Commercial Code Enforcement
The Commercial Enforcement Section is responsible for enforcing the building codes as they apply to all commercial businesses. New ordinances have been passed that impact Vacant Buildings and Abandoned Property in Pre-Foreclosure.
Fire Code Violations
Existing buildings are inspected for compliance with fire codes and building safety codes. Many owners can avoid violations by learning what are the most commonly cited violations. Download our Common Fire Code Violation Brochure (DNS-149) for more information.
There isn't a set amount for a single fire code violation. Under penalties or failure to comply (200-19), violations that are cited on a notice from our department an owner may be subjected to prosecution and to daily penalties of $150 to $10,000 in the manner provided in Section 200-19.
Occupancies with a high fire risk such as places of assembly and hazardous materials may require a Fire Prevention Permit.
Owners may be subject to reinspection fees in accordance with Section 200-33-48, of City Code of Ordinances a fee may be charged for any reinspection, except no fee shall be charged for the final reinspection when compliance is recorded. The fee is $101.40* for the first reinspection and 202.80* for the second and all subsequent reinspections. (*Reinspection fees include a 1.6% Training & Technology Charge). Reinspection fees shall be a lien upon the real estate where the reinspection were made and shall be assessed and collected as a special tax.
Read our Requirements for Junk Collectors for the requirements to collect junk, what forms must be filed and what limits to the operation of collecting junk.
Home Occupation License
Download the Home Occupation License Application (DNS-164) to apply. If the building is leased or rented you, will need the Owner's Consent Form.
Milwaukee Sign Ordinance
Review the law, find out how many, how large and where signs can go. Our Milwaukee Sign Ordinance Brochure covers most instances. If you have a specific question or want to ask "what if" question, call the Development Center at (414) 286-8211.
Minimum Heating Requirements
Click the link above for seasonal heating requirements.
Smoke and Fire Alarm Testing
DNS is require to enforce the testing and maintenance requirements for all fire alarm systems. For more details regarding the requirements, read our Fire Alarm Testing Requirements Sheet.