Hotels are places where five or more sleeping accommodations are offered for pay to visitors.
All Dane County Hotels must be licensed through Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) and inspected annually to verify the operation meets all requirements of Wisconsin law related to general public health.
How to Get Licensed
Zoning and Taxes
Zoning: Find out if there are zoning conditions that must be met.
- City of Madison: Contact City of Madison Zoning: (608) 266-4551. If required, obtain a Conditional Use approval from the City of Madison.
- Dane County (outside the City of Madison): Contact your municipal or township clerk. Townships and municipalities have varying policies.
Sellers Permit: Obtain a Wisconsin Seller’s Permit.
Room Tax: Register with your local clerk if your municipality collects room taxes.
Apply for a license
Schedule an inspection
Contact us at (608) 242-6515 to schedule a pre-inspection of your property. License approval must be completed prior to renting out sleeping accommodations.
- ATCP 72: Hotels, Motels, and Tourist Rooming Houses, Wisconsin Administrative Code