Frequently Asked Questions
Q: WHERE DO I FIND THE EAU CLAIRE COUNTY COURTHOUSE?
A: The Eau Claire County Courthouse is located at 721 Oxford Avenue, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 54703.
From the West on I-94
From Interstate Highway 94, take exit #59. At the exit ramp, turn right onto Highway 124. Stay on Highway 124 for about three miles and take the Clairemont Avenue/Highway 12 exit. Turn right onto Clairemont Avenue. At the fifth traffic light, turn left onto Cameron Street. Follow Cameron Street to the first traffic light and turn right onto Bellinger Street. Follow Bellinger Street to the first traffic light and turn left onto Lake Street. Go approximately three blocks east on Lake Street, turn left onto Oxford Avenue and the Courthouse will be on the right hand side.
From the East on I-94
From Interstate Highway 94, take exit #65. At the exit ramp stop sign, turn right onto Highway 37, go to the second stop light and turn left, this will be Craig Road. Go to the first signal light and turn left (Clairemont Avenue/Highway 12.) Cross the Clairemont Avenue Bridge - be sure to stay in the right lane. Take Menomonie Street exit, which runs into Water Street and go to first set of stop lights (Fifth Avenue). Turn left. Go to the signal lights and turn right on Lake Street. Go approximately three blocks east on Lake Street, turn left onto Oxford Avenue and the Courthouse will be on the right hand side.
- From the North on Highway 53
From Highway 53, turn right at the Main Street signal lights. Continue on Main Street approximately 1 mile to the first signal light, turn left onto Farwell Street. At the first signal light turn right onto Lake Street. Continue over the bridge, turn right onto Oxford Avenue. The Courthouse will be on the right hand side.
From the South on Highway 53
From Highway 53 (the Oakwood Mall area), turn left on Brackett Avenue . Follow Brackett Avenue through second stop light. Follow Brackett Avenue down the hill. Proceed until you reach stop lights. Turn right on Farwell Street. Go approximately three blocks until the stop lights. Turn left on Lake Street. Go across Lake Street bridge and go approximately 2 blocks; the Courthouse will be on your right hand side. Turn right on Oxford Avenue.
Q: WHERE DO I CALL FOR GENERAL INFORMATION?
A: The County Administrator's office can help you. Please telephone (715) 839-5106 for assistance.
Q: WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF OPERATION?
A: All County offices, inclusive of elective and appointive offices, departments and agencies, shall be open to the general public during usual business hours, which shall be defined as being the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday of each week with the express exception of legal holidays. The following offices shall have the business hours hereunder specified:
- The Highway Department office hours shall be from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
- The Clerk of Courts office hours shall be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- The Register of Deeds will be open as stated above; however, cutoff time for recording documents shall be 4:30 p.m.
- Eau Claire County Jail:
Visits with members of the clergy will be allowed at reasonable hours and for a reasonable
length of time. The Jail Chaplain must make the referral for the visit. Visits are subject to
approval from the jail administration.
Professional visitors will be allowed into the jail at reasonable times during the day.
Those times are:
Monday - Friday:
7:30 am - 11:00 am
2:00pm - 4:15pm
6:00pm - 9:00pm
7:30am - 11:00am
6:00pm - 9:00pm
A special visit may be granted to the inmate under certain circumstances. It is the responsibility
of the inmate to request this visit and is subject to approval from the jail sergeant.
Visitation is by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled online at http://jailvisit.co.eau-claire.wi.us at least 1 day in advance. Please review the information in the Online Visitation Scheduling & Registration Brochure prior to using online registration and scheduling. If you do not have access to the Internet you may register at the kiosk in the lobby of the Eau Claire County Jail.
Inmates are allowed two 25 minute visits per week.
Each inmate is permitted to have up to four visitors at one time. Inmates are allowed two adult visitors per visit, minors (individuals under the age of 18) must be accompanied by their legal parent or guardian and be registered for the visit.
Visiting hours are at the following times:
Monday through Friday
- Starting at 9 am and ending at 11:25 am
- Starting at 2 pm and ending at 4:25 pm
Wednesday and Sunday evening
- Starting at 6:30pm and ending at 9:25pm
HOURS OF VISITATION MAY CHANGE IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY
Q: WHAT ARE THE HOLIDAY HOURS?
A: The Courthouse is closed in observance of legal holidays. These holidays include: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day. Whenever a holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be observed as the holiday. When then the holiday falls on a Sunday, the succeeding Monday shall be observed as the holiday.
Q: WHERE CAN I OBTAIN A COPY OF A BIRTH, MARRIAGE OR DEATH CERTIFICATE?
A: These certificates can be acquired through the Register of Deeds office in the county where the event took place. A direct and tangible interest in the certificate is required.
To obtain a birth certificate, provide your name, date of birth, father's name, mother's maiden name and your signature.
To obtain a marriage certificate, provide the groom's name, bride's maiden name, date of marriage and your signature.
To obtain a death certificate, provide the deceased person's name, date of death and your signature.
Vital record fees are as follows:
- Birth = $20.00
- Marriage = $20.00
- Death = $20.00
Each additional copy ordered with the first certificate is $3.00. No out-of-town personal checks or credit cards are accepted. Explain your interest in the certificate and mail your request to: Register of Deeds, Box 718, Eau Claire, WI 54702 or contact the office of the Register of Deeds at (715) 839-4745.
Q: WHO DO I CONTACT FOR ZONING OR LANDUSE ISSUES?
A: The Planning and Development Department @ 715-839-4741. The department is organized into 5 divisions:
1. Real Property Description Division: responsible for listing and mapping property for real estate tax purposes.
2. Land Conservation Division: administers land/water conservation programs.
3. Land Use Controls Division: enforces zoning, subdivision, building, floodplain regulations and county surveyor responsibilities.
4. Planning Division: responsible for grant writing, general land use, solid waste, special projects, emergency government programs.
5. Office and Housing Division: administers Housing Authority programs.