Welcome to the City of Wauwatosa! As a new resident, you likely have many questions about the city’s services, community, and culture. We are here to help answer your questions, and to give you an overview of what makes Tosa special.
- Licenses and Permits
- Pet Licenses
- Property Taxes
- City Parks
- Recreational Programming
- Community Events
Areas of Wauwatosa
The City of Wauwatosa consists of several distinct districts. East Tosa is a classic “Main Street” with an array of goods and services, located along North Avenue between Wauwatosa Avenue and 60th Street. East Tosa is now home to six murals, all within walking distance of each other, that are a part of NoMAD (North Avenue Mural Arts District). The Northwest Corridor is home to the industrial businesses and warehouses of Tosa. MidTown Tosa, along North Avenue from Menomonee River Parkway to Wauwatosa Avenue, is home to both commercial goods and services, and an urban residential neighborhood. The Village is the historic commercial heart of the city. With local and national shops, various restaurants, and century-old brick buildings, there is something for everyone in The Village.
The city is also home to the Wauwatosa Life Sciences District, which is comprised of the Milwaukee County Research Park, the Technology Innovation Center, the UWM Innovation Campus, and the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center. In addition to this concentration of medical and technical research and application, Wauwatosa is the home to Mayfair Road. Mayfair Road boasts both Mayfair Mall and Mayfair Collection, and also serves as a central location with access to Highway 45.
Please download the Wauwatosa Resident Guide (.pdf) for more information about Tosa.
How do I get a library card?
Library cards are available to all eligible residents of Milwaukee County. Library cards are available in person at any MCFLS member library and are valid for 2 years. Adults, who are 16-years-of-age and older, can bring a valid Wisconsin ID or Driver’s License with current Milwaukee County address or must show two forms of ID.
To learn more about obtaining a library card, and for information about valid forms of ID, please reference the Wauwatosa Public Library.
How do I pay for water and sewer utilities?
The city issues water, sewer, and storm water bills quarterly in the mail around the first of the month. Bills are due on the 20th of each month. Bills are issued to the owner or resident. If you want, the bill can be mailed to an address other than the service address. You can pay your bill online, by mail, in person, by using the 24 hour deposit located at the south-west end of City Hall, through your private bank's online bill pay, or over the phone.
For more information on how billing works, please see our Billing & Rate Information page.
For general information about water utilities in Wauwatosa, please see our Water Utility page.
How do I register to vote?
In order to register to vote, there are a few steps residents must take:
- All persons registering to vote are required to provide proof of residence showing current name and current Wauwatosa address.
- Register online at the MyVote website, myvote.wi.gov
- Download the registration form (EL-131) from the Wisconsin Elections Commission website; mail it to the City Clerk's Office, 7725 W. North Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI 53213.
- Register at the City Clerk’s office Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; the office is open until 5:00 pm the Friday before an election (there is no in-person registration at the Clerk's office the day before an election).
- Register at the polls on Election Day.
- Electors are not required to register prior to each election. You only need to register if you have moved since the last election and have not registered from your new address, or have changed your name since the last election.
For more information, please see our Elections and Voting page.
How does garbage and recycling work in Wauwatosa?
To find your garbage and recycling schedule, please see our Refuse and Recycling Map. You may click on the map to view an individual refuse and recycling schedule based on your address, and/or you may use the Search Tool to locate your property by address.
For more information about garbage and recycling, please see our Garbage Recycling and Yard Waste Carts page.
Where can I learn more about the Wauwatosa School District?The Wauwatosa School District has their own website with information and resources.