125.04(3)(d) (d) Application form use.
125.04(3)(d)1.1. An application form prepared by the division shall be used by each applicant for a permit.
Effective date note NOTE: Subd. 1. is shown as amended eff. 5-1-24 by 2023 Wis. Act 73. Prior to 5-1-24 it reads:
Effective date text 1. An application form prepared by the department shall be used by each applicant for a permit.
125.04(3)(d)2. 2. A replica of an application form prepared by the division shall be used by each applicant for a license, other than a manager's or operator's license.
Effective date note NOTE: Subd. 2. is shown as amended eff. 5-1-24 by 2023 Wis. Act 73. Prior to 5-1-24 it reads:
Effective date text 2. A replica of an application form prepared by the department shall be used by each applicant for a license, other than a manager's or operator's license.
125.04(3)(e) (e) Place of filing applications.
125.04(3)(e)1.1. Each application for a license shall be signed by the applicant. The applicant shall file the application for a license with the municipal clerk of the intended place of sale.
125.04(3)(e)2. 2. The applicant shall file the application for a permit with the division.
Effective date note NOTE: Subd. 2. is shown as amended eff. 5-1-24 by 2023 Wis. Act 73. Prior to 5-1-24 it reads:
Effective date text 2. The applicant shall file the application for a permit with the department.
125.04(3)(f) (f) Time of filing and issuance.
125.04(3)(f)1.1. Except as provided in subds. 2. and 3., all applications for licenses to sell alcohol beverages shall be filed with the clerk of the municipality in which the premises are located at least 15 days prior to the granting of the license.
125.04(3)(f)2. 2. In counties having a population of 750,000 or more, the governing body of the municipality shall establish the time, prior to the granting of a license, by which an application shall be filed with the clerk.
125.04(3)(f)3. 3. For licenses issued under s. 125.26 (6) for a picnic or other gathering lasting less than 4 days, the governing body of the municipality shall establish the time, prior to the granting of a license, by which an application shall be filed with the clerk.
125.04(3)(g) (g) Publication of application for license. The municipal clerk shall publish each application for a Class “A", Class “B", “Class A", “Class B" or “Class C" license, except licenses under ss. 125.26 (6) and 125.51 (10), prior to its issuance in a newspaper according to the following conditions:
125.04(3)(g)1. 1. The publication shall include the name and address of the applicant, the kind of license applied for and the location of the premises to be licensed.
125.04(3)(g)2. 2. The newspaper utilized for publication shall have been regularly published, on a daily or weekly basis for a period of not less than 2 years before the date of publication in the municipality in which is located the premises to be licensed.
125.04(3)(g)3. 3. If the municipality in which the premises is located has no newspaper, the newspaper utilized for publication shall be one having circulation in the municipality and designated by the governing body. If no designation is made, publication shall be in the newspaper having the largest circulation in the municipality.
125.04(3)(g)4. 4. The newspaper utilized for publication shall be one that is published on a daily basis, except that a weekly newspaper may be utilized if a daily newspaper is not published in the municipality.
125.04(3)(g)5. 5. The publication shall be printed in a daily newspaper on 3 successive occasions, or if a weekly newspaper is utilized, it shall be printed at least once.
125.04(3)(g)6. 6. At the time the application is filed, the applicant shall pay to the clerk the cost of publication as determined under s. 985.08.
125.04(3)(h) (h) Subsequent changes. Within 30 days of any change in any fact set out in an application for a license or permit to sell alcohol beverages, the licensee or permittee shall file with the issuing authority a written description of the changed fact, including any change in restricted investors under s. 125.20 (6) (a) 5.
Effective date note NOTE: Par. (h) is shown as amended eff. 5-1-24 by 2023 Wis. Act 73. Prior to 5-1-24 it reads:
Effective date text (h) Subsequent changes. Within 10 days of any change in any fact set out in an application for a license or permit to sell alcohol beverages, the licensee or permittee shall file with the issuing authority a written description of the changed fact.
125.04(3)(i) (i) Records.
125.04(3)(i)1.1. Any person may inspect applications for licenses to sell alcohol beverages.
125.04(3)(i)2. 2. The clerk of the municipality shall retain all applications made to it for licenses to sell alcohol beverages.
125.04(3)(i)3. 3. The clerk of the municipality may destroy all applications more than 4 years old which have been retained under subd. 2.
