Milwaukee County Parks

Apply for a Permit

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Apply for a Permit or Purchase a Pass

To help everyone enjoy Milwaukee County Parks safely, some activities do require permits. 

  • Photography
  • Vendors
  • Geocaching
  • Dog Parks
  • Boating
  • Disc Golf
  • Right of Entry


Formal Photography Permit

Personal photography and videography are permitted in every Milwaukee County Park. The Mitchell Park Domes, Boerner Botanical Gardens and Wehr Nature Center have different fees and permit processes. A general photography permit is required for all wedding, engagement, family and school pictures or any other posed photography session that uses a park location as a backdrop and/or requires special attire.



1-Hour Permit
(includes tax)

Each Additional Half Hour
(includes tax)

Permit Application

General Milwaukee County Parks
(414) 257-4503



Parks Photo Permit Application

Mitchell Park Domes Formal Photography
(414) 257-5600



Domes Photo Permit Application

Boerner Botanical Gardens Formal, Family, School Photography 
(414) 525-5601



Boerner Photo Permit Application

Boerner Botanical Gardens Wedding Photography Package
(includes admission for up to 20)
(414) 525-5601



Boerner Photo Permit Application
Wehr Nature Center Formal, Family, School Photography
(414) 425-8550
$36.96** N/A

Call for Details

Wehr Nature Center Wedding Photography
(414) 425-8550
$68.64** $36.96 Call for Details

*plus per person admission fees
**plus per vehicle parking fees

Commercial Photography & Filming

A permit and certificate of insurance are required for all commercial and advertising photography.


3-Hour Permit
(includes tax)

8-Hour Permit
(includes tax)

Each Additional Hour
(includes tax)

Permit Application

(414) 257-4503




Parks Photo Permit Application

Wilson Ice Arena
(414) 257-4503




Parks Photo Permit Application

Mitchell Park Domes
(414) 257-5600




Domes Photo Permit Application

Boerner Botanical Gardens
(414) 525-5601




BBG Photo Permit Application

Wehr Nature Center
(414) 425-8550




Call for Details

All other locations
(414) 257-4503




Parks Photo Permit Application






*plus per person admission fees
**plus per vehicle parking fees

Vendor Permits

A Vendor Permit Application is required if you are interested in the opportunity to operate a food and beverage, retail, recreational or other service-oriented concession, to collect donations, or to host a raffle or silent auction on Milwaukee County Parks property.

Application Process

Application Submission: Complete and submit the Vendor Permit Application to Milwaukee County Parks Special Events Office for review and approval.
Application Review: After receipt of your application, you will be notified via email within two weeks regarding the status of your vendor application.

Fees & Requirements: If your Vendor Permit Application is approved, you will receive an email with fee information and requirements to obtain your vendor permit. The Vendor Permit Application must be submitted, processed, and approved, including payment before you may begin operating.

Complete Vendor Permit Application 


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  What are the fees to obtain a vendor permit?

Base Fee – all permit fees will have a fee associated with each location.  The amount varies depending on type of vendor operation and location. 
Operational Expenses – costs of services provided by Milwaukee County Parks, including but not limited to utilities, trash removal, water, etc.
Concession Facility – you must purchase your own concession facility, if applicable.
Additional Expenses – other costs may include but are not limited to general maintenance, repairs, signage, landscaping and restoration, clean up, etc

  I have a license issued by the City of Milwaukee. Can I use it in a Milwaukee County Park?

No. Milwaukee County Parks issues vendor permits for its property.  If you are selling food, commodities or services on any Milwaukee County Parks property without a vendor permit, you may be subject to a fine and confiscation of your products or equipment. Additional licenses from local municipalities may also be required by the Milwaukee County Parks to receive a vendor permit.

  What type of insurance is required? Certificate of Insurance (COI):

Many applicants are required to submit a “Certificate of Insurance” in the amount of $1,000,000 of general liability coverage naming Milwaukee County Parks as an additional insured. Milwaukee County Parks must be listed as the Certificate Holder with the address listed as 9480 Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53326. 

