How to Get Licensed (Steps must be completed in order)
STEP 1: ZONING
Zoning verification: The City of West Allis permits tourist rooming homes/a.k.a. short term rentals in all residential zoning and commercial districts when the following are met:
• The structure is a single or two-family residence, or a mixed-use or multi-family containing not more than 4 dwelling units.
• Meets the definition of a Tourist Rooming House - All lodging places, other than hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts, in which sleeping accommodations are offered for pay to tourists or transients. A tourist rooming house is a type of short-term rental.
• Offered for rent for a fee and for fewer than 29 consecutive days.
Zoning questions: Contact the West Allis Development Department/Planning Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or (414) 302-8460.
STEP 2: REVIEW THE RULES AND REGULATIONS
Review the Room Tax Registration form (PDF).
Review the Short Term Rental Guidance PDF brochure.
Complete the Tourism Rooming House (PDF) checklist. The checklist shows the main items covered during a Tourist Rooming House health inspection.
Review the Wisconsin Short Term Rentals Law (PDF).
sTEP 3: Apply for the license and schedule an inspection
Complete the License and Scheduling application. After the approved pre-inspection, you will receive the license and be able to rent out sleeping accommodations.
Contact the West Allis Health Department at email@example.com or 414-302-8600.