Know your Neighborhood

The City of Milwaukee and Village of Shorewood provide a variety of tools for community members to search property. It is important that you stay knowledgeable regarding the current and upcoming restrictions that are in place. See the links below for frequently searched topics.

City of Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services

Properties listed on the Neighborhood Housing Office website or registered for campus events are not inspected or approved by the University. We encourage you to visit the City of Milwaukee’s Department of Neighborhood Services website and do a search on any potential landlord and any properties they own- not just the property that you are searching- for any past violations.

City of Milwaukee COMPASS Program

The City of Milwaukee COMPASS program is a public application where you can view demographic, crime, and other informations about the area you live in.  It allows you to view properties in your area that are owner-occupied and any other statistics you might be looking for regarding any properties in your area. If you would like help working this application contact your area COAST Leader at 414-229-6999.

Village of Shorewood Mapping and Assessment Tool

Similar to the City of Milwaukee COMPASS Program, Shorewood now has an available mapping tool that allows users to search for a variety of land and property data, such as zoning, parcel dimensions and land use. It also gives easy access to Shorewood’s property assessment data.

Parking Issues

Day Parking – If a street has no posted time restrictions, vehicles may park on-street all day long. If hourly parking exists, parking is limited to the posted time restrictions. To obtain permits for daytime parking you need to bring your lease and drivers license to your district police department.

Night Parking – Parking is allowed between 2:00 A.M. and 6:00 A.M. with a valid night parking permit with the following exception of Sunday mornings and the morning of the day following New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Street Sweeping – The street sweeping program is implemented on designated streets on the east side of Milwaukee. Posted signs indicate there is no parking or stopping from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on either the first or third Friday of the month, between April 1 and December 1. Depending on the street sweeping schedule for your street, the posted sign will say either the first or the third Friday of the month.

Winter Parking – A Winter Parking sign indicates there is no parking from December 1st to March 1st on any through streets. When a ‘Snow Emergency’ is declared there is no street parking on the City of Milwaukee streets.

Residential Preferred Parking (RPP) – This ordinance establishes resident-only parking zones within the UWM commuter-impacted parking area that are in effect Monday through Friday, from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Only vehicles bearing a valid RPP permit are allowed to park on these designated streets and blocks in the area. This permit is different from a daytime parking permit. The RPP permits can also be obtained at your local police department.

Garbage Removal and Recycling

Garbage Collection – You can view your next scheduled garbage collection day by entering in your current address at the following website: Put garbage in a paper or plastic bag, close the top and put it in the garbage cart. If you have more garbage than fits in the cart put it in a plastic bag next to the cart.

Pet Waste – Help keep our rivers and Lake Michigan clean. Please pick up after your pet. Pet waste left on the lawn or next to the sidewalk washes into the storm drains and directly into the rivers and Lake. Double-bag pet waste in plastic bags. Seal the bags and place them in the garbage cart.

Curbside Garbage Collection – To save costs during the non-winter months, residents with street collection (no alleys) are required to place their garbage carts at the curb by 7:00 A.M. the day of collection and return it to the storage area by 10:00 P.M. the same day. During the winter months this is not necessary. A designated date of collection is not possible during the winter months because collection crews are diverted for snow and ice control.

Alley Garbage Collection – Households with alleys are not required to move their carts because their carts are stored and emptied at the alley line. Garbage collection days may change each spring because collection routes are reconfigured. Sanitation crews attach garbage schedules to all residential garbage carts in early spring.

Shoveling and Snow Emergencies

Residential Property – Residential property owners and occupants are required to clear the sidewalks abutting their property of snow or ice within 24 hours after the snow and ice have stopped falling. This includes the corner crosswalk area for property owners with corner lots or those whose property abuts a midblock crosswalk. Violators of this ordinance who are reported are issued a notice to clear the sidewalk. The city is responsible for only the approaches to alleys; alleys are not plowed.

