Calendar of Important Dates

Street Vendor License (Basic) Important Dates

  • Vending Season: Begins April 15th, ends the following April 14th.
  • February: Links to applications will be emailed to those on the email distribution list. Applications are also available online and from the Street Vending Coordinator.

Food Vendor: Mall / Concourse Important Dates

  • Vending Year: Begins April 15th ends the following April 14th.
  • Dane County Farmers Market Season: Saturdays Only - Late April through early November.
  • June 30th: Health Dept. permits expire (Food & Drink, Mobile Base & Cart).
  • September 1st: Mall / Concourse applications due to Street Vending Coordinator for forthcoming vending season beginning on April 15th.
  • Last Week of September and First Week of October: Annual Food Cart Review for currently licensed vendors (Monday through Saturday).
  • Last Saturday in September: Annual Food Cart Review for currently licensed Saturday-only vendors.
  • First Saturday in October: Food Cart Review for new applicants (8 a.m. to noon).
    • Food Review scores available approximately one to two weeks after review.
  • November 1st: New vendors with sufficient Food Cart Review scores may begin to vend on the Mall / Concourse, site determined by Street Vending Coordinator.
  • Special Events That May Impact Regular Street Vending Activity:
    • Safety Saturday: May - E. and W. Main Street
    • Art Fairs On & Off the Square: June
    • Maxwell Street Days: June
    • Taste of Madison: Labor Day Weekend

Camp Randall (High Density Vendors & Basic Street Vendors) Important Dates

  • Vending Season: University of Wisconsin home football games, usually 8 games from late August through late November.
  • End of June: Links to applications will be emailed to vendors on the email distribution list. Applications are available online year-round.
  • End of July: Applications due with payment; site assignments soon follow

Langdon Street High Density Vending Important Dates

  • Vending Season: Begins: April 15th, ends the following April 14th.
  • February: Links to applications will will be emailed to vendors on the email distribution list. Applications are available online year-round.
  • Late summer / early autumn: Late afternoon/evening Metro bus stop schedule may change, vendors adjust as needed.

Food Vendor: Late Night Important Dates

  • Vending Year: Begins April 15th, ends the following April 14th.
  • February: Links to applications will be emailed to vendors on the email distribution list. Applications are available online year-round.
  • June 30th: Health Dept. permits expire (Food & Drink, Mobile Base & Cart).

Merchant Vendor (Mall / Concourse) Important Dates

  • Vending Season: Begins: April 15th, ends the following April 14th.
  • February: Links to applications will be emailed to those on the email distribution list. Applications are available online year-round.
  • Special Events That May Impact Regular Vending Activity
    • Maxwell Street Days: June

Sidewalk Cafe (Citywide) Important Dates

  • Vending Season: Begins April 15th, ends the following April 14th.
  • February: Links to applications will be emailed to those on the email distribution list. Applications are available online year-round.

Arts & Crafts (Mall / Concourse) Important Dates

  • Vending Year: Begins April 15th, ends the following April 14th.
  • February: Links to applications will be emailed to vendors on the email distribution list. Applications are available online year-round.
  • End of March: Site request(s) due from vendors to Street Vending Coordinator.
  • Dane County Farmers Market Season: (Saturdays only) Late April through early November.
  • Special Events That May Impact Regular Vending Activity:
    •  Safety Saturday: May - E. and W. Main Street
    • Art Fairs On & Off the Square: June
    • Maxwell Street Days: June
    • Taste of Madison: Labor Day Weekend

Pedestrian Banner Important Dates

  • End of November: Links to applications will be emailed to active applicants on the email distribution list. Applications are available online year-round.
  • December 31st: Applications due to Street Vending Coordinator with payment.
  • End of January: Banner assignments completed, some openings may still exist.
Last Updated: 05/27/2015

Contact Warren Hansen, Street Vending Coordinator

  • PH: 608-261-9171
  • FAX: 608-261-6126
  • EMAIL: streetvending@cityofmadison.com
  • MAIL ADDRESS:
    Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development
    Economic Development Division
    Office of Business Resources
    Madison Municipal Building
    215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
    P.O. Box 2985
    Madison WI 53701-2985