Facade Ordinances

Ordinance Administration

The Commercial Enforcement division of the Department of Neighborhood Services administers the facade ordinance for the City of Milwaukee. The department is located at 841 North Broadway, First Floor, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202; telephone: 414.286.3874.

The provisions of the facade ordinance are listed in Sec. 275-32-13 of the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances Vol. II, effective August 18, 2001. The facade ordinance begins on page 566 of the code or page 16 of the “Facade Inspection Ordinance CH 275” (PDF). The city also provides a “Facade Code with Commentary” (PDF) and a “Special Notice to Owners of Buildings 5 or More Stories."

Buildings Requiring Inspection

Buildings fifteen (15) years old or greater and that are five (5) stories or greater require inspection. The city provides a “List of Buildings that are Subject to this Ordinance” (PDF). The frequency of inspection is based on the exterior wall construction and is outlined in the ordinance. Inspection by a registered architect or registered structural engineer in Wisconsin is required.


The city Web site provides a “Facade Report Application” (PDF).


The information provided in is general in nature and should not be relied upon as fact. Persons requiring specific information on facade ordinances should contact local authorities or e-mail