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License and Permit Fees Suspended During COVID-19 State of Emergency


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Attention New Business Owners

Want to open your business prior to the Democratic National convention in July? The city is expecting an increase in demand for new licenses. To make sure all background work can be completed, new businesses are encouraged to submit license applications by the end of March. Those who submit applications after March 31st may not receive all of the required inspections prior to the DNC, which would prevent proper licensure before the event.

Red Tape Rescue 

Red Tape Rescue

The License Division continually seeks to promote entrepreneurship and improve customer service. Take a look at a few of the ways we are cutting the red tape

Start Smart
Start Smart Onlime Tool
Pivot Program
Pivot Program Business

Clerk Notes Intructional Videos

License Division Newsletter 

License Division Newsletter

Each quarter, our staff put together all the most helpful content and deliver it right to your inbox! To sign up, select "License Division News" at

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License and Permit Applications

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



We offer a number of services to help make your licensing process easy and convenient.


Additional Information

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


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.

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

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 330

951 James Lovell St.
Monday - Friday (excluding holidays)
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.



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.

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Common Council City Clerk - License Division  

Contact Us

City Clerk -
License Division

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

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Ph: (414) 286-2238

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