11.010 Alcohol Beverages.

GENERAL PROVISIONS

(1) Incorporation by Reference of Wis. Stat. Ch. 125. Wis. Stat. Ch. 125, as amended from time to time, is hereby incorporated by reference. The remaining provisions of this section are intended as additional regulations for the sale of alcohol beverages, not in conflict with Wis. Stat. Ch. 125.

(2) General Licensing Procedure.

(a) Investigation. The City Clerk shall notify the Chief of Police, Fire Chief and Director of Building Inspection of each application for a “Class B” intoxicating liquor or Class “B” fermented malt beverage license. These officials shall then inspect or cause to be inspected premises applied for, together with such other investigation as shall be necessary, to determine whether the application and the premises sought to be licensed comply with applicable regulations, ordinances and laws, and whether the applicant is a proper recipient of a license. These officials shall each furnish to the Common Council in writing the information derived from their investigation, accompanied by a recommendation as to whether or not a license should be granted or refused. No license shall be renewed without a complete reinspection of the premises and report as originally required. In determining the suitability of an applicant, consideration may be given to the financial responsibility of the applicant and the appropriateness of the location of the premises, among other factors.

(b) Premises. A separate license shall be required for each stand, place, room or enclosure, or for each suite of rooms or enclosures which are in direct connection or communication with or contiguous to each other where liquor and fermented malt beverages are kept, sold, or offered for sale. A retail Class “B” or retail “Class B” license shall entitle the holder to serve such beverages in a separate room at banquets or dinners during the hours in which the sale of such beverages is permitted. No license shall be issued to any person, firm or corporation for the purpose of possessing, selling or offering for sale any liquor or fermented malt beverages in any dwelling-house, flat or residential apartment.

(c) Eligibility. No license shall be issued to any individual acting as an agent for or in the employ of another individual. No license shall be granted to any corporation where more than 50 percent of the stock interest, legal or beneficial, is held by any individual or individuals who would not be eligible for a license.

(d) Issuance. Upon approval of the application by the Common Council, the City Clerk shall, upon the filing by the applicant of a receipt showing payment of the required license fee and payment in full of any and all items referred to in subsection (5) of this section, issue a license to the applicant. Each license shall be numbered in the order in which it is issued and shall specifically state the premises for which issued, the date of issuance, the fee paid and the name of the licensee. No license shall be reissued to a licensee if the business for which the license is issued has been inactive for a period of one year immediately prior to the renewal date. A duplicate license may be issued by the City Clerk upon payment of a $5.00 fee.

(e) Transfers. Any combination of Class “B” fermented malt beverage license and “Class B” intoxicating liquor license must be transferred together. The transfer fee for transferring both licenses shall be $10.00.

(3) Regulation of License Premises.

(a) Inspection. Every applicant procuring a license hereunder consents to the entry of the applicant’s premises by the Manitowoc Police Department or otherwise authorized City inspection officials at all reasonable hours for the purpose of inspection and search. Each applicant further consents to the removal from said premises of all things and articles there had in violation of City ordinances or State laws and consents to the introduction of such things and articles and evidence in any prosecution or proceeding that may be brought for such offense or in relation thereto.

(b) Visibility. No premises licensed for sale of alcohol beverages shall, during the times they are required to close or during the hours in which the sale of liquor or malt beverages is prohibited, obstruct by the use of curtains, blinds, screens or any other manner a full and complete view of the interior from the outside. The premises shall be properly and adequately lighted during the hours in which the sale of alcohol beverages is permitted.

(c) Health Regulations. Every premises shall be kept in a sanitary condition and conducted in a sanitary manner. The Public Utilities and Licensing Committee is authorized and empowered to make reasonable and general rules and regulations for the sanitation of all places of business possessing licenses under this section. Such rules and regulations may be classified and made applicable according to the class of business conducted. All such rules and regulations shall have the same force as this section and any infraction thereof may be punished as a violation of this section.

(d) Posting of License. It shall be unlawful for any person to post any license or permit granted hereunder, or to permit the same to be posted, upon premises other than those for which the license or permit was granted, or knowingly deface or destroy such license or permit or remove the same without the consent of the licensee or permit holder. Whenever a license or permit shall be lost or destroyed without fault on the part of the holder, his agent or employee, a duplicate may be issued by the City Clerk upon the payment of a $5.00 fee.

