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125.51(4)(x)1.1. In this paragraph:
125.51(4)(x)1.a. a. “Area base value" means the aggregate assessed value of all taxable property located within the geographic bounds of a capital improvement area on January 1 of the year that is 5 years prior to the year in which such capital improvement area is enumerated under subd. 2.
125.51(4)(x)1.b. b. “Capital improvement area" means a geographic area that is enumerated under subd. 2. as having an improvement increment exceeding $50,000,000 in the year in which the area is enumerated and as being located within a municipality with insufficient reserve “Class B" licenses to issue a “Class B" license for each business or proposed business that would reasonably require one.
125.51(4)(x)1.c. c. “Good faith," with respect to an applicant's attempt to purchase a “Class B" licensed business, includes an applicant making an offer to purchase the business for an amount exceeding $25,000 in total value, without additional significant conditions placed on the purchase by either party, after having given notice to all current “Class B" license holders within the municipality where the business is located, by U.S. mail addressed to either the licensee's last-known address or to the licensed premises, of the applicant's interest in purchasing a licensed business, except that an offer in an amount of $25,000 or less may also be considered to be in a good faith for purposes of this subd. 1. c. depending on the fair market value of the business, the availability of other licensed businesses for purchase, and any conditions attached to the sale.
125.51(4)(x)1.d. d. “Improvement increment" means the aggregate assessed value of all taxable property in a capital improvement area as of January 1 of any year minus the area base value.
125.51(4)(x)1.e. e. “Qualified applicant" means an applicant that complies with all requirements under s. 125.04 (5) and (6) and any applicable ordinance, that certifies by affidavit that the applicant has made a good faith attempt to purchase the business of a person holding a “Class B" license within the municipality and have that license transferred to the applicant under s. 125.04 (12) (b) 4., and for whom the issuing municipality has determined that these requirements have been met.
125.51(4)(x)2. 2. The legislature hereby enumerates, as a capital improvement area, the geographic area composed of all land within the Tax Incremental District Number 3 within the city of Oconomowoc in Waukesha County that lies south of Valley Road and east of STH 67 or that lies south of I 94 and west of STH 67.
125.51(4)(x)3. 3. Notwithstanding pars. (am) to (d) and s. 125.185 (5), upon application by a qualified applicant, the governing body of any municipality containing a capital improvement area enumerated under subd. 2. shall issue to the qualified applicant one “Class B" license in addition to the number of licenses determined for the municipality's quota under pars. (b) to (d) and in addition to any license under par. (v).
125.51(4)(x)4. 4. Notwithstanding pars. (am) to (d) and s. 125.185 (5), after a qualified applicant has filed an application under subd. 3. and upon application by an initial qualified applicant under this subdivision, the governing body of any municipality containing a capital improvement area enumerated under subd. 2. shall determine the improvement increment within the capital improvement area for the calendar year in which the application under this subdivision is filed. If the improvement increment is at least $10,000,000 above $50,000,000, the governing body of the municipality shall issue to the initial qualified applicant a “Class B" license. For each $10,000,000 of improvement increment above $50,000,000, the governing body of the municipality is authorized to issue under this subdivision one “Class B" license and, upon each application by a qualified applicant subsequent to that of the initial qualified applicant, the governing body of the municipality shall issue a “Class B" license to the qualified applicant until all licenses authorized under this subdivision have been issued. If the governing body of any municipality receives an application by a qualified applicant in a calendar year subsequent to the calendar year in which it received the application of the initial qualified applicant, the governing body of the municipality shall redetermine the improvement increment for that year for the purpose of determining the number of “Class B" licenses authorized under this subdivision. The “Class B" licenses that a municipality is authorized to issue under this subdivision are in addition to the number of licenses determined for the municipality's quota under pars. (b) to (d), any license under par. (v), and the license under subd. 3.
125.51(4)(x)5. 5. Notwithstanding subds. 3. and 4., not more than 8 “Class B" licenses may be issued under this paragraph for premises within the same capital improvement area.
