Community Events on Madison Streets

Posted Tuesday, January 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm

On January 11, 2021 Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) issued Emergency Order #12, which is in effect on January 13, 2021 and lasts for 28 days. Under PHMDC order #12, outdoor public gatherings are limited to 50 or fewer people abiding by physical distancing requirements.

If an event meets the criteria to occur under this order or any future orders, organizers must submit detailed plans that show how they will meet PHMDC requirements for physical distancing and cleaning policies, and a plan for monitoring attendance at the event. Please contact us at MadisonEvents@cityofmadison.com for additional information.

If this order or any future PHMDC order restricting or prohibiting the size or nature of outdoor events are in place on the date(s) of an event, they supersede and may invalidate any approved street use or park event permits.

The use of a Madison street, sidewalk, parking space/lane or downtown performance space for an event or activity requires a Street Use Permit. Below is the process and timeline to apply.

A permit is required for any of the following:

  • The event/activity would close or reserve any portion of a Madison street, sidewalk, parking lane or space.
  • The proposed time for the event/activity would create more than minimal disruption or rerouting of traffic from the requested street(s).
  • The event/activity is scheduled at one of the downtown performance spaces outside of the time periods allowed by an Amplification Permit.

When to apply:

The application, documents and non-refundable application fee must be submitted:

  • At least 60 days prior to your event if alcohol will be sold or a Special Event Resolution is needed to allow merchandise to be sold in the Mall Concourse area and / or organizers want to select their own vendors and invalidate City Vendors' licenses within the event perimeter.
  • At least 30 days prior to your event, if event does not require additional licenses or resolutions. If your event requires a Certificate of Insurance, it must be received by the City of Madison Risk Management Office 30 days prior to the event.
  • Fee Schedule is available to estimate the costs for your event and any extra permits or equipment rental you may need.
  • Check the Madison Parks Events Calendar, email or call, (608) 264-9289, to see if your preferred date and location are available.

Downtown Zone Events:

The Downtown Zone includes the core of the isthmus extending roughly from Blair to Park streets, excluding the Capitol Square, the 100 blocks off the square, and 200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Within this zone special rules apply to traveling route events such as a run/walk or parade. Please review and be aware of these restrictions when applying for a Street Use Permit in this area.

Downtown Zone Map

How to apply:

APPLY ONLINE

You will be prompted to login or create an account, if you do not have one already.

If you prefer the paper application process, proceed to "STEP 1:  Application Requirements."