Ordinances & Resolutions FAQ 7

Is a public hearing required for all ordinances?

No. State law does not impose a blanket requirement that a public hearing be held prior to the adoption of every municipal ordinance. Rather, state law imposes such a requirement only in specific instances. For example, a public hearing must be held before a regulation which amends a zoning ordinance is adopted. See. Wis. Stat. 62.23(7)(d)2. Thus, public hearings are not required for all municipal ordinances unless a local ordinance or rule imposes such a requirement.