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The Department of Neighborhood Services is migrating to a new data records system. As of September 23, 2016 the old records were locked down to copy over to the new system which will went live October 3, 2016.  During the period of September 23rd - October 3rd, 2016 these records were manually created in their respective DNS sections. All functions of the data base will remain working, minus the information created during this gap.  All records after October 3rd are being entered into the new data records system. An announcement will be made when those records are entered and the Property Data information will be up to date.

Please contact the DNS section if you need a specific record during this manual entry period. This includes records for Plan Exam and Neighborhood Services only. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Effective July 1, 2016 the first time reinspection fee will be $100.  With the 1.4% Training and Technology surcharge fee the total fee will be $101.40.  2nd Reinspection and subsequent reinspections will be charged $200 or $202.80 with 1.4% Training and Technology fee.

Also effective July 1, 2016 the Property Recording Program was renamed to Property Registration Program

Tired of DIRTY? Call Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful (KGMB) for supplies to do a neighborhood clean-up. Tools, gloves, rakes, bags and everything you need to get the job done.  Call 414-272-5462 to make a request.  Web page:

Looking for FREE Check-in Check-out rental unit forms?  Click on the links below or visit the Tenant Resource Center for more assistance. Highly recommended for BOTH landlords and tenants so BOTH are on the same page with regards to the unit's condition. Protect yourself from lawsuits and damage claims. Know what you are getting into! 


Name of Products:
i12010S –10 Year Hardwired Smoke Alarm – manufactured 12/18/13 through 5/13/14
i12010SCO – 10 Year Hardwired Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm – manufactured 12/30/13 through 5/13/14
KN-COSM-IBA – Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm (front-load battery model only) – manufactured from 10/22/13 through 5/13/14
These units are AC/DC powered and capable of hardwired interconnect. They have a Kidde logo on the face of the unit. The model number is on the label on the back of the unit.

Identified Hazard: If a power outage occurs at the same second that a unit is performing a sensor health check, the unit may go into a “latched” mode, causing it not to alert to the presence of smoke. It will sound if it receives a signal from an alarm in the same interconnected system. Once power is restored, a latched unit will sound an alert, regardless of the presence of fire and/or carbon monoxide (for combination units) until power to the unit is completely removed.

Remedy: Replace Unit. Consumers should not take the alarm out of service until they receive a replacement from Kidde. Kidde Product Support: Kidde toll-free at 1-844-553-9011 between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, except holidays, or visit our website at Calls consumers may have of a technical nature that are not related to the recall should be transferred to our toll free number.

KIDDE Recall Letter.pdf

KIDDE Recall Smoke Alarm identification sheet.PDF

$1,000 Reward for Information on Illegal Scrapping
1-800-78-CRIME   1-800-782-7463 - Collect Reward and Remain Anonymous

As of January 1, 2013 Plan Examination and Permits are now under the Department of Neighborhood Services.  

 Residential Properties Pending Foreclosure
Here is the latest ordinance change and forms for residential properties facing foreclosure. 

Fire Prevention Permits for Hazardous Condition Occupancies

Vacant Building Registration Program

FESTIVAL & EVENT PLANNERS! - Avoid a violation and open on time with this Event FAQ, Festival Permit Application, and Festival Application Checklist.

Take the DNS Customer Satisfaction Survey

 Do you use signs?
Check out Milwaukee's Sign Ordinance.
New deadlines for facade inspection on highrise buildings.
See if your building is on this list.

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Last Update 09/28/2016

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Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Preston D. Cole




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