Permit Submittal Process

All permits must be approved and issued by the City of Milwaukee before starting the solar installation.

The permit submittal process is as follows:

1.      Installer gathers materials to support the permit application.

Installing a Solar Electric Project? Click HERE.

Installing a Solar Hot Water Project? Click HERE.

2.      Installer, with proper credentials, pulls the electrical/plumbing permit and building permit.

a.      Submit electrical or plumbing permit.

                                                                 i.      Online (via e-Permits), mail, fax, or in-person.

b.      Submit building permit.

                                                                 i.      In-person, mail, or fax.

3.      Installer pays the applicable fees.

4.      The Department of Community Development reviews the permits and supporting documentation for completeness and accuracy.

a.      Review time varies based on the project and the completeness of materials submitted.

                                                                 i.      Electrical or plumbing approval: typically takes 1 to 3 days.

                                                               ii.      Building permit approval: typically takes around 4 to 8 weeks.

                                                             iii.      The Installer must meet with Building Inspector, for Plan Review, to obtain the building permit.  The Building Inspector must issue a Plan Review Letter of Approval to begin work on the project.

5.      Permits Issued are issued.  Construction can begin.

City of Milwaukee Inspection

When project is completed, a City of Milwaukee inspection is needed for each permit issued (electrical and building inspections are both needed for example).

1.      The Installer must call to request inspections using the contact information listed on each permit.

2.      The Installer must coordinate the inspections to satisfy all permits on solar project.

a.      Electrical or Plumbing inspection time frame: can be scheduled within 1 or 2 days.

b.      Building Inspection time frame: can be scheduled within 1 or 2 days.

c.    Note: Inspectors must access projects the same way installers did (via ladder or lift). Example:  If you are used a lift, the electrical inspector can do an early review of the roof work while you still have the lift in place, and can come back to do a final inspection without the lift needed.

3.      The Installer must meet with electrical/plumbing inspector to close out permit. 

4.      The Installer must meet with building inspector to close out permit. 

5.      Once permits are approved and closed, the inspector faxes approved permit to We Energies as part of the interconnection process. Click HERE to learn more about the interconnection process with We Energies.


Questions? Contact Us


City of Milwaukee, 809 N. Broadway Street
Zeidler Municipal Building, First Floor
414-286-8210; FAX: 414-286-0251


Amy Heart, Solar Program Manager
City of Milwaukee, 200 E. Wells Street
City Hall, Room 603


Looking for Permits?

Can be submitted online (via e-Permits), mail, fax, or in-person:

Can be submitted by mail, fax, or in-person:

Interconnection Information

Check out the We Energies website HERE which details the interconnection application and process.

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