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Open Book is the period of time, just after the Assessor has completed the annual Assessment Roll. In Sun Prairie it is after the Assessment Change Notices have been mailed.
The original permit fee covers the cost of typical inspections related to your project. In the event that additional services are necessary - such as multiple re-inspections, excessive time required for the inspector to complete an inspection, or inspections that are not ready at the scheduled time, additional fees will be charged.
If the contractor pulls the permit they do have to provide proof of all required state credentials. If the homeowner pulls the permit and is doing the work themselves (as long as they both own and occupy the residence) then they do not have to be licensed. Please call 608-825-1184 for more information.
There are eight sites for polling purposes in the City of Sun Prairie. Your polling location is determined by the ward that you live in. To find out where you vote, visit My Vote Wisconsin.
According to city ordinance, in order to protect the public health and public sanitation, the number of dogs and cats you can have is limited to no more than 2 dogs and 2 cats, or 3 animals (3 dogs, or 3 cats) of any 1 of the 2 species, shall be kept in or upon 1 residential unit or by 1 or more persons constituting 1 residential unit, unless the premises be licensed as a kennel. Get more information regarding this ordinance.
Anyone applying for a new operator's license must complete the Responsible Beverage Server Training course or show proof that they have been a licensed operator in the last two years in another Wisconsin municipality.
Information for obtaining an Operator's License can be found here.
State Statutes and the City of Sun Prairie Ordinances requires all dogs five (5) months of age or older, to be vaccinated for rabies and licensed. Licenses are valid as of January 1st and expire on December 31st of each year and are to be purchased on an annual basis.
Additional information on how to obtain a Dog License can be found here.
Not every business that operates in the city is licensed by the City of Sun Prairie. The City licenses some types of businesses while the county and state license other types of businesses. You can contact our office at 837-2511 to inquire about licenses issued by the City of Sun Prairie. If you have a problem with a particular business, you can contact the Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin at 800-273-1002.
Yes. There are Notary Publics in the City Clerk's Office. This service is provided at no charge.
Businesses that are open to the public and have no appropriate alcohol license cannot sell or give away or provide tastings of alcohol, including beer, wine, or spirits, to the public.
An alcohol license is required to serve alcohol beverages. Wis. Stat. s. 125.04(1) states that no person (person includes individuals, corporations, LLC’s, etc.) may sell or engage in any other activity for which this chapter provides a license without holding the appropriate license. The City of Sun Prairie forfeiture for violation of this statutory provision ranges from $250 - $500. The penalty under state law is a forfeiture of up to $10,000, nine months in jail, or both (Wis. Stat. s. 125.04 (13)).If a business does not have an alcohol license, alcohol beverages cannot be sold or given away. Wis. Stat. s. 125.09(1) prohibits “consumption” of alcohol in unlicensed public places. For example, a business at an unlicensed premise cannot have an open house, grand opening, or event that caters to the general public and serves alcohol.
Any charge made directly or indirectly for the alcohol beverage requires the person in charge to hold the appropriate license. The term “sale” is broadly defined. “Sale” is a transfer with consideration or transfer without consideration, if made to evade law, or any shift, device, scheme, or transaction for obtaining an alcoholic beverage (Wis. Stat. s. 125.02(20)).
- Examples of indirect charges include, but are not limited to, a ticket price including an alcohol beverage, cost of a meal including an alcohol beverage, a purchase of a service with a “free” alcohol beverage, or a donation required in order to consume an alcohol beverage.
Wis. Stat. s. 125.315 prohibits the “giving” of fermented malt beverages to evade law (i.e., businesses such as credit unions, barbershops, salons, etc., giving away beer to customers without a fermented malt beverage license). Wine and spirits also cannot be given away in the same manner under Wis. Stat. s. 125.67. Again, the penalty under state law is a forfeiture of up to $10,000, 9 months in jail, or both (Wis. Stat. s. 125.66).
In the last 10 years, the City of Sun Prairie has been one of the fastest growing communities in Dane County. As of January 2021, the city's population was 35,895. Please call 608-837-2511 or email us for more information.
The community room at the Westside Community Center is available for renting through the Recreation Department. You may reserve the Community Room by visiting Recreation Web page , by phone at 608-837-3449, or via email. The Community room at City Hall is currently not available for renting.
