Inspection Services

Department of Inspection Services


Director of Inspection Services
Ext. 3107

Erin Scharf
Permit Clerk
HVAC (Res.)
Ext. 3109

Bob Premo
Assistant Building Inspector
Bldg, HVAC, Elec (No Com.), & Plbg
Ext. 3112

Bill Schaeffler
Commercial/Residential Electrical Inspector
(schedule as needed)
Greendale Village Hall
6500 Northway 
Greendale, WI 53129 
(Map and Directions)

Telephone: (414) 423-2100 
Fax: (414) 423-2107 

Office Hours:
Weekdays: 8 - 9:30 a.m. and
3:30 - 4:30 p.m



Design Guidelines for your Original Home


Building Board Guidelines

The Village of Greendale Inspection Services Department is responsible for issuing and maintaining records for Commercial and Residential permits, Zoning and Code Enforcement. We have one full-time inspector on staff, one part-time inspector and one full time Permit Clerk. It is our duty to enforce state and local laws and ordinances to protect the safety, health and wellnes of the public and its buildings.

For inspection requests email or call Erin Scharf (information to left) at LEAST 24 HRS. prior to the time you wish to have the inspection. Inspections will not be performed the same day. The permit must be processed before work can start and you call for an inspection. Please allow 5 days for permits to be processed and returned to you. Do not call for inspection until the work is completed!

Commercial Plan reveiw can take up to 10 days.

Permit Applications/Plans can be emailed to Erin Scharf (information to left). Please make sure the permit applciation is complete and signed. A payment can be made online by clicking here. Your receipt must accompany the permit/plans.

Fee Schedule

Click here to view property SURVEY's.
1) zoom into Greendale, all orange outlined parcels have a survey
2) click on parcel
3) the Document information is can be on any page depending on the parcel (arrow over near top-button near top "x"

A survey is required for the following (draw item to scale on :
1) Fences
2) Sheds
3) Decks
4) Pergolas/Gazebos
5) Garages
6) Pools
7) New Homes

To have a survey done, you must contact a professional land surveyor. Below is a link to search by county.

For an Aerial view of your property for finding survey stakes on a property that may not have a recorded survey on file click here. Zoom into Greendale, then on the bottom left of the map change Base map to Aerial.

Why get a permit?
Although property owners are required by ordinance to obtain a permit for certain items, there are several benefits to doing home improvement projects with a permit. The primary benefit is that a permit in-hand brings you the services of the Village Building, Heating, Plumbing & Electrical Inspectors. The Inspector approves each phase of the construction process ensuring that all work is done properly according to local and State Codes. Remember that codes are generally minimum standards that are necessary to protect you and your property.

Remember: if you are touching rough construction on a remodel (bathroom or kitchen) you must obtain a permit. This would include eliminating soffits or non-load bearing or load bearing walls. If you are eliminating walls, the inspector will require the contractor to provide proper calculations.

If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by the State and the Village, the value of your investment could be reduced.  If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modifications without a permit, you may experience delays in the sale.  A property owner who can show that code requirements were met – as demonstrated by a code official’s records – has a strong ally if questions arise about construction quality.

By following code parameters, the completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends, or future owners.  Plus you’ll benefit from the best energy efficiency construction techniques that will continue to pay you back for the life of your home.  It’s a smart investment to build to the latest codes.

How does the process work?
Once your permit and documentation is submitted it will go thourgh the plan review process, received approve or request more information. Plan reviews for residential are typically completed within 5 Business days. You may not begin work unless you have paid in full and have a copy in hand. We will call or email the applicant to notify when the permit is ready for pick-up. You will receive a placard to display in your window, approved plans, a plan review letter and inspection card (when and where to call).

How do I apply for a permit?
Updated permit applications are available here
Informational handouts for rec-rooms, decks, sheds, fences, pools and more are also available on our website or at Village Hall.

For residential building permits you must submit the following.
1 Greendale permit application
2 sets of plans/scaled drawings
2 sets of any other details/specs/color samples
2 surveys (if required)

For commercial building permits submittals:
Minor Alterations: permit application and 3 sets of plans

State Plan Review: Greendale is a Delegated Municipality. We handle Building and HVAC plan review in house under 100,000 cubic feet.
3 sets of plans
SB118 Form w/wet signature
1 Greendale permit applcation 

Fire protection plan reviews are completed by FSCI.