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Construction Inspection Process

How to request a building inspection

This page is to help you obtain building inspections by DNS on permitted work. We want to provide timely inspections for your building project. These steps should insure you the best service we can provide.

To allow us to schedule our time more efficiently, inspectors establish their own schedules in order to minimize travel time from one site to another. The clerical staff cannot set appointment times, but can give general information. Inspectors are generally available by phone from 7:30 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.

A. To request an inspection, call your inspector directly. If you do not know who your inspector is, call the Construction Section at 286-2513.

  • Footings and foundation inspections are usually done that day
  • Final inspections are typically done in 48 hours or less
  • Stay in contact with the inspector if some time-critical inspection is due

B. You (or your agent) need not be present for the inspection so long as:

  • The area is accessible (i.e., no locked gates, mean dogs etc.)
  • The area is not occupied (i.e., backyard or new house construction with no personal property present)
  • The permit and approved plans are on site and available to the inspector
  • You have spoken with your inspector and secured his understanding of the circumstance

C. You need to be present if an inspection is required inside your occupied building:

  • You may authorize a friend or neighbor to escort the inspector
  • Please make arrangements with your inspector in advance


City of Milwaukee Department of Administration Director Sharon Robinson 

 Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

 Zeidler Municipal Building, 841 N. Broadway, 10th Floor Milwaukee, WI 53202



Construction Section

View district map of Construction Inspectors

David Rhodes, Bldg. Cons. Inspection Supervisor, 286-2535 

Mark Gardetto, Fire Systems Engineer, 286-3827

Tonja Richardson, Office Assistant, 286-2513

Construction Inspectors

Todd Anderson, 286-2519

Victor Drake, 286-5817

Lorie Gallup, 286-2520

Bob McInnes, 286-2518

Peter Rafalski, 286-5982

Joel Trotter, 286-2553

Paul Wolfgramm, 286-2590

John Yarcho, 286-2842

Boiler Inspectors

Stephen Hibbeler, 286-8001

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