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Fences abutting alleys must be set-back 18 inches from the property line. Fences located along a side street of a corner lot require a permit and shall be set back three feet from the property line with landscaping provided in the set back area.
Please note that the City of Wauwatosa defines the front yard as the narrowest portion of the property facing a street regardless of the address or the way the house faces. For additional information or questions please call (414) 479-8907.
For further information, please visit the Property Maintenance page.
Forms must be filled out, and handed in to City Clerk's Office.
Send a letter to the newspaper or advertising company with your name and address on it asking them to refrain from delivering at your house. Specific information regarding the publisher should be inside the publication itself. If delivery continues, please call the Police Department at (414) 471-8430. Code s. 8.28.015 – Scattering Prohibited
The monthly clinic schedule is as follows:
There are three different food licenses: restaurant, retail food, and city food. Any establishment that sells food, whether it is candy and soda or steak and lobster, the establishment needs a license.
View information on licensing food establishments
TB skin tests are also offered by appointment only on the first Tuesday of the month from 4:00 pm-5:30 pm. For times and fees please see TB Skin Testing Clinics.
View information on Sharps Disposal
In order to be considered for a position applications and any supplemental materials must be received by the Human Resources Department by the application deadline. Applicants are to complete an Employment Application using the City's online application system.
It is the responsibility of the candidate to check on the status of their card to see if it is still current.
The time schedule is as follows:
Municipal court will notify the Wisconsin Motor Vehicle Department when the fine is paid, but you are responsible for reinstating your driver's license.
The nearest DMV office is located at: 7301 W. Mill Rd. Milwaukee, WI 53218 Ph: (414) 266-1000
You may also fax a request to (414) 479-8989, or by coming to the court office at the address above. Make sure your request includes the ticket number, your current address, and phone number.
In Wisconsin Smart Growth legislation has been passed that, among other things, requires municipalities to have an updated comprehensive plan in place by 2010.
The Police Front Desk serving the general public is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm.
On Saturday and Sunday the Police Front Desk is open from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
On all holidays, the Police Front Desk closes at 11:00 pm the night prior and reopens at 7:00 am the next regular business day.
The Records Division is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
For more reporting years, see Wauwatosa Police Department Annual Reports
For information on paying parking citations, refer to the "Pay a Parking Citation" section of our Parking information webpage
For information on paying traffic and non-traffic citations, refer to the "Pay Citation" section of our Traffic / Non-Traffic Citations information page
For more information, visit the Wauwatosa Municipal Court page
You can obtain Overnight Parking Permission by calling (414) 471-8430 prior to 3:00 am. Overnight Parking Permission is limited to:
* guests * stalled vehicles * vehicles affected by a construction project which makes off street parking impossible * fifteen (15) nights per vehicle, per year.
Snow EmergencyDuring the time of a declared Snow Emergency, you may not park on any street. You will not receive overnight parking permission and the police department will declare all existing parking permissions null and void.
For more information, see Parking
Please note that if there is a significant delay between the time of the crash and the time you report the crash, the Police Department may direct drivers to self-report the crash to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
For more information, see WI Department of Transportation Crash Reporting
If you lose or find a pet, also call The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission. Their non-emergency phone number is (414) 649-8640. Their emergency phone number is (414) 274-9275. MADACC is responsible for housing stray pets in the Milwaukee area. They are located at 3839 W. Burnham St. in West Milwaukee. MADACC also has a website, which features photos of pets they are holding. Click here for their website: MADACC
An Internet Web site is maintained by the state Department of Corrections. Visitors to the site can identify offenders with searches by name or ZIP code.
Click here for the website: WI Sex Offender Registry
False alarms result in a response by public safety personnel, involve unnecessary expense to the city, increase the risk of injury to persons or damage to property, and dilute the overall public safety protection to the city. Per City Ordinance 7.08.005, persons connected to an alarm system shall pay to the city a charge for false alarms responded to by the police department.
Note: Alarm fees not paid by November 15th will be placed on the property tax bill.
For more information, click here: False Alarm Prevention and Fees
The normal hours for this service are Tuesday through Thursday, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm by appointment only. Printing is done in the police department booking room and there may be instances where you will not be permitted in this room. If so, you may be delayed or have to be rescheduled.
