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DNS Jobs

Apply by December 16 for our Code Enforcement Inspector position. Draw upon your education & experience in architecture, engineering, construction management, or trades in this position. Help us maintain positive, clean & safe neighborhoods!


Rent For Success Program

Attend for FREE helpful resources!


Rent for Success is a new 3-hour tenant training program designed to educate and empower renters.


Training classes will be held at Milwaukee Public Library branches starting in January or book a session for your group.

Resources for homeowners 

Resources for homeowners

The Department of Neighborhood Services is here to help make sure that your project is done right the first time. DNS inspects your permitted project to ensure the safety of your home, save you money and catch any issues early on. Learn more about home updates that do not require a permit and link to helpful resources, energy programs and incentive programs you can use to rehab your property.

Call 286-CITY to report illegal dumping. 

Stop Illegal Dumping

Report It Get Rewarded!


Don't let illegal dumping ruin your neighborhood.


Report it and you could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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About Us

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.


Permit & Development Center

The City of Milwaukee adopts the the State of Wisconsin Building Code for Residential and Commercial Structures. The Permit & Development Center is located at 809 N. Broadway, first floor. Our hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Tuesday hours are 8:00 a.m. to noon. 


Inspections & Sections

If you require an inspector to make an inspection related to a permit or a complaint investigation, you will need to make an appointment. Click on your preferred section below to see a list of inspections conducted and who to call. 


Programs & Initiatives

The Department of Neighborhood Services offers a variety of programs to assist homeowners, renters, landlords and community groups to improve both properties and neighborhoods.


Property & Neighborhood Information

DNS and the City of Milwaukee offer a variety of resources, incentives and information to help residents research or improve their properties.

City of Milwaukee  

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841 N Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202
First Floor

Lake Tower
4001 S 6th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53221

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DNS Commissioner Erica Lewandowski  


Erica Lewandowski

Phone: (414) 286-2543
Fax: (414) 286-5095

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Landlord Training-Anderson Lake Tower, 3rd Floor

12-11-20199:00 AM  - 3:00 PMAnderson Lake Tower-3rd Floor, 4001 S 6th St, Milwaukee, WI

Rent for Success-Central Library, Community Room

01-07-20204:30 PM  - 7:30 PMCentral Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Av, Community Room (80 people max.)

Landlord Training, Lake Tower

01-11-20209:00 AM  - 3:00 PMAnderson Lake Tower, 4001 S 6th St-3rd Floor. Parking available around the building, on the street and in the lots east of 6th Street. Enter from the east entrance.

Rent for Success-Atkinson Library, Community Room

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Rent for Success-Center St Library, Community Room

02-04-20204:30 PM  - 7:30 PMCenter Street Library, 2727 W Fond du Lac Av., in the Community Room (80 people max)

Free Landlord Training Program, Lake Tower

02-19-20209:00 AM  - 3:00 PMAnderson Lake Tower, 4001 S 6th Street-3rd Floor, take elevator or stairs

Rent for Success-Villard Square Library, Community Room

02-22-202010:30 AM  - 1:30 PMVillard Square Library, 5190 North 35th St, in the Community Room (60 people max.)

Rent for Success-Mill Road/Good Hope Library, Community Room

03-05-20201:30 PM  - 4:30 PMGood Hope Library, 7717 W Good Hope Rd, in the Community Room

Rent for Success-Washington Park Library, Community Room

03-21-202010:30 AM  - 1:30 PMWashington Park Library-Community Room (2nd Floor), 2121 N Sherman Bl