Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Beginning June 8, 2020 the Building Inspection plan review and zoning review counters will be open to the public by appointment only.
For information about scheduling an appointment and other Building Inspection services please see the Building Inspection Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.
View all impacts to City service on the City's COVID-19 website.
Property Standards & Conditions
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:
Erosion problems and graffiti
Housing inspectors also handle building upkeep issues, such as:
Siding, chimneys and roofs
Broken windows and damaged doors
Plumbing and electrical violations
Broken locks on doors and windows
Holes in walls
Unkept floor coverings
Missing and broken smoke alarms.
Want to learn more? Download the Exterior Property Enforcement Guide (PDF)
Search BI services
Tenants may be able to reduce their rent if a landlord hasn't corrected certain housing code violations.
Rent Abatement procedure »
By when should sidewalks be cleared? Stay informed via email updates, Facebook or Twitter.
Sidewalk clearing rules »
Learn about the Concealed Carry Law & what public / private spaces the law affects.
FAQs, signage & more »
For interpreter, translator, materials in alternate formats or other accommodations, please call the Building Inspection Division at (608) 266-4551.
Español: Si necesita interprete, traductor, materiales en diferentes formatos, u otro tipo de ayuda para acceder a estos formularios, por favor llame al (608) 266-4551.
Hmoob: Yog tias koj xav tau ib tug neeg txhais lus, txhais ntawv, los sis xav tau cov ntaub ntawv pab kom paub txog cov lus qhia no, thov hu rau Chaw Haujlwm Koog Soj Ntsuam Tsev (Building Inspection Division) (608) 266-4551.