Calendar of Important Dates

Street Vendor License (Basic) Important Dates

Food Vendor: Mall / Concourse Important Dates

  • Vending Year: Begins April 15th ends the following April 14th.
  • January 2Online Licensing and Permitting applicaiton portal opens 
  • February 1: Application deadline for all existing vending licenses.  
  • April 1: Payment Deadline
  • Dane County Farmers Market Season: Saturdays Only - Mid April through early November.
  • June 30th: Health Dept. permits expire (Food & Drink, Mobile Base & Cart).
  • August 1st: Food Cart Review applications due to Street Vending Coordinator.  This is required to participate in the annual food cart review process to determine vendors eligibility to vend in the Mall/Concourse. 
  • First Monday after Labor Day: Annual Food Cart Review for currently licensed vendors (Monday through Saturday).
  • Saturdays in October: Food Cart Review for new applicants. Vendors will be assigned two of the four Saturdays during the review.
    • 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.
  • July 1: Applications due with payment; site assignments soon follow

Food Vendor: Late Night Important Dates

  • Vending Season: Begins April 15th, ends the following April 14th.
  • January 2Online Licensing and Permitting applicaiton portal opens 
  • February 1: Application deadline for all existing vending licenses.  
  • April 1: Payment Deadline
  • 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.
  • January 2Online Licensing and Permitting applicaiton portal opens 
  • February 1: Application deadline for all existing vending licenses.  
  • April 1: Payment Deadline
  • Special Events That May Impact Regular Vending Activity
    • Maxwell Street Days: June

Sidewalk Cafe (Citywide) Important Dates

Arts & Crafts (Mall / Concourse) Important Dates

  • Vending Year: Begins April 15th, ends the following April 14th.
  • January 2Online Licensing and Permitting applicaiton portal opens 
  • February 1: Application deadline for all existing vending licenses.  
  • April 1: Payment Deadline
  • 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 Monitor with payment.
  • End of January: Banner assignments completed, some openings may still exist.
Last Updated: 12/12/2018

Contact Meghan Blake-Horst, 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
    P.O. Box 2983
    Madison WI 53701-2983
  • PHYSICAL ADDRESS:
    215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, 3rd Floor
    Madison WI 53703