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Urban Design Commission

In consultation with Public Health of Madison and Dane County, the Madison Municipal Building reopened to the public on July 6, 2021. Many Planning Division employees are continuing to work remotely part-time, continuing to provide customer service in virtual meetings, and will be available for in-person meetings by appointment only. For general Planning assistance, or to find out the best contact for making an appointment, please call (608) 266-4635.

Please view all impacts to City services on the City’s COVID-19 website.


September 9, 2021 Update:

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. The fee can be mailed in, dropped in the drop box at the Madison Municipal Building, or you can make an appointment at the Zoning counter to pay the fee. Checks should be made out to “City Treasurer.” If you mail in the check or use the drop box, please include the application form with the project address, contact information, and brief description of the project. Staff typically suggest using the drop box or making an appointment with the Zoning counter to pay the fee as they are the quickest.


Mailing Address

City of Madison Building Inspection. P.O. Box 2984. Madison, WI 53701-2984


Drop Box Location

Madison Municipal Building, Doty Street Entrance. 215 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Madison, WI  53701-2984


Zoning Counter Appointment


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 2022:

Last Updated: 08/09/2022