Fees: $15 per card for Wauwatosa residents; $25 per card for non-Wauwatosa residents. To schedule an appointment contact the department at 414-471-8430. A valid photo ID is required.
If your employer requires INK prints, contact the Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Facility at 949 N 9th Street, phone 414-226-7085 Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:30pm. Fee is $5 per card, you must provide your own cards and you must pay for parking.
The City of Wauwatosa begins calculation of the tax rate when three major components are finalized – final overall assessment values, certified tax levies from each taxing jurisdiction and tax credit information from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Only then, can the mill rate calculation be made.
The final Statement of Assessments is not typically completed until mid November.
The tax levies from the individual taxing jurisdictions, which include the State of Wisconsin, Milwaukee County, City of Wauwatosa, MATC, Metro Sewer District and the Wauwatosa School District, are finalized in mid to late November.
The Department of Revenue has a deadline of November 20 to communicate all tax credit and estimated state aid information to the City of Wauwatosa.
Previous rates were:2016 - $23.69*/thousand of assessed value2015 - $23.33*/thousand of assessed value2014 - $23.39*/thousand of assessed value2013 - $23.74*/thousand of assessed value2012 - $22.70*/thousand of assessed value2011 - $21.91*/thousand of assessed value2010 - $21.84*/thousand of assessed value2009 - $21.15*/thousand of assessed value2008 - $20.32*/thousand of assessed value
* These amounts are rounded to the nearest cent.
City Website: Payments can be made using either a credit card or e-check option. Taxpayers can utilize this payment option from Wauwatosa property tax web portal, which is accessible by either clicking either the Property Tax or the Online Bill Pay button on the home page of the website. The taxpayers should follow the on screen instructions to display the tax information page for the property and then click 'Make an Online Payment' button. User fees do apply. Credit card fees are 2.39% of the transaction, while e-checks are $1.50 for a transaction under $10,000 and $5 for a transaction over $10,000. Once the payment process is completed, the taxpayer will receive an e-mail confirmation and the transaction will be displayed on the web portal in pending status with a receipt date equal to the date the transaction was completed.
24 Hour Night Depository: Payments can also be placed in the 24-hour depository located on the southwest end of city hall near the employee entrance. A deposit made prior to midnight will be receipted using that day’s date.
In Person: Payments can be made in person by cash or check during posted business hours. Please bring tax bill so that receipt information can be validated directly onto the bill. As a courtesy to your fellow taxpayers, please have checks prepared prior to appearing at the collection window.
Make a Website Property Tax Payment
Go to the Wauwatosa Property Tax Web Portal
Additionally, the Treasurer's Office can take in-person credit card payments for property taxes during business hours. The same user fees above apply.
Make A Website Payment
Second, it would be extremely cost prohibitive for the City to absorb these fees. If the City were to absorb the 2.39% charge, this would equate to a $239,000 expense for each $10 million in taxes collected. As a reference, the City collects approximately $125 million in property taxes annually. As about 70% of the City budget is funded through property taxes, in essence it is primarily other taxpayers who would be funding this expense. Hence, the fees are passed off to those who utilize the service.
Again, our office strongly urges taxpayers not to use this method, but if the taxpayer does they should know the following:
- the taxpayer's bank will produce and mail a physical check- the taxpayer should not use the PO Box as the address, but rather the 7725 W. North Avenue address so that this physical check gets sent directly to the Treasurer's Office- the taxpayer should allow ample processing and mailing time, a minimum of 5 business days, for the payment to arrive at the Treasurer's Office- finally and most importantly, the payment will be receipted on the day it was received at the Treasurer's Office (not the date it was initiated by the taxpayer on their bank website) - the taxpayer bears responsibiltiy (or entrusts their bank) to ensure timely payment.
Additionally, some of the larger national banks receive Wauwatosa's tax information electronically through a third party vendor, Escrow Pro. The taxpayer can monitor the status of the payment using the Escrow Pro website which is linked to the City website. For a list of participating banks and more information, please access the Escrow Pro section of the City Treasurer webpage. Again, the taxpayer is responsible for knowing the terms and conditions surrounding the payment of the property taxes by their mortgage company.
Once the payment is made, the Wauwatosa Web Portal will reflect the transaction.
Payments received from a private courier such as Fed Ex or UPS are not considered postmarked on the date sent, rather are receipted on the date received by our office.
