Department of Inspection Services

The Village of Greendale Inspection Services Department is responsible for issuing and maintaining records for Commercial and Residential permits, Zoning and Code Enforcement. We have one full-time inspector on staff and one part-time Permit Clerk. It is our duty to enforce state and local laws and ordinances to protect the safety, health and wellness of the public and its buildings.

For inspection requests call Brian Juarez, (information to left) at LEAST 2 BUSINESS DAYS prior to the time you wish to have the inspection. Inspections will not be performed the same day. The permit must be processed before work can start and you call for an inspection.

Please allow 5 business days for permits to be processed and returned to you. You can check the status of your permit and download a copy under permit inquiry. Do not call to inquire or for an inspection until the emailed copy of the permit is sent to the contractor!

Commercial Plan review can take up to 10 days.

Permit Applications/Plans can be emailed to Brian Juarez (information to left). Please make sure the permit application is complete and signed. A payment can be made online by clicking
here. Your receipt must accompany the permit/plans. Current permit fee amounts can be found on the Village Fee Schedule, located on the  Document Center webpage.

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.

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.

For Code Enforcement Issues, please contact:

Kevin Stowe
Code Enforcement Officer
Ext. 3112

Property owners who receive a property code violation notice will be given a period of time to bring the property into compliance. Please note that income-qualified homeowners may be eligible for low-interest loans for property maintenance work through the Milwaukee County Home Repair program - click here to view a brochure.


 Design Guidelines for your Original Home

-No permit required
-Shall not be parked in the street at anytime and cannot block sidewalks
-Time-frame (duration of project or move-in/out)
-When full they shall be removed