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Southeast Campus Vending Area

You can apply online or by mail.

You must obtain the following before you can apply for a Southwest Campus Vending Area License:

Applying for a Southwest Campus Vending Area License,Online

The application for this license can be completed on the City of Madison Licenses & Permits portal.
  • 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 Southeast Campus License.
  • Once you login to your account go to the Licenses/Registrations section, select Apply for a License/Registration and then choose Vending - Southeast Campus.
Applying for a Southwest Campus Vending Area License By Mail
  1. 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.

General Guidelines

For ordinance language pertaining to the Southeast Campus Vending Area, please see 9.13 (10). For further information, contact the Street Vending Coordinator at 608-261-9171. If interested, please call ahead to make an appointment.
Site Assignments & Seniority System: Sites in this area are by assignment only. Vending is prohibited at any other location within the perimeter of this vending area but the designated sites. Site assignment is determined by a seniority system based upon the date the vendor first purchased a City of Madison Street Vendor License. Site locations are marked with small stencils. Some sites may be restricted to use by push-cart food vendors only. All vending activities must take place within the dimensions of the assigned site.
Site Sizes: Site sizes are either 10 feet by 12 feet or 4 feet by 8 feet.
Placement on the Sidewalk: Vendors must stay at least two feet away from the edge of the curb and at least six feet away from the building or property line. Any carts, tents, displays or tables must stay within the limits of these dimensions. Vendors must always stay at least ten feet away from a fire hydrant, crosswalk or curb cut. Vendors near intersections must not inhibit motorist or pedestrian visibility. The procedures are included in more detail in Ordinance 9.13, License for Selling on Public Streets.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Electricity Not Available: Public electricity is not available. The vendor has to depend on a quiet generator or some other self-sufficient power source. Vendors are advised to use or purchase a generator of 60 decibels or less and that uses 15 to 20 amps.
Equipment Limitations:
  • Food Vendors: One food cart, table or stand, one compulsory trash receptacle (minimum capacity ten gallons), and one portable chair may be used. All other equipment or loose items are prohibited. All food carts must fit within a maximum footprint of 10 feet by 12 feet.
  • Non-food Vendors: One cart, stand or table and one portable chair may be used. All other equipment or loose items are prohibited.


Last Updated: 12/10/2019

Contact Meghan Blake-Horst, Street Vending Coordinator

  • PH: 608-261-9171
  • FAX: 608-261-6126
  • EMAIL:
    Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development
    Economic Development Division
    Office of Business Resources
    P.O. Box 2983
    Madison WI 53701-2983
    215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, 3rd Floor
    Madison WI 53703

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.

Recycling Awareness

Food vendors are encouraged to use recyclable and biodegradable utensils, containers and napkins.