We license food establishments to make sure food is safe and prevent foodborne illness. All new food establishments must complete a permit application and pay permit and pre-inspection fees.
The one-time, pre-inspection fee covers:
A set of building plans, whether for new or remodeled facilities, must be provided to the sanitarian.
The licensing fee is paid to obtain an annual food license. The amount of this fee is based upon anticipated gross annual food sales and type of operation.
A pre-inspection must be scheduled prior to opening. The food license will be issued after fee payment and approval of the facility operations and equipment by the health department.
Please call (608) 242-6515 for more information.
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.
All food related licensing fees in Madison and Dane County are handled by the City of Madison Clerk's Office.