Bed and Breakfast Establishments


  • Pool usage at Bed and Breakfast establishments: Under state law, the rental or other payment agreement for a licensed Bed and Breakfast (B&B) may only offer a pool to guests through that agreement if the pool is a licensed public pool. However, pools th​at are not licensed public pools may be offered to guests through arrangements outside of the​ B&B agreement.
A bed and breakfast establishment is defined as any place of lodging that provides eight or fewer rooms for rent to no more tha​n a total of 20 tourists for more than 10 nights in a 12-month period, is the owner's personal residence, is occupied by the owner at the time of rental, and in which the only meal served to guests is breakfast.


  • Each license issued by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) expires June 30 of each year.
  • License dates extend from July 1 of one year through June 30 of the following year.
  • If a license is granted after April 1 of a license year, that license will extend to June 30 of the following year. 
    • Example: If a business is licensed by DATCP on April 1, 2019, then its license will expire June 30, 2020.
  • Renewal fees for existing establishments shall be submitted to DATCP before June 30 each year.


​Type of Facility ​Annual License Fee ​One-Time Pre-Inspection Fee
​Bed and Breakfast Establishment​$110​$300


  1. To obtain a license through DATCP, call (608) 224-4923 or email ​a licensing specialist.
  2. The licensing specialist will get you the information you need and will explain the process steps​.​