Licenses & Permits

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

  • Applicant completes application and pays fees (cash or check payable to City Treasurer).  Incomplete or illegible applications will not be accepted.
  • Application is processed internally according to local and state laws.
  • Each owner, officers and/or manager of applicant is subject to a background check conducted by the La Crosse Police Department.
  • Each applicant, including any owner, officers and/or manager of applicant, is checked for any delinquency owed to the City (including, but not limited to, Parking Utility, Municipal Court, City Treasurer, 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).

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 (with fee) for processing. The City Clerk's Office is located at City Hall, 2nd Fl, 400 La Crosse St.

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

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
Approved by Council

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

Inspections
Approved by Council

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

Inspections
Approved by Council

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

Inspections
Approved by Council

"Class C" Wine 
Ch. 4 $100

Inspections
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

Beer Garden
Class A - Tavern
Class B - Restaurant
Class C - Recreational
Class D - Restaurant (less restricted hours, add’l requirements)
Ch. 10
Art. III

$160
$160
$160
$260

Inspections
Approved by Council

Expansion of Beer & Liquor License for Special Event (Private Property)
*property must be adjacent to licensed premise.
Sec. 4-109 $100 Inspections
Approved by Council
Expansion of Beer & Liquor License for Special Event (Public Property)
*Only one permit shall be allowed on any one day and may only be granted during the period of Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Sec. 32-106

$150
$100 cash deposit

Block Party Permit Req'd
Inspections
Insurance Required
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 Residency Requirement
Approved by Council

Other Licenses

License Type Municipal Code Chapter/Section Fees Information
Beekeeping License Sec. 6-18 $5 - 5 year license

Original Application approved by J&A and Council
50% approval from neighboring property owners
Renewal Applications approved by J&A only

Beverage Operator
2-Year
60-Day Provisional
14-Day Temporary
Sec. 4-110 $50
$15
$20

Certificate of Completion of Responsible Beverage Server Course
approved by Wisconsin DOR Req'd
Approved by Council (2-Year only)
Note:  If you apply for the 2-year license in the middle of a license period,
you will not receive a full two year license.

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

$135
$160
$310
$50 fee for tent in excess of 400 sf

Inspections
Approved by Council

Carnival & Traveling Exhibitions Ch. 10
Art. VIII
$110/day per location
See application for other fees.
Insurance & Bond Required
5-Day Waiting Period
Inspection by Fire Prevention Building Safety
Chicken License Sec. 6-16 $25 Approved by J&A
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
$110 Space Requirement
Inspections
Approved by Council
Direct Seller Ch. 10
Art. XVI
$60 Door to Door +
$10/ID Card
$60 per Location

10-Day Waiting Period
90-Day License
Insurance & Other Documentation Required

Escort Services Ch. 10
Art. IX

$260
$210 Renewal

30-day Waiting Period
Fingerprints
Approved by Council
Horse Drawn Vehicle
Annual License
Daily Permit
Ch. 10
Art. XIV
$60/3 vehicles
$35/vehicle per day
Approved by Council
Junk Dealer Ch. 10
Art. XI
Junk Dealer - $160
Itinerant  - $110
Approved by Council
Mobile Home Park Ch. 107 $100/50 spaces Approved by Council
Outdoor Food Stand/ Mobile Food Unit Ch. 10
Art. X
$60
$50 inspection fee, if applicable

15-day Waiting Period
Insurance & Other Documentation Required
Inspection by Fire Prevention Building Safety

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
Approved by Council

Pedicabs and Pedal Cars

 

Ch. 10
Art. XVIII

$60/vehicle

Insurance & Other Documentation Required
Approved by Council

Public Passenger Vehicle Company Ch. 10
Art. XIII
$60/vehicle

Insurance & Other Documentation Required
Approved by Council

Public Passenger Vehicle Operator Sec. 10-593 $50

2-year license.
Note:  If you apply for the 2-year license in the middle of a license period,
you will not receive a full two-year license.

Recycling Facilities
Recycling Center
Pick-Up Station
Processing Facility
Reverse Vending
Ch. 10
Art. XII

$110
$110
$110
$110

Approved by Council
Roller Rink Ch. 10
Art. VII
$110 Approved by Council
Secondhand
Article Dealer
Jewelry, Precious Metals, Gems Dealer
Mall/Flea Market
Ch. 10
Art. XVII

$125
$125

$250

$2500 Surety Bond
Approved by Council

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



$85
$135
$185
Approved by Council
Trade Show Ch. 10
Art. XVI
$110 10-Day Waiting Period
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's Office at (608) 789-7510.