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community events on State Street and the capitol square
rallies and marches on state street PERMIT Application Process

Are you organizing a rally and/or march on State Street?

We highly encourage you to use the locations and times allowed for a Downtown Performance Space Permit. This will save you cost and time. This permit can be issued quickly, no earlier than 3 weeks prior to the event. Cost is $15 plus $0.25/hour electricity fee.

The following permits also may be required from the City and/or the State.

1. If you decide to stage your rally outside of the the prescribed locations and times allowed for State Street Amplification, you will need to apply for a Street Use Permit. Please note, you will need to apply 30 days prior to your rally and there is a minimum $50 review fee.

2. Parade Permit: If there is a march component to the event, you will need a parade permit

3. If you intend to have your march end at the Capitol Building or Grounds, you will need a State Facility Use Permit. To obtain this permit, you must contact Capitol Police, or call (608) 266-7840.


  1. Complete the Application

    Dependent on the requirements of your event, complete a Downtown Performance Permit (RECOMMENDED) or a Street Use Permit Application. If you have any questions about this process,
    please call (608) 266-6033.

  2. Submit to:

    210 MLK JR. BLVD RM 104
    MADISON, WI 53703
    FAX: (608) 267-1162

  3. Review by Madison Parks Staff

    If you use the recommended process of the State Street Amplification Permit, applications are reviewed and issued as they are received; if time and location requested are available. If you are planning your rally outside of the recommended locations and times, the Street Use Permit Application is reviewed monthly by a city panel.

  4. Approval and Issuance

    Amplification Permits are issued when availability is confirmed and in compliance with
    MGO 24.04(3)(b)2.


Phone (608) 266-6033 or email Madison Events.