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.

Rent Abatement

The Building Inspection is the City of Madison agency charged with enforcement of Building and Housing codes. It is not an advocate for either the tenant or the landlord on abatement issues. Building Inspection's goal is to ensure that all rental property meets the Building and Housing codes.


The Rent Abatement Clerk arranges hearings and keeps all abatement records. You can reach the Rent Abatement Clerk at (608) 266-4551, they will be able to answer questions from all parties about procedures and the status of abatable orders

Last Updated: 06/07/2019

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How to apply for rent abatement:

Application for hearings must be filed with the Building Inspection Rent Clerk:

Call: (608) 266-4551, ask for the Rent Abatement Clerk


Building Inspection Division
215 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd 017
Madison WI 53701-2984

Translation Services

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.

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