125.51(4)(x)6. 6. Notwithstanding subd. 7., any “Class B" license issued under this paragraph may be transferred as provided under s. 125.04 (12) (b) 4. Notwithstanding subds. 5. and 7., if a “Class B" license issued under this paragraph is surrendered to the issuing municipality, revoked, or not renewed, the municipality may reissue the license to a qualified applicant for a premises located within the same capital improvement area for which the license was originally issued.
125.51(4)(x)7. 7. No “Class B" license may be issued under this paragraph after July 1, 2017.
125.51(5) (5) Retail “Class B" permits.
125.51(5)(a)(a) Sports clubs.
125.51(5)(a)1.1. The department shall issue “Class B" permits to clubs that are operated solely for the playing of golf or tennis and are commonly known as country clubs and to clubs which are operated solely for curling, ski jumping, or yachting. A “Class B" permit may be issued only to a club that holds a valid certificate issued under s. 73.03 (50), that is not open to the general public, and that is located in a municipality that does not issue “Class B" licenses or to a club located in a municipality that issues “Class B" licenses, if the club holds a valid certificate issued under s. 73.03 (50), is not open to the general public, was not issued a license under s. 176.05 (4a), 1979 stats., and does not currently hold a “Class B" license. The permits may be issued by the department without regard to any quota under sub. (4). The holder of a “Class B" permit may sell intoxicating liquor for consumption by the glass and not in the original package or container on the premises covered by the permit.
125.51(5)(a)2. 2. Except as provided in this paragraph, all sections of this chapter applying to retail “Class B" licenses apply to “Class B" permits issued under this paragraph.
125.51(5)(a)3. 3. “Class B" permits may be issued only to a club which has occupied the premises upon which it is located for a period of at least 6 months prior to the date of application.
125.51(5)(a)4. 4. The department may annually issue a “Class B" permit to any club that holds a valid certificate issued under s. 73.03 (50), is organized to engage in sports similar to curling, golf, tennis or yachting and that held a license from July 1, 1950, to June 30, 1951, as long as it is continuously operated under substantially the same circumstances under which it operated during the year beginning July 1, 1950, if the club is located in a municipality that does not issue “Class B" licenses.
125.51(5)(b) (b) Public facilities and airports.
125.51(5)(b)1.1. In this paragraph:
125.51(5)(b)1.a. a. “Arena" means a public building with a capacity of 4,000 or more persons used principally for the conduct of sports events.
125.51(5)(b)1.b. b. “Coliseum" means a public multipurpose facility designed for activities of the public, which may include but are not limited to sports events, trade shows, conventions, seminars, concerts, banquets and fairs.
125.51(5)(b)1.c. c. “Concessionaire" means a person designated by resolution of the governing body of a county or municipality owning an airport or public facility to operate premises in the airport or public facility.
125.51(5)(b)1.d. d. “Public facility" means an arena, coliseum, related exposition facilities or center for the performing or visual arts.
125.51(5)(b)1.e. e. “Related exposition facility" means buildings constructed on the same grounds as a coliseum and used for the same or ancillary functions.
125.51(5)(b)2. 2. The department shall issue a “Class B" permit to a concessionaire that holds a valid certificate issued under s. 73.03 (50) and that conducts business in an operating airport or public facility, if the county or municipality which owns the airport or public facility has, by resolution of its governing body, annually applied to the department for the permit. The permit authorizes the sale of intoxicating liquor for consumption by the glass and not in the original package or container on the premises.
125.51(5)(b)3. 3. Except as provided in this paragraph, all sections of this chapter relating to “Class B" licenses apply to “Class B" permits issued under this paragraph.
125.51(5)(b)4. 4. The department may not issue a permit under this paragraph to any county or municipality or officer or employee thereof.
125.51(5)(c) (c) Vessels.
