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The Food Safety and Recreational Licensing section is responsible for managing programs that enforce applicable state administrative codes for the inspection and licensure of restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfast establishments, public swimming pools including water park attractions, campgrounds, and tattoo and body piercing establishments in Wisconsin.

The program is also responsible for contracting with, monitoring and training Local Public Health Departments who sign agreements to administer the programs within their own jurisdictions.

To determine which agency is responsible for inspecting and permitting your establishment, based on jurisdiction, see the map (PDF,  37 KB) showing those counties inspected by DHS and those counties inspected by a local health department.


Licensing and regulation of every public restaurant, swimming pool, campground, recreational education camp, lodging establishment, food operation, vending machine, and body art business in the state of Wisconsin.


A trusted resource and partner in the health and safety of the people in Wisconsin.


  • Reduce exposure to environmental and safety hazards in licensed facilities.

  • Reduce the death and illness of people in Wisconsin.

  • Promote public health through a statewide program to prevent and control exposure to food-borne, water-borne, blood-borne, or recreational hazards.

  • Promote awareness of the things people can do to keep their food, water, and recreational resources safe.

Last Revised: April 22, 2015