City of Shawano COVID-19 Response

The City of Shawano is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak. With the state order of SaferAtHome expected to be mandated tomorrow, March 24, 2020, we have deemed it necessary to declare a State of Emergency for the City of Shawano. We are urging residents to follow these state mandates to continue to keep each other safe and healthy. Not only will this State of Emergency assist in keeping our staff and residents safe, it will allow the City to potentially obtain available Federal Funding provided to local municipalities during this time.

Please note that while this in effect, we will continue to do our best to provide all essential services which include emergency services, garbage and recycling pick-up, and services related to the upcoming election. Also, the Shawano County Landfill will remain open during this time.

We will continue to keep you as informed as possible related to changes that may continue to take place with your local government. Please continue to scroll through this page to learn more about the directives the City of Shawano is taking in regards to our government offices and staff, the upcoming election and transportation services. 

Click here to read Governor Evers' Safer At Home Order 
Click here for an informative FAQ sheet related to the Safer At Home Order 

Declaration of State of Emergency - COVID-192

City of Shawano Response

Out of respect for the health and safety of our employees and the community, the City of Shawano has decided to close all municipal buildings to the public, effective Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice.  These buildings include City Hall, Police Department lobby, Recreation Center, Civic Center, Shawano Municipal Utilities, and Public Works offices.  

Please click the link below for the full press release from the City of Shawano related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Press Release: City of Shawano Response COVID-19

Absentee Voting

Currently, there are no additional changes to the curbside in-person absentee voting that is taking place at City Hall. We are strongly urging residents that would like to vote to do so via mailed absentee ballots.  There are several ways to request a ballot be mailed; including visiting, printing off the application and mailing it to City Hall at 127 S Sawyer Street, Shawano, WI 54166 or emailing Lesley Nemetz at All three options will require you to provide a copy of your current photo id before being able to obtain an absentee ballot.  The easiest way for residents so far has been to take a photo of their ID on their smart phones and either utilize the myvote site or to simply send an email to Lesley requesting a ballot and attaching their ID to the email. 

Absentee Ballot Request Form
Press Release: Absentee Voting and COVID-19

Building, HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing Permits & Inspections 

Although City Hall is currently closed to the general public, our Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator Brian Bunke is still available to assist our residents in obtaining necessary permits or to answer questions related to inspections and zoning administration.  


Onsite inspections are only being done on new homes at this time.  However, the City does still require that other inspections be scheduled by calling 715-526-6150.  After scheduling the inspection, you will be required to take representative photos of the items to be inspected.  You will then email the photos to the Building Inspector to review and approve. If the Building Inspector has any questions or concerns, he will reach out to you for answers or to possibly have you submit additional photographs if needed. 

Plan Submittal

Plans may still be submitted for review and processing by utilizing the drop box that is located to the left of the main City Hall door, or by emailing them to the Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator. If you are unable to email the plans and they are too large to fit in the drop box, please ring the bell to the right of the main City Hall entrance door during City Hall's regular business hours, and someone will come out and get the plans from you. 


Permits are still being issued, however we are requesting that you utilize our online applications if possible. Once you have filled out the form, please email them to the Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator or Mail them to City Hall at 127 S Sawyer Street, Shawano, WI 54166.  Once the application has been approved, you will be contacted with a cost for the permit and instructions on how to submit payment. 

All other questions related to permits and inspections should be directed to our Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator Brian Bunke by either email or phone (715) 526-6150.

Public Works Service Changes

With the new Safer At Home order that was issued by the State of Wisconsin on March 24, 2015, the City of Shawano has deemed it necessary to make changes to the services that will be provided by our Public Works Department for the foreseeable future.

The City of Shawano Public Works Department will continue to provide garbage and recycling pick-up (resident's regularly scheduled day) and the Shawano County Landfill will remain open at this time (Monday - Friday from 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM). However, effective March 25, 2020, all other curbside services, including wood waste, yard waste, and bulky item pick-up will be temporarily suspended until further notice. Spring clean-up has also been postponed to an undetermined future date. 

We will continue to keep our residents informed of changes that take place with all City of Shawano provided services. 

Park Closures

Within the contents of Emergency Order #12, the Safer At Home Order, the City of Shawano is required to close our playgrounds until further notice.

Please note that we will be keeping our parks open for those individuals that would like to engage in other outdoor activities such as walking, biking, hiking or running, so long as they are complying with the social distancing requirements provided by the State.

Along with the playgrounds being closed, the order states that individuals may not engage in team or contact sports such as basketball, ultimate frisbee, soccer or football.

As a municipality, the last thing we want to do is tell you not to use our parks, however we are asking you to follow these guidelines to help keep yourself and your neighbors safe and healthy during these difficult times.

City Cab 

At this time, the City of Shawano and the Menominee Department of Transit Services have determined that it is in the best interest of staff and riders to temporarily reduce the hours the City Cab will be in service as well as limit the rides to medical and essential services only. Please read the following release to learn more about these changes.

Press Release: City Cab and COVID-19