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Explore the Housing Help tool to find housing resources you can use if you're a homebuyer, homeowner or investor.  

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.

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Don't let illegal dumping ruin your neighborhood.


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


Rent For Success Program

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


Check the schedule for sessions held at Milwaukee Public Library branches or book a private session for your group.

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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.

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Milwaukee, WI 53202
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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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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.)

Landlord Training-Lake Tower, Tuesday

03-10-20209:00 AM  - 3:00 PMAnderson Lake Tower, 4001 S 6th St-3rd Floor Conference Room. There is parking on the street and in the lots east of 6th Street (as it is a workday, there is minimal parking in the tower lot).

Landlord Training-Washington Park Library, Wednesday

03-18-20201:30 PM  - 7:30 PMWashington Park Library in the Finney Community Room (2nd Floor). There is parking in the library lot, and on the street.

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

Landlord Training-Lake Tower, Saturday

03-28-20209:00 AM  - 3:00 PMAnderson Lake Tower-3rd-floor Conference Room. As it is Saturday, here is ample parking all-around-the-building, on the street, and in the lots east of 6th St.

Rent for Success-Martin Luther King Library, Community Room

04-04-202010:30 AM  - 1:30 PMMartin Luther King Library, 310 W Locust St-Community Room 1, 50 max

Landlord Training-Mitchell Street Library, Community Room, Monday

04-06-20201:30 PM  - 7:30 PMMitchell Street Library, Community Room, 906 W Historic Mitchell Street. There is parking on the street and in the parking lot north of the library.

Rent for Success-Bay View Library, Community Room

04-18-202010:30 AM  - 1:30 PMBay View Library, 2566 S Kinnickinnic Av-Community Room

Landlord Training, Lake Tower, Saturday

04-25-20209:00 AM  - 3:00 PMAnderson Lake Tower, 4001 S 6th St-3rd Floor Classroom.

Rent for Success-Capitol Library, Community Room

05-05-20204:30 PM  - 7:30 PMCapitol Library-Community Room, 3969 N 74th St

Landlord Training, Villard Square Library, Wednesday

05-06-20201:30 PM  - 7:30 PMVillard Square Library, 5190 N 35th St-Community Room.

Rent for Success-Tippecanoe Library, Community Room

05-19-20204:30 PM  - 7:30 PMTippecanoe Library, 3912 S Howell Av

Rent for Success-East Library, Community Room

05-28-20201:30 PM  - 4:30 PMEast Library-Community Room, 2320 N Cramer St

Landlord Training, East Library, Saturday

05-30-202010:30 AM  - 4:30 PMEast Library-Ellipse Room, 2320 N Cramer St

Rent for Success-Zablocki Library, Community Room

06-09-20204:30 PM  - 7:30 PMZablocki Library-Community Room, 3501 W Oklahoma Av

Landlord Training, Lake Tower, Tuesday

06-11-20209:00 AM  - 3:00 PMAnderson Lake Tower: 3rd-Floor Classroom, 4001 S 6th St

Rent for Success-Mitchell Street Library, Community Room

06-25-20201:30 PM  - 4:30 PMMitchell Street Library-Community Room, 906 W Historic Mitchell Street

Landlord Training, Bay View Library-Community Room, Tuesday

06-30-20201:30 PM  - 7:30 PMBay View Library-Community Room, 2566 S Kinnickinnic Av, Milwaukee, WI