125.04(3)(j) (j) Penalty for materially false application information, affidavit representation. Any person who knowingly provides materially false information in an application for a license or permit under this chapter or on a form under par. (k), and any person who materially violates any representation made in an affidavit under s. 125.20 (6) (a) 6. or (c) 4., may be required to forfeit not more than $1,000.
Effective date note NOTE: Par. (j) is shown as amended eff. 5-1-24 by 2023 Wis. Act 73. Prior to 5-1-24 it reads:
Effective date text (j) Penalty for materially false application information. Any person who knowingly provides materially false information in an application for a license or permit under this chapter may be required to forfeit not more than $1,000.
125.04(3)(k) (k) Approval of full-service retail outlets. The division shall prepare a form for use by a brewer, winery, manufacturer, or rectifier to request approval for a full-service retail outlet under s. 125.29 (7) (d) 1., 125.52 (4) (d) 1., or 125.53 (3) (d) 1. The form shall be similar to the form for a retail license application under par. (a). An applicant shall use the form to submit a request for approval of a full-service retail outlet under s. 125.29 (7) (d) 1., 125.52 (4) (d) 1., or 125.53 (3) (d) 1.
Effective date note NOTE: Par. (k) is created eff. 5-1-24 by 2023 Wis. Act 73.
125.04(4) (4)List of licensees. By July 15 annually, the clerk of a municipality issuing licenses shall mail to the division a list containing the name, address, and trade name of each person holding a license issued by that municipality, other than a manager's or operator's license or a license issued under s. 125.26 (6), the type of license held, and, if the person holding the license is a corporation or limited liability company, the name of the agent appointed under sub. (6). The division shall annually publish this list on the division's website.
Effective date note NOTE: Sub. (4) is shown as amended eff. 5-1-24 by 2023 Wis. Act 73. Prior to 5-1-24 it reads:
Effective date text (4) List of licensees. By July 15 annually, the clerk of a municipality issuing licenses shall mail to the department a list containing the name, address, and trade name of each person holding a license issued by that municipality, other than a manager's or operator's license or a license issued under s. 125.26 (6), the type of license held, and, if the person holding the license is a corporation or limited liability company, the name of the agent appointed under sub. (6).
125.04(5) (5)Qualifications for licenses and permits.
125.04(5)(a)(a) Natural persons. Licenses and permits related to alcohol beverages, issued to natural persons under this chapter, may be issued only to persons who fulfill all of the following requirements:
125.04(5)(a)1. 1. Do not have an arrest or conviction record, subject to ss. 111.321, 111.322, 111.335 and 125.12 (1) (b).
125.04(5)(a)2. 2. Have been residents of this state continuously for at least 90 days prior to the date of application.
125.04(5)(a)3. 3. Have attained the legal drinking age.
125.04(5)(a)4. 4. Have submitted proof under s. 77.61 (11).
125.04(5)(a)5. 5. Have successfully completed within the 2 years prior to the date of application a responsible beverage server training course at any location that is offered by a technical college district and that conforms to curriculum guidelines specified by the technical college system board or a comparable training course that is approved by the division or the department of safety and professional services. This subdivision does not apply to an applicant who held, or who was an agent appointed and approved under sub. (6) of a corporation or limited liability company that held, within the past 2 years, a Class “A", “Class A" or “Class C" license or a Class “B" or “Class B" license or permit or a manager's or operator's license.
Effective date note NOTE: Subd. 5. is shown as amended eff. 5-1-24 by 2023 Wis. Act 73. Prior to 5-1-24 it reads:
Effective date text 5. Have successfully completed within the 2 years prior to the date of application a responsible beverage server training course at any location that is offered by a technical college district and that conforms to curriculum guidelines specified by the technical college system board or a comparable training course that is approved by the department or the department of safety and professional services. This subdivision does not apply to an applicant who held, or who was an agent appointed and approved under sub. (6) of a corporation or limited liability company that held, within the past 2 years, a Class “A", “ Class A" or “Class C" license or a Class “B" or “Class B" license or permit or a manager's or operator's license.
Effective date note NOTE: Subd. 5. is amended eff. 1-1-25 by 2023 Wis. Act 73 to read:
Effective date text 5. Have successfully completed within the 2 years prior to the date of application a responsible beverage server training course at any location that is offered by a technical college district and that conforms to curriculum guidelines specified by the technical college system board or a comparable training course that is approved by the division or the department of safety and professional services. This subdivision does not apply to an applicant who held, or who was an agent appointed and approved under sub. (6) of a corporation or limited liability company that held, within the past 2 years, a Class “A", “Class A" or “Class C" license or a Class “B" or “Class B" license or permit or a manager's or operator's license, or an operator's permit.
