License & Permits

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

  • Applicant completes application and pays fees (cash, check payable to the City of South Milwaukee).  Incomplete or illegible applications will not be accepted. 
  • Application is processed internally according to local and state laws.
  • Each owner, officer, and/or manager of applicant is subject to a background check conducted by the South Milwaukee Police Department. 
  • Each applicant, including any owner, officers, and/or manager of applicant, is checked for any delinquency owed to the City.
  • Once internal process is complete, the license/permit is issued.
  • If any outstanding fines/fee/charges/taxes are due to the City, there will be a hold placed on the license until proof of payment is presented.  

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's office (with fee) for processing.  The City Clerk's Office is located in the South Milwaukee Administration Building, 2424 15th Avenue, South Milwaukee, WI 53172.

If you have any questions, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 414.762.2222

Beer & Liquor Related Licenses

  • A = consumption off premise
  • B = consumption on premise

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

Original Applications for Beer & Liquor

LICENSE/PERMIT TYPECODE CHAPTER/SECTIONFEESINFORMATION
Combination "Class B" Beer & LiquorChapter 19$600* plus publication
($25 publication fee)
Approved by Council

Class "B" BeerChapter 19$100* plus publication
($25 publication fee)
Approved by Council
"Class A" LiquorChapter 19$500* plus publication
($25 publication fee)
Approved by Council
Class "A" BeerChapter 19$100* plus publication
($25 publication fee)
Approved by Council
"Class C" WineChapter 19$100* plus publication
($25 publication fee)
Approved by Council
Temporary Class "B"/"Class B"
(Picnic License)
Chapter 19$10/license issuedApproved by License & Permit Committee
Public Consumption (Sidewalks)Chapter 19$100Approved by Council
Change of AgentChapter 19$10Residency Requirement
Approved by Council


Renewal Applications for Beer & Liquor

LICENSE/PERMIT  TYPECODE CHAPTER/SECTIONFEESINFORMATION
Combination "Class B" Beer & LiquorChapter 19$600 plus publication
($25 publication fee)
Approved by Council
Class "B" BeerChapter 19$100 plus publication
($25 publication fee)
Approved by Council
"Class A" LiquorChapter 19$500 plus publication
($25 publication fee)
Approved by Council
Class "A" BeerChapter 19$100 plus publication
($25 publication fee)
Approved by Council
"Class C" WineChapter 19$100 plus publication
($25 publication fee)
Approved by Council
Temporary Class "B"/"Class B"
(Picnic License)
Chapter 19$10/license issuedApproved by License & Permit Committee
Public Consumption (Sidewalks)Chapter 19$100Approved by Council
Change of AgentChapter 19$10Residency Requirement
Approved by Council


Other License & Permits

LICENSE PERMIT TYPECODE CHAPTER/SECTIONFEESINFORMATION
Beverage Operator
New Application 1-Year
60 Day-Provisional
Duplicate License
Renewal Application - 1-Year
Chapter 19
$50
$15
$20
$50

-New applications must be completed in the Clerk's Office
-Certificate of Completion of Responsible Beverage Server Course.  (New applicants only)

(Over-the-counter & Vending)Chapter 24$100
Junk DealerChapter 20$300Approved by Council
Junk Truck - per vehicleChapter 20$300Approved by Council
Massage EstablishmentChapter 20$150Approved by Council
Arcade LicenseChapter 20$100Approved by Council
Amusement Device OperatorChapter 20$400Approved by Council
Amusement Device Tags
(Each Amusement Device)
Chapter 20$85 per machineMust provide a listing of all devices.
Transient MerchantChapter 20$100Must provide the Clerk's Office with a passport size photo with application.
Secondhand Article Dealer
-Background check per person (in state)
-Background check per person (out of state)
Chapter 20$140
$7
$14
Approved by Council
Christmas Tree Sales License
Clean-up Bond
Chapter 20$30
$100
Approval from the City Engineer and Fire Chief.