At some point due to neglect or age, buildings fall into a state of disrepair and someone has to take care of the problem. If the owner fails to act, dangerous and unsound structures are demolished by the City and typically costs are added to the property tax bill. This not only protects the neighbors, but helps protect property values and removes a blighting condition.
The demolition process is lengthy to protect all property interests, averaging from six months to a year. Only under immediate risk to other people or property is a building demolished within a few days.
Permits are required for the demolition of a structure and are obtained from the DNS Office at 841 N Broadway, Room 105. Only bonded and insured wrecking contractors can obtain a permit. Call the Condemnation Section for details at (414) 286-2557. To learn more, read our Demo Raze Permit Packet.
If you're interested in learning more about deconstruction, check out our presentation! This PDF inccludes tips, basic information, and photos of deconstruction done in the City of Milwaukee
Find the list of active and past bids using the link above.
Read more about a 113-year old newspaper found at 35th and Center during demolition.