Participation in Government
Unless otherwise designated by the Town Board, the polling place for the Town of Holland is the Town Hall located at W3005 County Road G.
If you are already registered to vote in the Town of Holland, you may request an absentee ballot by either sending a brief letter to the Town of Holland Clerk, or you can complete the Application for Absentee Ballot found on the Forms/Permits page. Regardless of which method you use, you MUST include a photocopy of a legal identification card. This most often means a copy of your driver’s license. The Clerk will mail the absentee ballot to you with an enclosed stamped envelope for returning the completed ballot. If you are not currently registered to vote in the Town of Holland, you must first contact the Town Clerk to register. You may then request an absentee ballot as noted above.
When hospitalized on an election day, you may have an agent vote in your place by completing the appropriate section(s) Application for Absentee Ballot form found on the Forms/Permits page and submit to the Clerk for the Town of Holland. You will not be requesting an absentee ballot, but rather using the same form for designating an agent to vote on your behalf.
You may request and absentee ballot or designate an agent to vote on your behalf. Complete the appropriate section(s) of the Application for Absentee Ballot form found on the Forms/Permits page and submit to the Clerk for the Town of Holland.
The Plan Commission meets the first Monday of the month. The Town Board meets the second Monday of the month. All meetings are held in the Town of Holland Town Hall located at W3005 County Road G in Cedar Grove at 7:30 p.m., unless indicated otherwise on the notices for the meeting. Meetings are posted at three standard locations within the Town, including at the Town Hall. You can also view meeting notices here.
The Town Clerk does not keep regular hours. Please contact the Clerk by email or phone to arrange for a time to meet.
The Town of Holland government has elected positions, appointed positions and hired positions. The only elected positions are the four Board supervisory positions and the Board chair position. Either contact the Town Clerk for nomination papers or download the Nomination Paper for Nonpartisan Elections on the Forms/Permits page. Appointed positions include the Plan Commission, the Board of Appeals, the Town Clerk, Election Clerks, and the Treasurer.
Simply contact the Town Chairman to express interest in an appointed position. The Chairman makes recommendations regarding appointed positions to the Town Board, which must then approve or reject the recommendation(s).
Contact the Town Clerk to arrange for copies to be sent to you or to arrange a time to view the records in person.
Town Hall Rental
Government organizations, adults residents, clubs and associations with certain restrictions may rent the Town Hall. See the Town Hall Rental Agreement on the Forms/Permits page.
See the Town Hall Rental Agreement on the Forms/Permits page for specific contact information, rental fees, and security deposits. This agreement also identifies the responsibilities of the renter.
Recycling and Trash Disposal
The recycling center is located at N652 County Road KW about 1/3 mile north of County Road RR. View <a href=”https://goo.gl/maps/2pN9F4DXaLt” target=”_blank”> map</a>.
Steel/tin cans, aluminum, clear and colored glass, and plastic containers should be rinsed out. Covers, caps and rings should be removed. Magazines, newspapers, office paper and other printed paper materials should be bundled or boxed. See Recycle Brochure on the Resources page for more details. See below regarding recycling electronic appliances.
There may be a fee for this service, depending upon the type of electronic appliance. View the Fee Schedule to locate the costs for recycling the various types of electronics.
Occupants of single family and 2- to 4-family housing units may use the recycling center. No construction debris is accepted and no wastes or recyclable materials from businesses, including farms-related wastes, are accepted.
The Town of Holland does not have an ordinance specifically banning burning of refuse, but may regulate it under an ordinance prohibiting public nuisances under certain circumstances. The Wisconsin DNR strongly discourages private home owners from burning their refuse and prohibits commercial business from such burning. Learn more.
There are no fees for disposing of most household trash and most recyclables. Fees do apply to items like large furniture items, kitchen appliances, dehumidifiers, air conditioners, tires, and certain electronic devices. These fees, along with a full list of all recyclables/wastes to which fees apply, are listed on the Fee Schedule that can be found on the Resources page.
Town ordinances are in effect local laws applying specifically to the Town of Holland. They are organized in two main sections: Administrative Legislation, and General Legislation. Administrative legislation sets the practices of the Town government while the general legislation regulates matters within the Township. Examples of the latter include nuisances, noise, housing standards and zoning, to name a few. It is best to click on the link for the town ordinances that can be found at the right side of each page on this web site. This link will take you to the Town of Holland ordinances on the General Code web site. You can either look through the chapter headings to find the item of interest or use one of two different search tools found at the top of the ordinance page.
View Town of Holland ordinances. At the upper left are three boxes: Code, New Laws, and Index. Select “New Laws” to view a list of ordinances changes.
Please view the Fee Schedule for details on costs associated with licenses and permits.
Fireworks may not be used in the Town of Holland unless a permit is obtained in advance. Fireworks are defined as “…anything manufactured, processed or packaged for exploding, emitting sparks or combustion which does not have another common use…” Only items specifically listed as excluded from the definition of fireworks in Section 167.10 Wis Stats are not fireworks. See Forms/Permits page for the fireworks permit application.