125.51(5)(c)1.1. The department may issue a “Class B" permit to any person who holds a valid certificate issued under s. 73.03 (50) and who is qualified under s. 125.04 (5) authorizing the sale of intoxicating liquor for consumption on any vessel having a regular place of mooring located in any waters of this state as defined under s. 29.001 (45) and (63) if the vessel either serves food and has an approved passenger capacity of not less than 40 individuals and the sale of intoxicating liquor and fermented malt beverages on the vessel accounts for less than 50 percent of the gross receipts of all of the food and beverages served on the vessel or if the vessel has an approved passenger capacity of at least 100 individuals and the sale of intoxicating liquor and fermented malt beverages on the vessel accounts for less than 50 percent of the gross receipts of the vessel. The department may issue the permit only if the vessel leaves its place of mooring while the sale of intoxicating liquor is taking place and if the vessel fulfills the requirement under par. (c) 1m. A permit issued under this subdivision also authorizes the permittee to store intoxicating liquor purchased for sale on the vessel on premises owned or leased by the permittee and located near the vessel's regular place of mooring. The permittee shall describe on the permit application under s. 125.04 (3) (a) 3. the premises where the intoxicating liquor will be stored. The premises shall be open to inspection by the department upon request.
125.51(5)(c)1m. 1m. An applicant for a permit under subd. 1. shall provide proof that the vessel is certified by the U.S. coast guard, classed by the American bureau of shipping, or covered by liability insurance.
125.51(5)(c)3. 3. Except as provided in this paragraph, all provisions of this chapter applying to “Class B" licenses apply to “Class B" permits issued under subd. 1.
125.51(5)(c)4. 4. A person holding a permit under subd. 1. shall keep all invoices relating to the purchase of intoxicating liquor for sale on a vessel at the location where the intoxicating liquor is customarily stored.
125.51(5)(d) (d) Permits for certain tribes.
125.51(5)(d)1.1. In this paragraph, “ tribe" has the meaning given in s. 125.27 (3) (a).
125.51(5)(d)2. 2. Upon application, the department shall issue a “Class B" permit to a tribe that holds a valid certificate issued under s. 73.03 (50) and that is qualified under s. 125.04 (5) and (6). The permit authorizes the retail sale of intoxicating liquor for consumption on the premises where sold by the glass and not in the original package or container. The permit also authorizes the sale of intoxicating liquor in the original package or container, in multiples not to exceed 4 liters at any one time, to be consumed off the premises where sold, except that wine is not subject to the 4-liter limitation.
125.51(5)(d)3. 3. Except as provided in this paragraph, all sections of this chapter applying to “Class B" licenses apply to “Class B" permits issued under this paragraph.
125.51(5)(e) (e) Additional sales authority for permittees. Notwithstanding pars. (a) 2., (b) 3., (c) 3., and (d) 3. and ss. 125.04 (3) (a) 3. and (9) and 125.09 (1), in addition to the authorization specified in par. (a), (b), (c), or (d), a “Class B" permit issued under this subsection also authorizes the permittee to provide intoxicating liquor, including its retail sale, at specific locations within the Ozaukee County fairgrounds for consumption at these locations during special events held at the fairgrounds, if the Ozaukee County board adopts a resolution approving the permittee and if the premises covered by the “Class B” permit are located in Ozaukee County. Notwithstanding pars. (a), (b), (c), and (d), a permittee may provide intoxicating liquor under this paragraph at the Ozaukee County fairgrounds even though the Ozaukee County fairgrounds are not part of the premises described in the permit. A permittee that provides intoxicating liquor under this paragraph is subject to s. 125.68 (2) as if the intoxicating liquor were provided on the premises covered by the “Class B” permit. This paragraph does not authorize Ozaukee County or any person operating or managing the Ozaukee County fairgrounds to sell intoxicating liquor at retail or to procure or stock intoxicating liquor for purposes of retail sale. This paragraph does not apply to a permit issued under par. (g).
125.51(5)(f) (f) Permits for racetrack grounds.
125.51(5)(f)1.1. In this paragraph, “ racetrack grounds" has the meaning given in s. 125.27 (5) (a).
