Food & Restaurants

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Licensing Requirements

Are you interested in opening a food establishment?  The Guidelines for Starting a Food Business list all approvals required to open a food or restaurant business in Wauwatosa.

To begin the permit process, fill out an application below and return to the Health Department.  A sanitarian will follow up with you to schedule an on-site preinspection.  You must meet the minimum requirements in the New Operator Guidelines before can be approved to open to the public.

Not sure where to start?  Contact WHD to talk to a sanitarian about your questions. Please include the establishment address and the type of establishment you're planning to open.

License Application Forms


WHD inspects over 450 city and state licensed establishments to ensure adherence to federal, state, and local codes and safety guidelines. The establishments that are inspected at least annually include:

  • Restaurants and retail food establishments
  • Farmer’s Markets
  • Temporary food events
  • Hotels/motels
  • Public swimming pools
  • Vending machines and micro markets
  • School cafeterias
  • Mobile food trucks and carts

View Food Inspection Reports for Wauwatosa establishments.

WHD Food Scoop Newsletters

Food Recalls

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) maintains a list of recalled food items on their website. The FDA site also has an option to sign up to be alerted of new recalled food products.

Questions and Complaints

To ask a question or to file a complaint, contact WHD.


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