City of Kenosha Menu

The Department of Community Development and Inspections has a two-fold mission to:

  • Accommodate planned opportunities for growth, housing, and economic viability.
  • Ensure everyone's health, safety, and welfare at all buildings and property.

The Department provides staff in the specific areas of Building Inspection, Property Maintenance, Planning & Zoning, and Community Development. Visit the links to the specific areas for detailed information on all of the services provided by the department. Questions may be submitted on-line at any time; or you may contact us by phone or in person during regular business hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Contact Info

Permits and Inspections


Planning and Development

Department Leadership
Blank

Vacant
Director

Subcategories

The Building Inspection Division enforces city and state code requirements for residential, commercial and industrial buildings. It addresses issues with plumbing, electrical, mechanical and structural permitting and inspections.

Contact Info
  • Phone: 262.653.4263
  • Fax: 262.653.4254
  • Email:
  • Office: 625 - 52nd Street Room 100
    Kenosha, WI 53140
  • Office Hours: Monday-Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
EMPLOYEETITLEEMAILPHONE
John Morrissey  Director  653-4263
 Richard Kath  Supervisor of Inspections    653-4274

 Thomas Buban

 David Fliess

 Christina Jones

 Building Inspector

 Building Inspector

 Office Associate

 

 

  

 653-4269

 653-4268

 653-4252

 Kevin Mikolas  Plumbing Inspector    653-4270
 Randy Rasmusson  Electrical Inspector
 653-4267
 Sue Zampanti  Administrative Assistant
 653-4257
Jane Lindquist Office Associate 653-4259

The Property Maintenance Division ensures that properties comply with site and building maintenance standards. It addresses issues with long grass/weeds, debris, graffiti, vacant buildings, and building conditions.

EMPLOYEETITLEEMAILDESK #
 Vacant  Director Vacant  653-4030
 Richard Kath  Supervisor of inspections    653-4274

Christina Jones 

John Mielke

Office Associate

Property Maintenance Inspector

 

 

653-4252 

653-4104

 Robert Newhouse  Property Maintenance Inspector    653-4273
 Mark Sanchez  Property Maintenance Inspector    653-4272
 Martha Swartz  Property Maintenance Inspector    653-4253
 Sue Zampanti  Administrative Assistant     653-4257
       

Board of Housing Appeals

Property owners/occupants who have received a notice of violation and order which has been issued in an enforcement action from Chapter 16 may appeal the order. The appeal must be filed in the office of the Department of Community Development and Inspections in writing on the Board of Housing Appeals Form within twenty (20) calendar days after the day the notice of violation and order was posted. Included with the Appeals Form shall be an appeal fee of twenty-five ($25) Dollars. Upon receipt of the appeal payment, the Board of Housing Appeals shall set a time and place for such hearing and shall give the petitioner written notice of the date and time. At the hearing, the petitioner shall be given an opportunity to be heard and to show why such notice and order should be modified or withdrawn. The Board may reverse or affirm in its entirety or in part or modify any order, requirement, decision, or determination or provide relief. Any person aggrieved by the decision of the Board of Housing Appeals may seek relief in any court of competent jurisdiction, as provided by the laws of Wisconsin.

Reinspection Fee, Board-Up and Vision Clearance Invoice Appeals

Property owners who have received an invoice for reinspection fees, board-ups and vision clearance fees may file an appeal of the charges. The appeal must be filed in the Office of the Department of Community Development and Inspections in writing on a prior to the due date on the invoice. The petitioner shall be given written notice of the date and time that the appeal will be heard by the City of Kenosha Finance Committee and by the City of Kenosha Common Council. Before filing an appeal, please contact our office with any questions.

If the owner or occupant is issued an order and fails to comply, the City of Kenosha may take one or all of the following enforcement actions:

Reinspection Fees

To compensate the City for inspection and administrative costs related to the enforcement of Chapter 16, an escalating fee may be charged for any reinspection following the initial inspection which resulted in an order for corrective action and subsequent reinspections resulting in noncompliance with an order. Reinspection fees may be charged for any of the following:

  • Any recurrence of the same or similar violation in a twelve month period
  • The fourth occurrence of a code violation at a property in a twelve month period
  • Any reinspection that determines the required repairs have not been made

The amount of the reinspection fee will escalate with each reinspection that shows non-compliance. This fee, if not paid within thirty (30) days of billing, will be processed as a special charge against the property inspected and added to the real estate tax bill. There will also be a $100.00 administrative fee added to every reinspection fee and processed as a special charge.

Municipal Citations

The owner may be issued a municipal citation for every violation that remains in non-compliance after the stated compliance date. Every day each violation is in non-compliance may be a separate violation.

