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Milwaukee waives fees for flood-related repairs

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced Wednesday that the city of Milwaukee has started waiving fees on permits for flood-related projects.

Permits are still required, but fees will be waived for construction and mechanical work, such as electrical work, plumbing and heating and ventilation work. Public way permit fees will also be waived, according to a release from the mayor’s office.

“People have been through a lot, and they have a lot of work to do to get their homes back together,” Barrett said in the release. “We’re not going to make it more difficult, and that’s why I’m directing the Development Center to waive these fees.”

The Development Center, which is part of Milwaukee’s Department of City Development, is prepared to begin waiving fees beginning immediately.

Waivers only apply to flood damage repairs and will continue for 60 days. Fees range from $28 up to hundreds of dollars depending on the size and scope of the project.  Licensed contractors using the city’s E-permit system can also seek fee waivers online.

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