Environmental Health & 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 Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection and has the authority to license and inspect: 

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Retail Food Establishments
  • Rooming Houses
  • Swimming Pools
  • Taverns

The Environmental Health Consortium is part of the Southeast Wisconsin Food Safety Task Force created to improve the health of the community through prevention and food safety education. Check out the first ever newsletter (PDF) for more information!


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 Food Safety website.

Food Safety Training 

The Environmental Health Consortium of Cudahy, St. Francis, and South Milwaukee now has food safety training videos available. There are six DVD presentations that are available at the South Milwaukee/St. Francis Health Department through a free loan program. These DVD’s provide basic food safety information and can be loaned to any licensed restaurant and retail food establishments or exempt food establishment such as religious, fraternal, youth, or patriotic organization within the cities of Cudahy, St. Francis and South Milwaukee. These DVD’s are an excellent resource and tool to supplement your ongoing food safety program.

The environmental health specialist would be available to present one or more of these DVD’s and discuss any questions that may arise during this presentation. The titles of the DVDs are listed in the following. For more information please contact our office at 414-768-8055, ext. 1.

  1. Facilities, Cleaning and Sanitizing, and Pest Management
  2. Introduction to Food Safety
  3. Overview of Foodborne Microorganisms and Allergens
  4. Personal Hygiene
  5. Preparation, Cooking, and Serving
  6. Purchasing, Receiving, and Storage

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. Download a citizen complaint form (PDF).

Bed Bugs 

The Health Department will investigate complaints regarding bed bugs. Download a bed bug complaint form (PDF). View 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.


The Health Department will investigate concerns regarding lead hazards. View information and regulations concerning lead.


The Health Department will provide education and resources on how to address mold concerns. View information on mold as well as procedures for mold clean up (PDF).

  • Per the Wisconsin Department of Health Service
  • The solution to controlling mold is moisture control
  • If residents cannot find the moisture source, it is recommended to have a professional home inspection. Because most moisture issues are a result of a structural or plumbing problem, the health department will not investigate mold complaints
  • Testing for mold is not recommended. Regulatory or health-based standards for human exposure to mold do not exist.

South Milwaukee Health Department (SMHD) Radon Awareness Program 

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 for a small fee.

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

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. View or print an informational brochure (PDF).

Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC)

Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) 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 the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission website for more information.


My License, Officer?Reminder: Dogs and Cats are required to be licensed annually. In order to license your dog or cat, it must be vaccinated against rabies. Visit the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission for information on dog or cat licensing and information on rabies vaccination.

Lost Dogs

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

Dangerous Dogs/Vicious Dogs 

Any person who wants to petition the City of South Milwaukee because they believe that a dangerous dog or vicious dog 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 dog sworn statement (PDF).

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.

Flood Disasters 

For general information on flood readiness, clean-up, hazards, etc., view the Natural Disasters and Severe Weather page. For tips for food establishments opening after a flood,  view Restaurants and Grocers Reopening After Hurricanes and Flooding page.