Summons and Complaint

The owner may be served with a summons and complaint for every violation that remains in noncompliance after the stated compliance date. Every day each violation is in noncompliance may be a separate violation.

Rent Withholding

Rent Withholding is a program which allows tenants to pay their monthly rent directly to the City of Kenosha if their landlord has failed to make code-required repairs ordered by the City. The City holds the rent in an escrow account until the landlord has completed all the repairs to the City's satisfaction. Once the repairs are completed, the tenant is notified to resume paying their rent to the landlord and the escrow funds, less expenses, are returned to the landlord.

Tenants may apply for participation in the program under the following conditions:

  • The tenant is current on the rent
  • The tenant has not been served with a 5-day or 14-day notice to vacate the unit
  • The landlord failed to make the required repairs
  • The repairs are not exterior repairs during the winter months
  • The tenant or a guest did not cause the damage(s)

Applications for the rent withholding program are available at the Department of Community Development and Inspections, Room 100 of the Municipal Building, 625 52nd Street.

Razes of Dilapidated or Abandoned Privately Owned Buildings

Buildings that have fallen into serious disrepair or have been abandoned may be reviewed for eligibility for the raze process. Eligibility for razing is based on State of Wisconsin Statute 66.0413, which states that the cost to repair the structure must exceed fifty percent (50%) of the assessed value of the structure. Please contact our department if you have a question or concern about a specific building in the City of Kenosha.

The Planning & Zoning Division provides services that promote orderly growth and development throughout the City. Included are: development reviews, zoning, historic preservation and land use planning.

EMPLOYEETITLEEMAILDESK #
Rich Schroeder Deputy Director 653-4034
Mike Callovi Planning Technician 653-4032
Brian Reining Planner 653-4046
Matt Werderitch Planner

653-4037

Brian Wilke Development Coordinator   653-4049
Laurie Bauman Office Associate 653-4043

The Community Development Division promotes strengthening neighborhoods and reinvestment primarily in the older, established areas of the City. It addresses homeownership assistance, community support programs, Community Development Block Grant, HOME Program and redevelopment.

EMPLOYEETITLEEMAILDESK #
Vacant Director Vacant 653-4030
       
Tony Geliche CD Specialist – CDBG 653-4039
Zohrab Khaligian CD Specialist – Redevelopment 653-4041
Mike Maki CD Specialist – HOME Program 653-4038
Courtney Dorado Administrative Assistant 653-4042
       

Airport Commission – usually once a month

Commissioners are empowered to adopt regulations, approve leases, establish fees and charges, recommend an annual budget and review policies to be approved by the Common Council and within Federal Aviation Administration guidelines. Commissioner should be an individual who is interested in Aeronautics.

Board of Housing Appeals – meet as needed

The Board of Housing Appeals hears appeals from property owners about Orders to Repair they have received and were issued by the City's Property Maintenance Division. The board only meets when an appeal has been filed, except for the annual meeting which is held in May.

Board of Review – meets as needed, usually in June and July

This board usually meets 10-15 mornings in June and July to hear appeals to property assessments. Candidate must be a City of Kenosha resident.

CDBG Commission/HOME Program Commission – meets in August/September

THE CDBG Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income persons.

City Plan Commission – meets Thursday after Council (which meets 1st & 3rd Monday of month)

The responsibility of the commission is to make and adopt a Master Plan for the physical development of the municipality; make reports and recommendations relating to the plan and development of the city; hold public meetings and hearings; and recommend to the Common Council, from time-to-time, amendments, supplements or modifications of the Master Plan or other land use regulations. Candidate must be a City of Kenosha resident.

Civil Service Commission – once a month if agenda is present

The commission shall review and comment on the Director of Human Resources proposals for new rules and regulations or for amendments to existing rules and regulations authorized the governing ordinance. Also serves as an appeals body to hear appeals from disciplinary actions. After hearing an appeal, the commission shall have the authority to affirm, reverse or modify the action of the appointing official.

Commission on the Arts – the first Tuesday of the month

The Art Commission was created to support economic development of creative and expressive endeavors by developing collaborative relationship between artists, musicians, businesses, government and other arts organizations. In making appointments, the Mayor strives to appoint four members from the academic field and two members from the business field. The Mayor shall appoint the remainder of the Commissioners from the public at large, who have a demonstrable interest in the fine arts.

Historic Preservation Commission – usually once a month

The responsibility of the commission is to promote historic preservation within Kenosha by nominating structures, sites and districts for historic designation, preparing district plans, reviewing proposed work and issuing certificates of appropriateness and letters of denial, providing technical assistance, and fostering an appreciation of the city's historical and architectural heritage.

