Street Vending (Basic) License
How to Apply for a Street Vendor License
Business Tax Registration:
- 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. HINT: once you have submitted your registration you will be sent a confirmation email. Check your junk mail if you do not see it in your inbox. You must click on the link provided in the email to activate your account before you can sign in.
- Once you login to your account go to the Licenses/Registrations section, select Apply for a License/Registration and then choose Street Vending.
Applying for a Street Vendor License By Mail
Complete the City of Madison Street Vendor License.
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.
Application for Temporary Food Establishment Permit (Fill-In and Print)
Licensing Application & Fee Schedule for Food & Drink License (Public Health Madison & Dane County)
If you'll be using public electricity, please complete the Application for Electrical Use.
Contact Meghan Blake-Horst, Street Vending Coordinator
- PH: 608-261-9171
- FAX: 608-261-6126
- EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
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.