(e) Invoices Required. Every licensee shall keep a complete and accurate record of all purchases and receipts of all alcoholic products. All records shall be kept in numerical order by year, month and day. These records shall be maintained on the licensed premises for two years and stored in such a manner as to ensure permanency and accessibility for inspection and shall be subject to inspection at all reasonable hours by authorized State and local law enforcement officials. No uninvoiced alcohol shall be maintained on the licensed premises.

(f) Exception for Underage Persons on Licensed Premises. As authorized by Wis. Stat. § 125.07(3)(a)(8), an underage person may enter and remain on Class “B” or “Class B” premises in a room separate from any room where alcohol beverages are sold or served if no alcohol beverages are furnished or consumed by any person in the room where the underage person is present, and the Manitowoc Police Department issues to the licensee a written authorization permitting underage persons to be present under this section on the date specified in the authorization. Before issuing the authorization, the Manitowoc Police Department shall make a determination that the presence of underage persons on the licensed premises will not endanger their health, welfare or safety or that of other members of the community. The licensee shall obtain a separate authorization for each date on which underage persons will be present on the premises.

(4) Operator’s Licenses. An operator’s license may be issued by the City Clerk to persons meeting statutory requirements and who have been residents of Manitowoc County continuously for a period of not less than one year prior to the date of filing of the application. This one-year residence requirement may be waived by the Common Council upon the providing by the applicant of satisfactory information regarding the applicant’s background. A written application on a form prepared by the Police Department and City Clerk shall be filed with the City Clerk stating the name, residence, age and sex of the applicant together with other pertinent information as to fitness.

Operator’s license shall be issued for one-year or two-year periods. Following approval of an application by the Police Chief or designee, the City Clerk shall, upon the filing by the applicant of a receipt showing payment to the City Treasurer of the license fee of either $40.00 for one year or $55.00 for two years, issue to the applicant an operator’s license. If the Police Department does not recommend granting a license, the City Clerk shall forward the application to the Common Council.

Temporary operator’s license may be issued as provided in Wis. Stat. § 125.17. The fee for a temporary operator’s license shall be $10.00. The City Clerk shall issue a temporary operator’s license following approval of the application by the Police Chief or designee under the same terms outlined in the preceding paragraph.

(5) Delinquent Taxes, Assessments, etc.

(a) Premises. No initial or renewal alcohol beverage license shall be granted for any premises for which taxes, assessments or other claims of the City of Manitowoc are delinquent and unpaid.

(b) Persons. No initial or renewal alcohol license, including an operator’s license, shall be granted to any person:

1. Delinquent in payment of any taxes, assessments or other claims owed to the City of Manitowoc.

2. Delinquent in payment of a forfeiture resulting from a violation of any ordinance of the City of Manitowoc.

(6) Violations.

(a) Violation by Agent. A violation of this section by a duly authorized agent or employee of the licensee or the permit holder shall constitute a violation by the licensee or permit holder.

(b) Penalties. Violation of any provision of this section shall be punishable by a forfeiture of not more than $500.00. Should the Chief of Police, his/her designee, or person authorized by law make a determination that a violation would warrant revocation of the violator’s license or permit, the Chief of Police, designee or authorized person may refer the matter to the Public Utilities and Licensing Committee for a determination and further proceedings under Wis. Stat. Ch. 125.

FERMENTED MALT BEVERAGES

(7) Fermented Malt Beverage License Fee.

(a) Class “A” License. The fee for a Class “A” fermented malt beverage license shall be $150.00 per license year.

(b) Class “B” License. The fee for a Class “B” fermented malt beverage license shall be $100.00 per license year.

(c) Temporary Class “B” License. The fee for a temporary Class “B” fermented malt beverage license shall be $10.00 for each event, which event shall not exceed 10 consecutive days. The City Clerk is hereby authorized to issue temporary Class “B” licenses to qualifying applicants under Wis. Stat. § 125.26(6).

(d) Wholesaler’s License. The fee for a wholesaler’s fermented malt beverage license shall be $25.00 per year.

