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On this page you will find information on:

  • Where to obtain a permit
  • Who needs a permit
  • What licenses are required to pull a permit
  • Type of permit to request.

Please note: No person may perform lead abatement work unless they obtain a lead hazard reduction project permit. Permit holders must follow the interior and exterior lead hazard site preparation and reduction standardsObtaining the appropriate certification can be found here.

Who needs a permit?

Any contractor performing lead abatement in the city of Milwaukee, or receiving funds for lead abatement work from either our program or another city program as specified in the scope of work.

What Licenses Are Required to Pull a Permit?

Three of the following licenses are required for all permit types:

Please note that all the above licenses must be registered to the same person. If they do not belong to the same person, you must request and complete a sign-off sheet from our program before you can be issued a permit.

What Type of Permit do I Request?

There are 3 basic types of permits to select from. Please request the appropriate one:

  • Base Permit: Any abatement that is 100% funded by the owner
  • HUD Permit: Any abatement work funded by the Home Environmental Health Program
  • NIDC/NIP/NSP: Any abatement work funded by another city agency

​​Find a permit

Apply for a Permit

Permits can be requested online at the City of Milwaukee’s Online Permit Center.

Please note that first-time users will need to register. Once registered, you can request your Lead Abatement Permits by accessing the Building Module: Lead Abatement

Additional Resources Can Be Found:

Visit the Online Permit Center

For Landlords:

If you are a landlord, and doing work on your properties, please check the State’s website to determine if you need a permit. You would not need one from the City of Milwaukee. 

You can also contact the Environmental Health program for additional information on permits. 

Contact by Phone

General Guidelines When Pulling a Permit:

  • All permits must be pulled at least 3 full business days before the actual start date

  • Only the onsite supervisor can pull the permit

  • When selecting the type of work (interior, exterior) mark only the box(s) that you plan to complete during the duration of the permit you are applying for. Do not mark both boxes unless you plan to complete both those items in that time frame.

  • You may request as many permits as you need to complete an address and may request interior or exterior-only permits if that applies.

  • Permits are generally valid for 10 business days for the type of work specified. Weekend and recognized City holiday work is NOT allowed without prior approval from the program manager as all work must be monitored.

  • If you have not completed the work in 10 business days and need to request an extension, fill out a new permit request BEFORE the last day listed on your current permit. You will be issued a NEW permit to continue work and waive the 3-day waiting rule.

  • If a permit expires (beyond the last day listed on the permit) you will need to request a new permit but will need to follow the 3-day wait rule before work can resume.

  • You may only have 3 open permits at a time. Permits are considered closed when clearance wipes are taken and turned in by the inspector.

  • You must provide a valid email address for your permit to be sent. 

  • The Notification of Lead-Based Paint Activity must be signed by the onsite supervisor

  • You must have an onsite supervisor present and onsite anytime work is occurring

  • Permits are not considered valid until approved by our program staff

  • The application must be filled out completely and accurately or the request will be rejected. This included listing all the supervisors/workers who will be on the job site while work is being done.

  • By pulling a permit you agree to follow all safety standards and protocols set forth by the City of Milwaukee, State of Wisconsin, and HUD and understand that a certified inspector will monitor your activities to ensure safe standards are being met daily.


Contact Us

 Zeidler Municipal Building, Room 118, Milwaukee, WI 53202 




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