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Why do I need to get a permit?
A permit is a contractual agreement between the City of Wauwatosa and the homeowner or agent that all work performed will meet or exceed the minimum standards established by the city for life and health safety. If you hire a contractor, they are your agents acting on your behalf.

Building & Safety Division

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1. Why do I need to get a permit?
2. Who is responsible for obtaining any required permits?
3. When do I need to acquire a building permit?
4. What should I do if my contractor did not obtain a permit?
5. Can I do the work myself or must I hire a licensed contractor?
6. If I do not need a permit, may I construct my project however I want?
7. Do I need a permit to construct a basement rec-room?
8. Do I need a permit to construct a fence and are there any requirements?
9. Do I need a permit to re-roof my home?
10. Do I need a permit to re-side my home?
11. Do I need a permit to construct a storage shed?
12. Do I need a permit to replace my water heater?
13. Do I need a permit to replace my windows?
14. I want to remodel my kitchen. What permits will I need?
15. I want to replace the light fixtures on the outside of my home. Do I need an electrical permit?
16. I want to replace the faucet on my kitchen sink. Do I need a plumbing permit?
17. I want to install a new dishwasher. What permit do I need?
18. I want to install a hot tub. What permits do I need?
19. I did work without the required permits. Now I want to sell my house but the real estate condition report indicates I must disclose this information. What are my options?
20. How do I file a property maintenance complaint?
21. My neighbor's yard is a mess. Can the city force them to clean it up?
22. Do I need a permit to discharge my downspouts and/or sump pump to an underground pipe system?
23. Where can I discharge my downspouts and/or sump pump?
24. I still have questions... whom shall I call?

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