Kenosha Area Tourism Corporation – usually meets once a month

The Kenosha Area Tourism Corporation deals with improvements of image for the greater Kenosha area, including strengthening the spirit of community involvement among citizens and business persons, the attraction of visitors and the promotion of holding and conducting of convention, public gatherings, and public attraction, and to develop civic interest and participation towards this mission.

Kenosha Hometown Heroes Commission – usually 2nd Wednesday of each month

The Kenosha Hometown Heroes Commission was created to identify and recognize worthy men and women of or from the City of Kenosha who have served or are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. Members serve for 2-year terms must reside in the City of Kenosha. At least four of the six citizen members must be veterans.

Kenosha Housing Authority – meets 3rd Tuesday of month

The KHA Board reviews and approves each month expenditures for both administrative and rental housing cost and adherence to budget projects. The board also approves the annual administrative budget, administrative plan revisions, City housing development plans, offers to purchase, second mortgages on City home purchases, the HOME Program, bond development and the applications for new programs and projects.

Kenosha Lakeshore Business Improvement District Board of Directors – meets quarterly.

Current mission of the BID Board is to create a livable, vibrant space which is sensitive to our historic roots, with significant activities and jobs that make it a destination for the region. Goals and objectives included reducing vacant commercial and residential properties, creating a comprehensive advertising and marketing campaign, promoting cooperation with the City to beautify the district, update infrastructure and preserve historic heritage, and promoting cooperation and communication among BID members. Majority of board members must own property or operate a business in the Lakeshore BID District

Kenosha Public Library Board of Trustees – meets 2nd Tuesday of month

The Library Board of Trustees carries out the Library's mission by authorizing the KPL business plan and operating policies, setting long range goals and objectives, hiring and retaining a competent Library Director, monitoring Library operations and providing accountability for the Library to the public.

Kenosha Public Museum Board of Trustees – meets 2nd Thursday of month

The Board's major functions include the establishment of the policies, goals and purpose of the Kenosha Public Museums; select and govern its Director; control the Museums finances, funds, grants and endowments; prepare, approve and submit an operating budget and to direct expenditure of funds provided in the budget; accept and control donations, bequests and miscellaneous receipts; serve as Trustee for Museums funds and collections; and authorize selection, acquisition and maintenance of collections, specimens and artifacts.

Mayor’s Youth Commission – usually meets 2nd Wednesday of the month

The commission explores, communicates and provides for the needs, problems, issues and activities affecting the youth of Kenosha. They also partner with Kenosha Unified School District and other school entities to encourage nominations of youth in the community for Mayor's Youth Commission Awards on a quarterly basis. The Commission organizes and implements an annual dedication ceremony for the Brick Memorial at Wolfenbϋttel Park, where engraved bricks are purchased and installed each year and profits provide for youth scholarships. The Commission also arranges for an annual banquet for all award and scholarship winners and also volunteers to assist at City sponsored events.

Police & Fire Commission – meets 3rd Tuesday of month

Solely responsible for appointment of the Police and Fire Chief. Also approve appointment of new police officers a well as promotions in both departments. Have the ability to set the qualifications for police officers and firefighters and to see the passing score for the written test for new officers/firefighters. Responsible for convening disciplinary hearings if charges are filed by the Police Chief, Fire Chief or any citizen against a police officer or firefighter. Candidate must be a City of Kenosha resident.

Redevelopment Authority – meets Tuesday after 2nd Council meeting of month

The Authority is an independent, separate and distinct public body whose purpose is blight elimination, slum clearance and urban renewal. The Authority's powers include the acquisition and real property by eminent domain and issuance of revenue bonds to fund its activities.

Sex Offender Residence Board – meet as needed

The City of Kenosha Sexual Offender Residency Restrictions, General Code of Ordinances, §11.033, have been established to service the City of Kenosha's interest to promote, protect and improve the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Kenosha by creating areas around locations where children regularly congregate in concentrated numbers wherein certain sexual offenders and sexual predators are prohibited from establishing temporary or permanent residency.  The Board's primary function is to hold hearings on each petition for exemption from the sexual offender residency restrictions and decide by majority vote whether to grant or deny an exemption to the petitioner. The Board shall base its decision on factors related to the City's interest in promoting, protecting and improving the health, safety and welfare of the community.

Transit Commission – meets 3rd Monday of month

The commission is responsible for managing the municipal parking lots, establishing fees and charges for parking permits as it determines reasonable. They also establish fees and charges to ride the city buses and streetcars; approve equipment purchases and contracts; and hold public hearings when rate changes are needed.

Zoning Board of Appeals – meet as needed

The Zoning Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial body (functions in many respects like a court). The board hears variances, special exceptions, and administrative appeals. Variances, etc., may be granted when the appellant can prove that enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance would result in unnecessary hardship for the petitioner. Candidate must be a City of Kenosha resident.