Zoning & Business Occupancy


The City’s Zoning Code details permitted businesses at locations throughout the city, based on the unique characteristics of each district.

In order to confirm if your proposed business is permitted, first confirm the zoning classification of your business location through our Property Search or Interactive Zoning Map. Then, reference Chapter 12: Zoning and City Planning of the City’s Municipal Code to see if your business falls within the Permitted or Special Use category for your location’s zoning classification.

Interactive Zoning Map

If your business is within the Permitted category, your business is permitted to operate, based on obtaining a Business Occupancy Permit (see below) and any other required licenses.

If your business is a Special Use, the Plan Commission and Common Council will review your proposal for compatibility with the site and neighborhood. A Public Hearing will also be held to gather input from the surrounding neighborhood, and conditions of approval may be required. Special Uses are also required to undergo a Site, Landscaping and Architectural Review (PDF) prior to occupancy. The typical length of the Special Use process is 45-60 days.

Business Occupancy

The West Allis Revised Municipal Code requires a Certificate of Business Occupancy be applied for and secured before engaging in any business activity in the City. This permit is required for both Permitted and Special Uses. The Business Occupancy Application can be submitted online at the link below.


Occupancy Permits are also required for Home Occupations, which shall also conform to the provisions of Section 12.17.