125.51(5)(f)2. 2. The department may issue “Class B" permits for locations within racetrack grounds to any person that holds a valid certificate issued under s. 73.03 (50), that is qualified under s. 125.04 (5) and (6), and that is the owner or operator of the racetrack grounds or is designated by the owner or operator of the racetrack grounds to operate premises located within the racetrack grounds. Subject to subd. 4., the permit authorizes the retail sale of intoxicating liquor, by the glass and not in the original package or container, on the premises covered by the permit, for consumption anywhere within the racetrack grounds. If the department issues more than one permit under this paragraph for the same racetrack grounds, no part of the premises covered by a permit under this paragraph may overlap with premises covered by any other permit issued under this paragraph.
125.51(5)(f)3. 3. Subject to ss. 125.07 (3) (a) 17. and 125.68 (4) (c) 4., all provisions of this chapter applying to “Class B" licenses apply to “Class B" permits issued under this paragraph, except as follows:
125.51(5)(f)3.a. a. A permit issued under this paragraph does not authorize retail sales of intoxicating liquor for consumption off the racetrack grounds.
125.51(5)(f)3.b. b. A permit issued under this paragraph authorizes the retail sale of intoxicating liquor for possession and consumption off the premises where sold if the possession and consumption occurs within the racetrack grounds.
125.51(5)(f)4. 4. A permit issued under this paragraph does not authorize retail sales of intoxicating liquor at any designated camping area on racetrack grounds while the area is in use for camping.
125.51(5)(f)5. 5. The department shall establish a fee for a permit issued under this paragraph in the amount of 50 percent of the fee for a permit issued under par. (a).
125.51(5)(g) (g) Permits for state fair park.
125.51(5)(g)1.1. The state fair park board may issue “Class B" permits for locations at the state fair park to any person who holds a valid certificate issued under s. 73.03 (50), meets the qualifications under s. 125.04 (5) (a), (b), and (c), and, if applicable, satisfies the requirements under s. 125.04 (6). The state fair park board may use the application forms under s. 125.04 (3) (b) and (d) 1. or may prepare its own application forms with application information tailored to the permits under this paragraph. The state fair park board's notice of meeting under s. 19.84 for a meeting at which a permit application will be considered shall be given at least 15 days prior to the meeting.
125.51(5)(g)2. 2. A permit issued under this paragraph authorizes the retail sale of intoxicating liquor, by the glass and not in the original package or container, on the premises covered by the permit, for consumption anywhere at the state fair park.
125.51(5)(g)3. 3. A permit issued under this paragraph may describe as premises under the permit multiple locations at the state fair park.
125.51(5)(g)4. 4. A permit issued under this paragraph to a person affiliated with a winery trade association may also authorize the permittee to make retail sales, in original packages or containers, for consumption away from the state fair park, of wine manufactured by members of the winery trade association.
125.51(5)(g)5. 5. A person holding a permit under this paragraph is subject to any requirements or conditions imposed upon the person by the state fair park board in the permit or under a lease or vendor agreement. This agreement may require the person to remit to the state fair park board a percentage of gross sales of alcohol beverages as specified in the agreement.
125.51(5)(g)6. 6. Sections 125.04 (3) (e), (f), and (g), (8), and (12), 125.045, 125.10, 125.12, and 125.185 do not apply with respect to a permit issued under this paragraph.
125.51(5)(g)7. 7. Permits issued under this paragraph are not subject to a quota under sub. (4).
125.51(5)(g)8. 8. A permit issued under this paragraph shall be valid for one year and expire on June 30. The state fair park board shall establish an annual fee for a permit issued under this paragraph in the amount of 50 percent of the annual fee for a permit issued under par. (a). All fees received under this subdivision shall be credited to the appropriation account under s. 20.190 (1) (h).
125.51(5)(g)9.a.a. The state fair park board shall establish standards, consistent with subd. 1., and procedures for renewal of a permit issued under this paragraph.
125.51(5)(g)9.b. b. The state fair park board shall establish standards and procedures for suspension, revocation, or refusal to renew a permit issued under this paragraph. A suspension, revocation, or refusal to renew a permit under this paragraph is a contested case under ch. 227.
