The Wausau Fire Department Inspection Bureau is involved in many activities to include; fire code safety inspections and fire safety education. They also work with the Wausau Police Department and the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice in the investigation of fires.

Wausau Municipal Code - Title 17 - Fire Prevention (link to code)


The Inspection Bureau conducts fire inspections twice a year on all public buildings and places of employment to ascertain and cause to be corrected any condition liable to cause fire, or any violation of laws or ordinances relating to fire hazards or the prevention of fires. Inspections are also conducted at special events such as the Wisconsin Valley Fair, Art in the Park, and other large gatherings.  In 2018, the total number of Inspections and Activities conducted were 3,888 and the breakdown is listed below.

To help prepare for your fire inspection, we have attached the fire inspection checklist (pdf) . The Inspection Bureau will conduct private home inspections, but by request only.


Inspection Type

# of Insp.

Initial Insp. No Violations


1st Re-inspection 550
2nd Re-inspection 136
3rd Re-inspection 44
4th Re-inspection 14
5th Re-inspection 7
Plan Review (General, Site, Sprinkler System, Architectural) 0

Inspection (Site, Fire Protection, Sprinkler System, Permit, License, Special Event, Tank)


Investigation (False Alarm, General, Hazardous Material, Other) 1

Referral/Complaint (Citizen, Building, Housing Safety)


Consultation (Site, Building, General, Fire Protection, Fire Alarm, Hazardous Operations, Sprinkler, Knox Box)


Legal (Preparation, Court Appearances)

Property Evaluation Reviews - Special Assessment 42

                                               Total Inspections            3,888

The City of Wausau Fire Inspector's investigated 5 building fires in 2018.