Residential Code Enforcement
The residential section inspects all residential properties including 1 and 2 family homes, condos and apartments. It enforces the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances on these properties as well as local, state and national fire codes on apartments. It responds to complaints, makes annual fire inspections on apartment buildings and provides support for neighborhood organizations. The companion section to the Residential Section is the Commercial Section which handles commercial buildings.
Inspection Guidelines for Property and Business Owners
Beginning Aug 1st, DNS will resume interior inspections in the residential section. The following procedure will apply to all interior inspections:
- An inspector wearing PPE will call you from outside your residence.
- You must answer the door wearing a mask completely covers your mouth and nose and continue wearing it during the course of the inspection.
- You and the inspector will maintain a separation distance of at least six feet at all times. Other residents will be asked to move to areas of the residence away from the area to be inspected.
- The inspector will not be touching any interior surfaces. Please open all interior doors in order to allow the inspector access.
If you wish to schedule an inspection or contact your district inspector, please contact:
Residential apartment buildings: (414) 286-2268
Commercial uses: (414) 286-3874
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