Occupancy Permit

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An occupancy permit provides quality assurance that a building or part of a building is in substantial compliance with minimum health and safety regulations enforced by the Building & Safety Division. It is unlawful to use or permit the use of any building or premises without first obtaining a certificate of occupancy. A certificate of occupancy is required for all new residential and commercial buildings and any addition, change of use, business, or tenant in a commercial building.

Value of Work Form

If you need both a building and occupancy permit, we ask that you fill out this Value of Work form. This gives us a detailed description of your work. This needs to be completed at the time of the building permit application.

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 fee / inspection charge is usually a flat rate fee depending on the use of the property.

Application Process

Submit a completed occupancy permit application form and the permit fee to the Building & Safety Division. Make check payable to the City of Wauwatosa.


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

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