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The following additional permits are available to purchase at least 10 business days in advance, with a shelter or athletic reservation.


Most parks allow alcohol (no glass). However, by ordinance the following parks are alcohol-free and require an alcohol permit with an advanced shelter or athletic reservation. See Madison General Ordinance 8.24 for a full list of parks and details and MGO 8.40 for conservation park preservation rules.

Cost: $55 per reservation

  • Allied Park
  • BB Clarke
  • Bernie's Beach
  • Brittingham
  • Demetral (at shelter and within 50' radius)
  • James Madison
  • Lake Edge
  • Law
  • Mayfair
  • OB Sherry
  • Olbrich
  • Paunack
  • Penn (10:00 am – 8:00 pm)
  • Reger
  • Reynolds
  • Tenney
  • Thut
  • Waunona

Amplified Sound

If your reservation will have amplified sound you will need to purchase a P.A. Permit at least 10-business days in advance or at the time of making your online reservation. PA Permits have a 6-hour limit and must end by 9:00 pm. Sound Limit: 75 dB, 150 ft. from the source. Compliance may be monitored by rangers.

Cost: $60 per reservation

Temporary Structure

If your reservation will have a structure larger than 10' x 10' such as a tent or inflatable, a permit is required. Please apply at least 10 business days prior to your event. You must call the Digger's Hotline and complete the application below. Please submit to with payment. Dunk tanks, sprinklers or other water features are NOT ALLOWED.

Shelter Reservation Temporary Structure Permit Application: MS Word | PDF

Cost: $110 per reservation