125.04(5)(b) (b) Criminal offenders. No license or permit related to alcohol beverages may, subject to ss. 111.321, 111.322 and 111.335, be issued under this chapter to any person who has habitually been a law offender or has been convicted of a felony unless the person has been duly pardoned.
125.04(5)(c) (c) Corporations and limited liability companies. No license or permit may be issued to any corporation or limited liability company unless that entity meets the qualifications under pars. (a) 1. and 4. and (b), unless the agent of the entity appointed under sub. (6) and the officers and directors, or members or managers, of the entity meet the qualifications of pars. (a) 1. and 3. and (b) and unless the agent of the entity appointed under sub. (6) meets the qualifications under par. (a) 2. and 5. The requirement that the entity meet the qualifications under pars. (a) 1. and (b) does not apply if the entity has terminated its relationship with all of the individuals whose actions directly contributed to the conviction.
125.04(5)(d) (d) Operators' and managers' licenses.
125.04(5)(d)1.1. Paragraph (a) 2. does not apply to applicants for operators' licenses issued under s. 125.17, to applicants for operators' permits issued under s. 125.175, or to applicants for managers' licenses issued under s. 125.18. Managers' licenses may be issued only to applicants who are residents of this state at the time of issuance.
Effective date note NOTE: Subd. 1. is shown as amended eff. 1-1-25 by 2023 Wis. Act 73. Prior to 1-1-25 it reads:
Effective date text 1. Paragraph (a) 2. does not apply to applicants for operators' licenses issued under s. 125.17 or to applicants for managers' licenses issued under s. 125.18. Managers' licenses may be issued only to applicants who are residents of this state at the time of issuance.
125.04(5)(d)2. 2. Paragraph (a) 3. does not apply to applicants for operators' licenses under s. 125.17 or to applicants for operators' permits under s. 125.175. Operators' licenses and operators' permits may be issued only to applicants who have attained the age of 18.
Effective date note NOTE: Subd. 2. is shown as amended eff. 1-1-25 by 2023 Wis. Act 73. Prior to 1-1-25 it reads:
Effective date text 2. Paragraph (a) 3. does not apply to applicants for operators' licenses under s. 125.17. Operators' licenses may be issued only to applicants who have attained the age of 18.
125.04(5)(d)3. 3. Paragraph (a) 4. and 5. does not apply to any of the following:
125.04(5)(d)3.a. a. Applicants for operators' licenses under s. 125.17 and for operators' permits under s. 125.175.
Effective date note NOTE: Subd. 3. a. is shown as amended eff. 1-1-25 by 2023 Wis. Act 73. Prior to 1-1-25 it reads:
125.04 Note a. Applicants for operators' licenses under s. 125.17.
125.04(5)(d)3.b. b. Applicants for managers' licenses under s. 125.18.
125.04(5)(d)3.c. c. Applicants for temporary Class “B" licenses under s. 125.26 (6) who are not required to hold a seller's permit under subch. III of ch. 77.
125.04(5)(d)3.d. d. Applicants for temporary “Class B" licenses under s. 125.51 (10) who are not required to hold a seller's permit under subch. III of ch. 77.
125.04(6) (6)Licenses to corporations and limited liability companies; appointment of agents.
125.04(6)(a) (a) Agent. No corporation or limited liability company organized under the laws of this state or of any other state or foreign country may be issued any alcohol beverage license or permit unless:
125.04(6)(a)1. 1. The entity first appoints an agent in the manner prescribed by the authority issuing the license or permit. In addition to the qualifications under sub. (5), the agent must, with respect to character, record and reputation, be satisfactory to the issuing authority.
125.04(6)(a)2. 2. The entity vests in the agent, by properly authorized and executed written delegation, full authority and control of the premises described in the license or permit of the entity, and of the conduct of all business on the premises relative to alcohol beverages, that the licensee or permittee could have and exercise if it were a natural person.
125.04(6)(b) (b) Successor agent. A corporation or limited liability company may cancel the appointment of an agent and appoint a successor agent to act in the agent's place, for the remainder of the license year or until another agent is appointed, as follows:
125.04(6)(b)1. 1. The successor agent shall meet the same qualifications required of the first appointed agent.
125.04(6)(b)2. 2. The entity shall immediately notify the issuing authority, in writing, of the appointment of the successor agent and the reason for the cancellation and new appointment.
