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Alcohol Licensing in the City of Madison

ALCOHOL LAW UPDATES EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2014

On July 1, 2014, a series of changes were made to the Madison General Ordinance with regard to how businesses that sell alcohol are defined and where they are allowed to operate.

The linked guide below will provide direction to new alcohol-related businesses about where they are allowed to locate and under what conditions:

Madison Alcohol Business Location Guide [pdf]

 

Grandfathered and Reserve Alcohol Licenses

*The City of Madison no longer has any "grandfathered" "Class B" Combination Liquor and Beer licenses available. 

All "Class B" Combination Liquor and Beer licenses issued will incur a $10,000 reserve fee in addition to regular publication and license fees.

This applies ONLY to "Class B" Combination Liquor and Beer licenses.**

 

The Clerk's Office accepts license applications Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Contact the Clerk's Office with licensing questions at licensing@cityofmadison.com.

Guides, FAQs & useful information

NOTICE: For all license applications we now require a copy of your State Seller's Permit ID certificate.

NEW ALCOHOL SERVErs (OPERATORS)

FIND YOUR LICENSE OR PERMIT:

City of Madison Licenses & Permits portal

NEW Establishments

NOTICE: For all license applications we now require a copy of your State Seller's Permit ID certificate.

EXISTING Establishments

NOTICE: For all license applications we now require a copy of your State Seller's Permit ID certificate.

EXISTING ESTABLISHMENT LICENSE RENEWALS

WHOLESALERS

    •  Wholesaler Report

    •  Wholesaler Release

 

ENTERTAINMENT LICENSES

NOTICE: Entertainment licenses are required for premises providing amplified or live entertainment regardless of capacity. For all license applications we now require a copy of your State Seller's Permit ID certificate.

Temporary/Picnic Beer LICENSEs

Please note: as of 9/13/2011 any Temporary Class B ("Picnic Beer") license application that is in conjunction with a Street Use Permit must be submitted at least 60 days before the event date. See Madison General Ordinances, Sec. 38.05(9)(e)2.

Madison General Ordinances

 

STATE & FEDERAL FORMS THAT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLETING

MADISON GENERAL
ORDINANCES:
Chapter 38
Madison City Channel 12
WATCH streaming video of the Alcohol License Review Committee meetings.
Go to: Madison City Channel
CITY OF MADISON LIQUOR LICENSES

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If you need further assistance, please contact the Clerk’s office at (608) 266-4601 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Monday thru Friday (excluding holidays). 

 

Enforcement of Alcohol Violations against Licensed Establishments