Food Cart & Food Vending Guidelines
Food Cart Size Requirements
Public Health Requirements
Buying/Selling a Food Cart
Buying a Food Cart: Health Department Message – DO NOT build, buy or operate a mobile food establishment or base until you have approval from the City-County Department of Health. Food may not be stored, prepared, or washed in home kitchens. Utensils may not be washed in home kitchens. Please see Guide for Mobile Food Establishment: English (PDF) / Español (PDF) - Public Health-Madison & Dane County
Places to Look for Food Carts to Buy:
- "For Sale" Signs on Food Carts
- The Internet
- Newspaper Classified Ads
- Contact Warren Hansen, Street Vending Coordinator
Late Night Vending
Sale of Coffee & Tea
Generators & Propane
Contact Warren Hansen, Street Vending Coordinator
- PH: 608-261-9171
- FAX: 608-261-6126
- EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Bike Path Vending Prohibited
It is illegal to vend on any Madison bike path, bike way or recreational trail.
Food vendors are encouraged to use recyclable and biodegradable utensils, containers and napkins.
Full Service Food Trucks at Special Events
Full service food trucks may operate in Madison only at special events and/or if licensed to vend in City of Madison parks. The maximum size for a Mall / Concourse food cart is 56 square feet. Elsewhere in Madison, the maximum size for a food cart is 10 feet by 12 feet.