  What if the location I want to sell or perform services at is not available?

Milwaukee County Parks will review any and all proposals or ideas for locations.  However, if the requested location is not an option, Milwaukee County Parks can recommend alternate sites.


  Can I operate my business during a Special Event in the Park I am permitted at?

Seasonal Vendors cannot sell during Special Events in the Park unless approved by the Milwaukee County Parks Department and event organizer.  This includes July 3rd and July 4th events in all Milwaukee County Parks.



Geocaching is a popular outdoor "scavenger hunt" that uses a global positioning system (GPS) device and internet-published coordinates to locate a virtual or physical cache. A virtual cache may be an amazing view; a physical cache may be a trinket or log book in a plastic container hidden under some leaves. Geocaching is an acceptable activity in the Parks when all the guidelines are followed.

To place a physical or virtual cache, you must have prior written permission from the Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Coordinator. For each cache location, complete a separate Geocache Permit Application and provide a map (a Google Earth or similar map).

Complete Geocache Permit Application 

Dog Park Passes & Fees

Buy a single visit pass or annual dog park pass for unlimited access to all seven Milwaukee County dog parks (Granville, Currie, Estabrook, Warnimont, Runway, Bay View and Roverwest). Passes are available to buy online. Before you buy a pass, your dog must be licensed by your municipality and up to date on vaccinations.

2020 Fees

Permit Type Resident Non-Resident
2020 Annual Pass $30 $35
Senior (60yrs+) $15 $20
Person with Disability $15 $20
Each Additional Dog $15 $20
Replacement Tag $20 $20
Single Visit Pass $5 $5
Purchase a Dog Park Pass 


Buy an annual pass to launch at McKinley Marina, Riverfront launch, Bender Park and South Shore Park during the Official Boating Season, May through October. Single day passes can be purchased at onsite pay stations at each boat launch.

2020 Rates,  (prices listed include sales tax)
Pass Type Daily Seasonal Age 60+
 Jet Ski, Resident $9 $90 $60
 Jet Ski, Non-Resident $10 $100 $70
 Non-Motorized, Resident $6.75 $67.50 $45
 Non-Motorized, Non-Resident $7 $70 $55
 Under 20 feet, Resident $10.50 $105 $70
 Under 20 feet, Non-Resident $12 $120 $90
 Over 20 feet, Resident $14.75 $147.50 $85
 Over 20 feet, Non-Resident $15.50 $155 $105


For details, contact the Marina Office: (414) 273-5224

Purchase a Boat Launch Pass 

Disc Golf

Buy a single use pass or an annual Disc Golf Pass to get unlimited play on all Milwaukee County Disc Golf Courses. Players under 16 do not require a pass.

Disc Golf Pass Fees

Pass Type Fee
2020 Annual Pass $40/player
Single Visit Pass $5/player
Single Visit Pass (Tournament Play) $5.00
Replacement Tag $20


Purchase a Disc Golf Pass 

Right of Entry Permit

Apply for a right of entry permit for utility work or other construction-related impacts to parkland. The Parks Department requires that any outside party seeking to access and/or impact park property for a project must first obtain permission in the form of a Right-of-Entry Permit signed by the Parks Director or his/her designee.

Before a right-of-entry request is reviewed, all applicants must explain the alternatives that were considered, and why access across parkland has been determined to be unavoidable. If there is an alternative that does not impact parkland, please select that option. Permittees are required to decontaminate their equipment before arriving and/or leaving a project area to prevent the spread of invasive species.

A Certificate of Insurance with Milwaukee County listed as an additional insured must be furnished with this application. Note that Right-of-Entry Permit(s) may include a fee of up to $10,000, depending on the impact and duration of the proposal. Permits are granted at the discretion of the Parks Director, and submitting an application does not imply an approval will be granted.

Apply for a Right of Entry Permit


9480 W. Watertown Plank Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
(414) 257-PARK (7275)

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