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Inspections & Licensing

Along with food safety, the City of Milwaukee Health Division's Consumer Environmental Health works to improve the overall quality and safety of consumer products and services in Milwaukee.  Check out the web pages below to learn more about these important services and programs.

The Consumer Environmental Health Division protects public health by working with the food service industry and our community to prevent foodborne illness. In addition to educating food businesses and inspecting food establishments, the Consumer Environmental Health Division provides many other services, including investigation of complaints and illnesses associated with food establishments, plan review/pre-occupancy inspections of new or remodeled food establishments, and food safety consultations for establishments. Through the inspection of food establishments and education of the food service manager, we are able to promote public health in the areas of food safety and sanitation to prevent the spread of food-borne illness.

Environmental Health Specialists conduct periodic inspections of food establishments within the city of Milwaukee. There are approximately 4,000 establishments requiring inspections and an additional 2,000 mobile or temporary events that are inspected. These establishments include: restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, bakeries, tattoo shops, schools, seasonal facilities, wholesale food establishments, mobile units, mobile food bases, and temporary events. The areas focused upon during a food safety inspection are: health and disease control of food handlers, food source origination and wholesomeness, food-handling practices and proper temperature control, facility maintenance, hand-washing facilities, personal hygiene of employees and pest control. The City of Milwaukee Consumer Environmental Health Division (CEH) is committed to maintaining the safety of the food bought, sold, or prepared for public consumption by carrying out science-based inspections of all retail and wholesale food establishments.

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Consumer Environmental Health Information and Licensing

Bed and Breakfast Establishments

Permit requirements for bed and breakfast establishments.

Closing-out Sales

Ordinance information for closing-out / going-out-of-business sales.

Convenience Store Security

Requirements of the City of Milwaukee's Convenience Store Security Ordinance.

Farmers' Markets Food Licensing & Sanitation

Information on the sale of food and licensing for farmers' market vendors.

Food Safety for Individuals

Information for individuals and businesses on how to safely handle and cook food.

Mobile Food Establishments

Sanitation and licensing requirements for mobile food vendors (food carts/ trucks).

Opening a Food Business

Links to resources needed to open a food business in Milwaukee.

Tattoos & Body Piercing

Licensing information for tattoo parlors and piercing shops along with health information for those who are considering or who have just recently gotten tattoos/piercings.

Temporary Event Food Licensing & Sanitation

Sanitation and licensing requirements for temporary food vendors at events in Milwaukee.

Weights and Measures Licensing

Obtain a license for your weighing or measuring device operating in the city of Milwaukee.

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Other Consumer Environmental Health Web Pages

Food Inspection Reports

Food establishment inspections, information about our inspection program and explanations of the reports.

Food Safety for Businesses

Signs, fact sheets and links to state and local food codes.