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Environmental Health and Safety

Food and Recreational Licensing The Registered Sanitarian and the Health Officer enforce Sanitation regulations.  The South Milwaukee Health Department is an agent for the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection and has the authority to license and inspect retail food establishments, swimming pools, hotels, rooming houses, taverns, and restaurants.

Recalls For information about food safety in licensed establishments and in the home, as well as up-to-date recall information for food products, visit the link below.


Human Health & Nuisance Complaints The Health Department will investigate Concerns on public/private property regarding unsanitary conditions, potential harborage of rodents, etc.  The Registered Sanitarian will investigate complaints from citizens regarding blight caused by a human health hazard or nuisance.  Orders to correct conditions will be issued to the property owners that are in violation of the City’s Municipal Ordinances.  If these conditions are not corrected, a citation may be issued.  Click here to download a citizen complaint form.

Bed Bugs The Registered Sanitarian will investigate complaints regarding bed bugs. Click here to download a complaint form. Click here for more information on identifying and treating bed bug infestations. Bed bug infestations cross all socio-economic boundaries, with infestations found in world class hotels and lower income housing.

Lead and Mold The Health Department will investigate concerns regarding lead hazards and excessive mold growth. A mold complaint form can be downloaded here. Click the highlighted links for information on regulations concerning lead or mold, as well as procedures for mold cleanup and lead abatement.

Rabies Control Under Wisconsin state law, the local Health Officer shall require any dog or cat that bites a person to be quarantined for 10 days so that it can be observed for signs of Rabies.  During the 10-day quarantine period, the dog or cat will need to be examined by a licensed veterinarian on the 1st day, the 10th day, and one intervening day of the quarantine period.  If the animal is not current on its rabies vaccine, it will need to be quarantined at a licensed facility at the owner’s expense. Click here to view or print an informational brochure.

MADACC (Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission) was established in 1996 by 19 municipalities in Milwaukee County including South Milwaukee.  MADACC provides animal control services for our city and much more including low cost vaccines and spay/neuter.  Check out their website at http://www.madacc.org for more information.

Dangerous Dogs, Vicious Dogs, & Pit Bulls  Any person who wants to petition the City of South Milwaukee because they believe that a dangerous dog, vicious dog, or pit bull is residing in the city and therefore is in violation of local ordinance 23.20 may do so by completing, in full, the dangerous/vicious/pit bull dog sworn statement.

Reminder: Dogs and Cats are required to be licensed annually.  In order to license your dog or cat, it must be vaccinated against rabies. Click here for information on dog or cat licensing, and visit http://www.madacc.org for information on rabies vaccination.

Beach Monitoring Beach testing at Grant Park Beach is conducted between the months of June and September.  The water is tested for high levels of the E.Coli bacteria and the beach is posted for swimming appropriately.  The results of the testing can also be found at the beach website: www.wibeaches.us

Flood Disasters For general information on flood readiness, clean-up, hazards, etc., click here. For tips for food establishments opening after a flood, click here.


To locate a lost animal please visit the MADACC lost and found page located here.



Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is released in rock, soil and underground water.  It comes from the decay of uranium in the earth.  Radon gas is odorless and invisible.  Radon is a serious health risk.  It is the second leading cause of lung cancer.  The good news is that there are test kits available and if found in your home, it can be reduced easily and cost-effectively. Take action today.  Contact the South Milwaukee Health Department for more information or to obtain your test kit.

Wisconsin supports a hotline that can direct you to your local Radon Information Center or a radon expert at 1-888 LOW RADON (1-888-569-7236).  Here is a link to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Website.  More information is also available at the EPA website link.