The Sun Prairie Recycle Center is located at 1798 South Bird Street. To view the hours the Recycle Center is open, please visit the Department of Public Works page.
Raffles are governed by the Wisconsin Division of Administration. If you have questions regarding Raffles, please call 608-270-2552 or 800-791-6973 or visit their website.
The best way to obtain information regarding the public schools is by visiting the Sun Prairie School District website.
Marriage licenses are available at the Dane County Clerk's Office.
If you were born in Wisconsin a copy of your birth certificate is available in the Wisconsin Vital Records Office at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, located at:
1 W Wilson St
Madison, WI 53703
Passports are available at the Post Office. At some locations, they may even take your passport photo. Please visit the USPS website for more information.
Click here to go to the official United States Postal Service's Office's website. Or you can call (608) 834-0952 to reach someone at the local Sun Prairie office.
EMS is an acronym for Emergency Medical Services. The profession was born from the battlefield in the Napoleonic era when Napoleon’s physician Dominque-Jean Larrey used horse-drawn carts as the first “ambulance” to move injured soldiers off of the battlefield to a treatment area. The idea made its way to the United States during the Civil War. In WWI, the United States Army used non-physicians in the trenches to treat casualties; in WWII, these men entered combat and became the corpsmen and medics we know today. In the 1950s, civilian programs began developing and by the mid-1960s, the EMS profession in the United States started to take shape. Click Here for more EMS History
The public should know that we work hard, we train hard, and we are grateful for the privilege of being able to help others in their times of need. And we are human, too. We do this job because it's our choice to be there and help people. If your loved one's heart stops, we will do everything we know how to save them as if they were our own family. If we have to tell you that we can't save them, you should know that we hurt, too. Our job means that we sometimes have to see awful things that most people cannot imagine. Our job means that we miss out on a lot of things with our families. We do this job because we’re smart and strong and we have the mettle it takes, and a simple ‘thank you’ means the world to us.
When approaching law enforcement and other emergency vehicles, tow trucks, road machinery or highway construction or maintenance vehicles (that are stopped on or near a highway and are using flashing emergency lights), you must move into a lane not nearest the stopped vehicle and travel in that lane until you have gone by the stopped vehicle(s). If it is unsafe to move into another lane, slow down until you have passed the stopped vehicle(s).
Emergency Medical Services professionals object to the term “ambulance driver”. The education and training required to work as a paramedic can take a full year to achieve and cost in excess of $6000. Additionally, the Sun Prairie paramedics dedicate themselves to serving the community at great personal sacrifice including loss of family time, a job that is inherently dangerous, and considerable physical and mental stresses. The City of Sun Prairie is committed to providing its citizens the highest possible pre-hospital medical care, and so all Sun Prairie EMS employees are state-certified paramedics; many have also earned the distinction of being Nationally Registered Paramedics through the NREMT.
In EMS, there is no such thing as a lunch or dinner break, and the paramedics must provide their own meals. They are required to be ready to respond at all times during their 24-hour shift, and so each crew will typically try to bring groceries with them at the start of their shift, but when they cannot, they will make a quick trip to the store. Sometimes they might stop by a restaurant if they have not had time to prepare a meal at the station. In order to be judicious with City resources, the crews are diligent to make sure that such a stop coincides with a trip they were already making, such as on the way back from an incident or the hospital.
A Sun Prairie Police Officer (within the City) or a Dane County Sherriff's Deputy might respond before or with the ambulance crew. The Sun Prairie Fire Department might respond to a serious car accident, fire, or carbon monoxide emergency. These additional resources are sent when the information that is provided to the 911 dispatcher suggests that they might be helpful, or necessary in an emergency.
Lights and sirens are only used in emergent situations, which means that the situation is time sensitive, and the transportation needs to be faster than normal. We always try to get to the patient and then to the hospital as quickly and safely as possible, but it's not always necessary to use the lights and sirens. Whether to use our lights and sirens is decided on a case by case basis based on the information that we have available to us either on our way to a call, or after we meet our patient.
Running is risky – if they were to trip and fall, then they would be of no help to the person who needed them, and they would probably become a patient themselves. Running prevents them from surveying a scene thoroughly, and they might overlook a hazard like a protective dog, a weapon in the room, downed power lines, or similar. Running also elevates their own heart rate and respirations, which does not create a sense of calm for their patients, and makes it difficult for them to think clearly and act deliberately.
