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Licensing of Food Establishments
Obtaining a Food or Restaurant License

City Approvals
Refer to A Guide to Selling Food in the City of Wauwatosa for information regarding City of Wauwatosa approvals required for opening a food or restaurant business.

Health Department Requirements
Applicants for food or restaurant licenses should follow the following procedure to meet Health Department requirements:
  1. Obtain the license application form for restaurant, temporary restaurant, or food establishment from the Wauwatosa Health Department or access the electronic forms below.
  2. Complete the form and return it with the appropriate fee to the Health Department.
  3. Plans of the establishment may be submitted to the Health Department for review and conformance with current health codes if the plans are available.
  4. The Wauwatosa Health Department sanitarian contacts the applicant to establish an estimated opening date and to arrange for a pre-licensing on-site inspection. Contact the Public Health Nurse Information and Referral Line at (414) 479-8939 or via Email to be referred to the appropriate staff member.
  5. The sanitarian performs a pre-licensing inspection of the establishment. The initial pre-licensing inspection shall be made within 30 days after the license application is received.
  6. After the pre-licensing inspection, the applicant is advised in writing of deficiencies noted during the inspection. The sanitarian informs the applicant of the corrective actions needed and arranges a time for a follow-up inspection.
  7. When the establishment and applicant have complied with current health code requirements, the license is approved. Approval will be noted on the final pre-licensing inspection report form.
  8. The Health Department issues the license when all required approvals are received. Most licenses require approval by more than just the Health Department. 
  9. The license year runs from July 1 through June 30; renewal applications are sent out to current license holders in May. 



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