Inspection Services

Department of Inspection Services


W. Scott Satula
Director of Inspection Services and
Community Development
Ext. 3107

Erin Scharf
Permit Clerk
Ext. 3109

Bob Premo
Assistant Building Inspector
Ext. 3112

Bill Schaeffler
Electrical Inspector
Greendale Village Hall
6500 Northway 
Greendale, WI 53129 
(Map and Directions)

Telephone: (414) 423-2100 
Fax: (414) 423-2107 

Office Hours:
Weekdays: 8 - 9:30 a.m. and
3:30 - 4:30 p.m



Design Guidelines for your Original Home


Building Board Guidelines

The Department of Inspection Services and Community Development is responsible for the administration and enforcement of Building, Heating, Plumbing, Electrical, Zoning and Housing Codes. The primary purpose of these codes is to protect the health and safety of all occupants in the built environment. The Department also reviews and processes all applications for new development projects in the Village.

To view your property boundaries click on the link to the right (once the map opens, zoom to Greendale, find your street and change the bottom left corner of the map form the basemaps to aerial photo):

Certified surveys or finding your stakes are acceptable for submitting plats for fences, decks, pools, sheds, etc.


For scheduling of inspections and emailing of permits please contact Erin Scharf (contact info on left). We employ part-time Electrical inspectors. One is certified for Residential and the other is certified for both Residential and Commercial. We will do our best to accommodate your project. Please call in all inspections at once; Building, Heating, Plumbing and Electrical, so that we maximize our trip to the job site.


The Online Building Permit System was developed by the DSPS to allow municipalities to gain compliance with 2015 Act 211. The owner, builder, or agents shall complete the application form and the Online Building Permit System will route it to the enforcing jurisdiction. Permit application data is used for statewide statistics on new one and two family dwellings, as well as for local code administration.

Applicants must still submit all required plans and data directly to the Village of Greendale as well. The plans, data and permit must be reviewed, and the approved permit fee must be paid before the permit is considered an issued permit.

To file a building permit for a new one & two family dwelling, access the Electronic Building Permit System provided by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.


The Department of Inspection Services will be utilizing Fire Safety Consultants, Inc., for plan review and inspections for projects with 20 or more sprinkler heads or alarm devices.  Please click on the link below to learn more about the process and how it applies to your next project. 

Fire Protection Plan Review FAQ's

The Department will also begin enforcing the New Statewide Uniform Deck Construction Regulations.  Please click on the links below for more detailed information.

Appendix B
Appendix C
Why get a permit?
Although property owners are required by ordinance to obtain a permit for certain items, there are several benefits to doing home improvement projects with a permit. The primary benefit is that a permit in-hand brings you the services of the Village Building, Heating, Plumbing & Electrical Inspectors. The Inspector approves each phase of the construction process ensuring that all work is done properly according to local and State Codes. Remember that codes are generally minimum standards that are necessary to protect you and your property.

Remember: if you are touching rough construction on a remodel (bathroom or kitchen) you must obtain a permit. This would include eliminating soffits or non-load bearing or load bearing walls. If you are eliminating walls, the inspector will require the contractor to provide proper calculations.

The biggest investment most people will ever make is when they buy or build a home.  Homes represent security; places where people will live, raise their families, and share life with others.

Whether you own or rent a home, following the building code during construction or remodeling can help protect your health and safety, and your investment as well.

Modern building codes reflect research from experts to help ensure every phase of construction is done correctly.  In addition to helping make your home safe, building codes can also help make your home more energy efficient, use less water, and conserve resources.

If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by the State and the Village, the value of your investment could be reduced.  If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modifications without a permit, you may experience delays in the sale.  A property owner who can show that code requirements were met – as demonstrated by a code official’s records – has a strong ally if questions arise about construction quality.

By following code parameters, the completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends, or future owners.  Plus you’ll benefit from the best energy efficiency construction techniques that will continue to pay you back for the life of your home.  It’s a smart investment to build to the latest codes.
How do I apply for a permit?
Permit applications are available here, the Village Clerk's office or the Department of Inspection Services. For smaller jobs, it is only necessary to fill out a permit application and pay the fee. For large projects, such as an addition, copies of the construction plans and survey must accompany the application. For specific submittal details for your project, contact the Department of Inspection Services. Informational handouts for decks, sheds, fences, and pools are also available on the website or at Village Hall.
How much does a permit cost?
Permit fees for more common projects such as re roofing, siding/trim, decks, sheds and fences range in cost between $50 to $80. Fees for general remodeling are charged according to the value of the project plus plan examination fees. If you are contemplating doing a remodeling project or an addition, please call for a more detailed explanation of the submittal requirements and permit fee charges.
Can I pay my permit fee online?
Yes, the Village of Greendale accepts online payments for citations, invoices, licenses, permits property taxes and water/sewer bills. Please click here for more information.