Department of Inspection Services
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 to inquire or for an inspection until the emailed copy of the permit is sent to the contractor!
Commercial Plan reveiw can take up to 10 days.
Permit Applications/Plans can be emailed to Erin Scharf or Ken Robers (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.
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.