(e) Late Renewal Filing Fee. All renewal applications for fermented malt beverage licenses shall be filed on or before April 15th. A $25.00 late filing fee shall be assessed for any renewal applications filed after April 15th.

(f) Payment of Fermented Malt Beverage Fee. The fermented malt beverage license fee shall be paid at least 15 days prior to the date the license is to be issued.

(8) Fermented Malt Beverage License Regulations.

(a) Combination Licenses Prohibited. A Class “A” and Class “B” fermented malt beverage license shall not be issued for the same or connecting premises, except in the case of a hotel as defined in Wis. Stat. Ch. 125.

(b) Certain Temporary Class “B” License Events. Temporary Class “B” fermented malt beverage license holders shall be subject to the following regulations:

1. Sales of fermented malt beverages shall be limited to the licensed premises, may be sold in individual containers or pitchers, and shall be served only for consumption on the premises licensed.

2. The actual consumption of fermented malt beverages shall be from nonbreakable containers. In no event shall fermented beverages be served from glass containers.

3. The area in which the sale of fermented malt beverages will be conducted must be set out with specificity in the application for the temporary Class “B” license.

4. No fermented malt beverages may be dispensed after 11:00 p.m. on any City-owned property unless prior approval is received from the Recreation Board.

5. The licensee shall be responsible for cleaning and policing the area in which the event is conducted.

6. The holder of the temporary Class “B” fermented malt beverage license shall be responsible for checking identification and policing the event so as not to take City police officers off their regularly scheduled line of duties.

7. The licensee shall not permit any person to enter the area of the event or remain in the area while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or fermented malt beverages.

8. Where the licensed event is conducted on City property, the licensee shall be required to obtain separate permission from the Recreation Board for the use of a designated recreation area for the event.

INTOXICATING LIQUORS

(9) Intoxicating Liquor License Fees.

(a) “Class A” License. The annual fee for a “Class A” intoxicating liquor license shall be $500.00 per year.

(b) “Class B” License. The license fee for a “Class B” intoxicating liquor license shall be $500.00 per year.

(c) “Class B” Club License. The fee for a “Class B” club intoxicating liquor license shall be $500.00 per year.

(d) Temporary “Class B” License. The fee for a temporary “Class B” wine license shall be $10.00 for each event, except that no fee may be charged to a person who, at the same time, applies for a temporary Class “B” license under Wis. Stat. § 125.26(6) for the same event.

(e) Late Renewal Filing Fee. All renewal applications for intoxicating liquor licenses shall be filed on or before April 15th. A $25.00 late filing fee shall be assessed for any renewal applications filed after April 15th.

(f) “Class C” License. The annual fee for a “Class C” retail wine license shall be $100.00 per year or fractional part thereof.

(g) Payment of Intoxicating Liquor Fee. The intoxicating liquor license fee shall be paid at least 15 days prior to date the license is to be issued.

(10) “Class A” License Regulations.

(a) Residence Requirement. All “Class A” intoxicating liquor licensees shall be residents of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.

(b) Limitation to One License. A person, firm, partnership or corporation may not hold more than one “Class A” intoxicating liquor license.

(c) Restriction on Premises. The premises for which the license is issued shall have a separate place of business, but may be part of a building housing other businesses.

(d) Intoxicating Liquor Sales Only. The licensed premises shall stock and display only intoxicating liquor and related commodities for sale. As used herein, the term related commodities shall include other beverages, ready-to-eat snack foods, including frozen pizza, tobacco products and nonfood party supplies such as glasses, napkins and similar items. Customers are prohibited from removing any intoxicating liquor from the licensed premises for purchase in the nonlicensed portion of a business. The licensee shall restrict the purchase of all intoxicating liquor to the licensed premises. Other lawful commodities whether related or unrelated may be checked out at the registers on the licensed premises.

(11) “Class B” License Regulations.

(a) Authorized Sales. A retail “Class B” license authorizes the sale of intoxicating liquor to be consumed by the glass only on the premises where it is sold and also authorizes the sale of intoxicating liquor in the original package or container, in multiples not to exceed four liters at any one time, and to be consumed off the premises where sold. Wine, however, may be sold for consumption off the premises in the original package or otherwise in any quantity.

