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hOTELS AND mOTELS

Hotels and Motels are places where five or more sleeping accommodations are offered for pay to visitors, along with all related rooms, buildings and areas. Hotels providing free, on-premise parking for motor vehicles as part of the room charge may be classified as Motels. All Dane County Hotels and Motels 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

1. Zoning & 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.
  • Seller's Permit: Obtain a Wisconsin Seller's Permit.
  • Room Tax: Register with your local clerk if your municipality collects room taxes.
    • City of Madison: Fill out the Room Tax Registration form. Learn when Room Tax Exemptions apply to guests.
    • Dane County: (outside the City of Madison) Contact your municipal or township clerk to find out whether your municipality collects room tax and obtain a Room Tax Certificate if required.

2. Apply for a License

3. Schedule an Inspection

  • Contact PHMDC to schedule a pre-inspection of your property. License approval must be completed prior to renting out sleeping accommodations.
Key Contacts
(608) 266-4821