In most cases, we are able to respect a patient's wishes as to which hospital they would like to go to. If you aren't sure which hospital to go to, the paramedics can help you decide which one may be preferred based on the patient's medical condition and/or any insurance they may have. In some cases, the patient's emergency dictates which hospital we will need go to. For example, serious trauma patients will almost always be transported to UW Hospital because they are the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the area. A woman in labor would be brought to Meriter or St. Mary's since UW doesn't normally treat OB/Gyn patients. If a patient is very sick and needs to be seen and treated by a doctor within minutes, we may take them to St. Mary's Sun Prairie Emergency Center as it is the closest hospital where they can receive stabilizing care before continuing on to their hospital of choice.
When you call 911 simply let the dispatcher know of the special circumstances. Also, completing a File of Life card and keeping it on your refrigerator for each family member can help once the ambulance arrives. For advanced concerns, consider alerting Sun Prairie EMS in advance if your child or loved one lives in the area and has specific needs that will influence how the paramedics care for them. There are several options available for us to ensure that we are aware of you special needs and can respond to it appropriately.
Sun Prairie EMS will provide ambulance transportation to all patients, no matter their medical condition or their ability to pay. Hospital emergency rooms, however, triage patients based on how serious their medical condition is, regardless of how they got there. In some cases, people might take an ambulance to the hospital only to find themselves in the same waiting room they would have entered had they driven their own car.
Locally, the Madison Area Technical College offers paramedic training, and many Sun Prairie EMS paramedics received their training there. Other programs exist around Wisconsin and in neighboring states, and scholarship programs are available (search the internet for the most updated information). If you’d like to get a first-hand look at what it’s like to be a paramedic in Sun Prairie, please contact us and we’ll be glad to give you a tour of the station! Fill out a job interest card here.
When a driveway is being replaced, modified, or a new driveway is installed, you need to complete a Driveway Permit. The fee for the permit is $25. Permits applications can be accessed here.
Check Bid Opportunities page for current bid and subscribe on the specific sites.
A Street Opening Permit is required to create any opening or excavation within the City of Sun Prairie in any:
The fee for the permit is $100. Permit application can be accessed here.
Visit our Permits page to find out when an Erosion Control or Stormwater Management Permit is required.
The outdoor market opens May 1, 2021 at 7:00AM. During the COVID-19 pandemic we will setup vendor booths 6 to 10 feet apart. All shoppers, staff, and vendors are encouraged to wear a mask. Please stay home if you feel ill. Maintain 6 ft social distancing at all times.
The goal of the following practices is to minimize shopper time at the market and the spread of COVID-19. Although farmers markets are important community events, these actions will help the market to focus on its role as an essential food resource and protect public safety.
There are several municipal free parking lots near the Market. Note that the spots around Cannery Square will not be available due to street closures of the Market.
The Sun Prairie Fire and Rescue company is currently a combination (having both paid on premise and career members) department that staffs both Stations are 24/7.
Please contact the Human Resources Department if you have missed a deadline for a job posting. If we have not yet received a sufficient number of applications, your information may be considered. If a significant amount of time has passed after the posted deadline, we may be too far in the selection process for your late application to be considered. We encourage everyone to review our various job descriptions and sign up to receive a system-generated emails when new jobs are posted. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Sun Prairie does an annual testing process for police officers. This is normally done in the spring of each year. Persons interested in this process should fill out a Job Interest Card and we will send you an email when the Police Officer Recruitment process begins.
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You may pay tickets / citations at the Records Bureau windows located in the lobby of the police departments at either 300 East Main Street or 2598 West Main Street. The Records Bureau is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m. (excluding holidays).
Please note that payments are accepted in the form of cash, money order, check or credit card. If you will be paying with a credit card there is a 2.35% convenience fee.
The Sun Prairie Police Department / Municipal Court also accepts payments for tickets / citations online Call 608-837-7339 with any questions.
Visit our Help the Museum page for more information about becoming a museum volunteer.
Visit our Help the Museum page for more information about donating items to our collection.
Visit our Conducting Historical Research page for more information.
Over 40 parks, with varying amounts of available activities are located within City of Sun Prairie limits. Parks and open space locations can be found by visiting Parks and Open Space.
Sign up begins around March each year, after previous participants are notified about renewing their participation. Individuals or groups interested in volunteering for this program should visit the Blooming of Sun Prairie.