(b) Number of Licenses. The Common Council may issue as many “Class B” intoxicating liquor licenses as are permitted to be issued under the Wisconsin Statutes.

(12) Provisional Licenses.

(a) Authority to Issue. Pursuant to Wis. Stat. §§ 125.17(5) and 125.185, the City Clerk is hereby authorized to issue provisional operator’s licenses and retail licenses as provided for in those Statutes. A provisional license shall not be issued by the City Clerk until the Clerk has received the recommendation of the Police Department following a records check of the applicant, and the Clerk may not issue a provisional license to any applicant if the Police Department recommends denial of the application to the Public Utilities and Licensing Committee.

(b) Application Required. A provisional license may only be issued to a person who has applied for an operator’s license or a retail license described in Wis. Stat. § 125.185(2).

(c) License Fee. The fee for any provisional operator’s license or provisional retail license hereunder shall be $15.00.

(d) Expiration. A provisional license issued under this subsection shall expire 60 days after its issuance or when a retail license or operator’s license, as applicable, is issued to the applicant, whichever occurs first.

(e) Limitation. No person may hold more than one provisional retail license for each type of license applied for by the holder per year.

(f) Revocation. The City Clerk may revoke a provisional operator’s license if the Clerk discovers that the holder of the license made a false statement on the application.

(13) Reserve “Class B” License.

(a) Definitions. In this section:

Reserve “Class B” license shall have the meaning defined in Wis. Stat. § 125.51(4)(a)(4).

(b) Reserve “Class B” License – Fee. The initial license fee for a reserve “Class B” license shall be $10,000 in addition to the annual “Class B” license fee, except that the fee for an initial issuance of a reserve “Class B” license to a bona fide club or lodge situated and incorporated in the State for at least six years is the fee established under subsections (7) and (9) of this section. Annual renewal of reserve “Class B” license fee shall be the amount set forth in subsections (7) and (9) of this section.

(c) Grants for Certain Reserve “Class B” Licenses, Findings and Purpose.

1. The Common Council finds that businesses such as restaurants, hotels and taverns make important contributions to the City’s economy. These establishments serve important public purposes including increasing the City’s property tax base, providing employment and promoting tourism. Excessive license fees deter new business and are contrary to the above-stated public purpose. 1997 Wisconsin Act 27 requires municipalities to establish a minimum fee of $10,000 for each reserve “Class B” license issued. Since the new fee far exceeds the actual cost of licensing the activity, additional revenue will be available to the City. It is the purpose of this section to utilize revenue generated by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27 to assist new reserve “Class B” licensees to achieve the important public purposes identified herein.

2. Following the issuance of the original reserve “Class B” License and upon application, the Common Council may provide a grant to the licensee in an amount not to exceed $500.00 (prorated pursuant to Wis. Stat. §§ 125.26(4) and 125.51(9)(a)) less than the amount actually paid by the licensee to the City of Manitowoc for issuance of the new reserve “Class B” license. Prior to awarding any grant, the Common Council shall make such findings and establish such conditions to assure that any funds awarded thereunder further the important public purposes identified therein.

(d) Payment of Reserve “Class B” License Fee. Reserve “Class B” license fees shall be paid at least 15 days prior to the date the license is to be issued.

(14) Temporary/Special Event “Class B” Wine License.

(a) Issuance. A temporary “Class B” license may be issued to bona fide clubs, to County or local fair associations or agricultural societies, to churches, lodges or societies that have been in existence for at least six 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.

(b) Licensing Fairgrounds. 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.

(c) Application for License. Application for a license shall be made by an officer or officers who shall appoint an agent who shall be personally responsible for compliance with all of the terms and provisions of this section and any other law of this State. The temporary/special event license shall designate the specific premises and the date or dates for which it is to be granted.

(d) Limitation. Not more than two licenses may be issued under this subsection to any club, County or local fair association, agricultural association, church, lodge, society or veterans’ post in any 12-month period.

[Ord. 14-2172 § 1, 2014; Ord. 10-323 § 1, 2010; Ord. 07-719 § 1, 2008; Ord. 07-031 § 1, 2007; Ord. 06-081 §§ 1, 2, 2006. Prior code § 11.01]