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StartSmart

Starting a new business? The new StartSmart web app is an online tool to help entrepreneurs determine what City or State licenses or permits are needed to open a business in Milwaukee. Try it today!

 

License Division Newsletter

With all the work that goes into making a business successful, we want to make sure that your experience with City Hall is stress-free, straightforward and professional. Each quarter, our staff will be putting together all the most helpful content and delivering it right to your inbox! To sign up, select "License Division News" at city.milwaukee.gov/enotify.

 

Licensed Premises Pivot Program

Trying to start a new business? Want to make sense of regulations? Our new Pivot Program brings the experts to you for lively discussions and one-on-one problem-solving. Click for details!

 

Clerk Notes Instructional Video Series

The License Division's new instructional video series brings the knowledge and expertise of our staff right to your fingertips.

 


What's New

License and Permit Applications

A listing of all licenses and permits administered by the License Division, along with accompanying documents.

 

 
What's New

Additional Information 

Access all forms and applications used by the License Division, as well as information regarding many of the licenses issued.

     
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License E-Payment

Pay license fees online with MasterCard or VISA. The refund policy for payments can be found at the Refund Policy link.

 
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Issued by Other City Departments

Follow the links below for more information on other City licenses or permits.

 


Fingerprinting Requirements

The Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) is required to conduct an investigation of the criminal history of applicants for certain new and renewal licenses and permits.  All applicants whose fingerprints are not already on file with the Milwaukee Police Department must report to the Police Administration Building at the following address and times in order to be fingerprinted:

Police Administration Building Room 305
951 N James Lovell St (N 7th St)

Monday - Friday (excluding holidays)
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Applicants previously fingerprinted by the MPD can contact the MPD at (414) 935-7281 to determine whether their fingerprints are still on file.

 

Customer Service Survey

Please take a minute to complete our online customer service survey. Your comments will help us to monitor our customer service and find out how we can improve our licensing services. We appreciate your time and feedback

 

Frequently Requested but Handled Elsewhere

Birth and Death Certificates

Marriage Licenses

Public Records

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City Clerk -
License Division

City Hall Room 105
200 E. Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Ph: (414) 286-2238
Fx:  (414) 286-3057

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