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Do you have a question about something happening in Wauwatosa? If it is related to your city government, we want to answer your question.
Please submit your question below. We will answer a question each week. We will email a response to you and also post a question and answer here on our website.
Answers to Your Submitted Questions
How early can I claim a spot on North Avenue to watch the parade?
Our Tosa parade is one of the biggest parades in the state, and our goal is to ensure safety and fun for all attendees. You can start to place your chairs at 6 am on the day of the parade. We ask that the responsible person claiming your spot is at least 12 years old. If there are items placed out prior to 6 am, we may collect these items.
I noticed mulch and dirt by Drop Off Center. Is there a charge to purchase?The mulch and dirt at the Drop Off Center is free to Wauwatosa residents. First come, first serve. You can pick it up anytime Monday-Saturday 7:30 am – 4:00pm.
Can moving pods/containers be placed curbside on the street?
Yes – A “Street Occupancy Permit” is required/approved prior to placement of a Storage P.O.D., dumpster, etc.
- The fee is $75 (check payable to “City of Wauwatosa”, cash or credit card).
- Two flashing barricades are required for night-time vision. Barricade Flashing Service (414) 764-1790 can provide if need be.
- Permit is only valid for 7 consecutive days and cannot be renewed.
- You can only place in regular parking areas.
- To obtain permit please call the Engineering Department at (414) 479-8900. A staff member will fill out the permit, and you can pick it up from City Hall.
How often can I hold a rummage sale?You can hold a rummage sale a maximum of three times a year for a maximum duration of three days per occurrence. Read the full ordinance.
What do you accept at the Drop Off Center?
We can accept a range of items: clean fill, such as bricks, dirt, and sod; garbage including furniture and carpeting; recyclable items like appliances and tires; and yard waste.
See the Drop Off Center webpage for a full list of what we accept and what kind of permit you might need.
Are there rules about where I can drain my gutters?
Gutters can be drained onto your yard or to landscape beds specifically designed for storm runoff. If an underground conductor is installed, it needs to be directly connected to the storm sewer. Exception: an approved stormwater management plan may allow you to discharge water to areas other than the city storm sewer.
Can I plant vegetables in my front yard?
No- front yard produce gardening may affect property values in the area. Therefore, it is prohibited within the city of Wauwatosa.
Do I need a permit to raise chickens on my property?Yes- you need to have a chicken keeping permit before purchasing any live chickens. You can raise up to 4 hens, but no roosters. For Chicken permit application and associated permit fees go to our Building and Safety webpage.
How early can I mow my lawn?
You are allowed to mow your lawn any time after 7 a.m. but no later than 10 p.m.
How is the City of Wauwatosa addressing energy efficiency?
There are a number of ways we save on energy costs:
- We purchase is a hybrid sedans which allows us to use electric energy instead of fuel. Note that not every Police-owned sedan is a hybrid because Police vehicles run constantly. We have plans in place to measure the efficiency of our hybrid vehicles to see if Police would consider purchasing hybrid vehicles in the future.
- We are replacing lights in City Hall and the Library with LED fixtures.
- We have an Energy and Recycling Citizen Advisory Committee that meets monthly to explore energy savings opportunities.
- We are exploring solar feasibility on government buildings with grant funding.
How many animals can I have in my household?You are allowed to have a total of three animals over the age of three months in any residence, apartment, yard or property within the city of Wauwatosa.
How tall can my grass be?
All grass should not be taller than 6 inches in height. If you have concern about tall grass or any other property maintenance you can submit a Property Maintenance Service Request Form.
Is it legal to bury sump pump discharge piping in Tosa?
Yes, it is legal to bury sump pump discharge piping. If it is buried, it must be connected to the city storm sewer.
Is the proposed vehicle registration fee being used to balance the budget?
Some people have asked, "Why can't we cut services rather than propose a vehicle registration fee (wheel tax) to balance the budget?" We'd like to clarify: the proposed vehicle registration fee is not a strategy for balancing the city's budget.
The proposed registration fee would cash finance improvements to our infrastructure. If it is passed, we can use cash to finance these projects and save $4.04 million dollars or about $176,000 each year by saving money on interest. If it is not passed, we would pay more to complete the same number of projects. Learn more about the proposed vehicle registration fee.
What should I do with grass clippings?
Grass clippings are not allowed at the Wauwatosa Drop Off Center or in the curbside yard waste collection. You can use one of the following methods to get rid of your grass clippings:
- Use a mulching mower and keep the clippings on the lawn for a soil enhancer.
- Collect and spread the clippings in gardens or flower beds to act as mulch.
- Compost in piles or bin. Compost piles must be located ten feet or more from your house and should not cause odor.
- Use the services of a commercial landscaper or yard keeper to manage grass clippings.
Where can I drain my sump pump?
City ordinance requires all sump pump piping to be installed one foot above the ground and extend a minimum of three but no more than five feet from your home. You can drain water onto your yard, street, or alley as long as it is not creating ponding, icy conditions, or disturbing the public right-of-way.