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Department of Neighborhood Services Administration

The Administration section oversees the business and administration operations of the department. It processes certain permits, invoices, permit fees, and various inspection and occupancy certificates. Housed within the area are the Commissioner's Office, Property Registration, Rent Withholding, Systems Coordination, and Public Information, Web Site and Training Coordination.

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Mission Statement
Through the enforcement of Building, Zoning, Fire, Environmental, Property Maintenance and other ordinances, DNS protects the value of investments in neighborhoods and commercial properties and supports community goals of building safe and healthy neighborhoods and increasing investment and economic vitality throughout the City.

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Information & Services

Administration Tax Assessment Charges

A description of how the Department of Neighborhood Services assesses charges to properties for services rendered.

Phone Directory

DNS phone list of all office contacts.

Compliance Loan Program

The DNS Compliance Loan Program is geared to helping people with code violations on their homes with low cost repair loans. Income limits and qualifications may appear. Click this link for more details.

Property Registration Program

Property Registration requirements, forms, and applications for the City of Milwaukee. Required for all non-owner occupied and commercial property.

Customer Satisfaction Survey

Share your opinions about how your interaction with DNS went.

Residential Property Pending Foreclosure

Policies concerning properties with pending forclosure

DNS Fees

A schedule of fees associated with services rendered by the Department of Neighborhood Services

Southeast Wisconsin Building Inspector Departments

A listing of surrounding community's building inspection departments.

Landlord Training

Learn Effective, Professional Property Management Practices To Keep Out Illegal and Destructive Activity

Title Search Form

Highly recommended for any real estate transaction and a list of DNS programs buyer and sellers should be aware of to be in compliance with Milwaukee ordinances.

Open Records Policy

How to request records per the Wisconsin Open Records policy from the Department of Neighborhood Services.

What We Do

An overview of the many services Neighborhood Services provides to the people of Milwaukee.

Last update 07/05/2016

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Contact Us

841 N Broadway
Room 104
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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DNS Commissioner Tom Mishefske  


Preston D. Cole