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The City Clerk License Division administers and processes license and permit applications and license fees on behalf of the Common Council and City Clerk. For information relating to specific license and permit types, go to Licenses and Permits
Places that serve alcohol are a part of the fabric of Milwaukee. From corner bars to crowded beer halls and nightclubs, this is, after all, a town that's been called "Brew City." Most of these places – officially called "alcohol beverage establishments" – are well run, orderly, and safe. Get information for those instances when you and your neighbors feel a local establishment has gotten out of hand and is harming your quality of life.
Residents can now sign up to receive electronic notifications whenever a license application is made within a designated distance from a registered address. By registering a valid email address and password at the City's "E-Notify" link, users will be notified via email one day after any application within the designated distance is submitted. Sign Up Now
Lists of Licenses and Permits Issued
Alcohol Beverage Establishment Licenses
Alcohol Beverage Establishment Licenses, Inactive (Requirements not met)
Extended Hours Establishment Licenses
Food Dealer Establishment Licenses
Food Dealer Establishment Licenses, Inactive (Requirements not met)
Food Peddler Licenses
Home Improvement Contractor Licenses
Home Improvement Contractor Licenses, Inactive (Requirements not met)
Junk Collector Truck Licenses
Loading Zone Permits
Lobbyist Registrations (Alphabetically by Lobbyist)
Lobbyist Registrations (Alphabetically by Principal)
Private Alarm System Business Licenses
Public Entertainment Licenses
Public Entertainment Licenses, Inactive (Requirements not met)
Public Passenger Vehicle Driver Licenses
Public Passenger Vehicle Driver Licenses, Inactive (Requirements not met)
Public Passenger Vehicle Permits (Alphabetical Order)
Public Passenger Vehicle Permits (Permit Number Order)
Public Passenger Vehicle Permits, Inactive (Requirements not met)
Suspended Licenses Due to Council Action
Temporary Extension Licenses
Temporary Food Licenses
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.
Applicants previously fingerprinted by the MPD can contact the MPD at (414) 935-7281 to determine whether their fingerprints are still on file.
City Clerk License Division
City Hall Room 105
200 E. Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Office Hours, Walk-in Customer Service:
Monday to Friday (except holidays)
Alcohol Beverage Retail Establishment (New and Premise Transfer Applicants)
By appointment only. E-mail or call to set up an appointment.
Food Dealers and Food Peddlers (New Applicants)
8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
All Other Applicants
8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
2014 Holidays/Furlough Days
Wednesday, January 1
Monday, January 20
Friday, April 18
Friday, May 23
Monday, May 26
Thursday and Friday, July 3-4
Friday, August 29
Monday, September 1
Thursday and Friday, November 27-28
Wednesday and Thursday, December 24-25
Wednesday, December 31
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