Since a mobile food establishment is like a restaurant on wheels, many of the same code requirements for restaurants apply to mobile food establishments, including licensing. For this reason, it is important that all prospective mobile food operators take the time to fully research their new business prior to applying for a license.
New operators are encouraged to review the following materials before purchasing and/or building a mobile food unit:
To alleviate some of the financial burden on our licensed establishments due to COVID-19, we have reverted our license fees back to 2019 rates effective April 2, 2020.
License application and fees in Madison and Dane County are handled by the City of Madison Clerk's Office.
More information can be found in the Wisconsin Food Code.
DATCP State Mobile licensed (Restaurant or Retail) vendors are now exempt from additional Public Health licensing. A DATCP license is intended for those who will be operating and selling food or beverages in multiple cities and counties in Wisconsin.
Mobile operators who will only be operating within Madison and Dane County are required to obtain the annual Mobile licenses through Public Health.
Make sure to always have the current DATCP license with you during food service. Failure to produce your DATCP license while vending may result in purchasing a food license from our department.
It is important to note, that even with a DATCP license, you may still be subject to an inspection and a $25 inspection fee from Public Health.
Other questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.