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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 permit is low cost and can be issued quickly. The permit may not be applied for more than 3 weeks in advance of 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.

  • If you decide to stage your rally outside of the the prescribed locations and times allowed for the Downtown Performance Space Permit, you will need to apply for a Street Use Permit. Please note, you need to apply 30 days prior to your rally and there is a $100 non-refundable application fee. Other fees may be assessed based on the details of the event.
  • Parade Permit: If there is a march component to the event, you will need a parade permit
  • 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. Submit an 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) 264-9289.

2. Review by Madison Parks Staff

If you use the recommended process for the Downtown Performance Space 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 by the Street Use Staff Commission.

3. Approval and Issuance

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


Phone (608) 264‑9289 or email Madison Events.

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