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Alcohol Beverage Licenses

Select a link or call a telephone number below for more information about Alcohol Beverage Licenses:  

Licenses are issued for:

Need a license? Call
Bartender - NEW license application yes (414) 286-2238
Bartender - RENEW license online yes (414) 286-2238
Beer Sales yes (414) 286-2238
Liquor Sales yes (414) 286-2238
Manager yes (414) 286-2238

  

 Animal Licenses

Select a link or call a telephone number below for more information about Animal Licenses:

Licenses are issued for: Need a license? Call
Animal Fancier yes (414) 286-3280
Bees Yes (414) 286-3280
Chickens yes (414) 286-3280
Cat yes (414) 649-8640
Dog yes (414) 649-8640
Grooming yes (414) 286-3280
Horse and Surrey yes (414) 286-3280
Horse Stable yes (414) 286-3280
Kennel yes (414) 286-3280
Pet Shop yes (414) 286-3280
Slaughtering yes (414) 286-3674

 

 

Building and Construction Permits

Select a link or call a telephone number below for more information about Building and Construction Permits:   

Project Need a permit? Need a permit?
Air conditioner Yes (414) 286-8210
Asbestos abatement -- single family or duplex No (414) 286-3280
Asbestos abatement -- 3 or more residential units Yes (414) 286-3280
Asbestos abatement -- commercial building Yes (414) 286-3280
Attic alterations or conversion Yes (414) 286-8210
Banners hung from streetlight poles Yes 414) 286-3329
Basement alterations or conversions Probably (414) 286-8210
Bathroom -- remodel Probably (414) 286-8210
Building cleaning (masonry building) Yes (414) 286-3280
Cell phone antenna Yes (414) 286-8210
Day care center Yes -- need occupancy permit (414) 286-8210
Deck Yes (414) 286-8210
Door -- brand new (one or two-family home) Yes (414) 286-8210
Door -- new or replacement (commercial building) Yes (414) 286-8210
Door -- replacement (one or two-family home) -- size of opening becomes larger or smaller Yes (414) 286-8210
Driveway Only the approach from the street requires a permit (414) 286-8208
Electrical work -- ALL Yes -- contractor must be licensed (414) 286-2532
Fence -- new Yes View/Print the Application
Or (414) 286-8210
Fence -- replace Yes View/Print the Application
Or (414) 286-8210
Fireplace Yes (414) 286-8210
Furnace Yes (414) 286-8210
Garage -- demolish Yes (414) 286-2557
Garage -- new Yes (414) 286-8210
Garage -- replace Yes (414) 286-8210
Handicapped ramp Yes (414) 286-8210
House (1 and 2 family) -- additions Yes (414) 286-8210
House (1 and 2 family) -- new construction Yes (414) 286-8210
House -- demolish Yes (414) 286-2557
Hydrant use Yes (414) 286-8208
Insulation No (414) 286-8210
Landscaping Maybe (414) 286-8210
Masonry building cleaning Yes (414) 286-3280
New business Yes -- needs occupancy certificate (414) 286-8210
Occupancy Yes (414) 286-8210
Parking slab -- one or two-family home Maybe (414) 286-8210
Parking slab -- commercial building or 3 or more residential units Yes (414) 286-8210
Patio No  
Plumbing -- commercial project Yes (414) 286-3116
Plumbing -- multi-family home Yes (414) 286-3116
Plumbing -- single-family, owner-occupied home Yes (414) 286-8208
Pool Yes (414) 286-3280
Public way -- use of Yes (414) 286-8208
Retaining walls Maybe (414) 286-8210
Roof -- tear off shingles No (414) 286-8210
Roof -- new (with new rafters, etc.) Yes (414) 286-8210
Roof -- replace shingles No  
Rooming House (If 4 or more unrelated people are living in one apartment or residence) Yes (414) 286-3645
Shed Yes (414) 286-8210
Shingles -- new No  
Shingles -- replace No  
Sidewalk on private property No  
Sidewalk in front of home Probably (414) 286-8208
Sidewalk -- use of Yes (414) 286-8208
Sidewalk café Yes (414) 286-8208
Siding Yes (414) 286-8210
Signs Yes (414) 286-8210
Stairs/steps Probably (414) 286-8210
Street -- use of Yes (414) 286-8208
Swimming pool Yes (414) 286-3280
TV tower Yes (414) 286-8210
Tent with 2, 3 or 4 sides Yes (414) 286-8210
Tent with 3 or 4 open sides No  
Tent smaller than 600 s.f. No  
Water meter Yes (414) 286-8208
Water service - branch Yes (414) 286-8208
Water service - new Yes (414) 286-8208
Water service - tap Yes (414) 286-8208

  

Business Licenses

Select a link or call a telephone number below for more information about Business Licenses:  

