Tourist Rooming House

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On November 10, 2015, the Marquette County Board of Supervisors passed the Tourist Rooming House Ordinance.  It is referred to as Chapter 35.  The Program Coordinator for Chapter 35 is Jean Potter.  The phone number for our office is 608-297-3036.  Or you can email any questions to


The purpose of this Chapter is to ensure that the quality of tourist rooming houses operating within the County is adequate for protecting public health, safety and general welfare, including establishing minimum standards of space for human occupancy and for an adequate level of maintenance; determining the responsibilities of owners, operators and resident agents offering these properties for tourists, for the proper collection of taxes, to protect the character and stability of all areas within the County; to provide minimum standards necessary for the health and safety of persons occupying or using buildings, structures or premises; and provisions for the administration and enforcement thereof.


This ordinance applies to all lodging places or tourist cabin or cottage where sleeping accommodations are offered for pay to tourists or transients, or to persons to who stay, or intend to stay, for thirty (30) days or less. Chapter 35 does not apply to hotels, motels, or bed and breakfasts. Those establishments are regulated under different statutes. Establishments that had been previously licensed or permitted through the Health Department or Marquette County Board of Adjustment are NOT exempt from Chapter 35.  


Complete Tourist Rooming House Application Packet 

Minimum Requirements

Tourist Rooming House License Application

Blank and Sample Plot Plans

Resident Agent Application

Compliance Statement Certification

Local Room Tax Compliance Certification

In addition to the above, the following items need to be submitted with your application.

  1. All forms in this packet
  2. If a fireplace is present on the property:
    1. Certificate from a licensed commercial building inspector, fire inspector, or a verified statement from a reputable stove or fireplace sales/installer entity, dated not more than thirty (30) days prior to submission, certifying that the fireplace and chimney have been inspected and are in compliance with National Fire Prevention Association Fire Code Chapter 211 Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances
  3. Copy of Insurance Declarations Page for the property that is subject to this permit.
  4. Copy of current license issued by the Tri-County Environmental Health Consortium:
    1. You can obtain application materials and information regarding licensing and inspection services at
  5. Copy of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue Sales Tax Number Form.
  6. Property Management Agreement (if Applicable)
  7. Appropriate Fee


*No new applicants at this time.