Welcome to the City Clerk's Office
The Common Council appoints the City Clerk for a 4-year term. The Clerk is responsible for providing staff and record keeping services for the Common Council and administering a number of other city functions, including historic preservation, licensing and cable television production. The Central Administration Division maintains the records of the Council and its committees, provides office support to the Council members and performs general departmental administrative tasks.
Building Plan Requests and the DNC
Due to increased concerns regarding security and public safety, from February 1, 2020 through the end of the Democratic National Convention on August 20, 2020, there may be a longer than normal wait time associated with the processing of public records requests from the City Records Center for records pertaining to certain buildings in the downtown area.
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Public Meeting Update
By emergency order and in the interest of public health and safety, please be advised that gatherings of more than 25 people, even in Common Council 301 complex committee rooms, will not be permitted. Please do not congregate in any of the common areas of the 301 complex or in the City Hall rotunda area just outside the doors to the 301 complex.
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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.
Serves as a primary resource for public and privileged access to, and preservation of, current and archival information on Milwaukee's municipal government and historic properties. It is comprised of the City Records Center, Historic Preservation, and the Municipal Research Library (formerly the LRB Library).
Performs research, legislative drafting and fiscal analysis for the Common Council and other city departments.
Online access to Common Council files, agendas, minutes and meeting videos and information on city boards, commissions and committees.
Processes applications for over 100 different licenses and permits and assists the Council in its deliberations regarding licensing matters.
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.
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