125.51(5)(g)10. 10. Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, all sections of this chapter relating to “Class B" licenses apply to “Class B" permits issued under this paragraph.
125.51(5)(g)11. 11. The state fair park board shall have the enforcement powers of s. 42.01 over a permittee under this paragraph.
125.51(5)(g)12. 12. A municipality may not issue a “Class B” license for premises within the state fair park. No person may sell intoxicating liquor at retail at the state fair park unless the person holds a permit issued under this paragraph.
125.51(6) (6) Face-to-face retail sales. Except as provided in subs. (3) (bm), (bs), and (bx) and (5) (e) and except with respect to caterers, a retail license or permit issued under this section authorizes only face-to-face sales to consumers at the premises described in the retail license or permit.
125.51(7) (7) Sales in name of licensee or permittee. Every holder of a retail license or permit for the sale of intoxicating liquor shall purchase, advertise and sell intoxicating liquor in the holder's name and under the holder's license or permit only, except that holders of retail licenses or permits that are franchisees, as defined in s. 553.03 (5), may advertise, separately or together, in the name of the franchisor, as defined in s. 553.03 (6).
125.51 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. Tax 8.61, Wis. adm. code.
125.51(8) (8) Connecting premises. Except in the case of hotels, no person may hold both a “Class A" license and either a “Class B" license or permit, a Class “B" license or permit or a “Class C" license for the same premises or for connecting premises. Except for hotels, if either type of license or permit is issued for the same or connecting premises already covered by the other type of license or permit, the license or permit last issued is void. If both licenses or permits are issued simultaneously, both are void.
125.51(9) (9) Licenses for less than one year.
125.51(9)(a) (a) A license may be issued after July 1 in any license year. The license shall expire on the following June 30. The fee for the license shall be prorated according to the number of months or fractions thereof remaining until the following June 30.
125.51(9)(b) (b) Licenses valid for 6 months may be issued at any time. The fee for the license shall be 50 percent of the annual license fee. The license may not be renewed during the calendar year in which issued.
125.51(10) (10) Temporary licenses.
125.51(10)(a)(a) Notwithstanding s. 125.68 (3), temporary “Class B" licenses may be issued to bona fide clubs and chambers of commerce, to county or local fair associations or agricultural societies, to churches, lodges, or societies that have been in existence for at least 6 months before the date of application, and to posts of veterans' organizations authorizing the sale of wine in an original package, container, or bottle or by the glass if the wine is dispensed directly from an original package, container, or bottle at a particular picnic or similar gathering, at a meeting of the post, or during a fair conducted by the fair association or agricultural society. The amount of the fee for the license shall be determined by the municipal governing body issuing the license but may not exceed $10, except that no fee may be charged to a person who at the same time applies for a temporary Class “B" license under s. 125.26 (6) for the same event. A license issued to a county or district fair licenses the entire fairgrounds where the fair is being conducted and all persons engaging in retail sales of wine from leased stands on the fairgrounds. The county or district fair to which the license is issued may lease stands on the fairgrounds to persons who may engage in retail sales of wine from the stands while the fair is being held. If a county or district fair leases any stand to a winery holding a permit under s. 125.53, in addition to making retail sales of wine from the leased stand, the winery may provide taste samples anywhere on the fairgrounds of wine manufactured by the winery. If a license is issued under this paragraph to a fair association solely for the purpose of conducting on the licensed premises wine judging or tasting events involving servings of wine no greater than one fluid ounce each, s. 125.68 (2) does not apply to these licensed premises. Except as provided in par. (b), not more than 2 licenses may be issued under this paragraph to any club, chamber of commerce, county or local fair association, agricultural association, church, lodge, society, or veterans post in any 12-month period.
125.51(10)(b)1.1. A municipality may issue up to 20 licenses under par. (a) to the same licensee if all of the following apply:
125.51(10)(b)1.a. a. Each license is issued for the same date and times and the licensee is the sponsor of an event held at multiple locations within the municipality on this date and at these times.
