent with the terms of the Oconto County Zoning Ordinance. This permit can be obtained at the Oconto County Zoning Office, 301 Washington St. Oconto, WI. 54153.

Building Permits- (also see Dwelling Codes)

Building permits are required in the Town of Stiles for all new home construction. Permits can be obtained by contacting Tom Smith, Building Inspector at (920) 655-1735 or via his website

Culvert Permits

Culvert and driveway installation permits are required in the Town of Stiles for any new access road, street or driveway or any existing entrance to property in the Town. The culvert and driveway permit is $50 if a permit is requested at a Town Board meeting. Fees could be higher if requested at any other times. Inspections have to be made before the culvert can be installed. For more information, contact a Town Board Member. County or State permits may also be required.

Burning Permits

Burning permits are required in the Town of Stiles when the ground is not completely snow covered in the months of January, February, March, April and May. Burning permits are free and are required for all outdoor burning of leaves, brush, grass, clean wood, and personal papers.
A burning permit is required for a barrel or outdoor incinerator. Burning permits can be obtained by going on line at or by calling 1-888-WIS-BURN (947-2876). Call after 11:00 AM for daily burning restriction.

You must follow the instructions as provided on the WI DNR burning Permit and notify the dispatch at the Oconto County Sheriff’s department each day you burn using the non-emergency number 920-834-6900.

Permits can also be obtained locally at:
Abrams Town Hall 920-826-2299
Lena Town Hall 920-829-5516
Bottom’s Up Bar 920-834-3244
DNR Ranger Station- 920-846-0331

Sign Permits

All off-premise Billboards/Signs and On-Premise Billboards/Signs must be authorized with a permit. An application to construct shall be made in writing to the Town Board on a form prepared by the Town of Stiles. The fee shall be $35.00. When the Town Board finds that “extraordinary hardship” or “practical difficulties” may result from strict application of the provisions of the ordinance, it may approve variances so that substantial justice may be done and the public interest secured. Such variances shall not have the effect of nullifying the intent and purpose of the Billboard/Sign Ordinance and the Board shall not approve the variance unless it makes the findings based upon the evidence presented to it at a public hearing. A Town of Stiles sign permit must be acquired prior to applying for the County Sign Permit.