Building Inspection and neighborhood services

offices closed - inspections and permitting still being scheduled

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Building Inspection and Neighborhood Services offices are currently closed until further notice, but the department is performing inspections and permitting in this manner:

Apply for Permits

To apply for permits, fill out the application found here,  and email all plans and specifications including the application to

When a permit is ready to be picked up, you will be required to drop off the fee in the dropbox at City Hall or at our Customer Service Center which is open from 11:30 am - 4:30 pm.  Your permit will be emailed to you along with plans for the jobsite and your inspection card.

Schedule Inspections

To schedule inspections, call the inspector directly who is listed on your permit or email Residential inspections will only be done via remote live video at this time. Commercial inspections can be done in person, but there can only be 9 or fewer people on the construction site, including the inspector and social distancing of 6 feet must be maintained.

Building Inspection Permits

The City of West Allis is making it easier for homeowners hoping to remodel or families looking to build. The Building Inspection and Neighborhood Services Department just joined Houzz, a popular online community focused on architecture, decorating, landscaping design, and home improvement.

West Allis now has a specific page on Houzz. People can get information about building codes and permits. Users can also check out pictures of current projects in West Allis.

Services Provided

The Building Inspection and Neighborhood Services Department provides for the health, safety and welfare of the community through regulation of building and zoning codes.

The Building Inspection and Neighborhood Services Department provides

The Department of Building Inspection and Neighborhood Services also provides staff support for the Board of Appeals.

Housing Affordability Report

The 2018 Housing Affordability Report required by Wisconsin Statutes sec. 66.10013(2) can be viewed here (PDF).