Property Maintenance

The Inspection Services Department promotes healthy neighborhoods through enforcement activities that focus on both residential and commercial properties throughout the village. The objective of the department is to enforce building, maintenance and health codes as they pertain to property upkeep and the elimination of health hazards caused by the presence of garbage or other adverse exterior conditions. The Property Maintenance Department is responsible for local laws and codes, for the purpose of securing the public safety, health, and general welfare. The local laws include the Village of West Milwaukee Municipal Code.

The basic process for enforcement actions is as follows:

  1. Observation of the violation
  2. Notice of Violation (NOV) is delivered to the property owner
  3. If the violation is not corrected by the due date stated in the N.O.V., then a citation to appear in Municipal Court is issued. Each day that a violation continues is considered a separate offense and the Municipal Court may levy a fine for each offense. If the violation is not corrected, the Village may be forced to take action to abate the violation by having the rubbish removed, the grass cut, towing vehicles, etc. and then take legal action to recover associated costs.

Please contact the Property Maintenance Department at (414) 645-1530, Extension 129 with any questions. You may also email joseph.vanderlinden@westmilwaukee.org or scott.gregory@westmilwaukee.org. Office hours vary, but for immediate assistance, please call the Clerk/Treasurer’s department at (414) 645-1530, Extension 0. 

 

Extension Request Form

 

Most common property maintenance violations in the Village of West Milwaukee:

  1. Garbage and Rubbish Chapter 14 – Article VIII – Division 1
  2. High Grass and Weeds Chapter 90 – Article IV Grasses
  3. Inoperable and/or Unlicensed Motor Vehicles Chapter 82 – Article 2
  4. Parking on Lawn Chapter 98 –  Section 98-93
  5. Exterior Building Requirements Chapter 14 – Article VII  

Garbage and Rubbish

All premises, exterior property and interior of every structure shall be free from accumulation of rubbish or garbage. Rubbish and garbage shall be disposed of in a clean and sanitary manner by being placed in an approved container. The owner of the property is responsible for providing approved containers. Complying with the above conditions should help curtail infestation of rodents, other animals, insects, and rodent harborage.

High Grass and High Weeds

All premises, including vacant lots, shall be maintained free from weeds, grass and plant growth in excess of six (6) inches in height. This does not include trees, shrubs or cultivated (loosened soil around growing plants) flowers or gardens. Keeping the property free of high grass and high weeds will help curb rodent harborage.

Inoperable and/or unlicensed motor vehicle

No inoperable or unlicensed motor vehicle shall not be kept on any premises and no vehicle shall be on the premises in a state of major disrepair. Inoperable and unlicensed motor vehicles are attractive nuisances for children and can provide harborage for rodents. Indicators of an inoperable vehicle are: inoperable under its own power; without one or more wheels; without inflated tires; and more than one window broken.

Parking a motor vehicle on the front lawn

No vehicle should be parked on the front yard/lawn unless the vehicle is parked on an approved driveway or parking pad.

Exterior Building Requirements

The village board finds that there exists, and may in the future exist, within the village buildings or structures that are likely to affect, by reason of their maintenance or lack of maintenance, the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of this village. To prevent or correct the existence of such adverse conditions and to achieve and maintain such levels of building environmental quality as will protect and promote health, safety and general welfare, it is declared that there is a need for the establishment of certain standards relating to the maintenance and repair of buildings, structures and surrounding areas. It is further declared that failure to maintain buildings or other structures in a reasonable state of repair or to keep the exterior of buildings in a reasonably attractive condition affects the value of other properties in the area, and adversely affects the environment and living conditions in the area, and that each of these conditions creates a public nuisance.