Founded in 1843 upon settlement by Talbot C. Dousman and three others, Ottawa Wisconsin was recognized then as a superb place in which to live.  It remains so today! 

The Town covers 36 square miles and has a population of 3,897.

Explore this site to find information about town government, services, recreation and other activities.


For Registration information


To request an absentee ballot by mail



School Section Lake

Access is being closed

The earthen berm on School Section Lake has a breach approximately 20 wide

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Warden will continue to monitor the lake.

We appreciate your cooperation while this is being repaired.

For information on recycling events:     



M - F  8 am - 4:30 pm
(262) 896-8300 (office)  

(262) 996-8298 (fax)

Uniform building permit (copy & paste in address line):

Ottawa Town Hall is located at W360 S3337 State Road 67, Dousman WI  53118.  Town Hall hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Summer Hours:

May through August - Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Fridays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

FOR TOWN PLAN COMMISSION ITEMS:  For an item to be scheduled or placed on a Town of Ottawa Plan Commission agenda, twenty (20) copies of the materials for all agenda items must be submitted to the Town Hall, in addition to the copy submitted to the Town Planner at her office in Waukesha.  In addition, for all agenda items the PROFESSIONAL SERVICES REIMBURSEMENT FORM must be completed and submitted, and for some items, a meeting with the Town Planner is required.  For items that require application with the Waukesha County Planning and Zoning Division, please contact the Planner of the Day at (262)548-7790 or email  or visit the Planning and Zoning Division website  

Reimbursement Form:

Summary document of the proposed Zoning Code amendments.:


Draft of general Zoning Code:  Link

Town of Ottawa

Position Statement regarding citizen complaints.

The Town of Ottawa does not respond to anonymous complaints.  If you would like to make a complaint, we would like to know your name, address, telephone number, and what the complaint is regarding.  You can call the Town Hall with that information, at (262) 965-3228, or you can email that information to and someone from the Town Board or Town staff will respond to you within one week.




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