Each municipality in Waupaca County has a comprehensive land use plan. There are several other plans such as outdoor recreation, farmland preservation and bicycle and pedestrian plans that are in effect at a local level, but are typically created by the County. Over time many of these need to be reviewed or updated to reflect changing community values or circumstances. At the request of the community the County Planning & Zoning Office works with them to create or update their plans.
In addition, all the villages (6), cities (6), and towns (22) have zoning ordinances. The County Planning & Zoning Office administers zoning ordinances in all of the unincorporated areas with the exceptions of Dupont, Fremont and Harrison.