Licenses & Permits

Please review the following procedures before going to the License & Permit Chart below.

Applicant completes application, in full, and pays fees.

  • Application is processed internally according to local and state laws (cash or check payable to City Treasurer).
  • Applicant is checked for any delinquency owed the City through Parking Utility, Municipal Court, City Treasurer and Utilities Office. If any delinquency exists, there will be a hold placed on the license/permit until proof of payment is presented.
  • Once internal process is complete, the license/permit is issued.
  • If any outstanding fines/fees/charges/taxes are due the City, there will be a hold placed on the license until proof of payment is presented.
  • Any person not filing the application for any permit or license provided for under Chapters 115, 6, 10, or 40 of the Municipal Code in a timely manner may be subject to a penalty equal to twice the license fee (see 115-342, 115-88, and 111-1 of the Municipal Code).

If you have any questions, please contact the City Clerk at (608) 789-7510.

Click on a form below to learn more information and download the documents needed. Once you have completed the forms, deliver them to the City Clerk for processing. The City Clerk's Office is located at City Hall, 2nd Fl, 400 La Crosse St.

Beer & Liquor Related Licenses

A = consumption off premise
B = consumption on premise

* If applying during license year, fees may be pro-rated.

License Type Municipal Code Chapter/Section Fees Information                       
Combination "Class B" Beer & Liquor Ch. 4  $600* plus publication

Permission to Apply
Inspections
Background Check
Approved by Council

Class "B" Beer Ch. 4 $100* plus publication

Inspections
Background Check
Approved by Council

"Class A" Liquor Ch. 4 $500* plus publication

Inspections
Background Check
Approved by Council

Class "A" Beer Ch. 4 $100* plus publication

Inspections
Background Check
Approved by Council

"Class C" Wine 
Ch. 4 $100

Inspections
Background Check
Approved by Council

Temporary Class "B" / "Class B" 
(Picnic License)
 Sec. 4-146

$10/license issued
$100 cash deposit if on City owned property.
$50 tent fee, if applicable

15-Day Waiting Period
Inspections
Background Check
Beer Garden
Class A - Tavern
Class B - Restaurant
Class C - Recreational
Class D - Restaurant (less restricted hours, add’l requirements)
Ch. 10
Art. III

$150
$150
$150
$250

Inspections
Background Check
Approved by Council

Expansion of Beer & Liquor License for Special Event (Private Property) Sec. 4-109 $100 Inspections
Background Check
Approved by Council
Expansion of Beer & Liquor License for Special Event (Public Property) Sec. 32-106

$150
$100 cash deposit

Inspections
Background Check
Approved by Council
Transfer of Beer & Liquor License Sec. 4-151 $10 Inspections
Approved by Council
Change of Agent Ch. 4
Sec. 4-75.1(b)
$10 Background Check
Approved by Council

                                                                                       
                                                                                       

Other Licenses

License Type Municipal Code Chapter/Section Fees Information
Beekeeping License Sec. 6-8 $5 - 5 year license

Original Application approved by Judiciary & Administration Committee and Council
50% approval from neighboring property owners
Renewal Applications approved by Judiciary & Administration Committee only

Beverage Operator
2-Year
60-Day Provisional
14-Day Temporary
Sec. 4-110 $40
$15
$20

Certificate of Completion of Responsible Beverage Server Course approved by State of Wisconsin Required
Background Check
Approved by Council (2-Year only)

Cabaret
Indoor
Outdoor
Special Event Outdoor
Ch. 10
Art. IV

$125
$150
$300
$50 fee for tent in excess of 400 sf

Inspections
Background Check
Approved by Council
Carnival & Traveling Exhibitions Ch. 10
Art. VIII
$100/day per location
See application for other fees.
Insurance & Bond Required
5-Day Waiting Period
Approved by Fire Prevention Building Safety
Chicken License Sec. 6-16 $25 Approved by Judiciary & Administration Committee
Cigarette (Over-the-Counter & Vending) Ch. 10
Art. V
$100
Close-Out Sale Ch. 10
Art. XV
$150 15-Day Waiting Period
60-Day License
Inventory
Police Investigation
Dance Hall Ch. 10
Art. VI
$100 Space Requirement
Inspections
Background Check
Approved by Council
Direct Seller Ch. 10
Art. XVI
$50 Door to Door +
$10/ID Card
$50 per Location
10-Day Waiting Period
90-Day License
Background Check
Escort Services Ch. 10
Art. IX
$250 30-day Waiting Period
Background Check
Fingerprints
Approved by Council
Horse Drawn Vehicle
Annual License
Daily Permit
Ch. 10
Art. XIV
$50/3 vehicles
$25/vehicle per day
Background Check
Approved by Council
Junk Dealer Ch. 10
Art. XI
Junk Dealer - $150
Itinerant  - $100
Approved by Council
Mobile Home Park Ch. 107 $100/50 spaces Approved by Council
Outdoor Food Stand/ Mobile Food Unit Ch. 10
Art. X
$50
15-day Waiting Period
Background Check
Insurance & Other Documentation Required
Parade Permit Ch. 40
Art. VI
Fees Based on Number of Participants -
Less than 200:  $50
200-500:  $100
501-5000:  $250
5001+:  $500

15-Day Waiting Period
Insurance Requirements
Pawnbroker Ch. 10
Art. XVII
$250 $2,500 Surety Bond
Background Check
Approved by Council

Pedicabs and Pedal Cars

 

Ch. 10
Art. XVIII

$50/vehicle

Background Check
Insurance & Other Documentation Required
Approved by Council

Public Passenger Vehicle Company Ch. 10
Art. XIII
$50/vehicle

Background Check
Insurance & Other Documentation Required
Approved by Council

Public Passenger Vehicle Operator Sec. 10-593 $40 Background Check
Recycling Facilities
Recycling Center
Pick-Up Station
Processing Facility
Reverse Vending
Ch. 10
Art. XII

$100
$100
$100
$100

Approved by Council
Roller Rink Ch. 10
Art. VII
$100 Approved by Council
Secondhand
Article Dealer
Jewelry, Precious Metals, Gems Dealer
Mall/Flea Market
Ch. 10
Art. XVII

$125
$125

$250

$2500 Surety Bond
Background Check
Approved by Council

Theatre
(based on Seating capacity)
500 or less
500 - 1,000
over 1,000
Ch. 10
Art. VII



$75
$125
$175
Approved by Council
Trade Show Ch. 10
Art. XVI
$100 10-Day Waiting Period
Background Check
Waste Hauler Sec. 16-2 $150

Bond Required.  DNR License, if applicable


Note:
Pursuant to Council Resolution 2005-12-026 (adopted Dec. 8, 2005) there is hereby established a minimum non-refundable amount of $50.00 with respect to applications for licenses, permits or other privileges or approvals by the Common Council or other City officers, except that the license or permit fee or other approval fee for matters that are denied shall not be refunded, nor those matters that are withdrawn following the expenditure of out-of-pocket expenses such as, but not limited to, publication fees, personal service costs or mailing costs.

Questions?

For more information, please contact the City Clerk at (608) 789-7510.