bed and breakfastWe inspect and license all Dane County bed & breakfasts

All Dane County bed & breakfasts must be licensed and inspected each year. We do this to make sure they meet all requirements of Wisconsin law related to general public health.

You can read our inspection reports for bed & breakfasts. They tell you the conditions we saw at the time of inspection. Reports may not reflect corrective actions the establishment made or the current condition.


What is a bed & breakfast?

A bed & breakfast is an owner-occupied personal residence with up to eight sleeping rooms for rent to visitors. The home must be occupied by the owner at the time of rental, and the only meal served to guests is breakfast. There cannot be more than 20 visitors at one time.

How to Get Your Bed & Breakfast Licensed

  1. Zoning and Taxes

    Zoning: Find out if you need to meet zoning conditions.

    Sellers Permit: Get a Wisconsin Sellers Permit.

    Room Tax: Register with your local clerk if your municipality collects room taxes.

  2. Apply for a license

    Check the license fee schedule. Complete a Lodging License Application and send it to the City Clerk’s office with payment.

  3. Schedule an inspection

    Call (608) 242-6515 or email us to schedule a pre-inspection of your property. Your license must be approved before you can rent out sleeping accommodations.


Call (608) 242-6515 or email us with complaints about Bed & Breakfasts in Dane County.