2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 125. Alcohol beverages.
125.27 Class “B" permits.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 125.27 (2017)

125.27 Class “B" permits.

(1)Sports clubs.

(a) The department shall issue Class “B" permits to clubs holding a valid certificate issued under s. 73.03 (50) that are operated solely for the playing of golf or tennis and are commonly known as country clubs and to clubs that are operated solely for curling, ski jumping or yachting, if the club is not open to the general public and if no Class “B" licenses are issued by the governing body of the municipality in which the club is located. A Class “B" permit authorizes retail sales of fermented malt beverages to be consumed on the premises where sold. Persons holding a Class “B" permit may sell beverages containing less than 0.5 percent of alcohol by volume without obtaining a license under s. 66.0433.

(b) A club applying for a Class “B" permit under this subsection shall have occupied the premises on which it is located on the date of filing the application for a period of 6 months prior to that date.

(d) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, all sections of this chapter relating to Class “B" licenses apply to Class “B" permits issued under this subsection.

(2)Vessels.

(a)

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 fermented malt beverages 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 any of the following applies:

a. The vessel 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.

b. The vessel has an approved passenger capacity of not less than 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.

2. The department may issue the permit only if the vessel leaves its place of mooring while the sale of fermented malt beverages is taking place and if the vessel fulfills the requirement under par. (am). A permit issued under this paragraph also authorizes the permittee to store fermented malt beverages 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 fermented malt beverages will be stored. The premises shall be open to inspection by the department upon request.

(am) An applicant for a permit under par. (a) 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.

(b) Persons holding a permit under par. (a) may sell beverages containing less than 0.5 percent of alcohol by volume without obtaining a license under s. 66.0433.

(d) Except as provided in this subsection, all sections of this chapter applying to Class “B" licenses apply to Class “B" permits issued under this subsection.

(e) A person holding a permit under par. (a) shall keep all invoices relating to the purchase of fermented malt beverages for sale on a vessel at the location where the fermented malt beverages are customarily stored.

(3)Permits for certain tribes.

(a) In this subsection, “tribe" means a federally recognized American Indian tribe in this state having a reservation created pursuant to treaty with the United States encompassing not less than 60,000 acres nor more than 70,000 acres or any business entity that is wholly owned and operated by such a tribe.

(b) 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 fermented malt beverages for consumption on or off the premises where sold.

(c) A tribe holding a permit under par. (a) may sell beverages containing less than 0.5 percent of alcohol by volume without obtaining a license under s. 66.0433.

(d) Except as provided in this subsection, all sections of this chapter applying to Class “B" licenses apply to Class “B" permits issued under this subsection.

(4)Additional sales authority for permittees. Notwithstanding subs. (1) (d), (2) (d), and (3) (d) and ss. 125.04 (3) (a) 3. and (9) and 125.09 (1), in addition to the authorization specified in sub. (1), (2), or (3), a Class “B" permit issued under this section also authorizes the permittee to provide fermented malt beverages, including their 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 subs. (1), (2), and (3), a permittee may provide fermented malt beverages under this subsection 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 fermented malt beverages under this subsection is subject to s. 125.32 (2) as if the fermented malt beverages were provided on the premises covered by the Class “B” permit. Notwithstanding s. 125.34 (4) and (5), a wholesaler may deliver fermented malt beverages to the Ozaukee County fairgrounds to a permittee approved by the Ozaukee County board under this subsection and such an approved permittee may transport fermented malt beverages from the premises covered by the permit to the Ozaukee County fairgrounds for purposes of selling the fermented malt beverages at the Ozaukee County fairgrounds. This subsection does not authorize Ozaukee County or any person operating or managing the Ozaukee County fairgrounds to sell fermented malt beverages at retail or to procure or stock fermented malt beverages for purposes of retail sale.

History: 1981 c. 79, 202; 1983 a. 27 s. 2202 (38); 1985 a. 302; 1987 a. 91; 1989 a. 16, 252, 253, 359; 1995 a. 27; 1997 a. 248; 1999 a. 150 s. 672; 2009 a. 28; 2017 a. 59, 95.

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