Street Vending & Sidewalk Cafés

The City of Madison has a robust and well established street vending culture. There is an array of opportunities for street vending in Madison. To learn more about opportunities, please follow through the vending process based on what type of vending category you would like to pursue.

If you want to find out where your favorite food cart is this year, or you want to do some shopping of local arts & crafts vendors, check out the site map of vendors.

Madison embraces our vendors. They are an important element to the Madison cultural scene. With over 60 food vendors, over 60 arts & crafts vendors, and over 80 sidewalk cafes, there is something for everyone.

Online Application Assistance for All Vending Licenses

For all Sidewalk Cafe's, Food Carts, Mall/Concourse Food Vending, Southeast Campus Vending, Art & Craft Vending, Basic Street Vending, Merchant Vending, TOSVOD and High Density Vending Licenses

Let us assist you!  This is an opportunity to create an online account, apply for your vending license(s) on time, and resolve outstanding account issues prior to the next vending season (April 15, 2018 - April 14, 2019). 

We will have IT Staff, Street Vending Staff and Interpreters if needed to assist and teach how to use our online licensing portal.

When (drop-in):

Monday, February 5th between 1p-4p

Thursday, March 15th between 9a-12p


The Villager Computer Lab

2300 S. Park St.

Atrium Entrance - Lower Level

Please bring:

  • Past licensing materials
  • Certificate of Insurance (COI)
  • Drawing of sidewalk caf? (if applicable)
  • Log-in and password (email and City of Madison portal)


Last Updated: 01/31/2018