Frequently Asked Questions

Council Meetings

The City of Colby Council meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month in the Council Chambers of the Colby City Hall, 211 W Spence Street, meetings start at 6:30 p.m., unless noticed otherwise.  Notices are posted at the Colby City Hall.


Elections are held in the Community Room of the Colby City Hall, 211 W Spence Street.  Polls are open from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Building Permits

Building Permits are required for all work done that costs over $1,000.  An inspection application is required for all construction of new one and two family dwellings and additions. Form available under the forms & permit section.


Refuse and Recycling are collected on Tuesday mornings at the curb.  All refuse must be in clear garbage bags.  Recycling must be in bins and recycled according to the information provided in the Guide to Recycling.  Collection takes place early in some areas of the city, so the refuse and recycling should be put out by 5:30 A.M.


The City Crew will pick up brush at the curb on Fridays during the summer months.  The city has a compost pile located near the Sewer Treatment Plant.  City residents can take grass clippings and leaves to this location.  Leaves will be picked up at the curb during the month of October.


The first half or full payments of Real Estate taxes are due by Jan. 31 at the City Clerks Office.  FULL payments of Personal Property taxes are due by Jan. 31.  Taxes are to be paid at or mailed to the Colby City Treasurer, PO Box 236, Colby WI  54421.  Make checks payable to: Colby City Treasurer.  The second half of balance is due on July 31 and also must go to the Clark County Treasurer or the Marathon County Treasurer depending on which county you live in.

Dog Licenses

The City Clerk issues dog licenses.  A license is required for any dog that is at least 5 months old by July of each year.  Proof of rabies vaccination is required to license the dog.  The city does not allow American pit bulls terrior breed, Staffordshire bull terrior breed, American Staffordshire terrior breed, or any dog which has the apprearance and characteristics of being prodominantly of these breeds.