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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.
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).
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.
When approaching law enforcement and other emergency vehicles, tow trucks, road machinery or highway construction or maintenance vehicles (that are stopped on or near a highway and are using flashing emergency lights), you must move into a lane not nearest the stopped vehicle and travel in that lane until you have gone by the stopped vehicle(s). If it is unsafe to move into another lane, slow down until you have passed the stopped vehicle(s).
In most cases, we are able to respect a patient's wishes as to which hospital they would like to go to. If you aren't sure which hospital to go to, the paramedics can help you decide which one may be preferred based on the patient's medical condition and/or any insurance they may have. In some cases, the patient's emergency dictates which hospital we will need go to. For example, serious trauma patients will almost always be transported to UW Hospital because they are the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the area. A woman in labor would be brought to Meriter or St. Mary's since UW doesn't normally treat OB/Gyn patients. If a patient is very sick and needs to be seen and treated by a doctor within minutes, we may take them to St. Mary's Sun Prairie Emergency Center as it is the closest hospital where they can receive stabilizing care before continuing on to their hospital of choice.
A Sun Prairie Police Officer (within the City) or a Dane County Sherriff's Deputy might respond before or with the ambulance crew. The Sun Prairie Fire Department might respond to a serious car accident, fire, or carbon monoxide emergency. These additional resources are sent when the information that is provided to the 911 dispatcher suggests that they might be helpful, or necessary in an emergency.
When you call 911 simply let the dispatcher know of the special circumstances. Also, completing a File of Life card and keeping it on your refrigerator for each family member can help once the ambulance arrives. For advanced concerns, consider alerting Sun Prairie EMS in advance if your child or loved one lives in the area and has specific needs that will influence how the paramedics care for them. There are several options available for us to ensure that we are aware of you special needs and can respond to it appropriately.
Lights and sirens are only used in emergent situations, which means that the situation is time sensitive, and the transportation needs to be faster than normal. We always try to get to the patient and then to the hospital as quickly and safely as possible, but it's not always necessary to use the lights and sirens. Whether to use our lights and sirens is decided on a case by case basis based on the information that we have available to us either on our way to a call, or after we meet our patient.
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The City's Zoning Ordinance is included at Title 17 of the Sun Prairie Municipal Code.
In most cases, yes, a special use permit is needed to operate a home occupation. A special use permit is a staff approval that is relatively quick and requires a $50 application fee. The home occupation standards are included in the application packet for this type of permit.
In situations that involve the handling of food or live plants or the care or treatment of people or animals in the home, a conditional use permit (CUP) is needed. A CUP requires review and approval by the Plan Commission and the City Council. Contact the Planning Department at 608-825-1107 for more information.
The Sun Prairie Police Department does not install car seats; however, the Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department provides certified technicians to inspect your child car seat, and show you how to correctly install and use it free of charge.
Those interested in scheduling a ride along should fill out the Citizen Observer Application (PDF). This form should then be either mailed or dropped off at the Police Department. Should you have any questions please contact the Sun Prairie Police Department Records Bureau at 608-837-7339.