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Building Inspection is open to the public by appointment only.

For more on appointments and other services, please see the Building Inspection Services page.

Property Standards & Conditions

Registration of Abandoned Residential Property in Foreclosure

On June 4, 2013, the Common Council passed a Madison General Ordinance 27.10.  This section creates an abandoned residential property registration program. It also regulates the upkeep of these properties. This section aims to reduce blight and to maintain property values.


The Minimum Housing and Property Maintenance Code outlines the basic standard for housing.

Some of the items the Property Maintenance Inspectors handle include:


Housing inspectors also handle building upkeep issues, such as:

  • Peeling paint.

  • Unkept porches.

  • Siding, chimneys and roofs.

  • Broken windows and damaged doors.

  • Plumbing and electrical violations.

  • Inadequate heat.

  • Broken locks on doors and windows.

  • Holes in walls.

  • Unkept floor coverings.

  • Missing and broken smoke alarms.

Want to learn more? Download the Caring for your Property guide (PDF)

Last Updated: 05/09/2023

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