DNS Environmental Health Services List

Specific information relative to the following programs can be obtained by calling 286-3280. If you want to make a service request or a complaint, call the DNS Complaint Intake line at (414) 286-2268. A Department of Neighborhood Services Employee will take the information and keep the complainants name confidential. Here is a summary of what the Environmental Section handles and what is needed to make a proper complaint. The direct number is listed where possible.

ASBESTOS HAZARD CONTROL (Chapter 66-12)

Removal of asbestos-containing materials must be performed by trained, State of Wisconsin certified individuals. In many instances, depending on the amount of material being removed, a permit is required. If you see anyone who is removing or disposing of materials that you may believe to be asbestos (such as pipe insulation and certain types of siding),  or need information relative to obtaining a permit, you should call 286-3280. See link for permit application info http://www.mkedcd.org/build/pdfs/asbestos.pdf

SERVICE REQUEST
Name, address and phone number of person reporting a complaint, along with the location of where the suspected illegal removal or disposal is occurring. Ask the complainant if they can provide additional info relative to the individuals involved with the suspected illegal activity.

FILLING STATIONS (Chapter 84-45)

The Dept. of Neighborhood Services issues annual operating licenses for all public filling stations. Inspections are conducted in conjunction with the issuance of the license . The license period is February 1 thru January 30. Licenses are not transferable to new owners. The inspection encompasses fire safety, sanitation and the storage, handling and use of hazardous chemicals. Additionally, inspections are made relative to complaints about the above items. Any service requests should be directed to 286-2268.

The information needed should include:

LICENSE INFO
Name, mailing address and phone number of the applicant along with business name and address.

SERVICE REQUEST
Name, address and phone number of the complainant along with a description of the violation and address of where the violation is occurring.

NUISANCE NOISE (Chapter 80-60 thru 80-74)

What are Noise Complaints?

Citizens may call in and complain about loud noise. Types of noises may include loud music, air conditioners, any type of mechanical noise, factory noises, etc. Noise complaints only handled by the Police Department include vehicular noises (while on a public right-of-way) and disturbing of the peace issues (boisterous individuals, fighting etc.). Certain noises are exempt from the regulations, such as air traffic and railroads. A temporary noise variance can be obtained for construction projects or festivals or other similar events which may have a tendency to exceed the noise limits. If someone would like to make a complaint or apply for a variance, they should call 286-8674 for information.

The information needed should include:

SERVICE REQUEST
Name, address and phone number of the complainant. A description of the noise, where it is coming from, the times of occurrence and any other pertinent information.

VARIANCE REQUEST
Name, address and phone number of the person requesting the variance application.

NUISANCE LIGHT (Chapter 80-19)

Citizens may call in to complain about bright lights that may be causing them discomfort or are bothering them in some way. In order to correct this situation, the citizen must submit a written petition/letter to the Nuisance and Environmental Health Section. Calls can be forwarded to 286-3280 for clarification or if further information is required.

The information needed should include the:

SERVICE REQUEST
A written petition/letter must be submitted and contain the following information in order to be processed: the complainant's name and address, the address of the property where the alleged nuisance light is installed, a brief description of the light source, and the complainant's signature.

WASTE TIRES (Chapter 84-48)

It is illegal to dispose of waste tires in the City of Milwaukee by placing them in the green garbage carts , using trash dumpsters or throwing them on vacant lots. Citizens are allowed to take up to 5 at a time to any of the City's Self-Help Stations at no cost. Businesses that generate more than 25 or transport more than 5 (at a time) waste tires in the City are required to have annual licenses to operate. The license period is October 1st thru Sept. 30th.  Inquiries about licenses should be directed to 286-3280.

The information needed should include:

SERVICE REQUEST
Name, address and phone number of the complainant as well as the location and approximate number of waste tires dumped. Ask if they noticed what time the dumping may have occurred or provide a description of the vehicle or persons that were involved with this activity.

LICENSE INFO
Name, address and phone number of the applicant as well as the mailing address.

DRY-CLEANING ESTABLISHMENTS (Chapter 76-20)

All Dry-cleaning establishments (facilities where dry-cleaning is done on site) are required to obtain annual operating permits. The permit period is February 1 thru January 31. Citizens may call to complain about solvent odors generated from these facilities. Questions related to these facilities should be directed to 286-3280.

The information needed should include:

SERVICE REQUEST
Name, address and phone number of the complainant, nature of the complaint as well as the business name and address.

PERMIT INFO
Name, address and phone number of the applicant as well as the mailing address.

SELF SERVICE LAUNDROMATS (Chapter 75-1)

Self service laundromats are inspected annually and upon complaints. An annual registration is required. The registration period is February 1 thru January 31. Calls should be directed to 286-3280.

The information needed should include :

SERVICE REQUEST
Name, address, and phone number of the complainant as well as the nature of the complaint.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Name, address and phone number of the person requesting the information

CAMPGROUNDS (Chapter 64)

A license is issued to one campground (State Fair Park) annually by the Environmental Division. License information requests should be directed to 286-5771 .

The information needed should include:

LICENSE OR SERVICE REQUEST
Name, address and phone number of the person requesting the information

BACKYARD POOLS (Chapter 75-20)

A construction permit is required for swimming pools equal to or greater than 15 ft. x 3 ft. in size. An application with a sketch and fee is submitted for review. An inspection of the area where the pool is to be placed is conducted prior to construction. Along with requirements of placement near lot lines and climbable structures, there may be electrical, plumbing, and fencing permit issues that may need to be looked at by other sections. Any nuisances such as draining pools onto neighboring properties or dirty, stagnant water should be referred to the complaint hot line. Requests for pool construction permit applications should be directed to 286-3280 or downloaded from

http://www.mkedcd.org/build/pdfs/swimming.pdf

http://www.mkedcd.org/build/pdfs/swimmingPacket.pdf

The information needed should include:

SERVICE REQUEST
Name, address and phone number of the complainant. Address where the nuisance is occurring as well as description of the nuisance.

PERMIT INFORMATION
Name, address and phone number of the person requesting the information.

PUBLIC SWIMMING PLACES (Chapter 75-20)

All public swimming places are inspected and licensed annually . Periodic inspections are made throughout the year to check items such as pool chemistry levels, safety concerns, sanitation of the facility, record keeping, etc.. All new construction of pools requires a plan review and construction permit. The annual license runs July 1 thru June 30.

The information needed should include:

SERVICE REQUEST
Name, address and phone number of the complainant as well as a description of the nuisance or concern.

PERMIT OR LICENSE INFORMATION
Name, address and phone number of the person requesting information.

MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS (Chapter 75-21)

All massage establishments are licensed and inspected annually for code compliance. The license period is March 1 thru February 28. Requests for license information should be directed to 286-3280.

The information needed should include:

SERVICE REQUEST
Name, address and phone number of the complainant as well as the address of the establishment in question and a description of the concerns.

LICENSE INFORMATION
Name, address and phone number of the person requesting the information.

LITTER and/or improper disposal (Chapter 79)

All service requests related to litter on commercial properties or vacant lots as well as those related to the dumping or improper storage of oil or other automotive fluids should be sent to 286-2268.

The information needed should include:

SERVICE REQUEST
Name, address and phone number of the complainant as well as a description of the nuisance and address where the nuisance is present. For requests related to oil spillage or dumping, get a description of the vehicle (make, model and license plate) and a location of where the vehicle is usually parked.

FOR THOSE RELATED TO OPERATING FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS, GROCERY STORES OR TAVERNS REFER TO 286-3674.

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Last update 04/10/2012