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

  • Applicant completes application and pays fees (cash, check payable to City Treasurer or credit with a convenience fee). 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 6, 10, 39, 40 and 115 of the Municipal Code in a timely manner may be subject to a penalty equal to twice the license fee.

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/
Permit Type
Code Chapter/
Section
Fees Information
Combination "Class B" Beer & Liquor Ch. 4 $600* plus publication Permission to Apply Required
Approved by Council
Class "B" Beer Ch. 4 $100* plus publication Approved by Council
"Class A" Liquor Ch. 4 $500* plus publication Approved by Council
Class "A" Beer Ch. 4 $100* plus publication Approved by Council
"Class C" Wine
Ch. 4 $100 Approved by Council
Temporary Class "B" / "Class B"
(Picnic License)
Ch. 4, Art. V $10/license issued Effective 1-1-20, must accompany a Special Event Application and be filed no less than sixty (60) days prior to event.
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
Approved by Council
Expansion of AlcoholLicense for Special Event(Private Property)
*property must be adjacent to licensed premise.
Sec. 4-109 $150 Effective 1-1-20, must accompany a Special Event Application and be filed no less than sixty (60) days prior to event.
Approved by Council
Expansion of AlcoholLicensefor Special Event(Public Property)
*Only one permit shall be allowed on any one day for events Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Sec. 32-106 $250 Effective 1-1-20, must accompany a Special Event Application and be filed no less than sixty (60) days prior to event.
Insurance Required
Approved by Council
Transfer of Beer & Liquor License Sec. 4-151 $10 Approved by Council
Change of Agent Ch. 4
Sec. 4-75.1(b)
$10 Residency Requirement
Approved by Council

Other Licenses & Permits

License
Permit Type
Code Chapter/
Section
Fees Information
Beekeeping License Sec. 6-18 5 year license
$25
Original Application approved by 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 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
Ch. 10
Art. IV
$135
$160
Additional
$50 for tent > 400 sf
Approved by Council
Circus, Carnival or Menagerie Ch. 10
Art. VIII
$110/day per location
Effective 1-1-20, must accompany a Special Event Application and be filed no less than sixty (60) days prior to event.
Insurance & Bond Required
Inspection by Fire
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 Required
Police Investigation
Dance Hall Ch. 10
Art. VI
$110 Space Requirement
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 Documents 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 Junk Dealer - $110
Approved by Council
Mobile Home Park Ch. 107 $100/50 spaces Approved by Council
Neighborhood Block Party Sec. 40-107 $35 30-day Deadline
Review by Street Department and Police Department
Outdoor Food Stand/Mobile Food Unit Ch. 10
Art. X
$100
$50 inspection fee, if applicable
15-Day Waiting Period
Insurance & Other Documents Required
Inspection by Fire, if applicable
Parade Permit

REPEALED 1-1-2020
See Special Event

 
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 Documents Required
Approved by Council
Public Passenger Vehicle Company Ch. 10
Art. XIII
$60/vehicle Insurance & Other Documents 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, GemsDealer
Mall/Flea Market
Ch. 10
Art. XVII
$125
$125

$250
$2500 Surety Bond
Approved by Council
Special Event Ch. 39

Effective 1-1-2020

See Policies & Procedures Manual

Applications must be filed no less than sixty (60) days prior to event and no more than one (1) year in advance
Review by Special Event Staff
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 $200 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.