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Posted on: August 30, 2017

A friendly reminder to commercial business owners

Dear City of Monroe Local Business:

I am the City Attorney for the City of Monroe. As a commercial business open to the public in the 
City of Monroe I am sure that you are aware that you cannot sell, procure or give alcohol to 
individuals for consumption in your establishment without first obtaining the proper alcohol 
license or permit. But you may not be aware is that it is also illegal to allow customers to bring 
in their own alcohol and drink it in your business establishment.  §125.09 of the Wisconsin 
Statutes reads in part as follows:

“No owner, lessee, or person in charge of a public place may permit the consumption of alcohol 
beverages on the premises of the public place, unless the person has an appropriate retail license 
or permit.”

The potential violation is found under 125.11 Wisconsin Statutes and it reads as follows:

“125.11. Penalties. (1) General Penalty. Any person who violates any provision of this chapter for 
which a specific penalty is not provided, shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned for not 
more than 90 days or both. Any license or permit issued to the person under this chapter may be 
revoked by the court.”

The purpose of this letter is to give you a friendly warning not to allow unauthorized consumption 
of alcohol on your business premises without first obtaining the proper license or permit. If you 
have any questions or concerns about the consumption, sale or possession of alcoholic beverages or 
alcohol licenses, you may contact City Clerk Carol Stamm at 608-329-2530 or Police Chief Fred 
Kelley at 608-329-2400 for more information.

Very truly yours,

Daniel R. Bartholf City Attorney

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