The existing land use for a property can be found in the comprehensive plan. To view the plan's existing land use map, click here.
The City's Zoning Ordinance is included at Title 17 of the Sun Prairie Municipal Code.
In most cases, yes, a special use permit is needed to operate a home occupation. A special use permit is a staff approval that is relatively quick and requires a $50 application fee. The home occupation standards are included in the application packet for this type of permit.
In situations that involve the handling of food or live plants or the care or treatment of people or animals in the home, a conditional use permit (CUP) is needed. A CUP requires review and approval by the Plan Commission and the City Council. Contact the Planning Department at 608-825-1107 for more information.
You may pay tickets / citations at the records bureau windows located in the lobby of the police departments at either 300 East Main Street or 2598 West Main Street. The records bureau is open from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (excluding holidays). Please note that payments are accepted in the form of cash, money order, check, debit card and credit card. (There is a 2.35% service fee to use a credit or debit card). The Sun Prairie Police Department also accepts payments for tickets / citations online. There is a service fee of 2.35% to make online payments, as well. To pay online, you will need your citation / ticket number and the amount due on your citation. After authorization of your payment, you will be sent a confirmation email that you should keep for your records. Call 608-837-7339 with any questions.
If you have been the victim of a personal or property crime, and wish to report it to the police for investigation, an officer will need to speak with you directly. We do not take these types of complaints over the phone.
You can either come to the police department to file the report or call our main number at 608-837-7336, and an officer will be dispatched to your location.
Those interested in scheduling a tour of the police department should contact the Sun Prairie Police Department Records Bureau at 608-837-7339. The records bureau is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Sun Prairie Police Department does not install car seats; however, the Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department provides certified technicians to inspect your child car seat, and show you how to correctly install and use it free of charge. Schedule your appointment today!
More information available on the Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department page.
The Sun Prairie Police Department provides Livescan fingerprinting on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM. There is no charge for residents or those who work within the city. There is a minimal fee of $15.00 for all others.
Sun Prairie area residents can renew their license plate stickers at both Pick N' Save locations (east and west) and Woodman's. Residents seeking to renew their license stickers should bring their license plate number to the store and their I.D. Clerks will process the renewal and provide the citizen with a new license plate sticker at the counter / kiosk.
To report a crash, please call 9-1-1 or our non-emergency number, 608-837-7336. You must exchange names, addresses, and license numbers with the driver and / or occupants of the vehicle struck.
If law enforcement is not contacted, self report the accident to the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles.
Those interested in scheduling a ride along should fill out the Citizen Observer Application. This form should then be either mailed or dropped off at the police department. Should you have any questions, please contact the Sun Prairie Police Department Records Bureau at 608-837-7339.
Visit our Parking Restrictions page for more information.
Dog licenses are processed through the Clerk's office.
Requests for police records may be submitted through the following link - https://sunprairiewi.justfoia.com/publicportal/home/track.Requests will be fulfilled as soon as practicable and without delay based on the order in which they were received. Ten working days generally is a reasonable time for responding to a simple request for a limited number of easily identifiable records. For requests that are broader in scope or that require locating, review, or redaction of many documents, a reasonable time for responding may be longer.
When 3 or more inches of snowfall occurs, the City declares a "Snow Emergency." Parking is prohibited on all streets until the snow emergency has been cancelled. Cars parked on a City street in violation of a Snow Emergency may be ticketed or towed. There is a $50.00 fine for parking in violation of a Snow Emergency.
Snow Emergency warnings are called in to local radio and TV stations. You may also check the city website and our Facebook or call the Department of Public Works at 608-837-3050.
Another option is to sign up for Nixle. Nixle is free and every time a Snow Emergency is declared, an alert will be sent out to those that are signed up. Information can be received online and via e-mail. Residents receive messages by phone as part of their text-messaging plan (otherwise standard text message rates apply). The system is simple to use and provides an easy sign-up process. Register now and learn more at the Nixle website.
Nixle’s Community Information Service is built exclusively to provide secure and reliable communications. Its authenticated service connects City agencies to citizens in real time, delivering information to residents of geographically targeted areas and neighborhoods. Citizen questions about the service and its capabilities can be answered through the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Nixle website. Should you need additional assistance, Nixle provides free citizen support via email.
Information regarding alarm permits for residential and businesses can be found on the Security Alarm Permit page.
