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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 will save you cost and time. This permit can be issued quickly, no earlier than 3 weeks prior to 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 State Street Amplification, you will need to apply for a Street Use Permit. Please note, you will need to apply 30 days prior to your rally and there is a $100 non-refundable application fee.
  • 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. Complete the 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) 266-6033.

2. Submit to:

Madison Parks Division
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 104
Madison, WI 53703
Fax: (608) 267‑1162

3. Review by Madison Parks Staff

If you use the recommended process of the State Street Amplification 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 monthly by a city panel.

4. Approval and Issuance

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


Phone (608) 266‑6033 or email Madison Events.