Bed & Breakfasts

bed and breakfast

We 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.

Look up health inspection reports

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

Before you can offer rooms to visitors, you must get a bed & breakfast license from us. We must do a pre-inspection before your new license can be approved. We must do a health inspection once every licensing year to make sure you are in compliance with the law.

The licensing year is from July 1 to June 30 of each year. If your license is approved in April, May, or June, the license is valid until the end of the following licensing year, on June 30.

  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 fees. 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 at to schedule a pre-inspection of your property. Your license must be approved before you can rent out sleeping accommodations.

We want to better serve you! Fill out our 2-minute anonymous feedback survey about your health inspection.


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


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