Street Vending (Basic) License
How to Apply for a Street Vendor License
If you do not have one already, you must create an account on the Licenses & Permits portal to fill out the application.
Once you login to your account go to the Licenses/Registrations section, select Apply for a License/Registration and then choose Vending - Street Vendor.
Complete the City of Madison Street Vendor License (PDF).
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 (PDF 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 Warren Hansen, Street Vending Coordinator
- PH: 608-261-9171
- FAX: 608-261-6126
- EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development
Economic Development Division
Office of Business Resources
Madison Municipal Building
215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
P.O. Box 2985
Madison WI 53701-2985
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.
Map (PDF format)
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.