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On-Line Special Event Permit Application




APPLICATIONS RELATED TO THE UPCOMING REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION (RNC): The Department of Public Works is not accepting applications for Special Events within an area bounded by 20th Street, Greenfield Avenue, North Avenue, and Lake Michigan during the Republican National Convention, July 15-18, 2024. Instead, in order to provide a safe and orderly opportunity for speakers and protesters as close to the Convention as possible, the City has posted a parade permit and speakers platform registration form.

**Register here for the official Demonstration Speakers Platform and Parade Route, both within sight and sound access of the Republican National Convention.** 


DEADLINES: Applications should be submitted 30 days prior to the event (90 days prior to Downtown events).

"Special Event" means any planned extraordinary, temporary use of the public right of way or public premises of 25 people or more including but not limited to parades, processions, demonstrations, bicycle or foot races, and festivals.

"Special Event Notification and Approval Petition" must be signed by property owners or their representatives who will be directly impacted by the event and uploaded for submission with the Special Event Permit Application. If you do not believe you are required to get petition signatures, please upload a letter/statement explaining why. 

A Certificate of Insurance listing the City of Milwaukee as an additional insured must be furnished for all Class A, B, and C events as detailed in the Special Event Permit Ordinance:

b-1. Each applicant for a Class A, B or C event shall furnish with the application fee submitted to the department of public works a certificate of insurance written by a company licensed in the state of Wisconsin, approved by the city and covering any and all liability or obligations which may result from the operations by the applicant’s employes, agents, contractors or subcontractors, and including worker’s compensation coverage in accordance with ch. 101, Wis. Stats. The certificate shall provide that the company will furnish the city with a 10-day written notice of cancellation, non-renewal or material change. The insurance shall be written in comprehensive form and shall protect the applicant and city against all claims arising from injuries to members of the public or damage to property of others arising out of any act or omission of the applicant, its employes, agents, contractors and subcontractors.

b-2. The policy of insurance shall provide minimum combined single bodily injury and property damage of $1,000,000, or such other insurance as deemed to be adequate by the city attorney.

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Public Works Special Event Permit Office at (414) 286-3915.


Permit Applicant Information

First name:    

Last name:  

Organization/business name:  




Zip Code:  

Email address:  

Phone number:      

Event Information

Event name:  

Type of event:  

If other, please describe:  
                                                           (family reunion, birthday party, etc.)

Estimated number of participants:  

Date of event:  

Time permitted area will be closed (including setup):  

Time permitted area will be open to traffic (including cleanup):  

Event start time:  

Event end time:  

Enter a detailed description of the event:


Street closure is requested:  

If yes, list all requested street closures. (FOR EXAMPLE:  North Water Street from East Kilbourn Avenue to East State Street - or for bicycle races, runs, rides, parades, etc. include a detailed route)

Upload detailed route if necessary: 

If no street closure is requested, describe what portion of the public right-of-way you are requesting to occupy.  (i.e.. curb lane on the west side of N Water St between E Juneau Av and E State St, or sidewalk adjacent to the property located at 841 N Broadway, etc.)

Are there parking meters within the permitted area?  

If yes, list the meter numbers:  


Equipment Request

Garbage carts $25 each: 

Festival box dumpsters (7'x7'x6'=6 cubic yards):  
1-3 dumpsters = $180
4-6 dumpsters = $360
7-9 dumpsters =$540


Recycling Information

State law and city ordinance (79-35) require all events to recycle the following items: bottles and jars made of glass or plastic (#1 and #2 only- no cups), metal cans, and cardboard. 
Select recycling option:

If City recycling service is requested, indicate equipment needs below:
Number of Recycling Carts   
Number of Recycling Dumpsters 


Location carts should be placed:  

Location dumpsters should be placed:  

Upload diagram if necessary:  


Special Event Approval Petition and Other Supporting Documentation

(A document must be uploaded below, either a petition or a document explaining why the requirement should be waived)

Other permits which may be necessary for your event include:

  • Sell Food City Clerk License Div. (414) 286-2238
    Sell Alcoholic Beverages City Clerk License Div. (414) 286-2238
    Sell non-food items (ex: T-shirts) City Clerk License Div. (414) 286-2238
    Carnival Rides City Clerk License Div. (414) 286-2238
    Tents larger than 600 sq. ft. Development Center (414) 286-8210
    Bleachers Development Center (414) 286-8210
    Fireworks Dept. of Neighborhood Services (414) 286-2513
    Water Supply or Sewer Connection Dept. of Neighborhood Services (414) 286-3361
    Amplified Sound/Noise Variance Permit Dept. of Neighborhood Services (414) 286-3280

  1. Fees vary with the size and nature of the event and equipment and services requested.  The Police Department determines the classification of events - A, B, C, or D - according to the number of police service hours required.  By ordinance, applicants for Class A, B and C events must furnish with the application fee an original certificate of insurance which provides minimum combined single limits for bodily injury and property damage of $1,000,000, naming the City of Milwaukee as additional insured.  A complete copy of the ordinance is available from the Special Event Permit Office.  Private businesses and non-profit organizations, including churches, are charged event fees.  By ordinance, fees are due within five days after the application has been approved by the Department of Public Works, the Milwaukee Police Department and the local alderperson.  Fees are payable by cash, charge, or a check made payable to “City of Milwaukee.”
  2. The permit holder is responsible for any damage to plantings, grass and irrigation systems on city boulevards and green spaces.  A deposit of $500 for the use of each stretch of boulevard and/or green space is required prior to issuance of the permit.  An additional deposit may be required for trees.  Permit holder is responsible for cleanup of garbage and litter generated by the event.

This permit includes the following provisions to which applicant agrees by signature:

Proposed routes may be altered at the discretion of the Police Department and the Department of Public Works.  

In addition to the petition, flyers which detail the event must be distributed to those living and/or working in the area at least five days prior to the event.  The flyer must include the nature of the event, date, time, and contact information for a representative who can answer questions or concerns relative to the event.  The flyer and a list of recipients must be attached to this application upon submittal.Applications are to be submitted at least 30 days prior to the event- except Downtown events, which must be submitted at least 90-days prior to the event.  To ensure community support, applicants are required to submit a neighborhood notification and approval petition with each application.  Signatures must be obtained from those who will be directly affected by the event.


I, the [applicant, requestor, etc.] for this Special Event Permit Application, warrant the truthfulness of the information provided in this application.  This permit is subject to the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances, the City Charter and all rules and regulations governing street rights-of-way.  The applicant agrees to indemnify and save harmless the City from and against all liabilities, claims, demands, judgments, losses and all suits at law or in equity, cost and expenses, including reasonable attorney fees, for injury or death of any person or loss or damage to the property of any person firm, organization or corporation, including both parties hereto and their employees, arising from the holding of such special event.  The applicant agrees that during the use of the public area, the sponsoring organization will not exclude any person from participation in, deny anyone the benefits of, or otherwise subject anyone to discrimination because of race, color, national origin or handicap.


  I understand that checking this box constitutes a legal signature confirming that I acknowledge and agree to the above Terms of Acceptance.
Electronic Signature:
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