Building Inspection Services

SPECIAL COVID-19 NOTE ON BUILDING INSPECTION SERVICES

Building Inspection Services

To the extent workplace circumstances and staffing levels allow, Building Inspection Services staff will continue to provide the following services in the manner described below. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact Holly Madson by email at hmadson@village.germantown.wi.us  or call (262) 250-4760. Although the Village Hall is closed to public visitors, we are still accepting building permit applications until further notice. Please send your permit applications and supporting plans by regular mail, or, you can drop them off in the designated location in the front lobby of Village Hall.

All Permit Applications & Plan Review

Although Village Hall is closed to in-person meetings and visitors, Building Inspection staff will continue to accept permit applications and plans for review and processing. You are encouraged to submit your permit applications and plans by regular mail. Large format plans and related applications can be submitted in person but only in the designated area in the front lobby of Village Hall during current business hours. Please contact Holly in Inspection Services in advance if you intend to drop off any large-format plans to ensure Village Hall is open and that staff is available to receive your documents.  Payment for all permit application fees will need to be submitted by check. When a permit is approved and ready to be issued, staff will mail the approved permit to the applicant, or, contact the applicant to arrange for pick-up at a pre-arranged day & time in the designated area in the Village Hall lobby.

On-site Inspections: New Construction and Work in Unoccupied Buildings

Inspections of new and unoccupied buildings or structures (interior and exterior) will be conducted as requested provided that certain precautionary measures at the site are taken. As is standard practice, once an inspection request is made, Inspection Services staff will arrange a date and time for your inspection. In preparation for your inspection, please clear all unnecessary workers from the immediate area to be inspected. One site manager may accompany the inspector for the inspection if desired. All other individuals on site must remain a minimum of ten feet from the inspector at all times. Failure to clear the area needing inspection or maintain adequate distance from the inspector will result in a failed inspection and the inspector leaving the site immediately.

On-Site Inspections: Existing and Occupied Buildings

Inspections of existing and occupied buildings will be considered on a case-by-case basis in light of the need to protect the health & safety of both the property owner/occupants and Village staff. Where and when appropriate, inspections will be scheduled and conducted with priority given to those projects that are critical to the health and safety of those who occupy the building, and, those that are important to the functionality of the particular area or overall building.

Prior to your pre-arranged inspection date and time, the property owner needs to provide a safe means of access into the building, and, a clear travel path to the specific room or area to be inspected. One individual may accompany the inspector for the inspection if desired. All children, pets and other individuals not accompanying the inspector shall relocate to a separated room away from the inspector and area being inspected for the duration of the inspection. Failure to clear the area under construction or maintain adequate distance from the inspector may result in a failed inspection and the inspector leaving the site immediately.

Please be advised that the inspection of certain items, e.g. furnaces, air conditioners, water heaters, and other types of inspections, e.g. final inspection of a bath remodel or finished basement, may be deferred until normal inspection operations resume. In such cases, an affidavit of completion and code compliance signed by the contractor and/or property owner may be required to be submitted now with a follow-up inspection conducted at a future date.