Licensing Businesses to Sell & Serve Alcohol

Alcohol Licensing Process Chart: This chart identifies the licensing steps required by state statue and steps communities may add for a more thorough review.

License Conditions:  License conditions place narrow and specific restrictions on an individual license, but may only be added unilaterally when a license is initially issued.

Importance of Licensed Premises Description This definition needs to be precise and narrow, learn why.

Awarding Alcohol Licenses: Issues and Procedures:  Every municipality has created an alcohol licensing procedure.  This document provides a guide to determining local alcohol licensing policy using a checklist and series of questions divided into six sections.  No familiarity with municipal government or alcohol policy is needed, examples and explanations throughout support citizen inquiry into local alcohol licensing practices.

Alcohol Licensing Checklist Municipalities have the ability to create a unique licensing procedure to meet the needs of the community.  This checklist helps you learn and document the process your community has created.

Alcohol Outlet Density:  While you may sense that concentrations of alcohol outlets can create problems, this memo outlines the research and potential steps to prevent it.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project have created an alcohol outlet density profile for every county and municipality in Wisconsin.

Responsible Beverage Server Training:  Wisconsin requires one individual on duty when alcohol is sold or served to have completed Responsible Beverage Server Training.  This issue brief reviews the history, strengths and weaknesses of Wisconsin's training requirement.


Next Step: Municipal Policies 

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