About the Village

The Village of Rochester, incorporated in 1912, is located in Western Racine County in the State of Wisconsin. Rochester offers a unique quality of life found only in rural areas and yet is within easy commuting distance to Milwaukee, Racine, Waukesha and Lake Geneva job markets.

Nestled between the larger communities of Burlington and Waterford, Rochester has been able to retain unique small town charm that mixes urban, farming, and country life styles.

The Fox River is a  main waterway running through the Village.  The river offers recreational opportunities for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Rochester also has five park areas that offer Hiking, Bicycle Trails, Baseball and Soccer fields and plenty of room to enjoy nature. The Honey Creek Wildlife Areas offer 1023 acres of wildlife preservation.  Public Hunting allowed during appropriate seasons.

2010 Census Data 2020 Property Tax Data
Population: 3,682
Total Households: 1,412
Occupied Housing Units: 1,343 - 95.1%
Vacant Housing Units:  69 - 4.9%

Village of Rochester Statement of Taxes
Assessment Ratio: 96%
Net Tax Rate/$1,000:
Waterford School District  $1613
Burlington School District  $13.59
BSD Honey Lake RID  $15.77
BSD Honey Lake/Valley Estates  $17.48
Equalized Value:  $405,241,500

For tax inquiries by tax key # or address:
January 1, 2020 Population Estimate:
3,854 (Estimated by Wisconsin's Dept. of Administration)

Village Government

The Village of Rochester is managed by an elected non-partisan Board of seven members: one president and six trustees. In Wisconsin's Village form of government, officials are elected "at large". Any qualified elector of the municipality is able to run for any seat.

Most administrative functions of the Village are performed by an appointed Clerk Treasurer, who maintains an office in the Village Hall. This is where information on public services and public records can be found. Maps are available detailing:

  • Parcel dimensions and locations
  • Zoning designations
  • Floodplain data
  • Sewer utility locations
  • House numbers

The Village's ordinances and zoning code, minutes of Board meetings and municipal service contracts are also available for inspection.

For information on property assessment records, such as year-built, square footage, recent sales, etc. the Village Assessor is available by phone, email, or by appointment to meet at the village hall.

For information on zoning regulations and requirements, such as minimum lot sizes, setbacks, floodplain requirements, etc., the Zoning Administrator is available by phone, email; or Wednesday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Village hall.

For information on building permit requirements or to arrange for inspections, the Building Inspector is available by phone or email; or Wednesday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Village hall.