Electrical Permit

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An electrical permit is required to install any fixture, circuit, device, appliance or component, or to alter any aspect of the electrical system. A licensed electrical contractor must perform all electrical work. EXCEPTION: A homeowner (who resides at the property) may replace switches, receptacles, fixtures and appliances without a permit provided that no alteration to the existing electrical system is needed. Permits are not required to repair fixtures and appliances.

Permit Fee

Fees are charged to offset the cost of providing inspection services. The City of Wauwatosa's permit fees are one of the lowest in the Milwaukee metro area. The inspection fee is usually a cost per unit or a flat fee.

Application Process

To apply, submit a completed electrical permit application form and the permit fee to the Building and Safety Division. Make checks payable to the City of Wauwatosa.


For more information, please email the Building & Safety Division or call (414) 479-8907.

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