Dane County Parking Ramp
Dane County Provides Downtown Parking
The Dane County Parking Ramp renamed Capitol Square South Ramp in the mid 1990's is located on the southern
most corner of The Outer Ring of The Capitol Square on South Fairchild Street between West Main and West
Doty Streets in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. The first five stories were built in 1957 providing
approximately 700 parking spaces for county employees and public users. In 1963 two more floors were
added providing an additional 300 stalls mainly for public users.
One of Life's Little Necessities: Convenience
The Capitol Square South Parking Facility is conveniently located just one block off of the Capitol Square
Grounds providing easy access to the downtown Farmers' Markets, summertime Concerts on the Square and
many Spring, Summer and Fall festivities such as The Art Fair On The Square.
The Dane County Parking Ramp also provides parking near several elegant dining establishments, unique
pubs, and gourmet coffee shops. It is just a short walk from the County Ramp to the many excellent
concerts and theatrical performances at the Overture Center. The main Madison Public Library, The
Children's Museum and several other museums as well as the upper State Street business area are also
within walking distance from Dane County's downtown parking facility.
Physical Details, Rates, and Fees
The facility is a metered parking garage. The charge is $1.50/hour effective January 1,
2010. Parking is enforced 24 hours every day including all holidays. Meters located at
the head of each parking stall accept quarters, dimes and nickels. A bill changer is
located near the northeast stairwell on the street level (floor 3).
Parking citations may be paid online at
by mail, or by depositing payment in the yellow courtesy boxes located at all three entrances/exits.
Overhead clearance in The Dane County Parking Ramp is six feet and six inches ( 6’ 6"). Twenty stalls are
reserved for handicap parking on the street level near the West Main Street entrance/exit. There are two
racks for free bicycle parking and a designated moped area near the West Main Street entrance/exit.
The Dane County Parking Ramp offers bicycle locker rental in two locations near the Capitol Square:
Lockers rent for $60.00/calendar year plus a refundable key deposit. The fee is not pro-rated.
Currently, there are no vacancies, however, your name could be added to a waiting list by contacting
Occasionally, there are stalls available through a month-to-month lease program. Stalls lease Monday
through Friday 6 AM-6 PM @ $145/month. Call 608-266-4363 or e-mail
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The Dane County Parking (Capitol Square South) Ramp staff enthusiastically welcomes you to The
Isthmus and Madison’s Downtown!
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