Business Licenses

Operator's License (a.k.a. Bartender's License)

Anyone applying for a new operator's license must complete the Responsible Beverage Server Training course or show proof that they have been a licensed operator in the last two years in another Wisconsin municipality.

Operator License Application

License Fee

  • $35.00 per year
  • $7.00 Background Check

Estimated Processing Time:  2 weeks

All licenses expire on June 30

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Ordinance Chapter 5.08

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Amusement/Vending/Entertainment Machine License

Required for anyone wishing to operate an amusement machine(s), entertainment machine(s), billiard table(s), pool table(s), shuffleboard table(s), or similar device(s) within the City of Sun Prairie. 

Amusement/Vending/Entertainment Machine License Application

License Fee

  • $20.00 per machine

Estimated Processing Time:  3-5 business days

All licenses expire on June 30

  • Renewal licenses must be applied for by April 15 or be subject to a late filing fee of $10.00 per machine.  
  • Renewal licenses applied for after May 1 are subject to a late filing fee of $20.00 per machine.

Ordinance Chapter 5.12

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Blasting and Rock Crushing Permit

An application for a Blasting or Rock Crushing permit must be submitted at least sixty (60) days in advance.

Blasting/Rock Crushing Permit Application

License Fee

  • $10.00 per blasting period
  • $10.00 per year for Gravel Crushing

Estimated Processing Time:  3-5 business days 

Ordinance Chapter 5.20

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Cigarette and Tobacco Retail License

Cigarette and Tobacco Retail License Application

License Fee

  • $100.00 per year

Estimated Processing Time:  3-5 business days

All licenses expire on June 30

  • Renewal license must be applied for by April 15 or be subject to a late filing fee of $25.00.

Ordinance Chapter 5.28

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Direct Seller's, Peddler's, and Solicitor's Licenses

Required for anyone wishing to sell items door-to-door in the City of Sun Prairie.  Persons who have owned or operated a business in Sun Prairie for at least one year, are working for a registered charitable organization, or who are selling home grown produce do not need a Direct Sellers License.

Direct Seller, Peddler, Solicitor License Application

License Fee

  • $30.00 per week
  • $65.00 per month
  • $300.00 per year
  • $7.00 Background Check

Estimated Processing Time:  3-5 business day

Ordinance Chapter 5.32

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Fireworks Display Permit

Fireworks Display Permit Application

License Fee - No Fee

Estimated Processing Time:  2 weeks

Ordinance Chapter 5.32 and 8.16

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Flea Market/Secondhand Article Dealer Mall License

A person wishing to operate as a pawnbroker, secondhand article dealer, secondhand jewelry dealer, secondhand article dealer mall, or flea market must apply for a license.

Pawn Broker/Secondhand Article Dealer/Secondhand Jewelry Dealer/Secondhand Article Dealer Mall/Flea Market License Application

Secondhand Dealer - Applicant Information

License Fee

  • $165.00 per cart per year
  • $7.00 Background Check

All licenses expire on December 31 or can be for a specific date range.

Estimated Processing Time:  2-4 weeks

Ordinance Chapter 5.52

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Mobile Food Vendor/Cart Permit

Any person wishing to peddle, vend, sell, serve, display, offer to sell or give away food and/or beverages from a mobile vending unit which includes any motorized, or non-motorized vehicle, trailer, kiosk, push or pedaled cart, stand, display, carried container, blanket, ground covering or other device designed to be portable must obtain a permit.

Mobile Food Vendor/Cart Permit Application

License Fee

  • $150.00 per year for each mobile cart
  • $25.00 per year for each mobile vendor
  • $7.00 Background Check 

All permits expire on December 31

Estimated Processing Time:  3-5 business days

Ordinance Chapter 5.32

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Nightclub License

Any holder of a Class B Beer and/or Class B Liquor License wishing to offer or allow live entertainment must obtain a license.  This only applies to establishments with a patron capacity of more than one hundred (100).

Nightclub License Application

License Fee

  • $100.00 per year
  • Publication Fee

All licenses expire on June 30

Estimated Processing Time:  4 weeks

Ordinance Chapter 5.10

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Outdoor Vendor Permit

Any person wishing to offer services, goods, wares, produce, merchandise or personal property of any nature for sale must obtain a permit.  This does not include door-to-door sales.

Outdoor Vendor Permit Application

License Fee

  • $30.00 per week
  • $65.00 per month
  • $300.00 per year
  • $7.00 Background Check

Estimated Processing Time:  3-5 business days

Ordinance Chapter 5.32

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Pawnbroker License

Any person wishing to operate as a pawnbroker must obtain a license.  

This includes any person wishing to engage in the business of lending money on the deposit or pledge of any article or jewelry, or purchasing any article or jewelry with an expressed or implied agreement or understanding to sell it back at a subsequent time at a stipulated price.

Pawnbroker License Application

License Fee

  • $210.00 per year
  • $7.00 Background Check

All licenses expire on December 31

Estimated Processing Time:  2-4 weeks

Ordinance Chapter 5.52

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Secondhand Jewelry Dealer License

Any person wishing to operate as a secondhand jewelry dealer must obtain a license.

Secondhand Jewelry Dealer License Application

License Fee

  • $30.00 per year
  • $7.00 Background Check

All licenses expire on December 31

Estimated Processing Time:  2-4 weeks

Ordinance Chapter 5.52

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Secondhand Article Dealer License

Any person wishing to operate as a secondhand article dealer must obtain a license.

Secondhand Article Dealer License Application

License Fee

  • $27.50 per year
  • $7.00 Background Check

All licenses expire on December 31

Estimated Processing Time:  2-4 weeks

Ordinance Chapter 5.52

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Taxicab & Limousine Operator License

Any person wishing to operate as a taxicab or limousine operator used for hire in the City of Sun Prairie must obtain a license.

Taxicab and Limousine Operator License Application

License Fee

  • $20.00 per year
  • $7.00 Background Check

All licenses expire on June 30

Estimated Processing Time:  2-4 weeks

Ordinance Chapter 5.60