Snow Emergencies – If a snow emergency has been declared, night parking regulations are in effect from 11:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. on all city streets regardless of winter parking regulations. During a snow emergency Milwaukee Public Schools make some of their playgrounds and parking lots available for night parking and clean-up times. You can visit the following website for a list of those schools: 

Illegal Taverns and Noise Nuisances

Illegal Taverns – Milwaukee ordinances prohibit the sale of alcohol or cups at parties. Fines for an illegal tavern can range between $500 and $2000, with additional tickets for providing alcohol to minors citations. Serving underage drinkers can lead to stiff penalties. Remember, when you break the law, you may be breaking your lease. Read more here: Liquor and Tavern Regulations 2016.

Noise Nuisances – The City of Milwaukee noise ordinance states that an owner of a property (residential, commercial, rental or owner occupied) may not have a noise nuisance on their property. Point source noise (factories, equipment on commercial buildings, etc.) is measured and regulated by the Department of Neighborhood Services. Intermittent noise (boom boxes, loud parties, live music, etc.) is measured by the police. If they can hear it 50 feet away from the property, they can issue a citation. If a citation is issued to an occupant ($206), MPD will forward a copy to DNS who will issue a notice of violation to the property owner. If a second citation is issued to the same tenant and the owner takes to action to correct the problem, DNS will notify the owner that the cost of police services and related administrative costs will be assessed against the tax bill of the property from where the noise was produced.

Local School Districts

Shorewood School DistrictThe goal of the Shorewood School District is to provide a liberal arts education responsive to each student’s interests and abilities. To that end, we believe that maintaining a low student teacher ratio is very important. Our district enrollment is 2050. Our certified staff, including teachers, administrators, counselors and librarians, totals 200. An additional 150 people fill clerical, tutorial and other aide positions. The district employs two school psychologists, and there is at least one guidance counselor in each building. Each school has a library exceeding national standards and a librarian. Regular instruction in physical education, computers, foreign language, art and music augment basic instruction. We have junior and senior kindergarten programs. All elementary students receive Spanish language instruction. Our performing arts programs (both music and drama) are among the very best in Wisconsin. You can visit the Shorewood School District website at

Milwaukee Public SchoolsMilwaukee Public Schools will be among the highest-performing urban public school districts in the country, providing rigorous, high-quality learning opportunities for students. Schools will enable lifelong learning among students, families, educators and other staff focused on continuous improvement. Hartford University School is located on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus. Hartford makes use of university faculty, students, facilities and community resources. Students engage in many projects in the school, university and community settings. Emphasis is on college preparation, enrichment through the arts and the development of a sense of social justice. You can visit the MPS website at 

How Can I Donate?

Easy ways to put your unwanted items to good use.

Almost Anything Resale Shop
7621 W. Beloit Rd., Milwaukee WI 53219
Accepts almost anything! The only things they do not accept are encyclopedias, tires, mattresses, used clothing or toys.

Give away a wide variety of items through this e-mail groupo. Free to join; visit

Accepts usable clothing and household goods. Visit to locate a store and donation center near you.

The Guest House
1216 N. 13th St., Milwaukee WI 53205
Accepts a wide variety of household and food items. To view the full list, visit

Purple Heart Pickup Service
5380 S. 13th St., Milwaukee WI 53221
Accepts clothing, shoes, toys, games, and other household items such as decorations, dishes, pots, pans, sheets, clothes, and furniture (as long as there are no repairs needed). Call to schedule a pickup. The items that are not accepted are appliances, waterbeds, metal desks, or home improvement items.

Salvation Army
1-800-SA-Truck (1-800-728-7825)
Accepts a wide variety of items, from household goods and non-perishable food items to vehicles. Call for information about donating, or visit to find a store and donation center near you.

St Vincent de Paul
To donate useable clothing, household items, furniture, and appliances call (414)462-7863; non-perishable food items: (414)462-7837; school supply items (every August): (414)462-7837

Removes almost anything, from old furniture and appliances to garden waste and renovation debris. Loading and Cleanup is provided. Fees apply. Call or visit

Select “Milwaukee Program Overview,” “Additional Recycling Opportunities” and then “Ideas for Reusing or Recycling Other Items” to find out how you can donate or recycle home electronics, books, packing peanuts and much more!