Amsterdam Park is open from 4:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Please refer to §252-1 of the Town of Holland ordinances.
No. Privately owned lots along the lake have exclusive use of the beach in front of their property to the water line. You may walk within the water in front of private property but are not allowed to leave the water and walk on private property land. Private property owners may seek trespassing charges.
You must have either a Daily Launch Permit or an Annual Launch Permit. The Annual permit is a sticker that can be purchased at the following locations: Hy-Way Service (N905 Sauk Trail Rd, Cedar Grove, WI 53013), Hardware Hank (502 S Main St, Cedar Grove, WI 53013), or Daane Hardware (936 Center Ave, Oostburg, WI 53070). The sticker must be displayed according to the instructions. A Daily sticker may be purchased at the park near the boat ramp. The daily permit fee is paid by placing in a provided envelope and inserting into a locked box at this location. The permit must be displayed by hanging it from the rear-view mirror.
Land Management and Zoning
Changing the zoning on your land is not done frequently. Rezoning is most often needed when there is a change in use or a land division. A change of use may involve the desire to keep animals on the property when this was not previously done and the zoning does not presently allow it. Another change of use example is the desire to operate a business on a property. Building a new home will often trigger the need to rezone the property prior to applying for a building permit. You are encouraged to contact the Clerk of the Plan Commission for further details. You may also attend any Plan Commission meeting and raise your question(s) in the first ‘Public Input’ period, which is near the beginning of the meeting. See our Monthly Calendar.
Yes, you should be concerned about zoning. The zoning classification, or district, establishes the uses that are allowed on the property. You should be careful to accurately identify the current zoning and what uses are allowed in that district prior to making a land purchase. See Instructions for Determining Zoning on our Resources page. Search for permitted and conditional uses. Conditional uses are not allowed unless specifically approved through a Conditional Use Permit issued by the Plan Commission. Contact the Clerk of the Plan Commission for additional information.
For either minor or major land division, you will need to fill out a Plan Commission Application which can be found on the Forms/Permits page. The completed application should be submitted to the Plan Commission Clerk.
Wisconsin Statutes (Sections 95.21(2), 174.05, and 174.07(1)(b)) require all dogs that are 5 (five) months of age or older to be licensed. The owner of the dog must obtain a license annually prior to April 1st, OR, on or before the date the dog becomes 5 (five) months of age. Evidence that the dog is currently immunized against rabies must be presented before a license can be issued. Failure to obtain a license prior to the April 1st deadline may result in a late fee. A dog license may NOT be transferred from one dog to another. Dog licenses are obtained from the Town Treasurer, normally at the same time the property taxes are paid in December or January. Contact the Town of Holland Treasurer.
Every owner of a dog more than five months of age on January 1, or attaining the age of five months during the license year, must pay the dog license tax and obtain a license. The license year commences on January 1 and ends the following December 31. If a dog attains the age of five months on July 1 or later, the license tax charged for this initial year shall be 1/2 the full-year license tax rate. If the owner fails to obtain a license prior to April 1, of each year or within 30 days of acquiring ownership of a licensable dog, or within 20 days of a dog attaining the age of five months, a late fee shall be charged. The Town Treasurer shall collect the late fee established by resolution. Proof of rabies vaccination is required to obtain a dog license.
Lake Michigan Walk-In Access Areas
Public walk-in access areas to Lake Michigan include the land between the road right-of-way lines extending to the lake for Foster Road, Stokdyk-Ingelse Road, Van Ess Road and De Witt Road. All land either side of the right-of-way lines is private property. Use of private beaches is not allowed and private land owners can seek trespassing charges against those individuals who are trespassing.
Any member of the public may use these areas for activities allowed under the ordinances of the Town of Holland and during certain hours of the day. See §252-13 and §252-14 of the Town of Holland ordinances.
Winter hours are 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., which run from November 1 to March 31. Summer hours are 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., which run from April 1 to October 31.
Roads and Rights-of-Way
A driveway permit is needed to install a new driveway or a replacement driveway that is used either for access to a field or a home. To obtain a permit for a driveway on a County road (letter roads), please contact the Sheboygan County Highway Department. To obtain a permit for driveway on a Town road (named roads), contact the director of Public Works. The fee for a driveway permit on a Town of Holland road can be found on the Town’s fee schedule located on the Resources page. The property owner is responsible for the purchase of the culvert. Culverts can be purchased from the Director of Public Works for the Town of Holland. Pricing varies on size, type and changing market conditions.
The only item that may be placed in a road right-of-way is a mail box, and these must meet certain requirements. No plantings may be placed in the road right-of-way and no plowing or ditch work may be done. See the Road Right-of-Way brochure found on the Resources page for additional information. In some cases, ditch work may be allowed by a permit issued by the County for the lettered roadways and by the Town for named roads. There are restrictions on ditch work even with a permit. Contact the Sheboygan County Highway Department for lettered highways. Contact the Director of Public Works for the Town for all named roads.
The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department should be notified using the non-emergency number (920) 459-3111. The Sheriff’s Department will notify the appropriate department to respond.