Environmental Health

The Department of Environmental Health protects the health, safety, and consumer rights of those who live, work or visit in West Allis. By conducting inspections of food service establishments and events, tattoo and body art facilities, and establishments that sell items by weight, the Division promotes safe practices, prevents the potential spread of disease, and assures that consumers receive the amount of goods they pay for.

Food Safety & Inspection

The food inspection program conducts annual and periodic inspections of food service establishments, mobile vendors, and temporary events. Specialists also provide food safety training and consultations, review plans and conduct pre-occupancy inspections. 

New Wisconsin Food Code in Effect 10-25-2020

Wisconsin has an updated food code. The WI Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection has published a series of webinars and fact sheets to provide information about the updated food code. In addition you can register for Q&A Webinars from the above link.

  • Food Inspection Reports
  • Food Safety for Business
  • Food Safety for Individuals
  • Opening a Food Business
  • Mobile Food Establishments
  • Temporary Events
  • Farmers Markets

Operator Newsletters

Newsletters are sent out to operators with pertinent information quarterly throughout the year. 

Bed & Breakfast Establishments

A Bed & Breakfast Establishment is defined as any place of lodging that provides 8 or fewer rooms for rent to no more than a total of 20 tourists for more than 10 nights in a 12-month period, is the owner’s personal residence, is occupied by the owner at the time of rental, and in which the only meal served to guests is breakfast. 

  • Regulations 
  • Licensing 

Tattoos & Body Piercing 

Inspectors work to decrease the risk of bloodborne pathogens such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, or HIV from tattoo or body art practices, inspections are conducted to assure that tattoo, permanent makeup, and/or body piercings are done in a sanitary and sterile manner. 

  • Regulations
  • Licensing 

Weights & Measures

The Weights & Measures Program works to protect West Allis consumers pocketbooks by monitoring retail businesses to assure that devices such as scales and scanners are accurately determining the price of goods sold by weight and gas meters are dispensing the correct volume

  • Retail Protection


The pool owner is responsible to replace expired drain/equalizer covers and keep a log and any supporting documents on site for your health inspector to review. Expired drain covers must be replaced with the same manufacturer and model. Make sure to inspect the entire device: frames, sump, screws, plaster rings, and spacers. Do not reuse old screws.

Hotels, Motels & Tourist Rooming Houses

Hotels: provide sleeping accommodations for pay to transients in 5 or more rooms.
Motels: hotels that provide on premise parking for motor vehicles of guests and that requests to be identified as a “motel” rather than a “hotel”.
Tourist Rooming Houses: all lodging places and tourist cabins and cottages, other than hotels and motels, in which sleeping accommodations are offered for pay to tourists or transients.

Bed Bugs 

Bed bugs are small wingless insects that feed by hematophagy - exclusively on the blood of warm blooded-animals. The most effective way to control bed bugs in your home is through a combination of chemical measures and heat treatments applied by a Pest Management Professional (PMP). Unfortunately, the service of a PMP can be costly. So we are providing information on how to control a bed bug infestation on your own. Find tips on how to prevent and get rid of bed bugs.


Campground sites are provided for overnight sleeping accommodations for not more than 8 continuous months in any 12 month period.

Environmental Health also investigates the following:

  • Asbestos hazards
  • Housing complaints
  • Human or animal rabies exposure
  • Lead based paint hazards
  • Nuisance complaints (garbage, odors, noise, pollution, etc)
  • Rodent and insect infestations
  • Other environmental hazards

Environmental Health informs and offers consultation for a variety of environmental health topics such as radon, asbestos, and lead.

Filing a Complaint

complaint.jpgYou can file your complaint in three ways:

Contact the health department at 414-302-8600, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please realize our staff is in the field for portions of the day, it is best to contact them prior to 9:30 a.m, or between 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Email an Environmentalist (see Environmental Health Staff contact information for email listing.)

File a complaint on the city's main website

Please realize that contact information (your name, address, address of complaint, and a phone number) are required, so that we can obtain the appropriate information prior to an investigation of the complaint. Failure to provide the necessary information may delay the investigation findings.

Rodents & Vermin

Norway RatRodents are an increasing nuisance in the world of urban pests; in order to prevent rodents from finding a home on your property we advise the following steps

Eliminate Food Sources

  • Contain garbage in approved containers
  • Don't put recyclables or garbage out too early for pick up
  • If you have bird feeders, make sure they are rodent proof and spilled seed is cleaned up daily
  • Maintain gardens and pick up fallen fruit and produce

Eliminate Water Sources

  • Eliminate standing water
  • Keep bird baths clean and monitor for rodents

Eliminate Harborage (places to live)

  • Compost piles
  • Elevate wood piles
  • Eliminate brush piles
  • Keep Grass and weeds under control
  • Monitor for burrows

For more information click the link below or contact the West Allis Health Department at 414-302-8600.

Rodent Control Factsheet (PDF)

Lead Poisoning & Prevention

lead chips in paintLead exposure in young children can cause reduced IQ and attention span, learning disabilities, developmental delays, and a range of other health and behavioral effects. Most exposures occur in homes or daycares built before 1978 where lead-based paint has deteriorated because of deferred maintenance or where lead hazards have been created through renovation done without using lead-safe work practices- DHS Wisconsin.

Lead-safe renovator certification and company certification is required beginning April 22, 2010. Learn more about Wisconsin's Lead-Safe Renovation Rule, including downloadable facts, guidance documents and a list of training providers of the Lead-Safe Renovator course: visit Wisconsin's Lead program at Wisconsin Lead Program