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Businesses that are open to the public and have no appropriate alcohol license cannot sell or give away or provide tastings of alcohol, including beer, wine, or spirits, to the public.
An alcohol license is required to serve alcohol beverages. Wis. Stat. s. 125.04(1) states that no person (person includes individuals, corporations, LLC’s, etc.) may sell or engage in any other activity for which this chapter provides a license without holding the appropriate license. The City of Sun Prairie forfeiture for violation of this statutory provision ranges from $250 - $500. The penalty under state law is a forfeiture of up to $10,000, nine months in jail, or both (Wis. Stat. s. 125.04 (13)).If a business does not have an alcohol license, alcohol beverages cannot be sold or given away. Wis. Stat. s. 125.09(1) prohibits “consumption” of alcohol in unlicensed public places. For example, a business at an unlicensed premise cannot have an open house, grand opening, or event that caters to the general public and serves alcohol.
Any charge made directly or indirectly for the alcohol beverage requires the person in charge to hold the appropriate license. The term “sale” is broadly defined. “Sale” is a transfer with consideration or transfer without consideration, if made to evade law, or any shift, device, scheme, or transaction for obtaining an alcoholic beverage (Wis. Stat. s. 125.02(20)).
- Examples of indirect charges include, but are not limited to, a ticket price including an alcohol beverage, cost of a meal including an alcohol beverage, a purchase of a service with a “free” alcohol beverage, or a donation required in order to consume an alcohol beverage.
Wis. Stat. s. 125.315 prohibits the “giving” of fermented malt beverages to evade law (i.e., businesses such as credit unions, barbershops, salons, etc., giving away beer to customers without a fermented malt beverage license). Wine and spirits also cannot be given away in the same manner under Wis. Stat. s. 125.67. Again, the penalty under state law is a forfeiture of up to $10,000, 9 months in jail, or both (Wis. Stat. s. 125.66).
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Community rooms are available for renting through the City Clerk's Office or our Recreation Department. Contact us at 608-837-2511 or via email for availability.
The best way to obtain information regarding the public schools is by visiting the Sun Prairie School District website.
According to city ordinance, in order to protect the public health and public sanitation, the number of dogs and cats you can have is limited to no more than 2 dogs and 2 cats, or 3 animals (3 dogs, or 3 cats) of any 1 of the 2 species, shall be kept in or upon 1 residential unit or by 1 or more persons constituting 1 residential unit, unless the premises be licensed as a kennel. Get more information regarding this ordinance.
Raffles are governed by the Wisconsin Division of Administration. If you have questions regarding Raffles, please call 608-270-2552 or 800-791-6973 or visit their website.
Not every business that operates in the city is licensed by the City of Sun Prairie. The City licenses some types of businesses while the county and state license other types of businesses. You can contact our office at 837-2511 to inquire about licenses issued by the City of Sun Prairie. If you have a problem with a particular business, you can contact the Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin at 800-273-1002.
Yes. There are Notary Publics in the City Clerk's Office. This service is provided at no charge.