125.51(10)(b)1.b. b. An admission fee is charged for participation in the event and no additional fee is charged for service of alcohol at the event.
125.51(10)(b)1.c. c. Within the immediately preceding 12-month period, the municipality has issued licenses under authority of this paragraph for fewer than 2 events.
125.51(10)(b)2. 2. The duration of an event under subd. 1. may not exceed one day.
125.51(10)(b)3. 3. For purposes of the 2-license limit imposed under par. (a), each event for which multiple licenses are issued as provided in subd. 1. shall count as one license toward this 2-license limit.
125.51(10)(b)4. 4. A municipal governing body or an official or body authorized by a municipal governing body to issue temporary “Class B" licenses may, upon issuance of a temporary “Class B" license as provided in subd. 1., authorize the licensee to permit underage persons to be on the licensed premises for the purpose of acting as designated drivers.
125.51 Annotation A city ordinance allowing a recipient of a new Class B license who pays the $10,000 fee under sub. (3) (e) 2. to apply for a $10,000 economic development grant from the city was not barred by the statute or constitution. Alexander v. City of Madison, 2001 WI App 208, 247 Wis. 2d 576, 634 N.W.2d 577, 00-2692.
125.51 Annotation The licensed premises, with respect to a “Class B" intoxicating liquor license under this section, may be co-extensive with the premises where consumption may occur. Thus, the premises to be listed on a “Class B" license are not necessarily confined to the dimensions of a bar room or storage room. Here, the town chose to license the entire eight acres of a resort as the premises for the sale, and also the consumption, of fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquor. The town made that choice. The license was not void due to an insufficient description of the premises. Wisconsin Dolls, LLC v. Town of Dell Prairie, 2012 WI 76, 342 Wis. 2d 350, 815 N.W.2d 690, 10-2900.
125.51 Annotation Country clubs opening any part of their facilities to the general public lose their eligibility for “country club" liquor or beer licenses. 69 Atty. Gen. 248.
125.52 125.52 Manufacturers' and rectifiers' permits.
125.52(1)(1)Authorized activities.
125.52(1)(a) (a) The department shall issue manufacturers' and rectifiers' permits which authorize the manufacture or rectification, respectively, of intoxicating liquor on the premises covered by the permit. A person holding a manufacturer's or rectifier's permit may manufacture and bottle wine, pursuant to the terms of the permit, without procuring a winery permit.
125.52(1)(b)1.1. A manufacturer's or rectifier's permit entitles the permittee to sell intoxicating liquor to wholesalers holding a permit under s. 125.54, to wineries holding a permit under s. 125.53, and to other manufacturers and rectifiers holding a permit under this section, from the premises described in the permit. Except as provided in subd. 2., no sales may be made for consumption on the premises of the permittee.
125.52(1)(b)2. 2. Notwithstanding s. 125.09 (1), a manufacturer's or rectifier's permit authorizes the retail sale of intoxicating liquor that is manufactured or rectified on the premises, for consumption on or off the premises. A manufacturer's or rectifier's permit also authorizes the provision of taste samples, free of charge and in an amount not exceeding a total of 1.5 fluid ounces to any one person, of intoxicating liquor that is manufactured or rectified on the premises, for consumption on the premises. The department may prescribe additional regulations for the sale of intoxicating liquor under this subdivision, if the additional regulations do not conflict with the requirements applicable to holders of “Class B" licenses. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the authorization under this subdivision applies with respect to a person who holds any permit under this section, a winery permit under s. 125.53, and either a “Class A" license or a “Class B" license issued under s. 125.51 (3) (am), all issued for the same premises or portions of the same premises.
125.52(1)(c) (c) Possession of a permit under this section does not authorize the permittee to sell tax-free intoxicating liquor and wines brought into this state under s. 139.03 (5).
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2019-20 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2021 Wis. Act 267 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on June 17, 2022. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after June 17, 2022, are designated by NOTES. (Published 6-17-22)