Welcome! The Inspection Department provides a number of diversified services to the Village, its citizens, and businesses. Our goal is to provide a safe living and working environment, through inspections, that assures building code compliance and provide zoning enforcement to maintain the Village’s property values. The Village is comprised of single family dwellings, apartment complexes, condominium complexes, two business parks, an industrial park, shopping centers and many other businesses and food establishments. Our concerns are with the life safety issues that present themselves during various construction activities that take place in the homes and businesses in the Village by adopting and implementing the State of Wisconsin building, plumbing, and electrical codes, as well as our own building, occupancy, sign, housing and zoning codes. Permits are issued to keep track of the work that is being done and to ensure that it is inspected and meets the minimum standards of the codes. Permit fees pay for the inspections and record keeping functions of the department. Our own Village buildings must also be maintained at the highest level possible for the greatest value of the tax dollar. This department directs the everyday maintenance and custodial operations as well as long-term capital building improvements and major repairs. Well-maintained public buildings provide good working conditions for the Village of Brown Deer staff and a pleasant environment for our citizens to conduct their business while visiting these facilities. This department also provides staff support to the Architectural Building Board and the Board of Appeals. STAFF:
- Building/Plumbing Inspector: Kirk Radtke
- Commercial Electrical Inspector: Jon Fischer
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SERVICES AND PROGRAMS
Building Permit Fees
- The Building Permit Application is available by clicking here. You should then contact the Department to find out if any plans or documentation is required to be submitted along with the Application, as well as to determine the appropriate fee for your permit.
- Click here to view the current permit fee schedule. You may also visit the Building Inspection Department to pick up an application.
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Contractor License Requirement
- All contractors working within the Village of Brown Deer, must carry a current Wisconsin State issued contractors license.
- If you are doing any digging in Wisconsin, state law requires you to notify Diggers Hotline of your intent to work, and to allow for 3 working days prior notice before digging. Diggers Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!
- If you should need to notify Diggers Hotline of your intent to dig, call: Milwaukee Area (414) 259-1181 Toll Free (800) 242-8511 Hearing Impaired (TDD) (800) 542-2289
- Diggers Hotline is available over the internet at www.diggershotline.com.
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- The Electrical Permit Application is available by clicking here. You should then contact the Department to find out if any plans or documentation is required to be submitted along with the Application, as well as to determine the appropriate fee for your permit. You may also visit the Building Inspection Department to pick up an application.
- The Fence guidelines is available by clicking here.
- The Building permit Application is available by clicking here.
- Permit Required:
- No fence shall be constructed within the Village of Brown Deer without first obtaining a building permit from the Building Inspection Department.
- Your fence location and construction details must be confirmed with the Building Inspection Department before the fence may be constructed. Indicate on a copy of your plat survey where the proposed fencing will be located. Bring information about your choice of fencing when you apply for your permit, i.e. type, height, etc.
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Garage/Rummage Sale Guidelines
- The Garage/Rummage Sale Guidelines are available by clicking here.
(1) Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- (a) Personal property. Property which is owned, utilized and maintained and acquired in the normal course of living in or maintaining a residence. It does not include merchandise which was purchased for resale or obtained on consignment.
- (b) Rummage sale. Includes all general sales, open to the public, conducted from or on a residential premises, including but not limited to all sales titled “rummage”, “lawn”, “yard”, “estate”, “porch”, “room”, “backyard”, “patio”, or “garage”, sale.
(2) Property permitted to be sold. It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or offer for sale at a rummage sale property other than personal property. Unless otherwise permitted specifically in the regulations for the zoning district, rummage sales are permitted only in residential zoning districts.
(3) Permit. A person offering property for sale at a rummage sale, and conducting such sale at or upon a residential property, shall notify the village clerk, and shall conduct such sale subject to subsections (4), (5), (6), and (7) as hereinafter set forth.
(4) Hours and place of operation. Rummage sales shall be conducted only between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. No more than three rummage sales in one calendar year may be conducted from any premises. Each sale may last no longer than three consecutive days and must be conducted on the seller’s property.
(5) Signs. Signs for “rummage sale,” “garage sale” or similar signs shall be subject to the sign regulations set forth in section 121-327 of the Village of Brown Deer Code.
(6) Removal of signs. All signs, no matter where placed, must be removed within 24 hours of the close of the rummage sale.