Licenses are issued for: Need a license? Call
Alarm yes (414) 286-2238
Aluminum Can Recycling yes (414) 286-2238
Amusement Machine Distributor yes (414) 286-2238
Batteries, Used yes (414) 286-2238
Bicycles, Used yes (414) 286-2238
Bill Poster yes (414) 286-2238
Body Piercing yes (414) 286-3674
Bowling Alley (Public Entertainment) yes (414) 286-2238
Carnival (Public Entertainment, Temporary) yes (414) 286-2238
Cigarette and Tobacco yes (414) 286-2238
Dance Hall (Public Entertainment) yes (414) 286-2238
Dance Studio no  
Direct Seller yes (414) 286-2238
Extended Hours Establishment yes (414) 286-2238
Gasoline Filling Station yes (414) 286-3674
Gem Dealer yes (414) 286-2238
Home Improvement Contractor yes (414) 286-2238
Home Improvement Salesperson yes (414) 286-2238
Junk Collector yes (414) 286-2238
Junk Dealer yes (414) 286-2238
Loading Zone yes (414) 286-2238
Massage Therapy Establishment yes (414) 286-3280
Motor Vehicles, Used yes (414) 286-2238
Newspaper Vending yes (414) 286-2238
Parking Lot yes (414) 286-2238
Pawnbroker yes (414) 286-2238
Photography yes (414) 286-2238
Pool Hall (Public Entertainment) yes (414) 286-2238
Precious Metals yes (414) 286-2238
Public Entertainment Premises yes (414) 286-2238
Public Entertainment Premises, Temporary yes (414) 286-2238
Publication Rental (City Hall) yes (414) 286-2238
Resale Shop yes (414) 286-2238
Secondhand Dealer yes (414) 286-2238 
Snowplowing yes (414) 286-2238
Tattoo Parlor yes (414) 286-3674
Theater (Public Entertainment) yes (414) 286-2238
Tires, Used yes (414) 286-2238
Transient Merchant yes (414) 286-2238
Videogame Center (Public Entertainment) yes (414) 286-2238
Waste Collector yes (414) 286-2238
Weights and Measures yes (414) 286-3674

  

Food Establishment Licenses

Select a link or call a telephone number below for more information about Food Establishment Licenses:  

Licenses are issued for: Need a license? Call
Bed and Breakfast yes (414) 286-2238
Food Dealer yes (414) 286-2238
Food Distributor  yes (414) 286-2238
Food Peddler yes (414) 286-2238
Gas Station Convenience Store yes (414) 286-2238
Grocery Store yes (414) 286-2238
Restaurant  yes (414) 286-2238
Temporary Events yes (414) 286-2238

  

Parking Permits

Select a link or call a telephone number below for more information about Parking Permits:

Permits are issued for: Need a permit? Call
Commuter Impacted yes (414) 933-4444
Handicapped yes (414) 933-4444
Night Parking Permit yes (414) 286-8350
Residential Nonconforming yes (414) 933-4444
Shift Workers yes (414) 933-4444
Night Parking Permissions yes (414) 286-8300

  

Personal Licenses

Select a link or call a telephone number below for more information about Personal Licenses:  

Licenses are issued for: Need a permit? Call
Birth yes (414) 286-3516
Death yes (414) 286-3516
Domestic Partner (Milwaukee County Clerk's Office) yes (414) 278-4070
Loading Zone, Disabled yes (414) 286-2238
Marriage yes (414) 278-4067
Lobbying yes (414) 286-2238

   

Special Event Permits

Select a link or call a telephone number below for more information about Special Event Permits:  

Permits are issued for: Need a license? Call
Banner yes (414) 286-3329
Block Party yes (414) 286-3329
Civic Center Plaza yes (414) 286-3329
Special Event ( in the public right of way)  yes (414) 286-3329
Parade yes (414) 286-3329
Festival (Private Property) Maybe (414) 286-8210

   

Vehicle Licenses

Select a link or call a telephone number below for more information about Vehicle Licenses:  

Licenses are issued for: Need a license? Call
Ambulance    
Auto Wrecker yes (414) 286-2238
Bicycle optional (414) 286-2238
Carriage Ride yes (414) 286-2238
Excessive Size, Weight, Load    
Motor Vehicles, Used yes (414) 286-2238
Public Passenger Vehicle yes (414) 286-2238
Public Passenger Vehicle Driver yes (414) 286-2238

 

Fingerprinting

If a license application requires fingerprinting, please note:

All new applicants whose fingerprints are not on file with the Milwaukee Police Department must report between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM (Monday thru Friday, excluding holidays) to the Police Administration Building, 951 N. James Lovell Street (7th St), Room 305 to be fingerprinted. If you have previously been fingerprinted by the Milwaukee Police Department, call (414) 935-7281 to determine whether your fingerprints are still on file. Renewal applicants do not need to be re-fingerprinted by the police department.

The Milwaukee Police Department does offer other miscellaneous fingerprinting services that require a $20 fee for residents and $30 for non-residents.

Any questions regarding which services are offered, call (414) 935-7281.