Inspections, Permits and Fire Code

Permits and City Fire Code Fire Inspections
The Inspection Division of the Cudahy Fire Department works actively to prevent fires and injuries through the periodic inspection of properties using the Cudahy Municipal Fire Prevention Code, applicable State of Wisconsin codes and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. We inspect the common areas of residential buildings with three or more units and all commercial properties. These inspections occur two times during any given year, once in the first half of the year and once in the second half of the year.

The goal of these inspections is to identify and correct those conditions that are deemed potential fire hazards and unsafe. Extension cords, improper storage of flammable materials, blocked exits and pathways and excess debris in and around a property are all examples of the conditions a routine inspection looks to correct. When a violation is found, the fire inspector will work with the owner/occupant to remedy the condition. Simple items such as a blocked exit or extension cords can be corrected at the time of inspection, and are noted on the report. When a condition requires additional effort and planning to correct, the fire inspector will work with the owner/occupant to schedule a re-inspection to ensure the work has been completed within a reasonable timeframe, according to the applicable standards and codes. In certain circumstances, an issue or condition may be referred to the Cudahy Department of Building Inspection or the Cudahy Health Department for further assistance in correcting the problem. Generally, if there is no problem found with the property no report is mailed or left when no owner or occupant representatives are present. However, if there are problems with the property that need to be addressed, a copy of the report will be mailed to the address of the owner or occupant of record, with a date for re-inspection. Any changes to the contact information of the owners and the occupants needs to be forwarded to the Fire Inspection Division immediately. This information is critical for the efficient operations of the Fire Department during an emergency. The information allows us to contact someone who can assist us in securing the property. All properties in the City of Cudahy subject to inspection are assessed an inspection fee. This fee is established by the Cudahy Municipal Fire Prevention Code. For additional information or help in determining the fee schedule for your property,
please contact you inspector. The Cudahy Fire Inspectors are State of Wisconsin Certified Inspector I and are members of the Wisconsin Fire Inspectors Association. They attend periodic training seminars. There are currently six fire inspectors assigned to specific inspection areas within the city:

  Brandon Specht
  Steve Uecker
  Jared Kucik
  Tony Simmons
  Josh McCown
  Brian Rynders, Lieutenant in charge
  of Inspection Division

For inspection related questions, please email your inspector.

To schedule an inspection or to report a fire safety concern, please call 414-769-2231

Pre-Fire Planning
The Inspection Division of the Cudahy Fire Department believes in pro-active response planning. This planning starts from the time a proposal is made for building or renovation. As building uses change and fire protection technology and research improve, new methods are required for protecting buildings and their occupants from the dangers of fire. A typical plan review requires the property owner or designee to apply for a permit for fire protection planning and review. The permit fees are to be paid by check to the City of Cudahy, either by mail or in-person at City Hall. DO NOT SEND PAYMENT TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.

The permit and all fees are listed in the Cudahy Fire Prevention Code and must be paid prior to any processing or review of plans. Duplicate copies of the site survey, building plans/blue prints and proposed property use should be turned in at the time of payment and submission of the permit. A digital copy of the survey and plans must be provided. The plan review process is essential from the earliest stages of the design and planning process. This is to ensure a timely and efficient process for your building project. Certain wiring requirements for alarm and detection systems are a required part of any building plan. Most larger commercial structures now require the installation of a designed and approved sprinkler system. When these systems are included from the earliest stages of the planning process, most surprises, unexpected costs and delays can be avoided. All necessary information about the use of the property needs to be submitted at this time. Along with plan review, the Inspection Division of the Cudahy Fire Department actively reviews the existing buildings in Cudahy to identify any hazards or special concerns that the fire fighters may encounter. This process of review is to ensure that the optimal response to any emergency on your property can be coordinated before it happens. The Fire Inspectors may ask you where various utilities are located. If you have any large storage of chemicals or other materials that may require special attention during an emergency response, please share this information with the Fire Inspector. It helps us to help you protect your business.