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Permit & Development Center

The Land Management System (LMS) provides citizens, businesses, and visitors access to government services online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Use LMS to schedule inspections online (NEW!), review status updates, upload drawings and plans electronically, pay online after all regulatory or reviews have been met, and more.

LMS Resources and Info:

NEW! QLess Online Check-In allows users to check in for service at the Permit & Development Center to avoid waiting in line. Enter your name, mobile phone number and desired services to check in. You will then receive a text alert with the estimated service time. Follow the prompts to receive status updates (S), to leave the queue (L), to request more time (M), or to get help (H).

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Building in the City of Milwaukee

The City of Milwaukee adopts the the State of Wisconsin Building Code for Residential and Commercial Structures. A copy of this code is available electronically on the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) website.

Applying for building permits?

Please be aware of charges from the Assessor. Information on the Property Record Maintenance Charge.

The Permit & Development Center is located at 809 N. Broadway, first floor. 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.

Parking is available at reduced rates (5 hour limit) at the Milwaukee Center on the southwest corner of E. Kilbourn and N. Water St. Parking tickets must be validated at the first floor Information Booth in City Hall, 200 E. Water St. View additional parking info. 

All appeal matters relating to the zoning code are handled by the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Commercial Building Plan Reviews By Year

2014    2015     2016 to June 1, 2016


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Contact Us

Plan Exam and Permits
809 N. Broadway
First Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202

M, W, TH, F
8am - 4:30pm


(414) 286-8210

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Still not sure if what you are proposing requires a permit or unsure as to what your plan review process entails? Feel free to email us at

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