Plan Review & Approval

Stone building
Landscaping
Corner of a building

The Department of Development performs reviews of alterations to commercial properties and Special Uses throughout West Allis. These reviews promote aesthetically compatible development; promote stability and improvement in property values; avoid congestion and improve circulation; and, promote the long term health, safety, general welfare and happiness of the community.

West Allis Planning Application (PDF)

Overview, Guidelines and Fees

The following Planning Resources provide explanation and guidelines associated with Plan Reviews administered by the Department of Development.

ProcedureOverview/ GuidelinesFee
Site, Landscaping and Architectural Improvements - Level 1Design Guidelines (PDF)Level 1: $100
($0 to $2,000 project costs)
Site, Landscaping and Architectural Improvements - Level 2Site, Landscaping and Architectural Review Process (PDF)$250
($2,001 to  $5,000 project costs)
Site, Landscaping and Architectural Improvements - Level 3Plan Submittal Checklist (PDF)$500
($5,001 plus project costs)
Special Use PermitsSpecial Use Process (PDF)
Site, Landscaping and Architectural Review Process (PDF)
$500
Rezoning and Land Use Map AmendmentsRezoning Process (PDF)
Land Use Map Amendment
$500
Request for Ordinance AmendmentOrdinance Amendment Process$500
Certified Survey MapCSM Process (PDF)$725


Plan Review Application, Procedure & Deadlines

An application to the Plan Commission may be made with the submission of the Planning Application Form (PDF).

Applications for review are due on the final Friday of each month, for consideration by the Plan Commission on the fourth Wednesday of the following month.

Please reference 12.13 of the Online Municipal Code or contact the Department of Development at 414-302-8460 for complete details.

Plan Finalization

Once plans have been reviewed by staff and the Plan Commission, plan revisions and conditions of approval are required to be submitted to the Department of Development for final approval, prior to obtaining the necessary building permits to complete the project. The following forms provide examples for common conditions of approval.

Additional Resources

Information regarding residential improvements (other than new single-family construction) and temporary signage may be obtained from Building Inspections and Neighborhood Services 414-302-8400.

Information regarding businesses licenses may be obtained from the Clerk's Office 414-302-8200.