(7) Penalty. Any person who violates or fails to comply with any provision of this section shall be subject to the provisions of section 1-7 of the Brown Deer Code. (Prior Code, § 22-1-1.01; Ord. of 9-20-1954, § 22-1-1.01; Ord. No. 13-05, § I, 9-16-2013) There are state laws and village ordinances governing the posting of advertisements and signs. Wisconsin state law, Statute 84.30, prohibits the posting of advertisements within the right of way of state highways that receive any type of federal funding, such as West Brown Deer Road and North Green Bay Roads. “Right of Way” is an area of land over which people and goods have a right to pass. Right of ways are governmentally owned and they typically extend beyond a road surface and feature utilities and other improvements. In Brown Deer, improvements in the right of way often include ditches, sidewalks, light poles, and utility poles. However, signs can be posted on private property alongside those roads, with the permission of the owner of the property.
- The Village Code of Ordinances, Chapter 121, Article IX also prohibits such signs within any village owned right of way, but allows signs on private property alongside these roads, with the permission of the owner of the property. Village ordinance further prohibits the placement of signs on any tree or living vegetation and on utility poles with the owner’s written permission. This information must then be filed with the Village Clerk. Utility companies normally do not grant permission for such postings. Village Code Chapter 121 Sec. 121-327(2). The Police or Public Works Departments, at the direction of the Village Manager, could potentially remove any signs found in violation of Village Ordinances and the sign owner is possibly subject to a fine.
- A Right of Way Application is available by clicking here,
- The HVAC permit Application is available by clicking here. You should then contact the Department to find out if any plans or documentation is required to be submitted along with the Application. You may also visit the Building Inspection Department to pick up an application.
- Occupancy Certificates are required for any business or new home construction. The application for an occupancy inspection can be found here. Below is a list of requirements that are designated by the Village Code of Ordinances regarding Home Occupations.
The Occupancy Certificate Application is available by clicking here.
- Village Code Chapter 121, Sec. 121-155 Home Occupation Requirements
A. Permitted home occupations in all residential districts shall be any business or occupation carried on by a member of the immediate family residing within the dwelling in connection with which:
- The home occupation is incidental and secondary to the use of the dwelling for dwelling purposes and does not occupy more than one-fourth (25%) of the floor area of a story, cellar or accessory structure;
- There are no signs, display or activity that will indicate from the exterior that the building is being used, in part, for any purpose other than that of a dwelling, except one sign, not more than two square feet in area, as regulated in Article IX;
- There are no commodities sold, or services rendered that require receipt or deliver of merchandise, goods or equipment by other than a passenger motor vehicle or by U.S. letter carrier mail service;
- There is no person other than one additional member of the immediate family residing on the premises employed or otherwise engaged in the home occupation;
- All activity, including storage, is conducted completely within the dwelling unit, attached garage or detached garage;
- There are no special structural alterations, or construction features to the dwelling, attached garage or detached garage nor the installation of special equipment attached to walls, floors or ceilings;
- There is no perceptible noise, odor, smoke, electrical interference or vibration emanating from the structure;
- There is no more than one customer or client on the premises at the same time; and
- There is no activity between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
B. The only modification to the standards in A above shall be those specified as conditional permitted uses within the regulations of a residential district. Please write a letter stating the type of business, hours of operation and a brief description of the business. Note in the letter that you have read the Village Code regulations pertaining to home occupations and that you agree to abide by these regulations. The letter may be dropped off or sent to: Village of Brown Deer Building Inspection Department 4800 W. Green Brook Drive Brown Deer, WI 53223
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Plumbing Permit Fees
- The Plumbing Permit Application is available by clicking here. You should then contact the Department to find out if any plans or documentation is required to be submitted along with the Application, as well as to determine the appropriate fee for your permit. Click here to view the permit fee schedule. You may also visit the Building Inspection Department to pick up an application
- A Commercial Sign/Banner Permit Application and submittal guidelines are available by clicking here.
- Permits are required for parties wishing to put up various types of signs in the Village. The permit fee schedule is included on the application. The Applicant is required to comply with applicable requirements of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, the Rules of the Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations, and the Graphic Ordinance of the Village of Brown Deer.
- Signs may be subject to the review and approval of the Building Board. Landscaping features may be reviewed and required by the Village Beautification Committee.
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Storage Shed and Greenhouse Guidelines
- The Storage Shed guideline is available by clicking here.
- The Greenhouse guideline is available by clicking here.
- A Building Permit Application is available by clicking here.
- The regulations for swimming pools and spa installations is outlined in Chapter 105, Article VIII of the Brown Deer Village Code, which is available by clicking here.
- A Building Permit Application is required for a swimming pool. It is available by clicking here.