Late Night Food Vending
The Four Late Night Vending Areas,: All sites will be assigned on the 700 block of State Street and the 400 block of N. Frances Street. The first-come, first-served system will still pertain to Johnson and Broom Streets.
(NOTE: No public electricity is available on Johnson Street. One outlet is available on Broom Street.)
- The 400 Block of N. Frances Street - There will be a maximum of two hot dog pushcarts on the 400 block of N. Frances Street, with sites assigned by seniority. No large carts may operate on that block.
The 700 Block of State Street - All interested large cart operators will be assigned sites on the 700 block of State Street. Mall/Concourse Food Vendors will have first refusal to retain their daytime site during Late Night Vending. Mall/Concourse Food Vendors will be required to leave the 700 block of State Street by 8 p.m. seven days a week, so licensed Late Night Vendors may arrive at 9 p.m. or afterwards.
- Large Carts: $350.00 per year
- Pushcarts: $125.00 per year
How to Apply for a Late Night Food Vending License
You can apply online or by mail.
If you do not have one already, you must create an account on the Licenses & Permits portal to fill out the application.Please note that you must obtain a City of Madison Street Vendor License before you can apply for the Late Night License.
Once you login to your account go to the Licenses/Registrations section, select Apply for a License/Registration and then choose Vending - Late Night.
Complete the Late Night Food,Vending License Application (PDF).
Complete the Application for Electrical Use (PDF).
Submit an insurance certificate (General liability insurance at a minimum of one million dollars, naming City of Madison as Additional Insured). Go to Insurance Requirements.,
Public Health Requirements
Contact Warren Hansen, Street Vending Coordinator
- PH: 608-261-9171
- FAX: 608-261-6126
- EMAIL: email@example.com
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
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.
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.