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Urban Design Commission

In consultation with Public Health Madison and Dane County, the Mayor has closed most City of Madison offices to public visitors in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Planning employees are continuing to support critical public services remotely and are responding to emails and voicemails. For general planning assistance, please email or call (608) 266-4635. A date has not been set to reopen offices to public visitors, but Public Health continues to closely monitor the conditions in our community.  Thank you for your understanding as we all work to keep Madison safe and healthy.


June 18, 2021 Update:

While the office is not yet reopened to the public, to set up a Zoom video conference meeting to discuss your application, please email

Submittal Format. Note that staff are currently only accepting digital (PDF) submittals - not paper - for all applications. While the format has changed, the list of required submittal materials, has not (see Page 2 of the UDC Application for more information).

How to Submit. All Urban Design Commission submittal materials shall be sent to Please note that an individual email cannot exceed 20 MB. It is the responsibility of the applicant to present files in a manner that can be accepted. Please email regarding questions involving any changes mentioned above or if you need alternative filing options.

Submittal Deadlines. The same submittal deadlines apply, as noted on the current Development Review Schedule. Deadlines remain on designated Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Review Fee Payments. Fees may be submitted as a check, made out to "City Treasurer", and mailed to City Building Inspection (see address below). Arrangements can also be made with Zoning staff to process credit card payments. If mailing a check for the application fee, please do the following:
  1. Include a cover page with the check which includes the project address, brief description of the project, and contact information.
  2. Mail it to the following address:
City of Madison Building Inspection
P.O. Box 2984
Madison, WI 53701-2984


The Urban Design Commission reviews planned developments, developments in urban design districts, sign variances and public buildings. It also manages and coordinates special projects such as the Downtown Wayfinding Program and the improvements to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, prepares physical development plans and recommendations for redevelopment projects, and offers design assistance to promote revitalization for areas of the City including site design, landscaping and architectural services. This service also provides ongoing design assistance to the Mall Maintenance and Display Program.

The Urban Design Commission Meets on the following days in 2021:

Last Updated: 06/18/2021