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Municipal Identification

On July 26, 2016, the Milwaukee Common Council passed a law creating a municipal identification (ID). If you have lived in the City of Milwaukee for at least 15 days, you may be eligible to receive a municipal ID. Click on the picture to learn more.

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Red Tape Rescue

This program was created by the city to make the process of getting and renewing licenses as quick and efficient as possible for the businesses and other groups/individuals that need them.

Click on the picture to the left or the title above for more info.

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Sex Offender Ordinance

Please note that effective September 23, 2017, the City of Milwaukee’s residency restrictions for sex offenders ordinance has been significantly revised.

Individuals having questions regarding this matter should contact the Milwaukee Police Department’s Sensitive Crimes at 414-935-7405 or 414-935-7401.

LRB Library 

LRB and HPC Offices Relocated

While they will remain open for business during the transition, the Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB) Library and the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) offices will be relocated to Room B-1 on the southern end of the City Hall basement as part of an ongoing foundation construction project.



Legislative Reference Bureau

Maintains a municipal government reference library and performs research, legislative drafting and fiscal analysis for the Common Council and other city departments.


Legislative Research Center (Legistar)

Online access to Common Council files, agendas, minutes and meeting videos and information on city boards, commissions and committees.


License Division

Processes applications for over 100 different licenses and permits and assists the Council in its deliberations regarding licensing matters.


Public Information Division

Produces publications, aldermanic newsletters, arranges press briefings and news releases. Maintains web pages for the Common Council and City Clerk's Office and operates City Channel 25.


City Records Center

Provides departments with record storage services, information management, and mail services conforming to USPS mail standards in a timely manner and assists in compliance with local, state, and federal record laws.

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Red Tape Rescue

Set up your Milwaukee business quickly and easily with these Red Tape Rescue resources:

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Contact Us

City Hall
200 E. Wells Street
Room 205
Milwaukee, WI 53202  

Hours and Directory

(414) 286-2221


City Clerk

Jim Owczarski


Phone: (414) 286-2998
Fax: (414) 286-3456

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