The 1st installment is calculated by: Take the net tax prior to the lottery credit and first dollar credit, subtract (if applicable) the first dollar credit, add any special assessments (listed as street improvements, sidewalk, alley, resurface work), and multiply by 34%.Take that amount and add any delinquent utility, interest and any other special charges. Subtract (if applicable) the lottery credit.
The 2nd and 3rd installments are calculated by:Take the net tax prior to the lottery credit and first dollar credit, subtract (if applicable) the first dollar credit, add any special assessments (listed as street improvements, sidewalk, alley, resurface work), and multiply by 33%.
The state school tax levy credit provides direct relief to taxpayers by reducing the amount owed on their property tax bills. The school levies credit is allocated to municipalities based on their share of statewide school levies during the previous three years. Municipalities allocate the credit to individual taxpayers in proportion to the taxpayer's share of the municipality's total assessed value.
The first dollar credit is paid to the owner of any real estate parcel on which at least one improvement owned by the land owner is located. The credit equals the school property tax on a certain amount of the value of the improvements. The “credit value” is calculated every year by the Department of Revenue. If the value of the parcel exceeds the “credit value”, a full credit is paid. However, if the value of the parcel is less than the “credit value”, the credit is paid on the actual value of the parcel.
The lottery and gaming credit provides direct property tax relief to homeowners as a credit on their property tax bills. In August 1991, the lottery tax credit was created to distribute most of the lottery's net proceeds to property taxpayers. Beginning with the 1999/00 property tax year, the Legislature amended the law so that the credit would be paid only on primary residences.
Once you receive the lottery credit on your tax bill it will be issued yearly and you do not need to reapply for it. However, if you become ineligible for the lottery credit (for example, if a property is no longer your primary residence), you need to fill out a lottery and gaming credit removal request. This form is located at: http://www.revenue.wi.gov/forms/lottery/lc-400.pdf
Because of the volume of property owners who request reviews, the City Assessor has established a standard process for the reviews. More information on the process can be found on the City Assessor section of the city website.
After July 31st, delinquent taxes should be paid to the Milwaukee County Treasurer, 901 N. 9th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233. The phone number for the Milwaukee County Treasurer is (414) 278-4033.
To gain Overnight Parking permission-Option 1: From a LANDLINE, permission can be obtained by calling 1 (900) 388-2800 prior to 3:00 am. The 900 number is $1.50 per call.Option 2: In addition, you may prefer to call the non-emergency number at (414) 471-8430.
Overnight Parking Permission is limited to: * guests* stalled vehicles* vehicles affected by a construction project which makes off street parking impossible
Overnight parking is available in the Hart Park Lane Parking Area as provided by sec.11.32.300 of the code of the City of Wauwatosa, between 2:00 am and 6:00 am. A parking permit is required. You may purchase this parking permit at the treasurer’s office in City Hall.
Where to purchase:
• Treasurer’s office• Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission office located at 3839 W Burnham St West Milwaukee, WI 53215. • You may apply for licenses online through the MADACC website (www.madacc.com) • Mail in a Pet License Application to MADACC. The City of Wauwatosa does not issue licenses through mail.
For more information, please contact the treasurer’s office at (414) 479-8960.
BOERNER BOTANICAL GARDENSVISITOR CENTERWHITNALL PARK9400 BOERNER DRIVE(414) 525-5601 | phoneWinter: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (Mon. - Fri.)Summer: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm (Sun. - Sat.)
WILSON RECREATIONCENTERWilson Park4001 S. 20th Street(414) 281-6289 | phoneHours: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Sun. - Sat.)
For more information on medication disposal, review the Wauwatosa Health Department's Medical & Needle Disposal Information Page.
Drinking water pipes, in the street, leading to your home, or in your home, may be rusting. Water causing this type of problem is called corrosive. If you are having trouble and your neighbors are not, then your own pipes or water heater probably are rusting. Letting the cold water faucet in your basement run a while will often clear the water. Save the water for plants. If your clothing is stained local grocery or hardware stores have a product called Iron Out which will help in removing the stain.
Once a leak is suspected, its precise location is determined by Water Utility personnel who use sensitive acoustic listening devices to detect the sound of the water leaking underground. Repairing leaking pipes are important to a water supplier because of the potential of damages to other underground utilities and the potential of property damage. Leaking infrastructure wastes water and money.