The Sun Prairie Police Department has free cable locks available for pick up at the following locations:
If you are a gun owner and do not currently have a safety lock of some sort on your firearm, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to help make your home and our community as safe as it can be. No I.D. or additional information is needed for pick up. In addition, you may pick up multiple locks.
We hope you will take advantage of this free firearm cable locks program. We appreciate your help in keeping Sun Prairie and our surrounding communities the safest they can be. If you have questions, please contact the Sun Prairie Police Department at 837-7336.
Bicycle licenses are available at the police department during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). You can also complete the application online. There is no fee to register a bike. The license is valid for the lifetime of the bicycle. The following information is needed to obtain your bicycle license and sticker:
Information on our Med Drop Program can be found here. Med Drop
The 1st Dollar Credit is a credit on your property tax bill for any real estate parcel on which at least one improvement by the land owner is located. The credit should be automatically applied to all qualifying properties. This value is calculated every year by the Department of Revenue after considering the projected number of claims and school property tax rates (for K-8, Union High, and K-12 school districts).
The credit on the 2020 property tax bills for eligible parcels is $90.51. For taxpayers who pay their taxes in 2 or more installments, the credit is applied equally to each installment.
To estimate your own 2020 tax bill: Multiply the assessed value of your property by the mill rate 0.0220061, add the charge for recycling costs $48.00 and refuse costs $75.00, subtract the state lottery credit -$221.82 (if eligible) and subtract the first dollar credit -$90.51 (if eligible), or if paying in two installments subtract 1/2 of the credit -$45.255.
Please visit the Recycle Center page to review the center's hours.
Review a list of materials accepted (PDF) at the Recycle Center.
Potholes can be reported though Request Tracker.
City of Sun Prairie does not offer an animal control unit. Call Public Health of Madison & Dane County for the following situations: aggressive animals (Sun Prairie PD), animal bites (Sun Prairie PD), animals in traffic causing safety hazards, dogs in unauthorized park areas (or Sun Prairie PD), investigation of cruelty/neglect complaints, rabies quarantine, sick or injured animals (wild or domestic), and stray or running at large domestic animals. The number to call is (608) 267-1989. This agency does not respond for barking dogs (call Sun Prairie PD) or wild animal nuisances.
You can access the residential refuse and recycling schedule and map by clicking here.
Visit our Recreation and Programs page for more information about registering for recreation and aquatics programs.
Refund requests must be made during Parks and Recreation Department business hours of Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. All participant program cancellation request must be received at least five business days prior to the start of the program. No refund will be issued after this time.
Visit our website for details about our refund policy.
In the case of inclement weather, programs may be cancelled. Your safety is our concern. Classes will not be held if facilities are unsafe or if weather is dangerous.
Download the app "Rainout Line" in the App Store or Google Play. Once downloaded, search for Sun Prairie. We highly encourage customers to utilize Rainout Line as Rainout Line and Sun Prairie Parks and Recreation Department social media accounts will be the primary way to receive information about cancellations.
For more information, visit our Weather Cancellation page.
We are pleased to offer financial assistance to individuals and families that reside in Sun Prairie that may not be in a position to participate due to financial hardship. Funding is available for those persons who qualify by filling out a scholarship application once per calendar year (January to December). Most programs are eligible under the scholarship program. Contact our office at 608-837-3449 to obtain a scholarship application or download the form.
KSUN can be seen on Charter TV: 983 and TDS TV: 13/1013 and online at sunprairiemediacenter.com/ksun. KIDS-4 can be seen on Charter TV: 984 and TDS TV: 14/1014.
Visit our User Guidelines page for more information about our policies.
TIF is short for tax increment financing. TID is short for tax increment district. Tax increment financing (TIF) is the economic tool available by creating a tax increment district (TID).
When a tax increment district (TID) is created, the value of the property at that point in time is set as the base value. The taxes created by the base value continue to pay out to the taxing jurisdictions at the same rate, while the increased value from the base rate that are paid in new taxes are leveraged to fund additional improvements that will continue to increase the value of the property further over the base value. Each TID has a set life that is allowed to have this fund available. When the life of the TID comes to close, all of the taxes then will be released to the taxing jurisdictions.
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The goals of the City of Sun Prairie’s use of TIF include:
Call Sun Prairie Utilities at 608-837-5500, submit it on the Sun Prairie Utilities Website
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