125.04(6)(c) (c) Authority of successor. A successor agent shall have all the authority, perform all the functions and be charged with all the duties of the previous agent of the corporation or limited liability company until the next regular or special meeting of the issuing authority if a license is held. However, the license of the corporation or limited liability company shall cease to be in force if, prior to the next regular or special meeting of the issuing authority, the clerk of the licensing authority receives notice of disapproval of the successor agent by a peace officer of the municipality issuing the license.
125.04(6)(d) (d) Approval of successor. The license of the corporation or limited liability company shall not be in force after the next regular or special meeting of the licensing authority unless and until the successor agent or another qualified agent is appointed and approved by the licensing authority.
125.04(6)(e) (e) Fee. The corporation or limited liability company shall, following the approval of each successor agent or another qualified agent by the licensing authority, pay to the licensing authority a fee of $10.
125.04(6)(f) (f) Resignation. If an agent appointed under this subsection resigns, he or she shall notify in writing the corporation or limited liability company and the authority issuing the license or permit within 48 hours of the resignation.
125.04(6)(g) (g) Forms. If the division or any municipality prepares a form relating to the appointment of an agent under this subsection, including any cancellation of an appointment or appointment of a successor agent, the form may not require the signature of more than one person signing on behalf of the corporation or limited liability company submitting the form.
Effective date note NOTE: Par. (g) is shown as amended eff. 5-1-24 by 2023 Wis. Act 73. Prior to 5-1-24 it reads:
Effective date text (g) Forms. If the department or any municipality prepares a form relating to the appointment of an agent under this subsection, including any cancellation of an appointment or appointment of a successor agent, the form may not require the signature of more than one person signing on behalf of the corporation or limited liability company submitting the form.
125.04(8) (8)Payment of license fee; permit fees.
125.04(8)(a)(a) No license for the sale of alcohol beverages may be delivered to the applicant until the applicant files with the municipal clerk a receipt showing payment of the license fee to the appropriate treasurer. No city or village may require an applicant to pay the license fee more than 15 days prior to the date the license is to be issued. No town may require an applicant to pay the license fee more than 30 days prior to the date the license is to be issued.
125.04(8)(b) (b) Unless the department established a different permit fee before January 1, 2025, and except as provided in ss. 125.175 (3), 125.22 (1) (e), 125.23 (1) (c), 125.27 (5) (f), 125.28 (4), 125.295 (4), 125.51 (5) (f) 5., 125.535 (2), and 125.65 (10), the division shall charge an annual fee of $500 for each permit issued by the division under this chapter.
Effective date note NOTE: Sub. (8) is shown as affected eff. 1-1-25 by 2023 Wis. Act 73. Prior to 1-1-25 it reads:
Effective date text (8) Payment of license fee. No license for the sale of alcohol beverages may be delivered to the applicant until the applicant files with the municipal clerk a receipt showing payment of the license fee to the appropriate treasurer. No city or village may require an applicant to pay the license fee more than 15 days prior to the date the license is to be issued. No town may require an applicant to pay the license fee more than 30 days prior to the date the license is to be issued.
Effective date note NOTE: Sub. (8) is amended eff. 1-1-26 by 2023 Wis. Act 73 to read:
Effective date text (8) Payment of license fee; permit fees. (a) No license for the sale of alcohol beverages may be delivered to the applicant until the applicant files with the municipal clerk a receipt showing payment of the license fee to the appropriate treasurer. No city or village may require an applicant to pay the license fee more than 15 days prior to the date the license is to be issued. No town may require an applicant to pay the license fee more than 30 days prior to the date the license is to be issued.
Effective date text (b) Unless the department established a different permit fee before January 1, 2025, and except as provided in ss. 125.175 (3), 125.22 (1) (e), 125.23 (1) (c), 125.24 (1) (e), 125.27 (5) (f), 125.28 (4), 125.295 (4), 125.51 (5) (f) 5., 125.535 (2), and 125.65 (10), the division shall charge an annual fee of $500 for each permit issued by the division under this chapter.
125.04(8m) (8m)Payment of criminal history fees. Any fees incurred by the division under s. 165.82 (1) (am) for purposes of verifying a permit applicant's eligibility under sub. (5) (a) 1. and (b) shall be paid by the applicant to the division upon application for the permit.
Effective date note NOTE: Sub. (8m) is created eff. 5-1-24 by 2023 Wis. Act 73.
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2021-22 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2023 Wis. Act 93 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on April 4, 2024. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 4, 2024, are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-4-24)