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Lunch & Learn Summer Series

In an effort to better equip the development community with understanding the permitting process in the City of Milwaukee, the Lunch & Learn Summer Series will explore current development opportunities and challenges. Mark your calendars to join us!

Sessions for 2019 will be posted soon.




View 2018 sessions below.

View 2018 Lunch & Learn Summer Series flyer.

 Funding Resources

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Learn about economic development and funding resources available from the City and its partners to boost your project.

  • Brownfield funds
  • Commercial corridor grants
  • MEDC (Milwaukee Economic Development Corp.)
  • NIDC (Neighborhood Improvement Dev. Corp.)

View video of this session.


Monday, June 11, 2018 - 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Learn the fundamentals of the zoning code, what uses are allowed and how to better navigate it.

  • What is the purpose of zoning
  • Structure of zoning code
  • Resources for site specific info 

View video of this session.

View Zoning slideshow.

 City Approvals

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Learn about City approval processes, timelines, special zoning regulations and how to work with various departments in the permitting process.

  • Licensing (bars/taverns/restaurants)
  • City Plan Commission
  • BOZA (Board of Zoning Appeals)

View video of this session.

View Licensing slideshow.

View City Plan Commission slideshow.


Monday, August 20, 2018 - 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Learn about some of the challenges to obtaining occupancy permits and how to better work with building and zoning codes in determining occupancy.

  • City process
  • Types of occupancies
  • Proposed uses

View video of this session.

View Occupancy slideshow.

 Basic Building Code

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Go back to the basics and learn more about code.

  • How different uses impact building code requirements
  • Broad understanding of new construction and existing buildings

View video for this session.

View Building Code slideshow.


Monday, October 15, 2018 - 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Learn more about how to work with the Department of Public Works to maximize your project outcomes.

  • Public right of way concerns
  • Permissions and process

View video for this session.




Please bring your own lunch.

Sessions are held in the first floor board room of 809 N. Broadway (near the Development Center).



  • Office of Mayor Tom Barrett
  • Department of Neighborhood Services (DNS)
  • Department of City Development (DCD)
  • LISC Milwaukee


  • Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs
  • Alderman Jose Perez
  • Alderman Khalif Rainey


Alex Walker

Reduced rate parking is available at the Milwaukee Center (SW corner of E. Kilbourn & N. Water). Parking is validated at the first floor Information Booth in City Hall.