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County Surveyor

The County Surveyor is a position within the Land Information Office.  The County Surveyor has been appointed by the County Board as required by WI Statutes to be the County’s authority for the Public Land Survey System (PLSS).

The primary responsibilities of the County Surveyor are:

  • to administer the county’s PLSS remonumentation program
  • to review & file PLSS record documents and land surveys prepared by professional land surveyors
  • to review Certified Survey Maps (CSM)
  • to collaborate with & advise the Land Information Office and Real Property Lister on PLSS and survey related issues pertinent to the County’s digital parcel mapping & GIS data development efforts
  • to serve as the Professional Land Surveyor Representative on the Vernon County Land Information Council

The County Surveyor works with professional land surveyors performing surveys within Vernon County to ensure that the PLSS section corners are properly located, maintained, and documented.  Acting in capacity as the County Surveyor, the County Surveyor does not perform private land surveys.

The Public Land Survey System or PLSS is the public infrastructure that forms the basis for defining all property ownership and property rights throughout the County.  The original government land survey that established and set monuments for the public land survey sections in Vernon County was originally performed from 1843 thru 1847.  From about the mid 1860’s through the early 1900’s several County Surveyors maintained & re-set original government corners as well as set many interior section corners.  The County maintains two volumes of these historical County Surveyor records in the Register of Deeds Office, and they are also available as .pdf images via the on-line surveyor files link above.  Current PLSS monument records (a.k.a. tie sheets) are also available for viewing in the County Surveyor’s files (located in the Land Information Office on the 3rd floor of the Courthouse Annex), and on-line via the on-line surveyor files and the Interactive GIS Map.

In 1996, Vernon County started a PLSS Bounty program to begin remonumenting and documenting the PLSS corners.  As of 2019, this initial remonumentation effort has been completed and is now considered to be in a continual maintenance mode administered by a Full-time County Surveyor position.  If you become aware of any PLSS corners that are in danger of being disturbed or have been disturbed, please contact the County Surveyor or Land Information Office.


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Laurence Johns - County Surveyor

Rm. 310, Courthouse Annex

Phone:  608-637-5377

Cell:  608-343-2097